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Steve M. Tietjen, Ed.D | County Superintendent of Schools

VAPA Resources

Merced County Office of Education


Vapa Resources for Schools & Districts​

​"Crafting a Creative Merced County"

In order to best serve the students, teachers and administrators of this county, there are three core beliefs and four key intentions that are focused on.​

​The Core Beliefs

1.     Students Need the Arts: like they need science, math, water and air

2.     Students Deserve the Arts: whether through good or bad times, in sickness or in health

3.     Students Can Have the Arts: no amount of funding or lack thereof will tell us otherwise

The Key Intentions

1.     To Create - Programming, Professional Development

2.     To Collaborate - Develop relationships, plan strategically to move forward together

3.     To Connect - Schools to the community, community to students, and students back to the schools

4.     To Celebrate - Announce, hold cpace for, and celebrate the wonderful and widely relevant opportunities ​for creativity in our county and beyond

​​​Links and Resources

For Theatres, Museums, Orchestras and other Arts Partners in Merced County: Be Included on our Upcoming Database of Merced County Partners by filling out this form!


For Schools in Merced County: Tell Us About Your Arts Access by filling out this form!


For Parents and Guardians of Artistic Students: Tell Us About the Programming You're Interested in Seeing by filling out this form!


Create CA: California's Statewide Arts Education Coalition


National Core Arts Standards


Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards: Information and resources pertaining to the Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts in California Public Schools


Merced County Arts Council, Inc.

California County Superintendents Arts Initiative​

​If you are interested in Miss Noelle visiting your school site to work with administrators, teachers, or students, click below for information on a variety of on-site programs!

Facilitate Your Personal Arts Strategy

Menu of On-Campus Theatre Options

Professional Development with Miss Noelle

Noelle Chandler
Arts Education Consultant 
Phone (209) 761-5666  Fax:  381-6774​


Heather Woody
Administrative Secretary
Phone (209) 381-5976  Fax: 381-6774


MCOE Complex, Room J1​, 632 West 13th Street, Merced CA 95341-5908 
​​Office Hours:  M-F 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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