BURBANK, Calif. – The Burbank Arts for All Foundation announced today its Fall 2011 grant, the largest award to date of over $20,000, benefiting 14 visual and performing arts programs as well as the Burbank Unified School District. The Foundation received an unprecedented 33 grant applications.
Commenting on the announcement, Burbank Arts for All Co-Chairpersons Alexandra Helfrich and Craig Murray jointly stated, “We received an overwhelming amount of grant applicants, which validates the vital need of continued support for the visual and performing arts programs in all of Burbank public schools. The focus of our giving was on fulfillment of the Foundation’s mission, building capacity in schools, reaching the greatest number of kids, and the professional development and merit of the application. We are extremely proud that we were able to fund every one of the visual and performing arts this cycle.”
“To say that we are delighted with this generous grant impacting the lives of over 15,000 Burbank students would be an understatement,” added Superintendent Stan Carrizosa. “I want to personally thank those who generously contribute to the Burbank Arts for All Foundation. The number of grant applicants alone reflects the continued need of support for visual and performing arts programs in our schools. Artistic experiences capture our creative thinking and passion, which is a direct line to our best intellectual capacities. This is exactly how arts education enriches the lives of our students.”
The Fall 2011 grants will go toward the renovation of school auditoriums; the creation of a media lab and television studio; a school-wide fine arts program that will be a model for the district; the integration of physical education and dance; musical instruments; an interactive Shakespeare day; a pilot choreographer in residency in physical education and dance; a sculpture project; an extraordinary book project integrating visual arts, photography, and literature; an economics through art project; and BUSD strategic planning for an updated Arts for All Plan.
The Foundation accepts applications twice a year for two separate grant cycles. Grant deadlines are March 15 and Sept. 15. To learn more about specific grants and their deadlines go to: www.burbankartsforall.org/grants