Burbank Arts for All Foundation is grateful to YOU, all of our donors, members, volunteers and partners! Together, we did a lot in 2017 to support arts education in Burbank’s public schools, but we know there is more work to do. 

Beyond the outreach programs we host or the investments we make in creative innovation in the classroom, the Foundation’s greatest impact is in what these kids do with their education. A quality arts education fosters creativity, confidence, skills in project management, and innovative thinking that will allow Burbank kids to succeed in their careers and in their lives.

We are beginning our 12th year of inspiring artistry and innovation in teaching that impacts thousands of kids each year. We have a vision to do a heck of a lot more. Can we count on you to continue on this journey with us? Whether you volunteer your time or give a donation, we value all contributions.

YOUR donations allow the Foundation to:

  • provide supplemental funding for arts education programs that fill unmet needs or serve as incubators for innovation in education
  • host a variety of community engagement programs that empower artists, parents, and civic and business leaders to ensure all students receive a quality arts education.

Any donation given to the Foundation is 100% tax-deductible and helps us to further our mission in 2018!

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Thank you to our village of donors, business partners, private foundations and members who invested in our mission in 2017!

Your Donations at Work in 2017: 

 Our grant making program: 

As Burbank’s only public arts education foundation, your donations make a big difference in what we are able to accomplish each year. Our grant making programs are at the heart of all we do to provide innovation in teaching, creativity in the classroom or matching funds to support a Principal’s vision. Twice a year, our grant making program involves a process where we review, vet and evaluate all funding requests to ensure our investments meet our guidelines and are in partnership with BUSD’s Arts for All plan. Often, our grants are leveraged or matched by funding by BUSD’s Arts for All funds, school site budgets, and parent led booster clubs or PTA units.

In 2017 alone, the Foundation provided funding for 28 grant requests impacting more than 12,328 students. Because of your donations, the Foundation made investments in the following projects including discreet arts classes and the integration of the arts into other core subjects. (For a complete list of all of projects funded since 2006, click here.)

Elementary Schools: 

  • School Wide Dance Teaching Artist
  • School Wide Visual Arts Teaching Artist
  • Vocal Music Instruction for Kindergarten, 1st Grade and Early Special Education
  • Extension of Dance Residency for Special Education Students
  • Theater Artists-in-Residency including seeing a live performance
  • Instrumental Music Teaching Artists
  • A pilot program introducing African Movement and Drums
  • An Innovative “Fine Arts Wheel” for arts classes

Middle School:

  • Sound Equipment for Auditorium Enhancements
  • A Tuba for Instrumental Music
  • Repair of String Instruments for Use in New Strings Instruction
  • Auditorium Risers for Performing Arts
  • Supplies and Materials for a “7th Period” Career Technical Education Play Production Class
  • Wireless Microphones for Vocal Music, Band, Drama and Musical Theater

 High School:

  • Lighting Equipment for Auditorium
  • Equipment to Build a Sound Booth for Film and TV Production
  • Storage Lockers for Drumline equipment that will increase usable rehearsal space for other performing arts programs
  • Reusable Costume Pieces for Dance Performance
  • Design and construction of remotely operated vehicles for a unique collaboration in engineering and marine biology classes engaging creative thinking
  • Standardized Platforms for set design in Performing Arts
  • A revival of musical theater production
  • Outdoor Workspace for Technical Theater Arts and Performing Arts
  • Sound System Improvements for Performing Arts
  • A Kiln for Fine Arts

District wide:

Our Community Engagement Programs:

Empowering our parent, artist, civic and community leaders to take action and become solution partners to help our schools where they need it most! Engaging students in creativity through participation in career and community-based fairs.

Offering free artistic crafts at the Back to School Fair!

Offering free artistic crafts at the Back to School Fair!

Kids perform Improve Theatre on stage at our April Community Exchange gathering

Kids perform Improv Theatre on stage at Bret Harte Elementary School for our April Community Exchange gathering

The Panel of Experts and Educators "Preparing Kids for Innovation"

The Panel of Experts and Educators at our February Creative Circles Forum lead a discussion “Preparing Kids for Innovation”

TADA celebration Dec 2016 Sen Ben Alllen

Celebrating the passing of TADA with Senator Ben Allen, giving teachers a credential in Theatre and Dance.

Celebrating the school years successes and listening to the challenges at our May Community Exchange gathering.

Celebrating the school year’s successes and listening to the challenges of our parent advocates at our May Community Exchange gathering.

Panel of experts at our first Community Exchange in September 2017!

BUSD Board of Education member, Steve Frintner, Superintendent Matt Hill, Arts and CTE Coordinator, Peggy Flynn, and Principals Stacy Cashman and Judy Hession discuss arts education at our first Community Exchange in September 2017!

In 2017, our community engagement programs brought together 400 of Burbank’s best creative supporters! Because of your donations, here’s a snapshot of what we were able to accomplish:

  • We attended BUSD Local Control Accountability Plan Advisory Committee meeting. Not only were we able to understand the broader needs of the school district, but we were there to support the District in sustaining its commitment to arts education by maintaining General Music Elementary School Teacher, a Musical Instrument Repair budget and funds to support Visual Arts classes supplies and materials for the middle and high schools.
  • We participated in BUSD’s Community Arts Team strategic planning sessions to prioritize the current Arts for All plan.
  • We presented at monthly Burbank Council PTA meetings to continue serving in alignment with this important parent group.
  • We have met a few times with Superintendent Matt Hill, Assistant Superintendent Sharon Cuseo, Visual and Performing Arts TOSA, Daniel Swartz, and Arts and Career Technical Education Coordinator, Peggy Flynn, to discuss the BUSD Arts for All plan and its focus over the next year. 
  • We partnered with Arts for LA and presented new tools and research in advocacy for arts education. We are so grateful for our regional partner in this important work!
  • We participated in LA County Arts Education Collective’s Innovation Labs, celebrating 15 years of the county-wide “Arts for All” initiative.
  • We produced two Creative Circles Forums, bringing education and business together to inspire, collaborate, and provide tips for students. In February, we brought experts and educators together for a Forum focused on “Preparing Kids for Innovation” and in November, we hosted a dialogue regarding creating “Documentary Films.”
  • We hosted five Community Exchange gatherings and relaunched our Community Outreach Group with new leadership from our Arts Advocacy Leaders. These gatherings are free and open to the public and focus on the areas of education policy, support for parents, and volunteer engagement. In January, we visited Monterey High School to learn about their Design-Based Learning and “Genius Hour” projects. In April, Bret Hart Elementary hosted us in their auditorium, showcasing their dance program, Dramamaniacs theatre residency, and the variety of arts integration projects happening in their classrooms. May took us to IMX Auto Group’s art gallery space, where guests shared the successes and challenges that they faced in arts education in the 2016-17 school year. Then, in September, The Colony Theatre hosted us for a panel discussion on what’s happening in arts education in BUSD to kick off the 2017-18 school year, and finally, in October, D’Argenzio’s Wine Enoteca hosted an informal gathering for parents and school site leaders to share the successes and challenges they’re facing so far this school year.  Click here for more information on each of these gatherings and for dates for 2018.

BUT WE ARE NOT DONE! Until every Burbank student receives a quality arts education, we must remain committed to our mission.


We hope we can count on you to keep this amazing momentum going so that ALL kids will experience creative learning opportunities in their classrooms!

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Our Infrastructure:

We celebrated the leadership of Carrie Brown and Bob Mohler, who stepped down as Chair and Vice Chair of our Board of Directors. We welcomed the leadership of Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice as Co-Chairs of our Board of Directors and Cathy Stevens as Secretary. We also welcomed a new staff member, Caitlin Wheeland, as Special Events Manager.

The Foundation also hosted two major fundraising events in 2017:

Celebrating our Impact Event with Jill Vander Borght and Tom Vice, new Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors, succeeding Carrie Brown and Bob Mohler, Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. (Center)


We are grateful to the many in-kind donations we receive throughout the year, including marketing and design services from mOcean and 5D Spectrum and public relations service from Trotta Mediaworks. THANK YOU!

Here’s a Snapshot of our Finances:

Our expenses support our operational budget with 35% of our expenses for our Grantmaking and Engagement Programs, 18% to General and Management Operations and 47% to Fundraising expenses including event and non-event fundraising strategies. Our goal for 2018 is to maintain our fiscal management and increase philanthropic donations to be able to further diversify our revenues in planned giving, major gifts and charitable contributions from local businesses.

We continue to maintain our endowed fund with Community Foundation of the Verdugos and investments with Charles Schwab. Click here to learn more about our Endowment.


Interested in learning more? Contact us!