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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.

 

JBHS Arts For All Day Returns With A Hands On Approach

Students at John Burroughs High School participated a variety of creative activities at the annual JBHS Arts For All Day – A Hands On Experience on Wednesday, October 7. During fourth period and lunch, the school’s population checked out dance, acting, visual arts, music, theater, small engines, technology and more.

“Arts for All has evolved over the years,” explained Debbie Gudzin from the JBHS Athletics and Activities Department, who has coordinated the program for several years. “It started out as an event to show the artwork, exhibits and performance abilities of our student body.”

Cinema Secrets movie and special effects makeup station was a popular stop at JBHS Arts For All Day. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cinema Secrets movie and special effects makeup station was a popular stop at JBHS Arts For All Day. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“It also allowed all students to see what our different programs have to offer them at John Burroughs High School. We then began to invite community artists and local businesses to promote their arts programs to our students who may be interested in a career in the arts.”

“Over the years, this event has taken place in several locations throughout our campus. We have had jazz bands playing in the Building 2 alley,” she continued. “A photography display setup like an art walk near Building 2. We even utilized our gym mezzanine and hallways of Building 6 when it rained one year.”

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Last year, Arts for All took a new turn, with the theme ‘A Hands On Experience,'” Gudzin added. “We asked all of our programs to come up with a way to teach our students something. To let them touch musical instruments, put their hands on a pottery wheel. Learn a dance. Take a vocal lesson. Mold a piece of clay. Paint a mural.”

“This concept was very well received by our student body. We have continued the hands on experience as our theme for this year’s Arts for All event, with even more involvement by our talented teachers and students.”

Teacher Debbie McHorney demonstrates some functions of the Makey-Makey interactive station at JBHS Arts For All Day. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Teacher Debbie McHorney demonstrates some functions of the Makey-Makey interactive station at JBHS Arts For All Day. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Junior Megan Chan was excited about the clay dish she made in less than 15 minutes with help from an instructor at the pottery station.

“It was really fun!” Chan exclaimed. “Even if it gets broken while you’re making it, you can fix it.”

 

Third Annual Secret Art Show Call For Entries Announced

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) has issued a call for entries for their third annual Secret Art Show which will be held on Saturday, September 26. Artists of any age are welcome to submit works of art on 4×6-inch cards for inclusion in the Secret Art Show through Friday, September 18.

We Want YOU![2]The Secret Art Show displays art by renowned artists, celebrities, Oscar Award-winning filmmakers, animators, Burbank City officials, along with area teachers and students. The one-night-only event allows patrons to purchase individual artworks for $40 donation each. Upon purchase, the Secret Artist behind the work is revealed.

Those interested in submitting art and become one of hundreds of Secret Artists may visit the BAFA webpage and download the entry packet at http://www.burbankartsforall.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Artist-Entry-Packet-2015.pdf.

“The magic of The Secret Art Show is in the personal charm of each and every one of the secret works of art,” commented Alexandra Helfrich, Co-Chair of the event. “Guests respond to art work from their heart, whether they have chosen a work of art created by a highly collectible artist or an imaginative 10-year-old student,”

“We are extremely excited about the caliber of artists who are returning to participate in our third annual Secret Art Show, as well as the many new artists who are joining us this year.”

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For a look at the first gallery of Secret Art Show creations displayed at the event, visit http://www.burbankartsforall.org/preview-1-sas-2015/.

All proceeds will benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as part of their core curriculum.

“We invite you to celebrate with our community at – quite literally – one of the most colorful events of the season… not to mention FUN… with a hosted wine and cheese reception and a few secret surprises planned for the night,” added Trena Pitchford, BAFA Executive Director. “You don’t want to miss it!”

Tickets for the event cost $50 for VIP entry at 6:30 p.m. and $10 for general admission entry at 7:30 p.m. Entry includes food, drinks, live entertainment and the opportunity to purchase individual miniature works of art.

The Secret Art Show takes place on Saturday, September 26, at ATB Studios, located at 157 W. Providencia Avenue in Burbank, just east of Lake Street, and runs until 10:00 p.m.

More information on the event can be found on the BAFA website here. The 2014 Secret Art Show netted over $30,000 for the nonprofit arts education organization.

NEA Chairman Observes Miller Elementary Arts Program

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu observed several elements of Joaquin Miller Elementary’s arts program on Monday as part of an extended meeting with the Los Angeles County’s Arts For All, Arts Commission and Office of Education. NEA Chairman Chu saw a music class taught by Ian Tam, a theater class led by 24th STreet Theatre teaching artist Suzanne Santos and integrated arts instruction by Kindergarten teacher Deb Weinstein.

NEA Chariman Jane Chu (standing, center) visits Joaquin Miller Elementary school in Burbank to observe the school's arts programs in action. She was joined by officials from L.A. County Arts Commission, Arts for L.A., L.A. County Office of Education and the Burbank Unified School District. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

NEA Chariman Jane Chu (standing, center) visits Joaquin Miller Elementary school in Burbank to observe the school’s arts programs in action. She was joined by officials from L.A. County Arts Commission, Arts for L.A., L.A. County Office of Education and the Burbank Unified School District. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Participants in a discussion on Los Angeles County public school arts programs, held in the Miller Elementary Library, included Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education for L.A. County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the L.A. Arts Commission, Sofia Klatzker, incoming Executive Director of Arts for L.A., James Herr, Program Officer for the Californina Community Foundation, Rachel Levin, Executive Director of The Rosenthal Family Foundation, Shannon Wilkins, Program Administrator for Educational Leadership and Visual & Performing Arts programs for the L.A. County Office of Education and Ayanna Hudson, Arts Education Director for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.)

Several Burbank Unified officials also gave presentations on the arts programs in Burbank Unified schools and participated in the discussion, including Board of Education member Larry Applebaum, Superintendent Dr. Jan Britz, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Tom Kissinger, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction & Accountability Sharon Cuseo, Miller Principal Judy Hession and BUSD Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator Peggy Flynn.

24th STreet Theatre teaching artist Suzanne Santos leads a theater class at Miller Elementary. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

24th STreet Theatre teaching artist Suzanne Santos leads a theater class at Miller Elementary. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“Arts education in L.A. County is thriving and good work is happening in school districts large and small,” commented Zucker. “We chose Burbank Unified School District to illustrate this progress because their work is exemplary.”

“The fact that they utilize so many different methods to deliver quality arts education made them a particularly good choice,” Zucker continued. “From a music specialist, a teaching artist, and arts that are integrated into the daily curriculum, it was great to see the results of a strong arts education program, from the district level to the classroom.”

Music teacher Ian Tam demonstrates a rhythmic move in music class at Miller Elementary. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Music teacher Ian Tam demonstrates a rhythmic move in music class at Miller Elementary. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“We are so grateful to L.A. County Arts for All for all of the ways they support Burbank Unified’s efforts to provide our students with a quality arts education,” added Flynn. “That they chose Burbank as an example of successful collective impact with Chairman Chu, is such an honor.”

“The day to day work has us always focused on what’s still to be done. Our visit this morning gave us an opportunity to reflect over the nine years since we became an Arts for All district,” she continued. “It was really amazing to have every level of leadership that contributes to the success of our Arts for All Plan implementation in one room – from the national, state, county, district and school groups to the parents and business community – voicing their perspective and describing their roles.”

Kindergarten integrated arts class at Miller Elementary. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Kindergarten integrated arts class at Miller Elementary. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

“To then be able to walk into classrooms and see what is happening because of our collaboration was a great reminder of why we are doing what we do,” Flynn went on to say. “Miller’s principal, Judy Hession, her staff and students represented the work being done every day across our district so beautifully.”

“We have much to be proud of as a district and community today. Tomorrow, it’s back to the to-do list – I’m so grateful to be in a district with so much support!”

(from left to right) L.A. County Arts Commission Executive Director Laura Zucker talks with NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson, NEA Chairman Jane Chu and L.A. County Arts Commission Director of Arts Education Denise Grande. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(from left to right) L.A. County Arts Commission Executive Director Laura Zucker talks with NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson, NEA Chairman Jane Chu and L.A. County Arts Commission Director of Arts Education Denise Grande. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Creative Circles Forum Discusses Technology And The Arts In Schools

Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) presents the first Creative Circles Forum of the year on Monday, February 24,  with Art + Technology: Experts Explore Innovation in Burbank Schools. Experts in the fields of science, the arts and technology will discuss the ways in which artistic perspective and approach helps develop greater scientific and technical applications for many businesses and creative endeavors.

Panelists include FotoKem’s Senior Vice President Tom Vice, Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Vice President of Technology, Web and Digital Media Amy Heibel, Woodbury University’s Associate Professor of Architecture and Coordinator of History-Theory Curriculum Dr. Ewan Branda and Luther Middle School science teacher Joe Reed, a recent Grantee of BAFA for the “Luther Mobile” project.

Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation

Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation

“In post-production, we use software and hardware to paint images and create worlds that truly defy the imagination. As technology becomes more accessible and the artists become more adept in its application, an amazing deluge of art and innovation fuels modern storytelling,” commented Vice, Senior Vice President of FotoKem.

“We are continually inspired by what technology can bring to the creative table and the ways it can enhance and elevate the audience experience,” Vice added. “Burbank Arts for All Foundation is embracing this wave by collaborating with professionals from many walks of life to engage in a creative conversation at the Creative Circle Forum. I look forward to an open and eventful dialogue.”

“We are seeing the presence of advanced technologies in nearly every aspect of our lives. What does that mean for our Burbank students? CEO’s are now requiring knowledge and skills in both the arts and the sciences,” stated Trena Pitchford, Director of Development for Burbank Arts for All Foundation.

“We are thrilled to present this prestigious panel of experts from a cross section of industries influenced by innovation,” Pitchford continued. “The evening allows for an open discussion between guests and panelists to explore how we can create a truly comprehensive education that prepares students for life where everything is increasingly interconnected in the 21st century.”

Art + Technology: Experts Explore Innovation in Burbank Schools will be held Monday, February 24, from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. The evening is sponsored by FotoKem, a post-production facility located in Burbank, and is open to the public. General admission tickets are $20.

Following the discussion there will be a hosted wine and cheese reception with the expert panel and attendees in the theatre’s lobby. All proceeds from the Creative Circles Forum will benefit Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding arts programs in Burbank public schools.  For more information regarding speakers and tickets visit: http://www.burbankartsforall.org/creative-circles-forum/.

 

Burbank Arts For All Thanks Donors After Gala

The media capital of the world enjoyed another celebratory evening when Burbank Arts For All Foundation threw its second annual Party on the Plaza Gala extravaganza on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Networks Garden Café Plaza. The evening brought in more than $150,000 benefiting the Burbank Arts For All Foundation, whose mission is to ensure a quality arts education for every Burbank student.

NBC4 Southern California Weathercaster, Fritz Coleman, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies to a sold out crowd of over 300 who were on hand to help honor Warren Stein (Chief Operating Officer of Deluxe), Peggy Flynn (Burbank Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator) and Lisa Dyson (Parent/Volunteer) for their invaluable contributions to both the Foundation and arts education programs throughout Burbank public schools.

“With the generous support of our many sponsors and gala attendees, the evening surpassed our expectations and we wish to thank everyone who contributed to this worthy cause,” jointly stated Alexandra Helfrich and Craig Murray, Co-Chairs of Burbank Arts for All Foundation. “However, there is still a lot of work to be done in order to ensure that not only students in the classroom today… but future students as well…will be guaranteed a quality arts education.”

The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy and Telepictures Productions’ Bob Mohler were Gala Co-Chairs; and two-time Emmy-award nominee and star of “Glee,” Dot-Marie Jones, represented the Honorary Dinner Chairs who also included Tim Burton, Dick Cook, Don Hahn, Ron Howard, Garry Marshall and Melissa McCarthy. “Arts education is a vital component in all of our schools and it’s comforting to know that the Burbank Arts for All Foundation has our kids’ backs. The gala was not only a lot of fun…but really inspirational. In fact, I was so inspired…I actually auctioned myself off,” laughed Ms. Jones.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation’s Director of Development, Trena Pitchford, added, “Burbank is the best! With the support of all of our donors, guests and sponsors, the Foundation will be able to directly affect the lives of thousands of Burbank students in the coming year as well as contribute to the Foundation’s daily existence. We’ve just begun to share our impact on students and teachers and we have many more plans ahead for 2013 including our inspirational, one-of-a-kind Creative Circles Forums and engaging community gatherings. The invitation is open to join the movement!”

Burbank’s Arts For All Foundation Awards Largest Arts Grant to Date

Burbank Arts For All present a check for grants for Burbank Schools (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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. 

Fall 2011 Visual and Performing Arts Grant Recipients

Emerson Elementary School               Auditorium Sound System Improvements

Jefferson Elementary School              Auditorium Sound System Improvements

Stevenson Elementary School School-wide Fine Arts Fridays

Jordan Middle School                         Physical Education and Dance Integration

Jordan Middle School                         News and Entertainment Studio for Media Arts

Luther Middle School                          Musical Instrument Replenishment

Muir Middle School                            8th Grade – Taming of the Shrew Day

Burbank High School                           Auditorium Lighting System Improvements

Burbank High School                           Choreographer in Residence and District Wide Professional Development

John Burroughs High School               Modern Figure Sculptures

John Burroughs High School               The Book Project Integrating Literature, Photography and Visual Arts

John Burroughs High School               Empowering Economic Decision Making Through Art

John Burroughs High School               Musical Instrument Replenishment

Burbank Unified School District          District-wide Arts for All Strategic Planning for 2012-2022

The Foundation accepts applications twice a year for two separate grant cycles.  Grant deadlines are March 15 and September 15. To learn more about specific grants and their deadlines go to:  www.burbankartsforall.org/grants/

Trena Pitchford Appointed Director of Development for Burbank Arts For All

Trena Pitchford

Trena Pitchford, a highly respected non-profit executive, has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Development for Burbank Arts For All; it was announced today by Craig Murray and Alexandra Helfrich, co-chairpersons of the organization, to whom she will report. Working closely with the executive committee and the board

of directors, Pitchford will be responsible for overseeing and directing all fundraising initiatives. She will also be responsible for building and expanding relationships with Burbank businesses and the community, as well as marketing and communications and various administrative duties. Pitchford will be located in Burbank Arts For All’s new downtown offices at 348 East Olive Street, Suite D, in Burbank.

In making the announcement, Murray and Helfrich said, “Trena’s proven success and forward thinking approach to the non-profit sector, coupled with her experience and passion for the arts, makes her the ideal executive to help Burbank Arts For All bring even more valuable arts programs to our schools. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

“As an artist, arts administrator, fundraiser, and arts advocate, it’s a personal goal and core passion of mine to further the arts,” added Pitchford. “I am thrilled to join the foundation in support of arts education in Burbank. I have worked and played in Burbank so many times over my career and I have always admired its small town feel with its big city business. I look forward to meeting community and civic leaders, parents and teachers, but most of all, “I look forward to the impact we will make together supporting arts education for the children of Burbank.”

Prior to joining Burbank Arts for All, Pitchford was Director of Corporate Partnerships for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles where she was the direct liaison to all corporate partners with the goal of acquiring over $350,000 in annual funding, securing Big volunteers through employee engagement and creating unique experiences funded by partners for Bigs and Littles. Strategies included cause marketing campaigns, formal and informal presentations, grant writing and reporting, or securing sponsorship for events.

She has been a major supporter of the performing arts having worked at LA Stage Alliance where she administered programs for over 230 performing arts organizations including the Ovation Awards, LAStageTIX, LA StageTimes and she managed the organization’s business workshops: National Arts Marketing Project and The Next Stage business seminars. Pitchford also published stories in LA Stage magazine and sat on steering committees for community projects such as 365Days/365Plays, Free Night of Theatre and the LA Arts Town Hall in association with the LA County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, The James Irvine Foundation and Center for Cultural Innovation. Since 2009, she has served as a Board Member to The Syzygy Theatre Group operating out of the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank, California.