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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


Dear Edwina

Grades 3-6 Ukulele and Recorder Concert. 8:30 am at Lincoln Elementaryukulele and recorder concert


Newport- Mesa Unified believes that every student must have access to education and opportunities in the Visual and Performing Arts. The district is divided into 4 zones, each 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.

We have partnerships with the city, community organizations, and arts communities throughout Orange County. We have created venues for student performances, written grants to enhance technology and learning in the arts, and have hosted events and festivals that allow our students to shine.

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

Arts Spotlight

Mean Girls, Estancia High School Drama , April 27 through 29 at 7 pm at the Costa Mesa High School Performing Arts Center; Matinee at 2 pm April 30th; $15 for General Tickets; Student Tickets $10  
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Senior Art Showcase

Thursday April 27, 2023

4-7 pm 

Location 1980

1980 Placentia Ave Costa Mesa, California 92627

Limited Parking

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.

Contact US

Tamara Fairbanks 
Teacher on Special Assignment

School arts webpages

Celebrating Students!

The Orange County Register has announced their nominees for the Artist of Year. Thank you to all of the teachers and staff that have invested in their students and aided them to work on their auditions and portfolio submissions. Your students deserve much recognition for their hard work and growth throughout the years. Bravo!

Dance :

Chandler Rose Green, NHHS

Alexandria Rose Schachter, NHHS



Ella Katherine Avital , CdMHS

Je Anne Hendrickx, CDMHS

Olivia Sandoval , CDMHS

Rosemary Bagnara, CMHS

Grace Dickinson , CMHS

Jaidyn Soldin , CMHS

Colin Sutton, CMHS

Isabella Mills, CMHS

Colin Sanchez,CMHS

Rachel Laurence, CMHS


Fine Arts:

Grace Dickinson, Ceramics, CMHS

Sami Gaites, Ceramics,CMHS

Alexandra Hernandez, Ceramics, CMHS

Breezy Kash,Ceramics, CMHS

Rosalynn Ethany Madriaga , Ceramics, CMHS

Samantha Hernandez, Drawing, CMHS

Amelia Lin , Drawing, CdMHS

Madeline Stute, Drawing, CMHS

Imogen Charlotte Sheffield, MIxed Media, CdMHS

Lisa Wang, Mixed Media, CdMHS

Nick Highman , Painting, CMHS

Lee Lawson, Painting, CMHS

Kristina Park, Painting, CMHS

Kyra Kirsch, Sculpting/3D , CMHS


Instrumental Music:

Jacob A Fesili (trombone), CMHS

Joseph Hufford (guitar),CMHS

Nolan Nguyen (trumpet),CMHS

Kevin Ramces Cardona (guitar),CMHS


Vocal Music:

Isabella Mills, CMHS

Media Arts

Rin Sakaske ,Digital Illustration, CMHS