Visual and Performing Arts

Vision Statement

Transforming lives through the arts.

Mission Statement

San Diego Unified School District will promote artistic literacy, innovation, creativity, and excellence in the arts by providing a high quality, sequential, TK-12 arts experience for all students. By implementing district policies that support and sustain the arts as a core subject, the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) will support the highest quality arts education in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, providing services in curriculum and instruction, professional development and community collaboration. 

Guiding Principles

All students have equitable access to arts education

We find strength in diversity

Click here to link to the Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan 2016-2021

VAPA Advisory Council

  • Monday, April 23, 4:30-6:00pm - Regular meeting, IMC

  • VAPA Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.

VAPA Spotlight Awards

Nominate a student, teacher, or school leader for the following awards:

Leadership Award, Artistic Achievement Award, Artistic Growth Award, Artistic Innovation Award, Creative Community Engagement Award 

Recipients will be recognized at an SDUSD VAPA Foundation event on April 29th. Nomination Deadline: February 21st, 11:59pm.

The nomination form can be found HERE



Photo below courtesy Stuart Holmes Photography Copyright 2013