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Join VAPA on March 20th, 2024 – Alchemy and Equity – Connecting Arts Education to a Thriving Society

Join an engaging conversation on the role arts education plays in our schools, and how communities can unite to make lasting impact.

Wednesday, March 20 · 5:30pm PDT
Comic-Con Museum
2131 Pan American Plaza San Diego, CA 92101

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Larry Baza Scholarship Application Deadline Extended to April 21st 2024

SDUSD High School Seniors: Ready, Set, Go! Larry Baza Scholarship Application Set to Open 3/1/24

The Visual and Performing Arts Foundation (VAPA) for SDUSD is once again pleased to offer two (2) $1,500 tuition scholarships for the second annual funding … Read More

Encouraging Creativity in SDUSD and Beyond: The 2024 Larry Baza Scholarship and 2023 Awardees

Do you know an exceptional artistic SDUSD highschool senior looking to advance their education in higher ed? If so, they would be an excellent applicant to our Annual Larry Baza High School Arts Scholarship, which will open in early Spring! Read More

Teacher Spotlight: Meera Ramanathan’s Innovative Chess Piece Design Program

An exemplary recipient of our 2022-2023 Visual Enhancement Program Award, Meera Ramanathan created a fantastic and innovative program for her students at Zamorano Elementary Fine Arts Academy. Check out how her approach to teaching chess involved a unique blend of Read More

Teacher Spotlight: Samantha Sibbet- Art History and Embracing Cultural Relevance

Teacher Spotlight: Samantha Sibbet- Teaching of Art History and Embracing Cultural Relevance through Kehinde Wiley


In the San Diego Unified School District, Samantha Sibbet merged fundamental art history concepts with contemporary cultural relevance through the exploration of Kehinde Wiley’s Read More

VAPA Foundation and Center for World Music; A Harmonious Partnership of Culturally Responsive Music Residencies in SDUSD

In an impactful collaboration, the VAPA Foundation and the Center for World Music orchestrated transformative music residencies across seven schools in San Diego Unified School District, showcasing the rich musical heritage of Central and South America.


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Level Up Multi-Art VAPA Camps: Culturally Responsive Arts Education with City Heights Music School

This past summer 2023 at Perkins Elementary, the VAPA Foundation teamed up with the City Heights Music School (CHMS) in a transformative afterschool and summer school program that reshaped students’ artistic journeys with a culturally rooted approach.


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The 2023 Larry Baza Scholarship Art Auction – A Wonderful Event!

We had a fantastic time holding this year’s Larry Baza Scholarship Art Auction. It was a wonderful night as we auctioned off numerous artworks to raise funds for this year’s graduating seniors to pursue the arts in higher education!

The … Read More