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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.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“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!”

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“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.

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Honors Outgoing Board Chairs

Burbank Arts For All Foundation honored outgoing Board of Directors Chair Carrie Brown and Vice Chair Bob Mohler at a reception at Woodbury University on Wednesday, July 12. Brown and Mohler have served for the past four years and will be succeeded by Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice as Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors.

“I’ve been in awe of your absolutely tireless dedication to our cause, working alongside Trena [Pitchford, Foundation Executive Director], soliciting donors, attending BUSD meetings, participating in the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy Leadership Training, initiating new governance policies and all the while inspiring 22 equally passionate fellow board members to keep raising the bar in support of arts education in Burbank,” commented former Board of Directors Co-Chair, BUSD alumni parent and CEO of mOcean, Craig Murray.

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The Foundation also highlighted arts education programs the nonprofit organization has funded at Luther Burbank Middle School.

Luther Principal Dr. Oscar Macias thanked the Foundation for years of support at the school including theater programs, sound system upgrades, instruments for the band program, theater integration for English Language Development students, culinary arts, drawing and photography with Wacom tablets and media arts.

Macias also gave a nod to the Foundation’s support of the Poetry Book Project and a new instrumental strings program that will begin this fall, for the 2017-18 school year.

Approximately 100 guests attended the event, including donors, volunteers and partners, as well as BUSD Board of Education Vice President Dr. Roberta Reynolds and member Steve Frintner, administrators and teachers.

Also in attendance were Burbank City officials including Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, City Council members Jess Talamantes and Bob Frutos, Burbank City Treasurer Debbie Kukta and representatives from the offices of Congressman Adam Schiff, State Senator Anthony Portantino, State Assemblymember Laura Friedman and L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

More information on Burbank Arts For All Foundation and their upcoming events in the community can be found on their website.


Jordan Middle School Unveils “History Of Burbank” Mural

David Starr Jordan Middle School unveiled the mural History of Burbank, a collaboration between Jordan students and professional artist Henry Goods, on Monday, May 22. The expansive mural covers the entire back wall of the Cougar gymnasium and depicts scenes amd images recalling Burbank’s history.

Funded in part with a grant from the Burbank Arts For All Foundation, with donations of paint from two Burbank businesses – Catalina Paints and Bisordi Paint Company, the History of Burbank mural took shape under the leadership of parent Anne Askerneese and Assistant Principal April Weaver.

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Professional muralist Henry Goods worked with Jordan Middle School art students on the “History of Burbank” mural. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

To begin the project, all 325 sixth-grade students researched the history of Burbank in their Social Studies classes.

Elaine Rosenberg from the Burbank Historical Society then visited Tamara Fiola’s Advanced Art class to talk about Burbank’s history. The Advanced Art students, in grades 6-8, then sketched out images to include in the mural. The students worked with Goods, painting the mural over a period of several days.

The mural includes scenes of farming, Dr. David Burbank, the Burbank canning industry, Moreland Trucking Co., Heavy Weight Champion boxer James Jefferies who raised prize winning cattle and whose historic farm was later moved to Knotts Berry Farm, the pumpkin-shaped hardware store, Lockheed, film/motion picture studios, Bob’s Big Boy, the Equestrian Center, the Airport, the Metro, Starlight Bowl and more, explained Askerneese.

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“Although the mural depicts the wonderful History of Burbank, it is the students who worked on this project that represent our future,” commented Weaver. “They were hardworking and dedicated.”

“We are very proud to share this piece of art with the community, and would love to work with BAFA again to incorporate more art experiences  into our classrooms.”

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“Mr. Goods, Ms. Askernese and Ms. Fiola did an excellent job guiding the students through the process to create a student-centered learning experience,” Weaver added. “The students will remember this project  for the rest of their lives.”

“This is the first mural at Jordan school that has been a collaboration between students and a professional muralist,” said Askerneese, who has assisted on other mural projects at other Burbank Unified school. “The mural has generated excitement on campus. It has inspired students to start new conversations about the history of our city.”

“The mural not only brightens our campus, but it reminds students that they are part of a unique community whose influence and achievements are felt across generations and across the world.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

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.

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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.

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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.”

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“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.