The LBC Arts and Education Fund allows donors to know their gift is going directly to support children, teachers, and families in our community. The Fund provides vital, ongoing support for education and outreach programs that take place throughout our community and serve more than 35,000 students – particularly low-income students – and their teachers and parents, each year.The Fund supports more than 10 different programs; here’s a sampling of the impacts of those programs:
- More than 400 musical instruments are loaned through our Music For Schools library to enable low-income students to participate in their school’s band or orchestra programs;
- Each summer, 150 low-income youth engage in creative self-expression and forge positive connections with their peers, families and cultural heritage through One City Arts and Mariachi Camps;
- 15,000+ free and reduced-price tickets are issued to low-income students, ensuring that they can attend performances along with the rest of their classmates – for many, it is their first time in a theater;
- Dozens of teachers in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, and Marin counties integrate the arts into their classrooms, strengthening the learning of core subjects like math, science, and literature.
Please consider a gift to the LBC Arts and Education Fund. By utilizing our new monthly giving options, you can maximize your support of these programs with a small monthly donation, charged to your credit card.
The LBC Arts & Education Fund supports all of the following programs:
- School Shows – Performances for school groups bring the magic of live theater to students. These performances align with and support state mandated curriculum in all core subjects. Specially designed study guides help broaden and deepen the learning experience.
- Music for Schools – A lending library of instruments that are provided at no cost to students who otherwise might not have an opportunity to play. First priority is given to students who meet low-income guidelines.
- Artists in the Schools – By introducing artists and arts concepts into the classrooms, we provide students the opportunity to work directly with some of our nation’s most accomplished artist-educators.
- Professional Development: Tools for Teachers – Arts integration workshops, held at the Sonoma County Office of Education, help teachers incorporate the arts into their classrooms as powerful tools for teaching all subjects.
- Mariachi Camp – A free 3-week summer program that introduces music concepts, teamwork, and the Mariachi tradition. Each student is provided with a free instrument that they learn to play and care for, while they explore this vibrant art form. Sessions held in both Santa Rosa and Cloverdale with plans to expand in 2017.
- Evert Person’s ArtReach – Free and reduced-price tickets to our School Shows for students who meet low-income guidelines and their teachers.
- The Evert Person Bus Fund – Grants for student transportation to the theater, as the cost of a school bus often makes it too expensive for schools to attend.
- One City Arts – A free 3-week visual arts camp provided to 50 underserved youth. Students are introduced to the theory and practice of painting and drawing through observation, discussion and experimentation.
- Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency – This free program provides an excellent opportunity for local children to audition, obtain professional theater coaching, and, if selected, be cast in a play that will be performed twice before a live audience.
- New Song Music Camp – Professional musicians help participating children explore different musical instruments, write songs, make their own instruments, and work together in creating a final CD project of their music.
- Fiesta de Independencia – A free annual cross-cultural event that celebrates Latino Heritage Month. The campus-wide fiesta features over four hours of continuous arts and cultural entertainment, and attracts nearly 4,000 visitors each year.
- Posada Navideña – A traditional Mexican holiday presentation that portrays the “Pastorela” (pilgrimage) made by Joseph and Mary before the birth of Christ. Featuring traditional Mexican folkloric dances and music performed by dancers and musicians from Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento.
Please consider a gift to support these programs through the LBC Arts and Education Fund. By utilizing our new monthly giving options, you can maximize your support of these programs with a small monthly donation, charged to your credit card.
Our new Monthly Giving option enables you to make a big impact through a small gift each month. Here’s a sampling of what your monthly gift can make possible –
- Enable 20 students to attend a School Show
- Purchase a guitar for use in Mariachi Camp, school band or orchestra
- Provide three weeks of art supplies for 2 campers
- Send 2 classrooms to a School Show
- Buy 2 guitars for the lending library
- Send 5 children to week-long theater camp
- Send 10 teachers to a professional development workshop
- Buy 4 guitars for the Music for Schools lending library
- Send a child to art camp for three weeks
- Buy 3 violins for Mariachi Camp, school band or orchestra
- Refurbish 125 instruments in the Music for Schools lending library
- Cover the salary for a camp instructor
- Purchase backpacks with arts supplies for 50 campers
- Buy 3 trumpets for Mariachi, school band or orchestra
- Fund a workshop instructor for teachers who integrate arts into their classroom
Sign-up for a monthly gift to the LBC Arts and Education Fund today to make a significant impact on children, teachers, and families in our community.