VAPA Foundation Provides Support for Art Programs at Six Elementary Schools

Isabella Virzi, Beck Ellman Heald,

San Diego, CA – With a mission is to increase access to and enhance the quality of arts education in the San Diego Unified School District, the VAPA Foundation has announced it will continue supporting art instruction for students in grades K-5 through programs and curriculum at six City Heights Elementary Schools. The VAPA foundation will support New Connections and Makers Art Programs at Euclid, Franklin, Hamilton, Joyner, Normal Heights and Rowan Elementary Schools.

During the 2021-2022 New Connections Program and Makers Art Program, 1,127 students participated in designing permanent mosaic projects and 513 were hands-on in the mosaic workshops. Additionally, 1,780 students received New Connections program kits and instruction. With the support of the VAPA Foundation, these programs were able to touch many young lives through art and complete seven permanent mosaic projects at local San Diego elementary schools.

New Connections Program:

  • Engage K-5 grade students at selected City Heights’ elementary schools in grade-appropriate art lessons
  • Advance students’ social and emotional learning skills by providing opportunities for:
  • Engagement in classroom activities and discussions
  • Modeling and encouraging positive classroom behavior
  • Developing empathy and cross-cultural understanding
  • Encouraging risk-taking and problem-solving
  • Provide support, supplies, and technical assistance to school site educators and staff

Makers Art Program:

  • Engage students in the production of permanent public artwork
  • Provide support, supplies, and technical assistance to school site educators and staff
  • Work with the Maintenance and Facilities department of San Diego Unified School District to install permanent art fixtures at participating school sites

“The New Connections Program and Makers Art Program have made a tremendous impact on the schools, students and educators in City Heights where we have been fortunate to implement them,” stated Jon Bailey, VAPA Foundation Board President. “This is why we work so hard to raise funds for important programs such as this one. The positive effects they have on our children and communities is dramatic and wonderful.”

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