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Donate an instrument

If you have any unused musical instruments, please contact us or your child's school for information on how to make a tax-deductible donation that can help a deserving student. Band & orchestra instruments, guitars & ukuleles, hand drums, and small percussion are all needed.


“The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.”

― Ken Robinson

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."

- Neil Gaiman

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."

- Kurt Vonnegut



Newport- Mesa schools are divided into 4 zones. These zones are based upon the four comprehensive high schools that our middle and elementary schools feed into. There are arts opportunities at every site for every child.

For more information about visual and performing arts programs available to your child, please visit the individual school's website. 

Arts Spotlight

National Portfolio Day

Students will receive one-on-one feedback regarding their art portfolios in preparation for college admissions. On November 20, students will ride from Costa Mesa High School to the Glendale Civic Auditorium to meet with college and career professionals for an event that brings them the tools to showcase their work.

Thank you to Keli Marchbank for organizing this wonderful trip! 

Performing Arts has Begun!

The performing arts season has begun with our Fall Dance production "Dedicated." These student choreographed dances amazed the audience in the Costa Mesa Performing Arts Center on September 22 and 23. Not only is it an amazing feat to perform in the 5th week of the school year but to have such creative energy at the beginning of the year is astounding.

Thank you Cynthia Kaska for your hard work!

Costa Mesa Dance

NMUSD Arts Calendar


Every Elementary School school offers music instruction and has opportunities to join Band, Chorus and Orchestra. 


Our middle and high school programs offer a variety of arts programs in Theater, Visual Art, Dance, and Music.

Visual Art showcases student work from Ceramics to Digital Photography. The educators in Visual Art showcase the excellence of student work at the yearly NMUSD Art Showcase hosted at Orange Coast College.

Our Dance department collaborate  and create many opportunities for our Dance students to perform in front of their peers and to utilize their skills philanthropically.

Our Theater department produce performances that allow every student to shine. The quality of our theater programs have a reputation of the highest caliber and have been recognized throughout the county.

Our Music department performs for many events throughout the community in addition to performing in front of their peers at concerts, sporting events, festivals and competitions. 

The NMUSD Arts Commission is a collaboration of educators, staff, school board members, and arts community  partners dedicated to the enhance of our arts community within the cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

This community group are integral to enhancing our opportunities to every student in our district. This group provides after school programs, field trips, and opportunities to enhance their development with many of our arts partners.

Arts Advocates may contact Tamara Fairbanks at for more details.

School arts webpages

The Update

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Tamara Fairbanks 
 Teacher on Special Assignment