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DAC Chair
Janis Gabbert
DAC Secretary
Zina Josephs
District Administrator
Dr. Ellen Edeburn
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Staff Liaison
Tom Whaley
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VAPA Assistant
Brenda Carrillo
310-450-8338 x70338
Board Liaisons
Maria Leon-Vazquez
Ralph Mechur

The charge of the VAPA District Advisory Committee shall be to:

Support a comprehensive PreK-12 arts education program as an integral part of the core curriculum offered to all SMMUSD students, with the arts taught as discrete disciplines as well as integrated into other subject areas.

Serve as a vehicle for parents, teachers, students and community members to inform, suggest and make recommendations to the Board of Education on matters related to equitable access and successful participation in comprehensive, sequential, standards-based PreK-12 arts education.

Review, monitor and report to the Board of Education, current SMMUSD Visual and Performing Arts program data (Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts) and progress in the District’s implementation of the Board-adopted Arts for All Strategic Plan.

Improve communication among the District, parents and the community regarding the District's VAPA programs, particularly with underserved populations, and develop a VAPA network of those with experience or interest in the arts.

Coordinate with the School District regarding photos, videos, and recordings in order to publicize and archive VAPA events on

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, California 90404