VAPA Foundation Receives $31K Grant from the California Arts Council

Isabella Virzi, Beck Ellman Heald,

San Diego, CA – The VAPA Foundation, whose mission is to increase access to and enhance the quality of arts education in the San Diego Unified School District, has been awarded $31,500 from the California Arts Council’s Statewide and Regional Networks program grant. This is the first time the VAPA Foundation has received funding from the California Art Council.

This grant will immediately double the impact of the VAPA Enhancement Program (VEP), from which the organization grants funds to teachers who have been chosen from a group of submissions. Last year, VAPA awarded $30,769 in microgrants, and in the 2022/23 school year will be able to grant $63,000 in awards to teachers.

VEP is a program that funds artist residencies, interactive field trips, workshops, professional development, materials, equipment, and musical instruments for any arts discipline. With this new funding, the VAPA Foundation has created a new VEP funding category of $5,000 or less. Now three categories of funding consist of $5,000 or less, $2,500 or less, and $500 or less.

“We’re thrilled to receive such a substantive grant from the California Arts Council,” stated Jon Bailey, VAPA Board President. “We are effectively able to help twice the number of teachers and students with this increase in funds, making an enormous impact on arts education programs across the entire SDUSD system.” For more information about the VEP program please visit:

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