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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.

BAFA Party On The Plaza Honors Burbank Arts Supporters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burbank Arts For All Foundation Soars At Hangar 40

The Burbank Arts For All Foundation held its third “Party on the Plaza” gala last Friday, celebrating another great year of achievement and honoring Jamie Butterworth, Peggy Zirves and the Downtown Burbank Partnership.

The annual spring event was definitely “not your plane ordinary party.” Courtesy of the Bob Hope Airport, the feasting and fundraising occurred within Hangar 40, one of the few local venues able to comfortably contain the hundreds of parents, teachers, educators and community leaders. (And everyone became a lot more comfortable when the cool evening air landed.)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Impressive visuals dominated the space. Three huge murals transformed the rear wall behind the dais into brilliant mosaics of color, the work of students at Jefferson Elementary.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Students from John Burroughs High created two huge, breathtaking banners that deserve a permanent place at the Bob Hope Airport.

The banners capture brilliantly the youthful whimsy and inspiration that turned the ancient dream of flight into blue-sky reality.

NBC4’s popular weathercaster Fritz Coleman served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, reminding his audience that BAFA has an importance well beyond its Burbank home. “No aspect of public education has suffered more greatly than the arts,” he reminded his audience. (California state budget cuts have forced the Burbank School District to tighten its belt for the past five years.) And Fritz echoed any number of studies when he pointed out that the arts help all of us to be complete human beings “who can empathize with others.”

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Fritz Coleman conducts the live auction. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Incidentally, Fritz had provided something of an artistic moment for his own children. “I told my kids that before we replace the old garage door, you can go ahead and put graffiti on it.” So they got their day-glo and made huge peace symbols.  Fritz was hoping that they were getting any spray paint mischief “out of their system.” The decorated garage door remained for two weeks, for the admiration of all concerned.

Parental initiatives, whatever their immediate motive, are more important than ever. Funding for public school education continues to suffer “the death of a thousand cuts” within the State of California and, to varying degrees, throughout the entire country.  In spite of their enormous educational benefits, public school art programs have been early casualties of the budget axe. It’s one of the major reasons many California public schools are a shadow of what they had been in the 1960’s, when California’s public school system, from kindergarten to university, was the envy of the entire nation and the world.

But for several years now, Burbank residents and businesses have been keeping the arts alive for Burbank’s schoolchildren. Since its first meeting in 2006, the Foundation has donated $250,000 to Burbank school arts programs. In 2013, the Foundation gave nearly $50,000 in grants funds to support the arts education efforts throughout the District. And it’s not surprising that Burbank, the media arts capital of the world, would embrace the young artistic talents waiting to blossom within supportive schools.

But much more than money is driving the Foundation’s quest to provide a top-of-the-line arts education program for every Burbank student.  The funding dollars multiply a thousand fold thanks to the passionate teachers, parents and corporate sponsors devoting countless hours of volunteer effort, as exemplified by the Foundation’s 2014 honorees.

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Jamie Butterworth was recognized. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Jamie Butterworth received the Champion of the Arts Award for reviving arts education at Edison Elementary. Jamie and her husband, John, had moved into Burbank in 1998. When their first daughter, Sarah, entered school, they were disappointed to find how little arts education was being provided. “I became focused on the arts because it is so needed,” said Jamie. “The arts help kids to express themselves, and involves the whole mind, the whole child.”

Jamie connected with like-minded parents trying to make changes at their children’s elementary schools. By the time second daughter Rebecca entered Edison Elementary, Jamie was a force to be reckoned with. As the PTA Reflections Chair, she hosted after-school workshops and lunchtime Art Days. She chaired the booster club and raised money while continuing to make arts education a permanent part of Edison’s culture. She became the first Arts Chair at Edison and developed an after-school arts program that included theater, visual arts, dance and orchestra. Jamie also developed an integrated “Arts for All” plan for Edison students during the school day. “It’s up to the parents to assure that art is an important part of the educational program,” said Jaime.

Jamie has been involved with the Foundation from the beginning and is now serving as Programs Chair for the Burbank Art association and is the PTA Reflections Chair at John Burroughs High School.

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Peggy Zirves was honored. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Peggy Zirves received the Arts for All Educator Award for the life-changing impact she has had on generations of Monterey High students. Peggy has been teaching the Arts there since Monterey High opened 30 years ago.  Back then she was a commercial freelance artist who had acquired a teaching credential as a backup plan. But she heard that the District was “hiring a arts teacher for continuation high school,” she decided to go for the interview in spite of having the butterflies. When it became clear that the school officials wanted a teacher that would “empower her students and not treat them as third rate,” she knew she had found her calling. She was going to give her students a genuine second chance.

Many students who had struggled in other classes had blossomed in Peggy’s. She designed her arts lessons and projects so that students at all ability levels were able to complete their lessons with pride. “I wanted to reach out to my Monterey students in ways they could understand,” said Peggy. So she took the time to know them as individuals and to encourage them to get out and see all types of art, from museums and art shows to exhibits at the LA County Fair. “I’m very proud of my students,” continued Peggy. “They’ve gone on to college, the military, running department stores, making a career of art and being successful in all walks of life.”

Peggy also worked with her fellow teachers on cross-curricular activities. She has been instrumental in strengthening the Art Standards throughout the District. When Peggy reminded her audience that she would be retiring at the end of the school year, the crowd shouted their dismay. They knew what a teaching treasure she has been for her students and fellow educators alike.

Because of teachers like Peggy, students who are academically bright may come to appreciate that the world needs a much wider range of talents to be livable, especially including the artistic ones. Because of teachers like Peggy, the verbally gifted may come to realize that not everything can be expressed in words, and some meanings can only reside in a mural or a melody. And because of teachers like Peggy, some students find the soil and water and sunshine that save them from the withering and prepare them for the blossoming.

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Michael Cusumano accepts award on behalf of Downtown Burbank Partnership. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Michael Cusumano accepted the Patron of the Arts Award on behalf of Downtown Burbank Partnership, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation established in 2003. BAFA recognized Downtown Burbank Partnership for their continued support of arts and culture in Burbank, as well as the many publicity and fundraising opportunities they have provided. The Partnership understands the link between having a strong arts education and having a talented workforce for Burbank’s creative economy of leading media industries.

The Partnership focuses on Downtown Burbank, an award-winning urban neighborhood spanning 34 blocks of retail, office, residential and entertainment uses. The Partnership has turned Downtown Burbank into a vibrant entertainment and shopping destination. And events like the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival, live music performances and special film showings are creating a street scene with an authentic vibe.

Award presenter Michael Hastings pointed out that business are crucial to the economic health of any city, and that Burbank was especially blessed with a strong and enlightened business community, exemplified by organizations like the Partnership.

After the award presentations, Fritz conducted the event’s live auction, summoning dollars to leave their wallets as only he can do, though he might have arranged for cooler weather.  In 2013, the Party on the Plaza Gala accounted for 58% of the Foundation’s revenue, making it one of their most important fundraising events.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fritz publicly thanked Jay Leno for having, on his retirement from the Tonight Show, made a very generous contribution to the Foundation. Fritz continues to stay connected to his comedic past, performing at Flappers in Burbank as well as other comedy venues.

When we humans started to gain some control over the struggle for survival and it no longer occupied every waking hour, we’ve had to decide what to do with all our free time. Sometimes we decided to make war, but sometimes we also decided to make art like those stunning cave paintings in France. The Foundation encourages “the better angels of our nature,” doing its part to nurture a generation that shuns atrocities and embraces art.

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Party On The Plaza Honors Burbank Arts Champions

The annual Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) Party On The Plaza gala honors three local arts supporters on Friday, May 2, at Executive Hangar 40 at the Bob Hope Airport. Monterey High School teacher Peggy Zirves, artist and parent volunteer Jamie Butterworth and the Downtown Burbank Partnership will be celebrated for their ongoing dedication to the arts in Burbank public schools.

Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman and Honorary Chair Don Hahn at Party on the Plaza 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

Master of Ceremonies Fritz Coleman and Honorary Chair Don Hahn at Party on the Plaza 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

“We are excited to recognize this year’s well deserved honorees,” said BAFA Chair Carrie Brown. “It is a privilege to honor [Downtown Burbank Partnership] with the Patron of the Arts Award.”

“Through the Downtown Burbank Business Partnership with the City of Burbank, they have hosted many events that celebrate the arts in our community and have continually supported the Foundation.”

“We are also pleased to recognize Peggy Zirves and Jamie Butterworth, two well deserving and inspirational individuals,” added Brown. “Peggy and Jamie have raised the bar in the advancement of arts education and have given so much of their own time that has directly benefited our schools and profoundly impacted the lives of Burbank kids.”

Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All

Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All

Honored for their generous support of Arts Education in Burbank since 2007, the Downtown Burbank Partnership will receive the Patron of the Arts Award that is presented to local businesses or a corporation whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission.

Downtown Burbank Partnership, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation first established in 2003, manages the Downtown Burbank District, an area filled with 34 blocks of entertainment, shopping, office and residential uses. Downtown Burbank Partnership promotes artistic programs including fine arts, music and film events as cultural activities for the entire community.

Peggy Zirves in her classroom at Monterey High. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

Peggy Zirves in her classroom at Monterey High. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

The Arts For All Educator Award is presented to an educator who dedicates their own personal time to enrich the lives of Burbank students through their exceptional commitment to furthering arts education for all. Zirves has taught the Arts at Monterey High School since it opened 30 years ago.

Zirves designs lessons and projects so students at all levels of abilities can finish with a sense of pride. She encourages students see all types of art, at museums, public spaces, art shows or anywhere.

Zirves not only has worked with State art standards throughout her teaching career, she has created activities in line with the newly-instituted Common Core standards. She will retire from teaching at the end of this school year.

Butterworth receives the Champion of the Arts award, which is given to an individual or organization whose volunteer commitment to providing equal access to the arts has made a significant impact on the students of BUSD and the Burbank community.

Butterworth and her husband, John, were disappointed to discover how little arts education was provided in BUSD in the mid-2000s, as their first child entered local elementary school. However, through meeting other concerned parents trying to make changes at other local schools, Butterworth became inspired.

Jamie Butterworth, parent, artist and volunteer. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

Jamie Butterworth, parent, artist and volunteer. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Arts For All)

By the time her second child entered Edison Elementary, Butterworth was actively volunteering in arts-related areas for PTA and for school-wide lunchtime and after-school arts workshops.

Butterworth chaired the school’s Booster Club to raise money and became the first Arts Chair at Edison, developing a comprehensive after-school program including theater, visual arts, dance, and orchestra, as well as an integrated Arts for All plan for all students during the school day.

Butterworth has been directly involved with BUSD’s Arts for All plan and BAFA since its inception and continues to be an active volunteer, most recently serving as a committee member for the Secret Art Show. She also serves as Programs Chair for the Burbank Art Association.

NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman returns as the Master of Ceremonies for the party. Honorary Gala Chairs include filmmakers Tim Burton, Don Hahn, Ron Howard, Garry Marshall and Brett Ratner, as well as former Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios and motion picture producer Dick Cook.

Returning to chair the gala this year is The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy, joined by Burbank Bob Hope Airport’s Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez. Sponsors of the event include The Walt Disney Company, RatPac Entertainment, Wells Fargo and Community Chevrolet, among many others.

“We are thrilled to pay tribute to all of our honorees for their remarkable achievements at what has been called Burbank’s ‘Party of the Year,’” commented Trena Pitchford, BAFA Director of Development.

partyonplaza“Due the popularity of the gala, this year we are taking over Executive Hangar 40 at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport so more folks from the community as well as local businesses, city officials and educators can join in the festivities for an unforgettable evening full of raw emotions, fine food, music and dancing.”

The third annual Party On The Plaza festivities begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, awards presentation and dancing. Tickets and sponsorships are still available for reservation through Friday, April 25, by contacting Trena Pitchford, BAFA Director of Development via the website or by calling 818-736-5269.

All proceeds from the Party on the Plaza gala celebration will benefit 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.

BURBANK ARTS FOR ALL FOUNDATION HOLDS INAUGURAL PARTY ON THE PLAZA GALA EVENT

Hosted by NBC4 Weatherman Fritz Coleman, the night commenced with a distinctive reception followed by a silent auction leading to a seated dinner and awards presentation.  This year’s award

Award Recipients Warner Bros Lisa Rawlins, Barbara Miller, and Beth Morrison. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

recipients were: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc; Educator Beth Morrison; and PTA Council President Barbara Miller. Art teacher Jonelle Pickett and her Burbank High School sculpture students, Annelle Charles and Sun Mo Koo, created the special awards. Cocktail reception entertainment was provided by the Burbank High School Jazz Ensemble and the event portion by the popular band Splash. A spectacular night was shared with art professionals and enthusiasts from all disciplines with proceeds benefiting the Burbank Arts For All Foundation.

The Party on the Plaza gala event marked the Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s sixth year as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing grant funding to support arts education as a core curriculum in Burbank’s public schools and supporting the Burbank Unified School District’s Arts for All plan. Since it was founded in 2006, the Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grant funds supporting projects like new musical instruments, artist in residency programs, professional development for teachers, a new kiln, an animated P.S.A. workshop, auditorium and sound system upgrades and many dance, theatre, music and art productions and projects.

Event sponsors included The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Deluxe, mOcean, Woodbury University, Shamrock Holdings Inc, Poquito Mas, Community Chevrolet and more.   Cocktails were courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka

Alexandra Helfrich and Craig Murray, co-chairs, Burbank Arts For All, stated, “We are honored to recognize Warner Bros. with the inaugural Patron of the Arts Award. They established Burbank Arts For All Foundation in 2006 and have continued to give both of their time and generosity in order for arts programs to thrive in all of Burbank public schools,” said Helfrich and Murray in making the announcement. “Additionally, Burbank Arts For All Foundation could not think of two more deserving and inspirational individuals to honor than Beth Morrison and Barbara Miller. They have

Warner Bros V.P. of Government Affairs Lisa Rawlins. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

raised the bar in the advancement of arts education and have given so much of their own time which has directly benefited our schools and profoundly impacted the lives of Burbank kids. We are thrilled to pay tribute to them for their remarkable achievements at this special event.”

 

Patron of the Arts Award: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Honored for establishing the Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. received the Patron of the Arts Award which is presented to a local business or corporation whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission.

 

Arts For All Educator Award: Beth Morrison

This award is presented to an educator who dedicates their own personal time to enrich the lives of all Burbank students through their exceptional commitment to furthering arts education for all.

Beth Morrison, a highly regarded and gifted fine arts teacher at John Burroughs High School, was honored with the Arts For All Educator Award for going above and beyond instructional work. She teaches her students that by leveraging their talents, interests, passions, and time, individually and collectively, they can make very positive contributions to the world… and that art is a powerful vehicle that has the potential to change the world. She has introduced her students to fundraising for important causes through their artistic endeavors that have helped raise thousands of dollars in funding for numerous organizations including The Keep A Breast Foundation (a model and inspiration for their Breast Cancer Awareness projects), the Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research, St. Joseph’s Breast Health Center and other breast cancer related organizations.

Her students have also raised money for the Burbank Arts For All Foundation. She collaborates with many core subject teachers at JBHS so they can better integrate visual arts into their curriculum. She also enjoys working with kids and adults involved in the BYSTI program over the summer. A frequent grant recipient, Ms. Morrison embodies the spirit of Burbank Arts for All Foundation by continuing to give back to students in Burbank schools through arts education.

 

Champion of the Arts Award: Barbara Miller

This award is presented to an individual or organization whose volunteer commitment to providing equitable access to the arts has made a significant impact on the students of Burbank Unified School District and the Burbank community.

Honored for her tireless dedication to the advancement of the arts in the Burbank community, Burbank PTA Council President, Barbara Miller, will receive the Champion of the Arts Award. She is an invaluable resource and works with the California State PTA to follow legislative and budget changes regarding all areas of education and in particular the arts. This dedicated mother of three also serves on the BUSD Facilities Oversight Committee, the Superintendent’s Finance Advisory Committee and the Burbank Arts for All Summer School Advisory Committee. Her dedication bridges the mission of Burbank Arts For All Foundation and the PTA and she was instrumental in both organizations becoming Allied Agencies. Through Mrs. Miller’s on-going commitment to arts education as well as her untiring volunteerism efforts, she continues to be an extraordinary advocate for Burbank Arts for All Foundation.

 

To learn more about Burbank Arts For All Foundation please contact Trena Pitchford, Executive Director of Development at trena@burbankartsforall.org

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