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San Diego Unified School District's Visual and Performing Arts program (VAPA), in partnership with UC Irvine, researched the impact of theatre and dance lessons on early childhood education. Preliminary results suggest that integrating the arts into the Common Core standards may be one of the keys to acquiring English language proficiency in grades K-2. Professional Teaching Artists work with classroom teachers to develop lesson plans which encourage critical thinking and promote life skills.

In the finale concert for UC San Diego Jazz Camp 2014, sax virtuoso Charles McPherson leads a talented group of students in a performance of standards and new works.

Writer-director Scott Frank, talks to UCSB students about getting the crime drama "A Walk Among the Tombstones" made. Frank's other screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven's Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter and Marley & Me. Frank graduated from UCSB in 1982 with a BA in Film Studies. Since then he has written movies for filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Sidney Pollack, Steven Soderbergh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jodie Foster and Kenneth Brannagh.

"In Memory" explores the unsurpassed power of music to both express sorrow and a sense of loss and to celebrate a life, through compositions by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and contemporary composer Joel Hoffman.
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