Our Mission

The purpose of the VAPA Foundation is to enhance the quality of and access to arts education in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) via:


VAPA Enhancement Program (VEP):  Enabling Tk-12 SDUSD teachers to apply for VAPA-related artist residencies, field trips, professional development or materials that go beyond the school budget.


Honor Concerts: Enabling elementary, middle, and high school students from across the district to audition, collaborate, and play together for the community in professional settings.


Recognitions: Recognizing the students, teachers, administrators and community members committed to creating, teaching, and supporting arts education.


Collaborations:  Creating bridges between SDUSD and the host of local artists and organizations committed to transformative arts learning.


Targeting Needs: Using data to target programs to schools that demonstrate most need.