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Party For The Arts Celebrates Burbank Arts Heroes

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation holds its sixth annual gala, Party For The Arts, on Friday, April 21, at The Globe Theatre, located on the Universal Studios lot. This year’s event honors Jordan Middle School music teacher Christine DeMore, volunteer Brenda Burroughs and patron Woodbury University.

Every spring, the Foundation recognizes three pillars of support for arts education in Burbank public schools with the Patron of the Arts Award, the Arts For All Educator Award and the Champion of the Arts Award.

“Our Party for the Arts guests will enjoy a festive yet elegant evening celebrating with the Burbank community while feasting on fine food, hosted cocktails, music and dancing and many will leave with fantastic auction items,” commented Trena Pitchford, Executive Director for Burbank Arts For All Foundation.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation honors Jordan Middle School Vocal Music Director Christine DeMore as its 2017 Arts for All Educator Award. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“But most importantly, they will leave knowing they have played an important role in ensuring Burbank’s students learn through creativity in their classrooms as they prepare for their futures. We guarantee a wonderful night out.”

Woodbury University has shared its substantial resources with the Burbank Arts For All Foundation and the Burbank Unified School District for many years, furthering the development of arts programs and opportunities for local public school students.

DeMore, as Vocal Music Director at Jordan, has helped build the confidence and musical knowledge of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth- graders who have passed through her program over the years.

“The impact that Christine DeMore has had on students in our district is profound and far-reaching,” commented Suzanne Weerts, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Brenda Burroughs will receive the Champion of the Arts Award from the Burbank Arts For All Foundation. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Burroughs’ years of volunteering in the community and with the Burbank Arts For All Foundation sets an exemplary standard as well.

Formerly called the Party On The Plaza, this year the Foundation’s annual gala has become the Party For The Arts.

In addition to hosted cocktails and dinner, live music and a silent auction of some very special trips and items, NBC Weathercaster Fritz Coleman returns to emcee the event.

Sponsorship and digital ad deadline for the event is Friday, April 14. A limited number of tickets are available for the event until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, or until the seats sell out.

For more information on the event, stop by the Burbank Arts For All website. Information on sponsorships, ads and tickets can be found on the Party For The Arts webpage here.

“Preparing Kids For Innovation” Forum Focuses On Creativity And Technology

The co-mingling of arts, sciences and technology was highlighted at a recent Burbank Arts For All Foundation Creative Circles Forum, “Preparing Kids For Innovation.” More than 125 guests attended the forum, held at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

Approximately 40 students from Monterey High, Burbank High, John Burroughs High, Muir Middle, Luther Middle and Jordan Middle schools listened to the panelists talk about their personal experiences.

Moderated by Steve Venz (Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator and Project Lead for Arts + STEM Collaborative, Orange County Department of Education), the “Preparing Kids For Innovation” panelists included Jessie Kawata (Creative Strategist and Industrial Design Lead, JPL), Mark Hatch (CEO, Maker Partners), David Card (Physics and Engineering Teacher, Burbank High School) and Andre Bormanis (Writer, Producer and Science Consultant, Star Trek.)

“The evening’s conversation was very inspiring, exploring the worlds of space, engineering, the arts and even the entertainment industry!” commented Trena Pitchford, Executive Director of the Burbank Arts For All Foundation. “Our panelists were exceptional, sharing innovative ideas and insider insights of their industry.”

“The Foundation was thrilled to host another Forum where high school students receive practical tips and advice from the pros and our donors and guests enjoy a peek into the many ways an arts education and Burbank’s local economy are connected.”

Kawata talked about how her art education from ArtCenter College of Design added a new culture to JPL with design based strategies in her work with scientists. She works with JPL scientists to not just visualize space missions but to also brainstorm new space exploration projects.

As CEO of Maker Partners, Hatch said he likes to hire students with a degree in art, such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts, “because they know how to make anything.”

Hatch also talked about potential grant opportunities to build maker spaces through the California Community College Maker initiative that seeks to grow innovation in education and prepare students for STEM/STEAM careers that require 21st Century skills.

Burbank High teacher Card discussed that engineering and physics always include “Form, Fit and Function,” while emphasizing the tenet should require beauty and elegance. He talked about his new Intro to Engineering class and its project based learning opportunities that inspire kids to be creative.

 

Bormanis encouraged students to follow their passion, to not just color within the lines but look for opportunities to develop a wide range of skills.

Burbank Unified Board of Education President Larry Applebaum, Vice President Steve Ferguson and Clerk Dr. Roberta Reynolds also attended the forum, along with Burbank City Council Member Bob Frutos and Arda Tchakari, representing California State Senator Anthony Portantino’s office.

Secret Art Show 2016 Raises Funds For Arts Education

About 400 people attended the Secret Art Show 2016 on Saturday, November 5, at The Burbank Studios. The annual event, put on by Burbank Arts For All Foundation, raises funds for arts education in Burbank Unified schools.

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation was thrilled to host our fun, funky Secret Art Show for the fourth year,” commented Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “Throughout the night, our community shared in the magic of the visual arts, whether it be selecting their first work of art or curating additional pieces to add to their own private art collection.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of guests who joined us on Saturday night, to the hundreds of Secret Artists who donated their mini-masterpieces and to our volunteers, our sponsors and partners who helped to ensure the event’s success.”

Saturday’s event featured local Burbank artists Adonna Khare, Michael Hirsh and Randall Williams demonstrated their sketching, pottery and painting.

Mothers and daughters from the National Charity League helped out at the event. Burbank Unified Board of Education member Charlene Tabet volunteered with her two nieces, as members of the National Charity League.

BAFA Secret Art Show @ TBS (© Ross A. Benson)

Many members of the Burbank community attended the event including BUSD Board of Education Vice President Steve Ferguson, Clerk Dr. Roberta Reynolds and Dr. Armond Aghakhanian. Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and Vice Mayor Will Rogers, City Council member Bob Frutos, City Attorney Amy Albano and City Clerk Zizette Mullins were also in attendance. State Senate Candidate, Anthony Portantino and Assembly member Candidate Laura Friedman also stopped by the Secret Art Show.

Artists, parents and donors, along with entertainment industry executives, designers and tradesmen and women, attended the event.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Although the Foundation did not release an estimate of the amount of funds raised so far, they noted the remaining artworks from the event are available from Wednesday, November 9, through Friday, December 2 via the Foundation’s online gallery.

The remaining original 4” x 6” works of art can be picked up for a donation of $40 each at https://www.32auctions.com/PostSAS2016.

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation remains committed to furthering creativity in the classroom and, although we are celebrating our tenth Anniversary Year, we still have much more work to do in partnership with Burbank Unified,” added Pitchford.

Secret Art Show 2016 Benefits Arts In Burbank Public Schools

Burbank Arts For All Foundation holds Secret Art Show 2016 on Saturday evening, November 5, at The Burbank Studios. The Foundation continues to accept 4″ x 6″ artwork donations for its fourth annual event through end of day, Friday, October 28.

Every autumn, celebrities, city officials, students, hobbyists and professional visual artists create “mini-masterpieces” for the Secret Art Show. The artists’ names are on the back of the piece and are not revealed until the item is purchased for a flat $40 donation to the Foundation.

Secret Art Show 2016 art. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation.)

Secret Art Show 2016 art. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation.)

“The magic of the Secret Art Show is in the unknown surprises discovered in hundreds of original works of art wrapped up inside our fun, hip, warehouse lounge party,” said Trena Pitchford, Executive Director of the Burbank Arts For All Foundation.

“We invite the entire community to join our guests for the most colorful event of the year, including a silent auction, music, live art experiences, and a hosted wine and cheese reception.”

Artists include the Art Director from SpongeBob SquarePants, Peter Bennett, and Caldecott Winning Children’s Book Author and Artist, David Shannon. Musician Steve Earle, actress Lea Thompson, Emmy-nominated production designer Dave Blass, actors W. Earl Brown and Joe Mantegna, artists Gary Baseman, Adonna Khare and Mike Vosburg are also contributing artworks to the show.

Secret Art Show 2016 art. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation.)

Secret Art Show 2016 art. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation.)

Members of the Burbank Art Association, artists from The Walt Disney Animation Studio and Nickelodeon, Costume Designer Rita Ryack, Award-winning artist and filmmaker Frank Dietz and several middle and high school students from the Burbank Unified School District have created “mini-masterpieces” for the event, too.

“We are extremely excited about the caliber of artists who are joining us this year for the first time or returning as our Secret Artists,” added PItchford.

“Where else can you enjoy an engaging, diverse collection of art created by highly collectible artists, celebrities or imaginative public school students? Be sure to take a peek at our preview galleries to see just a few of the pieces that will be available for a donation of $40 each. You don’t want to miss it!”

Preview galleries of some of the artwork available at the Secret Art Show can be seen here. It’s not too late to turn in submissions; artist entry packet information is available here.

General admission is $10 per person for entries after 7:30 p.m. Early VIP admission is $50 per person and allows entry at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online here or at the door.

Proceeds for the event benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundations, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to funding arts programs in Burbank Unified public schools.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Celebrates 10 Years Supporting BUSD Arts

Burbank Arts For All Foundation kicked off the 2016-17 school year and celebrated 10 years of funding arts programs in the Burbank Unified School District with a reception held at The Walt Disney Studios recently.

More than 100 guests attended the event, including Foundation donors, volunteers and partners and Board of Education members President David Applebaum, Vice President Steve Ferguson, Clerk Dr. Roberta Reynolds, Charlene Tabet, and Dr. Armond Agakhanian.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Chair Carrie Brow, Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes and Joan McCarthy of The Walt Disney Company and Foundation Board Member get ready for the evening’s presentation. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Along with Burbank City officials including Mayor Jess Talamantes and Vice Mayor Will Rogers, City Council members Emily Gabel-Luddy, Bob Frutos and Dr. David Gordon, and Debbie Kukta, Burbank City treasurer, the reception was also attended by Superintendent Matt Hill and BUSD administration, teachers and staff.

The Foundation highlighted programs funded at the Magnolia Park School, a BUSD special educational program for students whose social and emotional functioning significantly impacts their education.  The school provides counseling and behavior services for high school students and their families, in addition to academic classes.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Magnolia Park School Program Specialist Avra Warsofsky talks about the impact Burbank Arts For All Foundation funding for arts program has had on the school climate. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“Our program has always placed a focus on increasing the overall social-emotional functioning of our students,” explained Avra Warsofsky, Program Specialist at Magnolia Park School. “Around 4-5 years ago, we all noticed a shift in the population of students. The young people attending our program were appearing to have more significant needs and our classroom accommodations and behavioral supports along with extensive counseling services did not appear to be enough.”

Warsofksky and the school’s two teachers, who teach all academic courses for grades 9 – 12, wanted to bring more to the students who were limited to the campus for the whole school day due to emotional needs. She pointed to a “serendipitous” meeting between the school office manager and Peggy Flynn, BUSD Arts and Career Technical Education Coordinator.

“Peggy was filled with tremendous ideas and passionately engaged in helping us bring Arts education to our program,” she added.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“When Peggy discovered that the school did not offer arts education, she worked with the school site to develop a Teaching Artist series, where a Visual Artist would collaborate with the teachers onsite and bring a basic art class to the campus,” explained Burbank Arts For All Foundation Executive Director, Trena Pitchord.

“Peggy was filled with tremendous ideas and passionately engaged in helping us bring Arts education to our program,” she added.

“Peggy encouraged the school to apply for funding from us in the Fall of 2014 and we granted that request. Since 2014, we have made three additional investments in the program, growing it to include two music based experiences,” Pitchford went on to say. “Often, our investments were matched with funds provided by the District’s Arts for All budget. This is an example of our ecosystem, our village at work.”

“The impact of the funding provided by Burbank Arts for All Foundation that was utilized for bringing in a visual artist, composer, and drummer to work with our program cannot be overstated!” said Warsofsky.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“The students created a spectacular floor painting, portraits and story boxes; composed and recorded music; and learned drumming notation and drumming from Uganda and more!”

“I have witnessed a lovely change in the culture of the school. Not just the students but the staff as well,” she also said. “There is a sense of cohesiveness to the program and a pride observed in the students that I have not witnessed previously.”

“The students have worked together to complete projects that involved vision and clear process. The Magnolia Park School teachers, who are both creative in nature, appeared inspired to utilize greater artistic capacity.”

“As adults in their lives, it gives us an additional place of connectedness with our students,” Warsofsky added. “Also, it gives them the opportunity to work through something tangible with a process and either find success or not but given the chance to grow with all of our support.”

BAFA 10 YR Thank you Party @ Disney MB-18

“Yet most importantly, it gives our students the opportunity to be seen as not just as their challenges, but also as full people with ideas, vision, and importance.”

“We want to continue to work with our district, principals and teachers and increase our support to ensure that EVERY student in Burbank’s public schools receives a quality arts education,” Pitchford stated. “If there’s a gap, we want to help fill it.”

Burbank Arts For All Foundation supports teachers and school sites through bi-annual grant programs in addition to funding larger district-wide arts education and integration initiatives, some of which require funding over multiple years.

Pitchford mentioned future Foundation events, such as the regular Community Meetings which begin Wednesday, August 31, at 9:30 a.m. Community Meetings are free and open to the public and offer the latest information and networking opportunities with arts advocates throughout BUSD. More information is available here.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Foundation’s Fall Grant Application deadline is Thursday, September 15. Information on grant making guidelines can be found here.

Wednesday, October 12, the Foundation hosts a Creative Circles Forum, touted as “an inspirational evening with Award-winning Producer/Director and Author on creativity, Don Hahn.”

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation’s annual Secret Art Show will return in November. The pop-up art show raises funds for the Foundation and highlights mini-artworks created by people from all walks of life, music and live visual art in action.

BAFA Party On The Plaza Raises Funds For BUSD Arts

Burbank Arts For All Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary and raises funds for Burbank Unified arts programs with its annual BAFA Party On The Plaza on Friday, April 29.

The L.A. County arts education initiative, Arts For All, receives the Patron of the Arts Award. Joaquin Miller Elementary School Principal Judy Hession is honored with the Arts for All Educator Award. Volunteer Judy Dellinger will be presented with the Champion of the Arts Award.

“In our 10th Anniversary Year, we are so excited to celebrate three longtime leaders who have helped to further our mission and support our District’s arts education goals over the past ten years,” stated Board of Directors Chair, Carrie Brown.

bafa2016“The L.A. County arts education initiative, Arts For All – adopted by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors and led by the L.A. County Arts Commission – and the LA County Office of Education – is the driving force behind our county’s commitment to arts education for all of its 1.6 million students. We are incredibly proud to honor them with the Patron of the Arts Award to celebrate their tireless commitment and ongoing success.”

“We are also pleased to recognize the leadership of Joaquin Miller Elementary School’s Principal, Judy Hession, with the Arts for All Educator Award. Mrs. Hession’s commitment to arts education over the past 19 years of her administration has led to a robust arts culture on her campus, an Exemplary Arts School award and academic success for the school’s largely diverse student body,” added Brown.

“I am also thrilled to announce that we will be honoring longtime volunteer Judy Dellinger with the Champion of the Arts Award. After retiring from teaching, Mrs. Dellinger has remained committed to arts education over the past 12 years, leading music classes in our elementary schools and furthering our Foundation’s mission.”

“This year is extra special as we plan to celebrate the growth of creativity in the classroom for our students over the past ten years,” commented Trena Pitchford, BAFA Executive Director.

Tickets or sponsorship packages can be purchased via www.burbankartsforall.org or by contacting Pitchford at trena@burbankartsforall.org or (818) 736-5269.

The 2016 gala celebration will be held at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with hosted cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering, awards presentation and dancing to award winning party band, SPLASH. Weathercaster for NBC4, Fritz Coleman, returns as Master of Ceremonies.

Photos from the 2015 BAFA Party On The Plaza can be found here.

BAFA Donates More Than $30,000 Towards BUSD Arts Programs

Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) board members gathered on Thursday, November 5, to present a check to the Burbank Unified Board of Education for more than $30,000 towards BUSD arts programs as part of the Foundation’s Fall 2015 grant cycle.

“We see arts education – in its broadest term – as basic instruction for every student in the District and quite possibly a career pathway for our City’s future employees,” commented BAFA Executive Director Trena Pitchford.

“We are pleased to report that we were able to invest $30,473 for arts education programs. This is the second largest investment we have made in a single grant cycle,” continued Pitchford, in her address to the Board of Education.

“With this cycle, our funding is matched with $24,735.99 from the District’s Arts for All funds, a school site’s budget, parent driven booster clubs or PTA units. Together, that’s more than $55,208.99 given to our schools for arts education programming.”

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Board of Directors members and Executive Director present a check for $30,473 to the BUSD Board of Education. BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill, District Administrative staff, BUSD teachers, principals and parent leaders gather for the presentation on November 5, 2015. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Board of Directors members and Executive Director present a check for $30,473 to the BUSD Board of Education. BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill, District Administrative staff, BUSD teachers, principals and parent leaders gather for the presentation on November 5, 2015. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“We are directly impacting 3,597 students this school year alone and we are hopeful that through the sustainability of these programs and equipment we will continue to impact generations to come.”

Several teachers and principals of school programs funded in the Fall 2015 BAFA grant cycle including Washington Elementary, Miller Elementary, Edison Elementary, Jordan Middle School, Burbank High School and Magnolia Park School also attended the school board meeting.

For the Foundation’s Fall grant cycle, 24 applications were submitted for funding, including submissions from six elementary schools, all three middle schools, both Burbank and Burroughs high schools and the Magnolia Park School for a total financial request of $65,198.61.

“This was the first cycle with our new grant application and guidelines, which allowed us to understand more of the academic goals of each grant request, the timeline of the project or program and samples of a teacher’s rubric or assessment tools,” Pitchford added.

The Foundation provided seed funding for new programs, including media arts at Miller Elementary with a green screen and equipment and integration of theater arts at Edison Elementary through an artist-in-residency.

BAFA continues funding for professional development for teachers in both elementary and secondary education, elementary school tile making, clay and visual arts, expansion of digital media arts at Jordan Middle School to incorporate 3D printing and robotics, musical instruments for all three middle school programs, expert coaches for high school instrumental music and artists-in-residency programs in songwriting and performing arts at Magnolia Park School.

Pitchford also noted BAFA’s efforts to increase or sustain equity for all students by investing in the growth of both high school dance programs through funding supplies for tap dance and investing in BUSD’s College and Career Pathways Animation program with funding for Cintiqs that will decrease the tablet to student ratio to 1:2.

She also commented that many of the BAFA-funded programs are in alignment with the recent funding that BUSD’s Board of Education has provided through the State of California’s one-time funds, the District’s LCAP priorities and goals stated in the District’s Arts for All plan.

“This is a huge celebration of our District’s Arts For All ‘eco-system’ and partnership with you and our parent and business community,” she said to school board members.

BAFA’s total funding since its inception in 2006 now stands at $344,555.01. The Foundation has funded 209 grants to all K-12 schools within Burbank Unified.

“There is certainly more to do to provide standards-based sequential arts education programming K-12, but all of us in our ecosystem should be very proud of what we continue to grow and sustain in Burbank Unified for the benefit of the thousands of students who have passed through its halls in 10 years,” she also said.

 

BAFA Party On The Plaza Honors Burbank Arts Supporters

Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) hosts its fourth annual Party On The Plaza fundraising gala on Friday, May 15, at Universal Studio’s The Globe Theatre. NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman returns as Master of Ceremonies of the event honoring three Burbank arts advocates and supporters: Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Burbank High School teacher Jonelle Pickett and longtime Burbank Unified School District volunteer and parent Debbie Wade.

“We are excited to recognize this year’s well deserved honorees,” said BAFA Chair Carrie Brown.  “Nickelodeon Animation Studios has become a true partner in furthering art and creativity in our public schools. We are so proud to honor them with the Patron of the Arts Award.”

Burbank Art's For All Foundation's Executive Director Trena Pitchford and Arts for All Educator Award honoree Jonelle Pickett along with Burbank High School animation students. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Burbank Art’s For All Foundation’s Executive Director Trena Pitchford and Arts for All Educator Award honoree Jonelle Pickett along with Burbank High School animation students. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“We are also pleased to recognize the work of Jonelle Pickett in the growth of her visual arts and animation classes at Burbank High,” added Brown.

“For the first time, the Foundation is extremely proud to honor one of our many outstanding alumni parents, Debbie Wade, who continues to volunteer her time and talents to further arts education even when her kids have already graduated from our schools.”

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation is so appreciative of the support we have already received from our sponsors and donors,” commented BAFA Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “For our small Foundation, this event allows us to further our mission throughout the year providing much needed funding for arts education programs and our community engagement opportunities.”

(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“The goal for the evening is to celebrate all of us who continue to increase creativity in the classroom and honor three amazing leaders: Nickelodeon Studios, Debbie Wade and Jonelle Pickett.”

“We’ve gained a reputation for hosting one of Burbank’s most-fun and original fundraising galas every year,” she said.

Champion of the Arts honoree Debbie Wade and husband Jerry Wade. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Champion of the Arts honoree Debbie Wade and husband Jerry Wade. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“In order to keep this tradition going—and to accommodate our growing number of guests—we chose The Globe Theatre, on the recommendation of one of our board members,” Pitchford explained as the reason for the move to Universal Studios for this year’s gala. “It’s a spectacular venue for what we hope will be another spectacularly successful event.”

BAFA expects approximately 450 guests at the event, which includes a Wolfgang Puck Catering dinner and live music provided by Band From TV. A silent auction featuring a San Diego weekend, a Las Vegas getaway, a Disneyland vacation, a trip to Mammoth Mountain, tickets to L.A. Kings, dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse and a party at Story Tavern are just some of the offerings up for bid.

Individual tickets are $150 and a few remain available but must be booked by end of day Wednesday, May 13. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with red carpet, hosted cocktails and silent auction. To order tickets or for more information, visit the BAFA Party On The Plaza webpage.

Disney Partners With Jordan For Young Movie Makers Program

Students from David Starr Jordan Middle School recently attended a private screening of their own short films at the ABC/Disney Studios in Burbank. The short films were created as part of the Young Movie Makers (YMM) weekly program, with input and advice from student mentors from John Burroughs High School.

Approximately 25 students in one of teacher Richard Lightfoot’s advanced computer science classes participated in the Young Movie Makers program at Jordan. Guest teachers from the program, arranged via the Young Storytellers Foundation (YSF), visited the class to discuss and demonstrate various aspects of film making.

Jordan teacher Richard Lightfoot (left) with Jordan and Burroughs Young Movie Makers, along with Laura Manchester and Bill Thompson from Young Storyteller's Foundation (right.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Jordan teacher Richard Lightfoot (left) with Jordan and Burroughs Young Movie Makers, along with Laura Manchester and Bill Thompson from Young Storyteller’s Foundation (right.) (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Students work in groups to conceive, edit and produce a film by the end of the program,” said YSF Executive Director Bill Thompson. “They work with high school theater and film students as their mentors.”

“The groups write a three to four-page screenplay and plan pre-production,” explained YMM coordinator Laura Manchester. “They film and operate the cameras, edit, use a green screen and add special effects all themselves.”

The culmination of the year-long program is a luncheon and screening of the six student shorts, hosted by Disney Studios.

Young Movie Makers mentors from John Burroughs High School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Young Movie Makers mentors from John Burroughs High School. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Manchester also teaches some of the YMM classes, along with other industry professionals.

“I’m able to take some of what they teach and add to my own curriculum,” said Lightfoot, who teaches several computer science classes at the middle school.

Students in his classes learn basics of photography, videography, storytelling, Microsoft programs including Office and Excel, Google Docs, and programming skills in Perl and Python. They also produce the daily Cougar Vision school television program and the school Yearbook.

“I really love having the high school kids come down and through their conversations with the kids they get to know each other and work together,” added Lightfoot.

“They were unbelievably mature and worked so hard and were really into it,” JBHS student Sabrina Wrabley said of her group of middle schoolers, “It was fun.”

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“We wanted it to be a thriller,” said student Troy Outwater of his group’s film Day and Night. He explained the idea started from a dream had by classmate Sawyer Kaplan.

The YMM program is in four middle schools in the Los Angeles area, including Burbank, Culver City, Venice and Inglewood. YSF’s Script to Stage program is in 36 school across Los Angeles and New York City. The program at Jordan is supported by the Burbank Arts For All Foundation and Disney Studios.

For the 2014-15 school year, YMM will move to an after school program at Jordan, with initial spaces available to students already in the program and entering the middle school from the YSF Script to Stage program at Disney Elementary. YSF will also debut the Script to Stage program for students at McKinley Elementary in the coming school year.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

 

 

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Announces Grant Winners

At the BUSD school board meeting on Thursday, May 15, Trena Pitchford, Director of Development for the Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) announced the recipients of $25,518 in grants for arts education programs in the school district.

Grant applications from Roosevelt, Washington, McKinley and Jefferson Elementary Schools along with Burbank and Burroughs High Schools were selected from 25 applicants by the BAFA Board in April for the spring grant cycle. The funds will directly affect programs for more than 8300 students in the coming school year.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation presented Spring 2014 grant winners at the May 15 school board meeting. Pictured top row, left to right: Jacqueline Dwight, Judith Dellinger, McKinley Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh, Chair Burbank Arts for All Foundation Board of Directors Carrie Brown, Director of Development Trena Pitchford, President of the BUSD Board of Education Dr. Roberta Reynolds, Foundation Board Member Alexandra Helfrich, BUSD Arts for All Coordinator Peggy Flynn, Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz, Roosevelt Principal Jennifer Meglemre, Washington Principal Brandi Young, Foundation Board member Karen Volpei-Gussow. Seated row, left to right: McKinley parents Colleen Elkins and Angela Pupello Cistone, Foundation Board Member Suzanne Weerts, John Burroughs High School parent Aileen Neitzert (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Burbank Arts For All Foundation presented Spring 2014 grant winners at the May 15 school board meeting. Pictured top row, left to right: Jacqueline Dwight, Judith Dellinger, McKinley Principal Bobbie Kavanaugh, Chair Burbank Arts for All Foundation Board of Directors Carrie Brown, Director of Development Trena Pitchford, President of the BUSD Board of Education Dr. Roberta Reynolds, Foundation Board Member Alexandra Helfrich, BUSD Arts for All Coordinator Peggy Flynn, Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz, Roosevelt Principal Jennifer Meglemre, Washington Principal Brandi Young, Foundation Board member Karen Volpei-Gussow. Seated row, left to right: McKinley parents Colleen Elkins and Angela Pupello Cistone, Foundation Board Member Suzanne Weerts, John Burroughs High School parent Aileen Neitzert (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“We see ourselves as venture philanthropists, willing to underwrite creative programs in their infancy, to add additional resources to a teacher’s, principal’s, school booster club’s or PTA unit’s school day curriculum program,” commented Pitchford. “To fortify the district’s 10-year Arts For All plan.”

In the past seven years, since the Foundation was created in 2007, BAFA has funded over 160 grants, spending over $250,000, said Pitchford.

Parent booster and PTA donations along with BUSD and BAFA funding for arts-related programs in the schools total nearly $600,000 since 2007, according to Dr. Tom Kissinger, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the district.

Pitchford mentioned a few of the programs and projects funded this cycle, including the first 3D printer for the district, the creation of an arts library resource center at the high schools, and funding cross-curricular programs for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) participants in grades 3-5.

The $25,518 will be matched with $53,923 from BUSD’s Arts For All funds, parent-driven booster clubs and PTA units, to support the selected arts education programs.

While Pitchford acknowledged the chosen programs, she noted that the total amount requested by the initial 25 applicants totaled over $63,000.