Announcing Our First 2011 Grantees
We are pleased to announce Arts for Humanity!Â as the recipient of the Rex Foundation’s Jerry Garcia Award in memory of Grateful Dead guitarist and founding Rex Board member Jerry Garcia.Â Â This award honors and supports individuals and groups that work to encourage creativity in young people.Â We believe the work of Arts for Humanity! (AH!)Â is just whatÂ the Jerry Garcia Award is about.Â Â AH! celebrates humanity through the arts with programs that cultivate creativity and empower people with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, the elderly and others in partnership with local artists and the Santa Barbara community. AH!’s performing and visual arts programs benefit individuals and build community by giving a voice to the underserved through the power and beauty of the arts.
We made four additional grantsÂ to grassroots non-profit organizations doing outstanding work. In connection with the generous support of the Sacramento Kings that resulted from the February and March Grateful Dead Tribute games, the following two local area programs received Rex grants:
- Sacramento Blues SocietyÂ Blues In The Schools (BITS) program, whichÂ gives Sacramento-area youth an opportunity to participate in a dynamic interactive musical experience with professional musicians. The Blues In The Schools program brings students together with musicians, educators, storytellers, and other performers in a synergistic environment,Â creating a free flowing exchange of the Blues experience and facilitating a lifelong passion for learning.
- “The Yolo County Children’s Alliance, whichÂ was established in 2002 as an essential services program at Alyce Norman Center in West SacramentoÂ to address a number of concerns that impacted children andÂ families.Â The Rex grant helps support the Children and Families’ Access to Food program that providesÂ 150 low-income families with fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items each week. This program,Â threatened by recent state budget cuts,Â not onlyÂ provides essential food and nutrition education, but also enables the Alliance to reach more families with additional support services.
The two other Rex grant recipients are:
- The Tiburon Salmon Institute (TSI),Â an organization thatÂ teaches school-age youth about salmon, steelhead, and the stream, river and ocean habitats that we share with them, with the overall mission to “Empower Today’s Youth To Save Tomorrow’s Salmon.” The Rex grant of $5,000 both supports this vital work and helped make possible a matched grant from the Belvedere Community Foundation, thereby significantly boosting the ability ofÂ TSI to advance its program.
- The Bolinas StinsonÂ Summer Camp provides all local West Marin children with equal access to memorable summer camp experiences. Although camp fees are kept to a third the cost of similar camps, many area families are unable to pay even part.Â The Rex grantÂ provides funding for The Music Project for the Bolinas Stinson Summer Camp to provide additional activities in the form of music education for the campers, with emphasis on building community through music, especially through the rhythms of drumming.