Acknowledging a "commitment to and support of music education in schools,"San Diego Unified has been honored as one of America's Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. According to the association's website, "As the economy hinders state and local school budgets to adequately support music education, the 174 school districts named by the NAMM Foundation demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing music education for their students." Congratulations to our music teachers, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department, students, administrators and School Board members for making this honor possible. For more information, read the news release, watch the presentation at http://evl.sandi.net/SafeVideos/Video.aspx?id=3I3-9BeEBWQ or contact VAPA, Karen Childress-Evans, at (858) 539-5349.
The mission of the Visual And Performing Arts Department (VAPA) is to provide equal access to quality standards-based arts instruction in all district schools in dance, music, theatre and visual arts by competent, qualified teachers.
Because the arts contribute to the total development of the individual and serve an important purpose in society, the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department is dedicated to:
Expanding the role the arts play within our schools and lives.
Creating and maintaining a network of community arts and cultural institutions that support all teachers and students in a standards-based arts curriculum
Addressing multiple intelligences, creative thinking, cultural diversity and special needs.