Announcing Exciting Plans for 2019!

Burbank Arts for All Foundation Announces Its Largest Investment in Burbank Unified School District Arts Education 


Burbank, California, February 13, 2019 – Today, Burbank Arts for All Foundation (the Foundation) announced three plans for investing in Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) arts education for 2019 during a press conference at Roosevelt Elementary School. To support BUSD during its tough financial times, the Foundation presented its largest grant of $100,000 to support BUSD’s elementary music teachers; they will also consider grant applications for school site-based programs in September; and thanks to a generous donation from Warner Bros. Entertainment, they will support creative design proposals for BUSD schools in alignment with the City of Burbank’s Arts In Public Places Ordinance (A.P.P.O.).

Continuing the Foundation’s alignment with Burbank Educational Foundation’s “All In for Burbank Schools” campaign, Co-Chairs of Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Board of Directors, Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice, jointly announced:

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation offers the largest grant in the Foundation’s history during BUSD’s time of unprecedented need. As a funding partner of BUSD’s Arts for All masterplan, the Foundation will continue its financial investments throughout 2019 to ensure creativity in the classroom for all of BUSD’s students. We are grateful to our donors, partners, and volunteers, as their continued support of our mission has allowed the Foundation to be ‘All In’ for BUSD arts education.”

Burbank Unified School District Superintendent Matt Hill, stated:

“On behalf of the over 15,000 Burbank Unified School District students, we greatly appreciate the Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s continued support, especially during these difficult financial times.”

Mary-Elizabeth Michaels, Director, Community Engagement at Warner Bros. Entertainment, stated:

“As the founding benefactor of Burbank Arts for All Foundation, Warner Bros. is proud to continue its legacy of investing in creative learning by donating a portion of the Arts in Public Places development fee assessed to a new development to the Foundation. We look forward to celebrating the reveal of the project that will be funded with this donation in the next year.”

Judie Wilke, the City of Burbank’s Parks and Recreation Director, stated,

“The City of Burbank recognizes the importance of public art in our community; it enriches the City’s cultural and educational identity. It is rewarding that the City of Burbank is able to support art and art education within the Burbank Unified School District through the wonderful partnership between the City’s Art in Public Places Program and Burbank Arts for All Foundation.”

Burbank Arts for All Foundation has now invested more than $662,000.00 through 298 grants and giving initiatives and looks forward to investing more in its September grant cycle.

The Foundation welcomes the support of the community to continue its mission. For more information on how to become involved or to attend the upcoming Party for the Arts Gala on April 26, 2019, go to



More details regarding the Foundation’s plans to support to BUSD arts education in 2019:

BUSD is facing a budget deficit for the 2019-2020 school year, and Superintendent Hill has repeatedly called for increased funding for public education from state legislation. To mitigate reductions on a local level, he asked the Foundation to support BUSD’s elementary music teachers. The Foundation stretched every resource to present a $100,000 grant for this need that will impact BUSD’s elementary music program, reaching all students in 2nd through 5th grades. While this grant will begin to close the gap, it will unfortunately not eliminate it. BUSD is now more than a third of its way to acquiring the necessary $275,328 to fund three music teachers. The Foundation welcomes any matching donations to support this important cause.

The Foundation will continue its history of investing in BUSD school site-based grants for arts education programs and projects in their September 2019 grant cycle. For this year only, grant applications received in its traditional March grant cycle will be held for consideration in September. Throughout the Foundation’s thirteen-year history, this school site-based funding has fostered creative innovation in BUSD’s classrooms, impacting thousands of students each school year.

Thanks to their partnership with the City of Burbank and a generous donation from Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Foundation will also be able to support creative design in BUSD through a Request for Proposal (RFP) in their September 16, 2019 grant cycle in alignment with the City’s Arts In Public Places Ordinance. Over the years, development funding through A.P.P.O. has supported murals and art installations at school facilities throughout the District, such as the student designed art sculptures in the lobby of Burbank High’s Wolfson Auditorium. More details will be released in the next few months.

About Burbank Arts For All Foundation:

Burbank Arts for All Foundation believes the arts are transformative for kids. With its growing number of Burbank parents, teachers, and students, as well as community and business partners, the Foundation believes all students should have equal access to a quality arts education that nurtures a balanced approach to life, develops 21st century skills for any career path a student chooses, and further enriches a healthy community and creative economy in Burbank.

Since 2006, Burbank Arts for All Foundation has worked in partnership with Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) to support BUSD’s Arts for All masterplan. The impact of the Foundation’s work supports thousands of students in their academic, social and emotional growth through arts education every school year.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Mission and Vision:

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s 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’s vision is to inspire Burbank to build the finest arts education program in California.

Trena Pitchford

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