Dear patron of the art,

We are pleased to inform you about a one-for-one challenge matching grant to encourage new donors to join in the VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Foundation’s work. This matching grant has been generously underwritten by the Parker Foundation up to a total of $15,000.

While there are numerous organizations in San Diego that provide arts education programming, it is the school district that is responsible for providing a standards-based, sequential arts education for all students, and providing the resources and infrastructure that makes this happen. With the creation of the VAPA Foundation, the district intends to advocate for more community resources and distribute these resources in a more strategic, coherent, and powerful way to improve the quality, equity, and access of arts education throughout the district. There is no other organization that exists that can coordinate resources at this level and scale.

The VAPA Foundation recognizes not everyone can help right now. But for those who can, there is no time more important than now to give. The VAPA Foundation is in a crucial phase of growing its capacity to do its work so please make your donation by July 31, 2021 to qualify for the match. School events, education programs, and collaborations are only possible through the generosity of patrons like you.



Art Supplies Campaign

Thank you for supporting visual art students in San Diego Unified. We need to raise as much as $500,000 to purchase art supplies--crayons, watercolors, markers, scissors, paper and glue sticks--for our elementary students and specialty items for our secondary students during COVID-19 distance learning this fall.

Please check out our Amazon wish list

First Grade Students From Johnson Stem Elementary

2018 VEP funding was awarded to First-grade teacher Judy Johnson at Johnson STEM Elementary. Ms. Johnson learned to play the ukulele through the free 2018 summer teacher training at Guitars in the Classroom. She received VEP funding to purchase 24 ukuleles for her students. Unfortunately, Ms. Johnson developed terminal cancer late in the fall and did not live to see her students learn the ukulele. Guitars in the Classroom stepped in to assist and sent a teaching artist to the classroom to teach the newly assigned teacher and all of Ms. Johnson's students how to play their ukuleles. Music skills can help build student learning success across curricula.

Please donate today to help us increase funding so even more teachers can create arts enrichment and unique arts education projects for their students.

First Grade Students From Johnson Stem Elementary

Teacher Val Simons & Her Class Thank You!

Education Specialist, Val Simons, MA ESE, received one of the VAPA Foundation’s 14 inaugural awards.

With it she purchased a karaoke machine and ukulele wall mounts for her classroom. The karaoke machine enables her students that have communication challenges to practice speaking with the microphone. The wall mounts allow Val to safely and beautifully store the ukuleles she uses with SDUSD’s Guitars in the Classroom program; a program that helps Val use music to teach across her entire curriculum.

Thank You to Our Partners

We've made it possible for our partners to provide teachers unique arts enhancement experiences that are beyond the regular budget of SDUSD. We’ve also made it possible for them to fund Honor Concerts, Fiddle Fest and Copland House collaboration; These are all important education programs that benefit SDUSD students.

Presenting Sponsor

UC San Diego Logo

Government Sponsor

Students of San Diego

Philanthropic Sponsors

Price Philanthropies
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation

Corporate Sponsors

pjhm architects

In-Kind Sponsors

The Something Sweet Shop
Blick Art Materials