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“Give Instead Gala” Kicks Off Fundraising Efforts For Burbank Public Schools

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation kicks off the Give Instead Gala, a month-long campaign to raise funds to support Burbank Unified School District’s arts programs, on Friday, April 12.

While the Foundation’s annual Party on the Plaza spring gala has earned a reputation as a stylish and entertaining evening to raise funds, its costly overhead takes a big bite out of donations and sponsorships for the event, reducing the amount the Foundation is able to donate to BUSD.

Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation

In order to boost the amount of funding they can provide Burbank Unified in the face of the district’s mounting financial need, Burbank Arts For All Foundation has put forth the “black tie optional, pajamas preferred” month-long fundraising effort, calling it the Give Instead Gala.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, Burbank Arts for All Foundation is excited to engage the community in support of our mission to further creativity in the classroom for all of BUSD’s students,” commented Board of Directors Co-Chairs, Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice. “With so many increased funding needs in the local schools, we could not justify spending money on our fancy night out this year.”

In February, we were thrilled to grant $100,000 to help save an elementary music teacher, but we know there is more work to do,” they added. “Help the Foundation to spend less this gala season, so we can give more throughout 2019. We invite the community to join us, to link arms and to give in support of the arts.”

Burbank Arts For ALl Foundation Donates $100,000 to help save a Burbank Unified elementary music teacher’s job. Pictured: Burbank Unified School District Board of Education Clerk Steve Frintner, Burbank Unified School District Board of Education member Charlene Tabet, Burbank Unified School District Board of Education President Dr. Roberta Reynolds, Superintendent Dr. Matt Hill, Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice (Co-Chairs, Board of Directors of Burbank Arts for All Foundation), Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford and members of the Burbank Arts for All Foundation Board of Directors: Brenda Etterbeek, Bob Mohler, Joan McCarthy, Lili Rossi, Cathy Stevens, Suzanne Weerts, Barbara Beckley, Caroline Solberg, Art St. Germain. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Give Instead Gala campaign suggests those who would usually spend money on tickets (which were typically $150 each), donations and sponsorships for the Party on the Plaza event, instead spend that amount in a direct donation to the Burbank Arts For All Foundation.

The campaign also suggests individuals or organizations could host a fundraising gathering on their own, create and promote a fundraising team online or make bids on the online auction which begins Friday, April 26. Items available for the online auction can be found here.

“We invite all of Burbank and those who care about Burbank students to become involved,” commented Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “With so much need, the Foundation wants to increase our impact, making it possible for even more students to experience the joy, creativity, and confidence that comes from learning through the arts!”

Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Hill, Burbank Board of Education President Dr. Roberta Reynolds, Burbank Arts for All Foundation Co-Chairs Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice during an announcement that they are donating $100,000 to aid the elementary school music program. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

“We are counting on the more than 400 of Burbank’s local business and entertainment industry leaders, School District and City officials, celebrities, local arts supporters and educators who would normally attend our Party for the Arts gala, to get creative, party in your pajamas and share why you support the arts!” she added.

All proceeds from the Give Instead Gala benefits the Burbank Arts for All Foundation. Over the past 12 years, the Foundation has been able to fund 298 grants totaling more than $662,000 for BUSD arts education programs.

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation also hosts regular community engagement exchanges and forums to boost parent involvement and support student growth in the arts and arts-related careers, including the popular Creative Circles forum. The most recent Creative Circles Forum was held in October 2018 and experts talked about “The Art of Stagecraft.”

Panelists KayDee Lavorin Friel (two-time Emmy nominated set decorator), Jim Bissell (award-winning art director and production designer), Karen Broderick (Stage Craft Technology teacher at Burbank High School), Lily LaRocco (Vice President of Technical Services for Warner Bros. Studio Facilities) and Tim Pipher (producer and owner of L.A. Castle Studios) sat on a green screen set for “The Art of Stagecraft” educational Creative Circles forum presented by the Burbank Arts For All Foundation. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Current Give Instead Gala sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, Logix Federal Credit Union, Providence Saint Joseph, FotoKem, House America Financial, and Woodbury University.

The Give Instead Gala is co-chaired by Joan McCarthy (The Walt Disney Company), Karen Volpei (Volpei-Gussow Real Estate), Carrie Brown ( The Walt Disney Company), Writer/Producer Suzanne Weerts and Cathy Stevens {Real Value Properties, Inc.)

More information on the Give Instead Gala can be found on the Foundation’s website here. Digital advertising and other sponsorship opportunities are available, with more information on the fundraising announcement and effort found here.

The Give Instead Gala runs through Friday, May 10.

Autumn Art Soirée Raises Funds To Support Creativity In Burbank Public Schools

More than 350 people attended Burbank Arts For All Foundation’s Autumn Art Soirée on Saturday, November 3. Visitors to the fundraiser purchased a variety of pieces from the hundreds of prints, sculptures and original works of art on display. Proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s mission to help fund arts-related programs in Burbank public schools.

In previous years, the Foundation held the Secret Art Show, which showcased miniature works of art by everyone in the community from students to celebrities to professional animators and artists. Once a specific piece of art was purchased, the artist was revealed to the buyer.

For 2018, the Foundation changed things up a bit, partnering with two local art organizations, ACME Archives, Ltd, and Burbank Art Association, to provide art for purchase at the event. Pieces were available for $40 and upwards and the artist of each work was identified.

Photo by © Ross A Benson

“We are grateful to have partners like ACME Archives, Burbank Art Association, and our host, the Burbank Town Center, to support our fall fundraising event,” commented Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “Our mission is strengthened by the community’s support and we look forward to putting these critical funds to work in the coming year.”

“As a Burbank based, multi-national, small business we at ACME were very proud to be a part of the Autumn Art Soirée,” commented Lisa McLain, President and CEO of ACME Archives, Ltd. “We met a lot of great people from the community and had a wonderful time being part of such worthwhile event.”

“We do events all over the world and I can say without a doubt, Trena and her staff were one of the most organized and dedicated groups we’ve worked with. A big thanks to her and her team.”

Photo by © Ross A Benson

The Burbank Town Center hosted the event in the former Sport Chalet space, with the Foundation’s team putting in the work to transform the vacant space into a “fun, funky lounge party,” according to Pitchford.

“Burbank Town Center is proud to support the Burbank Arts for All Foundation and is always looking for creative ways to partner with the organization,” said Michael I. de Leon, General Manager of the Burbank Town Center.

“We are grateful they chose our venue to host the Autumn Art Soirée, and truly transformed the event space to make it their own.  We look forward to supporting and continuing to create unique events with them in the years to come.”

Photo by © Ross A Benson

Wine donated by Whole Foods and craft beer donated by Lincoln Beer Company added to the event, along with hors d’oeuvres served by Sandra’s Traveling Kitchen. Live music was performed by Burbank High’s Jazz Ensemble.

Live art demos were provided by American Master Carbon-Pencil Artist and 2012 ArtPrize winner, Adonna Khare, veteran illustrator, painter and storyteller Cliff Cramp, ceramicist and instructor Michael Hirsh and fine art painter, director and designer Guy Vasilovich.

While Burbank Unified School District has the Arts For All plan, the Burbank Arts For All Foundation is a separate nonprofit entity with its own staff. The similarity in name has caused some confusion, among parents, the community and the media, over the years, as the BUSD Arts For All plan has grown the arts within the district since its adoption in 2004.

Photo by © Ross A Benson

Since 2006, the Foundation has raised funds to run the nonprofit from events held throughout the year. To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $544,000 in grants.

Teachers and administrators from within Burbank Unified are able to write grants requesting one-time funds for specific programs, such as building mini golf courses in middle school geometry class or supporting elementary school plays. In October 2017, the Foundation donated $10,000 to the BUSD Music Is Instrumental campaign to repair and replace instruments district-wide.

The funds from the Foundation are typically just one of the sources of funding that teachers draw from to enrich their classes and students with arts and creativity. Generally, school site funds and BUSD Arts For All plan funds support most of the arts related programs throughout Burbank Unified.

The Foundation provides a vital role in funding arts enrichment for everything from math, science and CTE (Career Technical Education) classes to language arts, social studies and the arts.

Adding creativity components and the arts to academic and STEM classes increases engagement and interest for students, according to numerous reports that have been published over the years, while promoting innovation, communication, collaboration and design-thinking.

Photo by © Ross A Benson

More information on the impact and work of the Foundation, along with their upcoming events, can be found on their website.

As of publication time, the net amount raised by the Autumn Art Soirée for the Foundation was not yet available.

United States Congressman Adam Schiff, State Assemblymember Laura Friedman, BUSD Board of Education Clerk Steve Frintner and Burbank’s Vice Mayor Sharon Springer attended the Autumn Art Soirée, along with members of the community including students, actors, artists, parents and business leaders. Board of Education member Charlene Tabet volunteered at the event along with several other students, parents and community members.


Autumn Art Soiree Raises Funds For Burbank Arts For All Foundation

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation holds a new twist on their fall fundraiser with the Autumn Art Soiree on Saturday evening, November 3, at the Burbank Town Center. Artists from ACME Archives and the Burbank Art Association have donated originals and limited edition prints, which will be available for purchase at $40 and up.

For several past years, Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds specifically for Burbank Unified arts-connected programs, held the Secret Art Show, at which celebrities, local officials, community members and students created mini works of art that were purchased, artist-unknown, for the flat fee of $40.

Art by ACME Archives artists will be available for purchase at the Autumn Art Soiree. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“We invite the entire community to pop in and enjoy the Autumn Art Soiree!” commented Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “This year, we have no secrets as there will be a variety of works of art – of all sizes – available from local artists to the most established artists!”

“We are so excited to offer this fun night out to further our mission in supporting creativity in the classroom for public school students in Burbank,” she added.

Art by members of the Burbank Art Association will be available for purchase at the Autumn Art Soiree. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Live art demonstrations by Adonna Khare (American Master carbon-pencil artist and 2012 ArtPrize Winner), Cliff Cramp (veteran illustrator, painter and storyteller), Michael Hirsch (ceramicist and instructor) and Guy Vasilovich (fine art painter, director and designer) will be ongoing throughout the evening.

A Burbank High jazz trio will open the event. Tickets are $20 for general admission and BUSD student tickets are $15.

More information on tickets and sponsorships can be found online here. A preview of ACME Archives art available can be seen here. A preview of Burbank Art Association artwork can be viewed here.

The Autumn Art Soiree runs from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The event will be held in the space formerly occupied by Sport Chalet at the Burbank Town Center mall located at 201 E. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Celebrates a Successful Year At Gala

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation held its “Party for the Arts” gala fundraiser last Friday at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood, honoring NBCUniversal, Guy Myers, and Penny & Michael Zambrano.

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation’s Board of Directors. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

It was also a celebration, and the capacity crowd of 450 had much to cheer about.  Since the Foundation’s founding in 2006, 19 Burbank school campuses have received 290 Foundation grants totaling more than $482,000.  More recently, the Foundation has partnered with BUSD to support BUSD’s schoolyear-long “Music Is Instrumental” campaign to repair or replace musical instruments in BUSD’s middle and high schools. “Music is Instrumental” has garnered wide community support, including the “1,000 for $100”, fundraising effort led by Linda Walmsley, Michael Cusumano and Michael Hastings.

A highlight of the night was the announcement from BUSD Board of Education Clerk, Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, that Fifth District LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will make a $25,000 contribution to BUSD’s “Music Is Instrumental Campaign.”  With this contribution, the campaign is just $8,000 shy of its fundraising target of $120,000.  BAFA asked all the guests to save the date for BUSD’s “Music Is Instrumental” benefit concert at Burbank High on May 11th.

Since the beginning of BUSD’s Arts for All plan adoption, the opportunities for students to learn in creative and innovative ways has increased. In the last few years, Burbank Unified School District secured a $1.6 million State grant to support career technical education programs in areas like hospitality, nursing, finance, digital media and digital technology and theater and studio technical support—all areas offering plenty of job opportunities in the Southern California markets. Indeed, students have gone on to professional careers as studio technicians, after having run sound and light for high school productions on state-of-the-art equipment.

At the Gala, NBC4’s popular weathercaster and Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman opened with his trademark quipping about the Southern California weather.  “It’s in the sixties. We call it the polar vortex.”  Shifting to a more serious note he said, “In many schools, one of the first budgets to get trimmed is the arts budget.”  So Coleman was offering more than pro forma gratitude when he thanked the entertainment industry for making the Foundation gala “one of the most inspirational events of the year.” And small wonder.  According to the 2016 Otis report, one in four jobs in Los Angeles County is in the creative industries. 

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Foundation Board of Director Co-Chairs Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice added their thanks and, in memory of the late Mayor Will Rogers, invited the audience “to think of a moment that makes you smile.” (They noted that Mayor Rogers had created more than his share of those moments.)

Stevenson 5th Grader Audrey Contreras ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The SPLASH party band added to the gala’s festive atmosphere, and, post-ceremonies, encouraged more than a few guests to dance away the evening.  But SPLASH was upstaged by two very special performers. Burroughs High student and composer Yoni Fogelman performed his original jazz piece “Free Trade”.  “I like to compose for film, so Burbank’s a good place to be,” said Fogelman, responding to Coleman’s question about his future plans. Stevenson Elementary student and songbird Audrey Contreras made the melodies soar.  She told Coleman that she had no favorite performer as yet. But it was already clear to him she was well on her way to finding her own voice.

Fogelman’s and Contreras’ performances reminded the audience of the ultimate reason for arts education: human flourishing rather than withering, talent blossoming rather than remaining undiscovered. Dedicated parents, teachers and corporate sponsors leverage each dollar a thousand fold with their countless hours of volunteer effort; hence, the Foundation’s annual tradition of honoring them.

Trena Pitchford presents Penny and Michael Zambrano The Champion of the Arts Award. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Penny and Michael Zambrano are the Champion of the Arts Honorees for being constant, active arts education volunteers for over 15 years. “We love these kids and the arts,” said Penny. “And that’s why we volunteer,” added Michael.  Another impetus to volunteer came from their son and daughter, who loved participating in show choirs and dance teams.  (Next month their son will earn a CalArts BFA in dance and choreography.)

Early on, Michael and Penny promised themselves that they would support arts education for all Burbank students.  And so they held volunteer leadership roles in various fundraising and arts education programs for BUSD schools including Thomas Jefferson Elementary, John Muir Middle School, and Burbank High.  They routinely go the extra mile to support the Foundation, be it lending a hand or raising funds. As a family team, they’ve been a caring cheer squad for countless students. And the kids love them back.

Trena Pitchford presents Guy Myers his award (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Guy Myers was the Arts for All Educator Honoree for the life-changing impact he has had on his Burroughs High theater students both personally and through his award-winning program. The California Educational Theatre Association awarded his program with Top Honors for “The Crucible” (2010), “Flowers for Algernon” (2015) and “The Laramie Project” (2018) as well as an Artistic Merit Award for “Peter and the Starcatcher” (2017).  Many of Myers’ students have received regional and national acting and production awards and have moved on to prestigious collegiate theatrical programs around the world. Recently, Myers has been instrumental in creating a musical theater program at Burroughs.

Myers wants his students “to be comfortable in their own skin.”  When people ask him how he connects with his students, he says that he “shows them that they have a unique and powerful story to share.”  He supports “students exploring and expressing their creativity that gives back to the world in a magical way,” A touch of magic was involved in Myers’ selection of Burroughs High.  After years of freelance work in high school and colleges as a guest artist, he drove past Burroughs one day and “decided that’s where he was going to teach drama.”

Host Fritz Coleman, NBC Vice President Scott Strobel is awarded by Trena Pitchford. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Senior Vice President Operations Universal Studios Hollywood, Scott Strobl accepted the Patron of the Arts Award on behalf of NBCUniversal, which has a corporate commitment to giving back to the communities where their employees live and work. “This is our lifeblood!” exclaims Strobl, referring to the industry’s ongoing need for creative talent. “And a quality arts education truly changes these kids’ lives.” And Strobl knows this first hand as a Burbank resident with school-age children.

As one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, NBCUniversal has been a source of tremendous support to the Foundation and to the Burbank community. It offers internship and other work-study programs for high school and college students, the better to nurture that crucial supply of talented people combining skill, imagination and a heaping measure of artistic talent.

Coleman continued to cajole contributions from the more-than-willing Foundation guests and egged on the competitive bidding for vacation getaways “Reba Las Vegas!”, ”Bourbon, Baseball, and Bluegrass”, “Escaping to the Big Easy” and more locally, the Geffen Playhouse and Hotel Bel-Air.  (There were dozens of tables’ worth of silent auction items as well.) Though the shekels are still being tallied, it’s clear the fundraising was successful. It needs to be.  About 60% of the Foundation’s revenue comes from its annual gala. The Foundation hopes to grow its fundraising in the next year with planned giving and donations from appreciated stock.

The BUSD School Board and Burbank City Council have supported the Foundation from its inception.  The County became a fan early on. The Foundation has allies at the State level as well.  “I love Burbank Arts For All!” proclaims State Senator Anthony Portatino. “We’re at a time when the State has failed to fully embrace arts funding. To see the community rallying behind the children and these arts programs is just awesome!” State Assembly Member Laura Friedman shares State Senator Portatino’s admiration for the Burbank community’s proactive stance. “Our economy is based on the arts, so investing in the arts is economic development,” she states. “But arts education transcends the economic,” she adds. “It gives young people the tools to deal with their emotions in a healthy way.”

One way or another, the Foundation and the Burbank community will maintain a vibrant arts education. “We want to serve the kids in Burbank even more and inspire Burbank to build the finest arts education program in California,” says Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. That may well mean that Burbank will have one of the finest arts programs in the nation.

Want to learn more? Contact Trena Pitchford, Executive Director, at 818.736.5269 or trena@burbankartsforall.org.

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Party For The Arts Gala Honors Three Arts Education Champions

The Burbank Arts for All Foundation seventh annual gala, Party for the Arts, celebrates three leaders of arts education support on Friday evening, April 20, at The Globe Theatre at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Party for the Arts Gala proceeds will directly benefit the Foundation’s support of Burbank Unified School District efforts to provide arts education to every Burbank public school student.

NBCUniversal will receive the Patron of the Arts Award, John Burroughs High School theater teacher and Drama Department head Guy Myers will be presented with the Arts for All Educator Award and volunteers Penny and Michael Zambrano will be honored with the Champion of the Arts Award.

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Peggy and Michael Zambrano dancie at 2016 Party for the Arts Gala. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“Being a good neighbor is part of the DNA of NBCUniversal,” commented NBCUniversal Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tracey Cohen.

“We believe it’s not just about moving our business forward; it’s also about moving people forward and giving back. We are proud to support Burbank Arts for All Foundation and help them fulfill their mission to have every child in Burbank receive a quality arts education.”

Michael and I are humbled to receive the Champion for the Arts Award,” said Penny Zambrano. “We believe that when you volunteer you get back more than you give. We encourage more people of Burbank to get involved in the schools.”

 “Receiving an honor like this for something I love doing and that brings me so much joy is truly one of those over the moon moments,” commented Myers. “I am so fortunate to teach passionate and talented students who give it their all and to be supported by dedicated parent and community volunteers who help make it happen.”

Burroughs High Drama teacher Guy Myers and students shown here at the 2017 CETA Awards. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation has been there with us on this journey from the very beginning, making sure that we had the funds necessary to make our productions top notch. When I look back on all of the shows and the wonderful successes we have had, I don’t even see the work anymore, I just see the love.”

Fritz Coleman, NBC4 Southern California Weathercaster, will reprise his role as Master of Ceremonies for the gala. Hosted cocktails, a silent auction and live entertainment will also be part of the festivities.

Sponsorships and tickets are still available for the event. For more information on attending or supporting the Party for the Arts Gala, visit the Foundation’s website here.

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation is thrilled to host a very fun evening at our Party for the Arts Gala, while raising critical funding to support our mission,” commented Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “We believe the arts are transformative for kids.”

“Not just the students who elect to study choir or music or dance, but also the students in a geometry or science class, English language learners, and students at BUSD’s alternative learning campuses.”

“We very much appreciate the support of the Burbank community and remain committed to furthering creativity in the classroom for the thousands of kids in Burbank Unified.”


Experts Talk About The Business Of Music

Four experts in their fields from the music industry talked about their experiences getting into the music business and what they look for when hiring people at the Creative Circles Forum The Business of Music.

Held at the Garry Marshall Theatre and presented by the Burbank Arts For All Foundation, the forum was attended by a nearly packed house of students, parents, Burbank Unified teachers and staff and members of the community.

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L/R Ryan Shore. Charles Inouye, Amy Roach, Bill Bennett and Trena Pitchford. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chief Business Development and Consultant at B Brands Bill Bennett (also formerly President of Geffen Records, Maverick Records and Warner Bros. Nashville), iHeartMedia Connections VP Amy Roach, two-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee composer Ryan Shore and Golden Reel Award-winning music editor Charles Martin Inouye answered questions posed by the audience and by moderator and Burbank Arts For All Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford.

“We all know that music programs in schools have a tremendous positive effect on kids,” commented Pitchford. “Kids who practice and perform music demonstrate improvement in a wide variety of areas effecting their academic, social and emotional development.”

L/R Panelists Charles Martin Inouye, Amy Roach, Ryan Shore and Bill Bennett. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“But how can a kid who is inspired to play a tuba in band translate those skills into a career? Burbank Arts for All Foundation was thrilled to bring together over 80 guests including donors, parents, professionals and students to provide practical advice and insight into the many careers involving music right here in Burbank.”

Panelists also talked about the future of their respective fields, from branding, composing and developing individual careers. Intellectual property, Virtual Reality and branded content were some of the future-focused topics panelists touched upon.

14.8 million American artist-creators earned almost $6 billion from posting their music, videos, art, crafts and other works online in 2016, according to a report recently released by the Re:create Coalition.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After the hour-long discussion, the students and other members of the audience spoke with the panelists one-on-one at a reception.

“Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Poquito Mas, kids from John Burroughs and Burbank High schools attended the evening for free and were inspired by our expert panel,” Pitchford added.

“These special opportunities validate their instincts as they begin to plan life after high school. The Foundation is incredibly honored to support students as well as Burbank’s creative economy by connecting public education with creative experts in Burbank.”

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation hosts Creative Circles Forum conversations twice a year to bring our community together in support of the arts, arts education and creative innovation in Burbank,” Pitchford also said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

She noted The Business of Music forum was presented “in support of BUSD’s Music Is Instrumental campaign… [to connect] vocal and instrumental music programs in BUSD to career pathways with some of the top businesses in Burbank.”

To date, the BUSD Music Is Instrumental campaign has raised more than $81,000 towards the initial, 2017-18 goal of $120,000 for instrumental repair and replacement at the district’s secondary schools. A number of community efforts, including 1000 For 100 and You’ve Been Noted, have raised money and spread awareness of the campaign.

The Business Of Music Forum Aims To Engage Students

Four experts in the music industry will talk about careers at The Business of Music Creative Circles Forum on Thursday evening, March 8.

Panelists in the one-hour discussion include iHeartMedia Connections VP Amy Roach, Chief Business Development and Consultant at B Brands Bill Bennett, two-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee composer Ryan Shore and Golden Reel Award-winning music editor Chuck Martin Inouye.

Presented by the Burbank Arts For All Foundation, The Business of Music aims to engage Burbank students with ways to work in the music field as adults.

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Panelists Bill Bennett, Charles Martin Inouye, Amy Roach and Ryan Shore will discuss The Business of Music at the March 2018 Creative Circles Forum.(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“Thousands of kids participate in BUSD’s general music, instrumental music and vocal music programs,” commented Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “Over our 12 year history, Burbank Arts for All Foundation has invested thousands of dollars into these music programs throughout the District and, this year, we continue to support BUSD’s Music Is Instrumental campaign.”

“Through our next Creative Circles Forum focused on The Business of Music, the Foundation strives to connect public education to career pathways by hosting an inspiring dialogue with leading experts in the fields of music.”

“Guests and students alike are sure to hear inside tips and tools of the trade, gain exposure to the vast field of jobs in the music business and have the unique opportunity to mix and mingle during the reception,” she added. “We guarantee an engaging evening for anyone with a love for music!”

Tickets for the event are $20 for general admission and $10 for current Foundation Community Circles Members. Students with a Burbank Unified high school identification card will be admitted free of charge.

Some tickets will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. More information on the event can be found here. Free parking is available on site and on surrounding streets.

The Business of Music Creative Circles Forum begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Garry Marshall Theatre located at 4252 West Riverside Drive in Burbank.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Focuses On Elementary Student Creativity

Burbank Arts for All Foundation hosted a Community Exchange gathering on recently at William McKinley Elementary School, highlighting creativity for kids through a few examples of arts programming in BUSD’s elementary schools.

Among the guests in attendance was BUSD Board of Education Vice-President Dr. Roberta Reynolds and Clerk Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Burbank City Council Members Bob Frutos and Sharon Springer, and District Representative for State Senator Anthony Portantino, Arda Tchakian.

Foundation Program and Outreach Manager, Saundra Montijo, welcomed guests and shared how these Exchange gatherings are a part of the Foundation’s resource-sharing and advocacy efforts, fostering an open dialogue on what’s happening in arts education in Burbank Unified Schools.

The Foundation’s current advocacy work also includes the formation of a team of parent leaders called the “Arts Advocacy Leaders,” a group that meets throughout the year to discuss arts education in BUSD and develops ways that the Foundation can best serve each of the District’s parents, students, and teachers.

Jennie Ford, Parent at Walt Disney Elementary, stated, “As a parent who wants to do my part in helping grow access to the arts in our school district, I am pulled in many directions to offer service. There’s always plenty of meeting options with multiple organizations and often at the same time.”

“I find it’s the most inspiring, progressive, and solution-oriented group of arts advocates that do more than just talking about what they want to see happen. I always learn something new or build a relationship with a person I haven’t met before. It makes me feel like my volunteer time is making a difference and I am ‘In the room where it happens’!” 

For Wednesday’s Exchange, Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Executive Director, Trena Pitchford, facilitated a panel discussion featuring BUSD elementary educators Liz Costella (Principal, McKinley Elementary), Alicia Boylan (Teacher, Bret Harte Elementary), and Dr. Jennifer Meglemre (Principal, Roosevelt Elementary).

Because every school site in BUSD is unique with its own culture and student population, each site has developed its own approach to bringing arts instruction into its classrooms. All eleven elementary school campuses begin developing their arts education programming using their unique strengths and their Principal’s vision to meet the needs of their students.

Pitchford encouraged the guests to keep in mind that the constant in public education is change. “While our focus today is arts education, we also know that schools have many other requirements in order to provide an excellent education. The Foundation always keeps in mind the holistic view of how to support a child’s social, emotional, and academic learning career. It is quite amazing how much BUSD schools accomplish.”

The panel conversation began with Principal Liz Costella sharing some of the challenges faced in implementing arts programs at her school site. She emphasized the importance of outside funding to support sustaining a program over time.

“Lack of funding and facility space are two of the main obstacles school sites can face when determining what arts programming to move forward with, and both challenges must be heavily weighed in making programming decisions,” Costella continued.

“A program like the Art Gallery, which was funded through a grant from the Foundation, is a great example of a sustainable program. Teachers and students can view the works of art throughout the year and teachers can incorporate the art into their curriculum per grade level.”

Teacher Alicia Boylan shared the impact of arts integration on her students. Ms. Boylan infuses the arts into all aspects of her teaching, giving students a new approach to core subjects such as math.

Struggling students are able to use art to find success in difficult subjects, while shy, introverted students are given the chance to shine through creativity. Students are also taught to embrace and learn from mistakes, rather than fear them, which develops their problem-solving skills.

In the “Sketching in Math for Fun and Glory” project, also funded by the Foundation, students created fractals and the Fibonacci sequence through doodles in their own sketchbooks. “I think it really resonated with my students because they were sketching in their own book, coming up with their own ideas. It was their work and they were very excited about math.” Many of Ms. Boylan’s students continue to use art as a learning tool far beyond her classroom, even bringing the techniques taught to them into their future school years!

Principal Dr. Jennifer “Dr. Meg” Meglemre told guests how she has worked with her parents and teachers to build a successful music program over her 7 years at Roosevelt Elementary school, resulting in every student being exposed to music every year. In the beginning, parent groups were funding most of this program; however, as the District has begun to take on some of these costs, parent-raised funds have been redirected to other programming and needs.

Dr. Meg went on to explain her approach when ideas are presented to her by teachers, parents, and students. She stated, “If I ever write my memoir, it will be called ‘Starting With Yes.’ When an idea is presented, my response is always, ‘Yes, I love it! And then: how can we do it?’ It opens up the dialogue to explore what will be needed and the challenges there may be to determine the idea’s overall possibility.” In empowering those within the Roosevelt community with the freedom to innovate, a positive and collaborative atmosphere has been fostered at the school.

Guests were then treated to a slideshow presentation on the many arts programs offered at McKinley from parent leader and PTA Arts Chair, Ali McNeeley. The faces of excited, smiling children and teachers engaged in a large variety of arts activities appeared on the stage’s screen, to the delight of all present. Highlighted programs included several Foundation grant-funded projects, such as the school’s Rainforest mural, REMO Drum Circle workshops, Garri Dance artist-in-residencies, and the school’s hallway art gallery.

BUSD’s Arts for All Plan is supported by an ecosystem that includes the District, parents, community partners, and Burbank Arts for All Foundation working together to offer creativity in every BUSD student’s education. Over the past 12 years, this ecosystem has supported the District’s efforts to rebuild and sustain arts programming at every level.

Upon reflection for the evening’s focus, Pitchford stated, “Community support and parent volunteerism is essential to the success and sustainability of BUSD’s arts ecosystem including support with fundraising, volunteering time, and in-kind donations of skills and resources. Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Arts Advocacy Leaders are working to develop ways to best support the needs of parents and arts supporters in our community. We want to ensure they have the tools and resources to best benefit them both now and as they continue through their child’s educational journey through BUSD.”

While many strides have been made in arts education in BUSD, there is still much work to do. The Foundation invites our Burbank community to join us as we continue this important work to make sure that BUSD’s children have the quality arts education they deserve.  For more information on Burbank Arts for All Foundation and how you can get involved, visit: www.BurbankArtsforAll.org

The Secret Art Show Nets Over $30,000

More than 400 people attended Burbank Arts For All Foundation’s The Secret Art Show on Saturday, September 30. The event, now in its fifth year, netted more than $30,000 for the public school arts education nonprofit.

That number is expected to rise, as the post show online auction with over 400 pieces of mini artworks and 44 larger works from The Artists Salon runs through October 22.

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“Supporting arts education through creativity is the backbone of the Burbank Arts for All Foundation,” commented Foundation Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “The Secret Art Show is a tremendous opportunity to see this mission in action.”

The Secret Art Show was sponsored by Cartoon Network Studios, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Cornerstone Masonry, Alisa Cunningham Properties, mOcean and Volpei-Gussow Real Estate.

“People from Burbank and beyond come to The Secret Art Show because they love the 4″ x 6″ works of art, but there are new people who come for the first time every year and they are delighted when they see the Foundation’s mission in action.”

Pitchford noted the guests at The Secret Art Show included “a mixture of school board members, State and local City government, representatives from the entertainment industries, parents, teachers and artists of all types.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

State Senator Anthony Portantino, Burbank Mayor Will Rogers, Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Councilwoman Sharon Springer, actors Tom Everett Scott and W. Earl Brown and Emmy Award winning actress Valerie Mahaffey attended the event. Several of the artists featured in The Artists Salon also stopped by to support The Secret Art Show, including Ana Bagayan, Annick Biaudet, Menua Chaparyan, Adam Cramer, Frank Dietz, Michael Hirsh, Adonna Khare, Catherine McGann, Andre Nieves, Christina Ramos, David Shannon and Randall Williams.

“Understanding the passion of what we are trying to do with our funding to help every child in Burbank have a sequential, quality arts education is a conversation, not just a quick glance,” said event co-chair Karen Broderick. “Bringing people together over the Secret Art to help them understand our mission is always our favorite thing to do!”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“It takes a village to realize our mission and The Secret Art Show is no different,” added Pitchford. “Through the generous sponsors and in-kind partners, volunteers, secret artists, staff and Board of Directors, we are so grateful to host a fun, artistic event that raises critical funding to sustain our mission.”

“Because of their generosity, we are also able to focus on raising awareness of our cause at the event. Through conversations with our guests, we build our village and garner new support to help all kids learn through creativity, overcome their everyday pressures through art, and accomplish their academic goals. We thank all of our supporters who believe in us to continue this important work and fulfill our mission.”

The remaining artwork in the post show auction can be viewed here and the pieces available through The Artists Salon here.

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation hosts its next Community Exchange on Wednesday, October 11, at D’Argenzio Winery. The Foundation’s fall Creative Circles Forum will be held on Wednesday, November 8. More information can be found on the organization’s website at www.BurbankArtsforAll.org.

Burbank’s Secret Art Show Benefits Public School Arts Education

The Secret Art Show, Burbank Arts For All Foundation’s annual pop-up art gallery, is slated for Saturday evening, September 30. More than 600 miniature works of art will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, for a $40 donation per piece.

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One of the more than 600 mini-artworks available at the Burbank Arts For All Foundation 2017 Secret Art Show. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Now in its fifth year, The Secret Art Show pop-up debuts The Artists Salon this year, a collection of market price art ranging from $50 to $6500 per piece.

Eighty pieces of visual art will be displayed in the Salons, including sketches and acrylic paintings, sculpture and ceramics from a range of professional artists.

The Artists Salon will be located in the pre-entry area to The Secret Art Show, and is free to view. Items from The Artists Salon are available for pre-sale and interested patrons should contact Executive Director Trena Pitchford ahead of the event.

“Some of our more collectible and award-winning Secret Artists generously donated larger pieces of work for The Artists Salon,” commented event co-chair Alexandra Helfrich.

“Among the many things we love about The Secret Art Show are its contributions to enhancing the cultural community in Burbank, and the excitement of our guests as they build their own art collections with original work from artists from all over the country.”

Artists with miniature (4″ x 6”) works of art in The Secret Art Show include New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Loren Long, talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien, Warner Bros. animation designer Jay Shultz, author and two-time Emmy Award-winning actor in “VEEP” Tony Hale, “SpongeBob SquarePants” art director Peter Bennett, actor Joe Mantegna, middle and high school students from Burbank Unified, members of the Burbank Art Association and artists from DC Entertainment, The Walt Disney Animation Studio and Nickelodeon.

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One of the more than 600 mini-artworks available at the Burbank Arts For All Foundation 2017 Secret Art Show. (Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

The identities of the creators of the mini masterpieces in The Secret Art Show are hidden from view until a piece is purchased. White-gloved attendants at the tall shelves laden with art assist event goers with their selections.

“The Secret Art Show is a celebration of art,” commented Pitchford. “While the event raises critical funding for our mission, it also honors the unique artistry of each of our Secret Artists.”

“What the public does not see is the excitement of the hundreds of Secret Artists when they submit their work, whether it is their first time or their fifth time or whether they are a student artist or an established artist.”

“Behind each secret work of art, there is an artist with a story to tell and we encourage the community to discover the story that speaks to them at The Secret Art Show.”

Music and live art demonstrations, in addition to a hosted reception with wine, craft beer and hors d’oeuvres, add to the atmosphere.

A silent auction of approximately 40 items including box sets of music, handcrafted sculpture, prints from ACME ARCHIVES, Ltd., book collections, tickets to The Broad’s Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors and more will also be held during the event.

All proceeds from The Secret Art Show and a portion of the proceeds from The Artists Salon benefit the Burbank Arts For All Foundation, 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.

Tickets are $50 VIP for 6:30 p.m. entry. General admission, at 7:00 p.m., is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

More information on the event can be found here. The Secret Art Show will be held at ATB Studios, located at 157 W Providencia Ave. in Burbank.