In the Arts Education Project (AEP), specially trained visiting teachers provide visual and performing arts lessons while elementary full grade-level teams are released for a three-hour block of collaborative time or PLCs.  Students in AEP schools are given rotating arts instruction in three of the four arts disciplines: dance, music, theatre or visual art. Sequential, standards-based arts lessons have been written by VAPA resource teachers, who also train the visiting arts teachers on those lessons. Typically AEP provides nine lessons, approximately one per month, for every classroom. An eighteen-lesson program is also available.

AEP ran as a pilot project operating in six schools in 2016-2017. The program increased to 14 schools in 2017-2018, and 24 schools in 2018-2019.

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