The Arts Education Project (AEP) is a pilot project supported by the Leadership and Learning and VAPA Departments. AEP provides visiting arts teachers to support classroom coverage while elementary grade level teachers are meeting for collaborative time or PLCs. Funding for AEP is provided by the Educator Effectiveness dollars allocated to participating schools and from the Leadership and Learning Department.

During the 2016-2017 school year, AEP ran as a pilot project operating in six elementary schools: Chavez, Encanto, Field, Hancock, Horton, and Lafayette. Sixteen schools are participating in AEP in 2017-2018, some paying for the project from their own school budget.

Schools selected for the project are given instruction in three of the four arts disciplines: dance, music, theatre or visual art. Teaching artists in those disciplines provide three rotating 50-minute arts lessons to every class so classroom teachers have three hours of uninterrupted collaborative time. Standards-based arts lessons have been written by VAPA resource teachers, who then provide monthly trainings on those lessons to the visiting arts teachers. Typically AEP provides nine lessons, approximately one per month, for every classroom.

Below: kindergarten theatre class                    Below: 4th grade dance class 


Below: kindergarten visual art class


Tim Benson
Program Manager
Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego CA 92123