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Burbank Arts for All Foundation is delighted to continue its commitment to supporting quality arts education programming in all art forms for Burbank Unified kids. On May 3, 2018, the Foundation announced investments made to further creativity in the classroom during their March Grant Cycle to the BUSD Board of Education.

Also in attendance for the announcement were Teachers and Principals representing just a few of the schools that benefited from the funding cycle, including: Bret Harte Elementary, R.L. Stevenson Elementary, Joaquin Miller Elementary, George Washington Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, and John Burroughs High School.

This is the Foundation’s 22nd grant cycle. For this cycle, 13 grant applications were received from BUSD schools for consideration in our March 2018 Grant Cycle, including submissions from seven BUSD elementary schools, one of BUSD’s traditional middle schools and one of BUSD’s general population high schools, with a total financial request of $25,668.95.

The Foundation is thrilled to announce an investment of $15,000.00 in school site programs this Spring, bringing our total giving for the 2017-18 school year to $53,509.28. The programs we invested in will impact more than 4,700 students throughout the District.

With these funds, the Foundation has now provided $482,718.90 in grant investments supporting arts education in BUSD, through a total of 290 grant requests since 2006. To see a complete list of all of our grant giving, please click this link (this cycle’s grant awards are highlighted in purple).

Burbank Arts for All Foundation works in alignment with BUSD’s Arts for All Plan, which is supported by a vast ecosystem of supporters. Many of the grants funded by the Foundation have been matched with funding from BUSD, individual school sites, PTA units, and booster clubs.

Upon receiving funding for a Hallway Museum Gallery, Teacher Alicia Boylan at Bret Harte Elementary school stated,

“I was so impressed when I saw McKinley’s hallways. I can’t wait to see our halls soon change from regular blue paint to a museum art gallery! It will give our students a huge sense of pride in their school when we can connect the art they see while walking to class to something they learned about that artist that month.  The artworks will be a daily reminder to students how important art is in our daily lives. Being able to have a Visual Thinking Strategy Lesson in front of an artwork, as if we were in an actual museum, will be an opportunity most students would never receive otherwise. “

Here are some highlights of the programs the Foundation invested in this Spring:

Elementary Schools:

  • Schoolwide Theatre Residency Program supporting English Language Arts instruction (TK-5th)
  • Ukuleles for Instrumental Music Instruction in 5th grade General Music Classes
  • Hallway Museum Galleries at two school sites to encourage teachers to implement “Visual Thinking Strategies” – this is an expansion of a program that is now at 4 Elementary schools!
  • Supplies and Materials to support schoolwide Drawing Workshops (TK – 5th)
  • Music Teaching Artist to integrate Music Composition/Songwriting into original theatre productions for Kindergarten & 1st Grade classrooms
  • Innovative pilot program integrating Digital Media and Filmmaking into other Core Curriculum
  • Extended Instruction in Dance for Stepping Stones (Special Education) Students
  • A new Upright Piano and Wireless Microphone for auditorium improvements
  • Teaching Artists and Supplies for a schoolwide Ceramics Program
  • Teaching Artist for a schoolwide Visual Arts Program (TK-5th)

Middle School:

  • Student-integrated Workshops and Performance with Teaching Artists from Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum to integrate Theatre into the study of Shakespeare in 8th grade English classes

High School:

  • Workshops with a Teaching Artist to integrate Theatre Techniques into the study of American Literature for 9th grade English Language Arts classes, including a grade-wide assembly focused on the concept of “The American Dream”


BUSD MII concert

Update on BUSD’s Music Is Instrumental Campaign

Since October 2017, the Foundation has partnered with the Burbank Unified School District to support the BUSD Music Is Instrumental Campaign. The Foundation has been working with BUSD’s Superintendent and Administration to support the District’s goal to raise 10% (or $120,000) of their identified need of $1.2 million to repair or replace musical instruments in middle and high schools.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation has also had the pleasure of teaming up with a committee of community leaders, Co-Chaired by Linda Walmsley, Michael Cusumano and Michael Hastings, through the 1,000 for $100 effort to help BUSD reach their Music Is Instrumental goals.

This year-long collective campaign has been a wonderful example of the commitment of the Burbank community coming together to support the District’s need.

We are excited to join BUSD at the BUSD Music Is Instrumental benefit concert next week on May 11th at Burbank High. We encourage the community to get behind the District to achieve its goal.


The Foundation’s support of BUSD arts education programs doesn’t stop there!

Next Wednesday, May 9th beginning at 9:30am, the Foundation invites the public to our next Community Exchange at Edison Elementary! We will be spotlighting a program that we invested in in our Fall Grant Cycle. This is FREE to attend and all are welcome!

Edison Elementary Principal, Laura Flosi, along with Edison teachers, parents, and students will share this year’s outcomes of Edison’s Fine Arts Wheel, which impacted ALL of the schools students, in TK through 5th grade! They have created a video, student will be demonstrating what they’ve learned, and leaders of the program will share how this innovative new program was implemented at Edison. We encourage all of you to attend and cheer them on!