Recognition Events

Students, teachers, administrators, and community members who represent a dedication to creating, teaching, and supporting arts education are recognized for their commitment to enriching their community.

Recognition Programs supported by the VAPA Foundation include:

  • VAPA Spotlight Awards – recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are transforming lives through the arts or whose lives have been transformed by the arts in San Diego Unified Schools.
  • Honor Cords – Present VAPA graduation cords to seniors who have taken four consecutive years of high school classes in a single art discipline. Nearly 400 graduation cords are presented to students across the district each year.
  • Cindy Marten’s Day – in partnership with the San Diego Symphony, celebrated US Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten in supporting art education in San Diego Unified School District.