Performing Arts activities are wide ranging, including drama, dance, choral, instrumental and film-making.  Provide spaces to support a variety of performing arts programs. Some examples of smaller scaled spaces that support flexible, informal and frequent performing arts events will include a pair of classrooms conjoined or Outdoor Learning spaces for different sizes of groups to gather. 

The Ed Specs serve to illustrate concepts that will inform the master plans based on OUSD's aspirations to the audience of future architects who will implement them as well as for OUSD stakeholders to understand the reasoning behind modernizations.

Large Openings

Are there large openings to the exterior to extend the footprint of the indoor performing arts space to the outdoors?

Flexible Performing Arts Space

Does the space support a variety of configurations for performing arts activities?


Easily accessible to all learners as a destination for the arts. Locate Visual Arts and Performing Arts shared resource learning spaces for easy sharing by the whole school both during school and for after school programs.

Supporting Arts Integration

Highly visible and accessible to all learners to support teachers ability to help their students increase their knowledge in general subject areas while fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Student Access

Connect primary circulation pathways with Visual Arts and Performing Arts learning spaces for easy access to all learners and educators.

Outdoor Learning

Provide direct access to the exterior for arts activities such as large or messy projects, drawing, photography, ceramics, set building for theater, music, dance and drama rehearsals and performances. The direct visual connection is important for teachers to be able to supervise students working outdoors while others work indoors.