Put Your Money Where the Arts Are!

As the 2nd largest school district in the State of California, SDUSD serves over 132,000 students every year.  Although the visual and performing arts are growing steadily in SDUSD during these difficult financial times, we will be unable to continue to provide these valuable services without donations from the community.
There are many ways you can make a difference. VAPA is collecting donations of materials, equipment, and money to support our VAPA students and teachers, compliant with Administrative Procedure 9300. By donating you are helping to give SDUSD students the creative edge they need to succeed.

We would like to thank all of our donors from this year's All Staff GLEE Sing Off that raised over $7,000 for the VAPA department:


Belly Up

Brigantine Family of Restaurants

Carmen’s Dance Shoes

Catamaran Resort

Comedy Juice

Culture Shock

Cygnet Theatre


Doug and Alice Diamond

Patrick Garcia

La Jolla Music Society

Landmark Theatres

Loew’s Coronado Resort

Denise Lynne

Mad House Comedy


Mike Marentic

Marie Hitchcock Puppets

Mingei Museum


Moxie Theatre

MSI Productions

Museum of Making Music

North Coast Rep

Lucille Park and Robin Wilson

Ruben H. Fleet Science Center

San Diego Ballet

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

San Diego Jr. Theatre

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Opera

San Diego Padres

San Diego Rep

Steve Severs

Laura Smith and Kelly Zeman

Stage 7

The New Children’s Museum

Wild Roots Salon and Boutique

Yvonne Ward

- Buy a CD to support VAPA: Thanks to a partnership with Lloyd Pest Control and KPRI radio station, you can purchase a CD of music that is written and performed by local San Diego artists. 100% of your $5 purchase will go directly to the SDUSD VAPA department to pay for musical instruments, repairs, books, art supplies and materials. With your purchase you can help hundreds of students Find Their Own Voices through the visual and performing arts. To purchase your CD today, go to http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/findyourvoicevolume1 Please read this UT article for more information.


Arts Attack: visual art kits for grades K-5. This curriculum is California Standards-based, grade-specific and includes teaching DVD's and art prints for instructional support.
  • $3,800 funds one AA kit for one elementary school
  • $650 funds one AA kit for one grade level
Grade Level Arts Experience (GLAE) Project: 4-prong instructional model with the intent to provide every SDUSD student (K-6) a variety of FREE grade-level-appropriate, meaningful, arts experiences, reflective of the VAPA standards and presented by trained, professional artists and trained classroom teachers. Partnerships include: Classics for Kids (grade 2), The Timken Museum of Art (grade 3), San Diego Symphony (grade 4), and Mingei International Museum of Art (grade 6).
  • $185 funds one bus of students to an event
Instrumental Music Programs (year-long): instruction in instrumental music is provided to 100% of elementary schools in SDUSD at the upper grade levels. School sites may select from 3 instructional programs depending on their needs. Musical instruments are provided by the District for students who request them.
  • $7 funds one student method book
  • $20 funds one folding music stand
  • $5 funds one recorder
  • $200 funds one elementary school's instrumental music program including reeds, strings, valve oil, etc.
  • $250 - $800 funds one new musical instrument depending on the type
Keys to Achievement Program: innovative program for grades Kindergarten through Second that includes a custom developed interactive, self-paced software system, with 20 mini-piano keyboards. An existing computer lab of at least 20 computers is required.
  • $2,500 one-time purchase funds one elementary school
Music Memory: partnership with Orchestra Nova that gives students in grades 3-6 an in-depth study of 16 selections of symphonic music per year. The program introduces students to melody, musical terms, definitions, instrumental and vocal tone colors, musical form and historical and cultural significance. The culminating project is an invitational "music bee" similar to a spelling bee for the top scoring students from each school across the District. Live music for this final event is provided by Orchestra Nova.
  • $150/year funds materials and CD's for one classroom teacher
  • $185 funds one bus of students to the final "music bee"
Teaching Artists Project (TAP): VAPA provides trained teaching artists in dance, music, theatre and visual art to provide quality arts instruction to individual sites who are able to fund the program.
  • $4,000 funds one Teaching Artist for 9 weeks of instruction for 5 classes
California Music Project:  Provides a music classroom with a local guest music assistant for one year.
  • $5,000 funds one university student for one year
Young Men in Harmony: sponsored by Pacific Coast Barbershop Harmony group, includes vocal clinics, workshops and performance opportunities for young men in SDUSD, hosting the annual Real Men Sing events.
  • $25 will fund one young man to attend a Real Men Sing clinic
  • $100 will send one young man to a regional competition
  • $1,000 will bring a barbershop quartet to 2 schools plus one evening performance
District Student Art Exhibition: annual show at the Eugene Brucker Education Center celebrating over 1,000 student artists in a variety of genres from across the district grades K-12.
  • $200 funds one portable 72"x48" display panel (25 needed)
  • $250 funds one elementary classroom with all the materials they need to complete 9 weeks of visual art
  • $500 funds basic visual art materials for one secondary classroom for one year
  • $600 funds a 3-panel folding screen for displaying artwork
Festivals: provides opportunities for students to process and analyze their performance, be adjudicated by lead educators, experience other student performances and to derive meaning from a comprehensive arts experience; includes the recorder festival, music solo and ensemble festivals, ImprovFest and TechFest.
  • $5 will purchase a recorder for one student
  • $10 will send one student to the solo and ensemble music festival
  • $25 will send one student to a theatre festival
  • $30 will send an ensemble of students to the solo and ensemble music festival
Honor Concerts and Productions: provides band, orchestra, choral, and theatre opportunities for proficient and advanced students to learn and perform challenging repertoire rehearsed and directed by leading arts educators, and to experience a high level of performance with peers.
  • $20 funds one advanced arts student to participate in one of these opportunities
  • $50 funds one Wenger music stand
  • $400 funds one section of a 4-step choral riser (4 sections needed)
Take Five Music Listening Program: provides daily listening activities for students including a variety of musical genres, ensembles and instrumentation. 5-minutes each day strengthens student listening skills and brings musical literacy to students who would otherwise not receive the experience.  
  • $150 one-time purchase funds one teacher
Donations of materials and equipment include:
  • Musical instruments and accessories
  • Costumes
  • Props
  • Visual art supplies
  • Scripts and sheet music
Drop off your donations at:
SDUSD VAPA Department
Instructional Supply Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego,   CA  92123
Call: 858.256.2700 for more information
Checks can be made payable to: 
  • San Diego Unified School District VAPA Department
  • San Diego Education Fund #2037 (Honor Concerts and Productions donations only)