Burbank, California, November 2, 2017 – Burbank Arts for All Foundation (the Foundation) announced investments made in media, visual and performing arts programs for schools in Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday November 2, 2017. Trena Pitchford, Executive Director of the Foundation, announced a total of combined grant giving of $38,509.28, the Foundation’s largest gift to date. Included in this total gift is a $10,000 grant to support BUSD’s Music Is Instrumental campaign as well as an investment of $28,509.28 in school site programs.

For the Foundation’s 21st grant cycle, twenty-four grant applications were received from schools throughout BUSD, including submissions from seven elementary schools, all three of BUSD’s traditional middle schools and both of the general population high schools, as well as Monterey High School.

The granted funds will support a wide variety of programs impacting 8,272 kids in this school year and thousands more in the years to come.

“Since the beginning of our partnership eleven years ago, Burbank Arts for All Foundation is delighted to continue our commitment to support quality programming in all art forms for Burbank Unified kids,” stated Pitchford.

Highlights from the investments made this Fall to support creative learning in the classroom include:

  • a pilot program to introduce African Movement and Drums
  • artist in residency programs in theatre, dance and music
  • a revival of a musical theatre production at the high school level
  • a school-wide arts wheel at the elementary level
  • a new kiln which will replace a 30-year-old kiln for a thriving sculpture program
  • engaging creative thinking in the design and construction of remotely operated vehicles for a unique collaboration between marine biology and engineering classes
  • and more

Since the Foundation began providing grants to schools, a total of $467,718.90 has been invested through 277 grants. Many of the grants funded by the Foundation were matched with funding from BUSD, school sites, PTA units or a school’s booster club. With a consistent lack of funding of state and federal dollars since its inception in 2005, BUSD’s Arts for All strategic plan has been supported by this robust ecosystem of community, business and Foundation funding. To see a complete list of all of the Foundation’s grants, please click this link.

Help us continue this important work! Donate with a 100% tax deductible gift to our year end giving campaign or the 1,000 for $100 effort to support instrumental music in BUSD.

In May, BUSD identified a need of $1.2 million to repair or replace musical instruments in middle and high schools and BUSD’s Board of Education adopted the district wide goal 4.4 to “work with community partners to raise 10% of that need by the end of this school year,” naming the yearlong campaign “Music Is Instrumental.” In making the $10,000 grant, the Foundation is supporting this BUSD campaign.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation is also teaming up with a committee of community leaders, Co-Chaired by Linda Walmsley, Michael Cusumano and Michael Hastings, to help BUSD reach their goal in an effort, called “1,000 for $100.”

“We invite the community to join us and become a part of 1,000 individuals who support Music Is Instrumental with a $100 donation that is 100% tax deductible and 100% dedicated to helping kids in our public schools,” added Pitchford.

Any donor interested in making a donation can find more information on the Foundation’s website: www.burbankartsforall.org/fundraising/musicisinstrumental 

To view the ten minute presentation to BUSD Board of Education, please click this link: Presentation of Grant Cycle 21 and 1,000 for $100


Here are a few photos from our latest impact report or you can view their stories, by clicking this link. 

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About Burbank Arts For All Foundation

Burbank Arts for All Foundation believes the arts are transformative for kids.

We believe 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 help reinstate and grow arts education in the classroom through its support of BUSD’s Arts for All plan. The impact of our work has supported thousands of students in their academic, social and emotional growth and we have engaged a unique coalition of major studios, local businesses, media companies, parents, educators, the City of Burbank and the Burbank Unified School District in the importance of creativity and innovation.

As a non-profit public arts education foundation, we further our mission each day by providing supplemental funding twice a year through our grant making program, as well as year-round community engagement and advocacy efforts in support of all of Burbank Unified School District’s 15,000+ students. Beyond the engagement programs we host or the supplemental funding we provide for much needed artistic tools and supplies in the classroom, we do this work because it is right for the kids and our community. For us, it is not just about supporting the next artist, but also fostering well-rounded humans in the world.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Mission and Vision:

Our mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as part of their core curriculum.

Our vision is to inspire Burbank to build the finest arts education program in California.