Twenty-One SDUSD Teachers Receive VAPA Foundation Funding

Posted: Thursday, December 19th 2019


Twenty-one San Diego Unified teachers will receive awards to underwrite visual and performing arts (VAPA) related activities and purchases funded by the VAPA Foundation’s 2019-2020 VAPA Enhancement Program. The VAPA Enhancement Program (VEP) enables any San Diego Unified teacher to apply for funds to enhance the quality of, and access to arts education in the classroom or school. The VAPA Foundation funds arts enhancements not covered by a school’s budget. 

The VAPA Enhancement Program (VEP) fund field trips, artist residencies, and arts equipment from ukuleles to a laser cutter for media sculpture from elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district (see list below). Each successful applicant linked the request to ongoing curriculum goals. President of the VAPA Foundation Board of Directors Larry Baza, states that over 2,100 district students “will directly benefit from the VEP projects with additional impact expected to school communities through culminating student performances, art exhibitions and participation in state and national festivals. Plus, the reach extends onward to future years with the purchase of new equipment.”

This year, the VAPA Foundation increased funding for VEP awards by more than 50 percent to a total of more than $34,000. This increase in funding was made possible, in part, by a partnership with UC San Diego and by donors from the community who recognize the impact a meaningful arts education has on students’ attendance, graduation rates, college readiness, civic pride and cultural awareness.

About the VAPA Foundation: The VAPA Foundation believes that all students benefit from an education rich in the arts – from field trips to museums and theaters, to bringing professional artists into the classroom, to training teachers in their craft or best practices for arts integration. The VAPA Foundation is committed to connecting students and teachers to resources beyond the scope of a school budget and to recognizing student achievement in the visual and performing arts via recognitions, concerts and collaborations. For more information about the VAPA Foundation visit vapafoundation.org or call 619-256-2700.

2019-20 VAPA Enhancement Program Recipients

FIRST

LAST

SCHOOL

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Mike

Baum

Lincoln HS

Playwrights Project "Write On!" residency

Caitlin

Black

East Village HS

Outside the Lens artist residency and marine biology classes

Alyson

Erickson

Linda Vista ES

Malashock Dance (Math in Motion)

Michael

Fiedler

Serra HS

Color guard/Winter guard floor and equipment

Andrea

Lemaitre

San Diego SCPA

National High School Dance Festival

Matthew

Lyons

Oak Park ES

Digital music production lab (partnership with David's Harp Foundation)

Don

Masse

Zamorano ES

Laser engraver/cutter (media/sculpture curriculum)

Bill

McClain

Carver ES

Malashock Dance (Math in Motion)

Lony

Mendez

Audubon

Materials to continue media arts/video integration

Francesca

Miller

Hamilton ES

Ukuleles (in partnership with GITC)

Matthew

Mulvaney

Mira Mesa HS

CMEA State Band and Orchestra Festival

Shelly

Reshes

Jones ES

Malashock Dance (Math in Motion)

Zach

Rhines

SCPA

Voice recorders for assessment

Karen

Ritchey

Ocean Beach ES

Classics4Kids: "Tubby the Tuba" with Malashock

Kayla

Rodgers

San Diego HS

Professional Development - Harmony University

Garner

Saguil

Dingeman ES

Ukuleles (in partnership with GITC)

Patti

Steele

Paradise Hills ES

Ukuleles - Guitars in the Classroom Residency

Debra

Volk

Garfield ES

SD Junior Theatre arts integration

Lara

Wuhrmann

Toler ES

Keyboard and materials

Maj

Xander

Montgomery MS

PGK Dance Residency

Julie

Yaeger

Standley MS

Hausmann String Quartet Residency

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