***Please click HERE for the VAPA Virtual resource website for continuity of learning in the arts.

***Please click HERE for a list of VAPA events cancelled due to COVID-19.


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

Visual and Performing Arts Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Important Links

Click below to access Cindy Marten's spring arts calendar. Join her in visiting visual and performing arts events around the district!


Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA)
Russ Sperling, Director
Instructional Media Center
2441 Cardinal Lane
San Diego, CA 92123-3798
☎ 858-256-2700
📠 858-256-2708  
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