Category: Ripple Effects
The Rex Foundation is deeply honored and grateful to have been designated as the beneficiary of the estate of David Thorberson, a native of Oakland and resident of Orinda, California since 1969. David succumbed to cancer on October 3, 2012, at the far too young age of 55.Â David had made sure that his personal […]
Over these last two years, we have been exploring ways that the Oakland School for the Arts could work with The World As It Could Be curriculum. Donn Harris, Principal, thought we would like to see what the school is currently doing in connection with learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.Â We are […]
A Rex grant enables the New Old Time Chautauqua to tour areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, bringing cheer and healing, helping rebuild community, and discovering in the process a new sense of mission.
A Rex grant in 2008 helped Nextcourse plan a collaborative support network for women leaving jail, empowering this community of women to nurture and heal themselves through healthy eating and active lifestyles.Â This planning effort resulted in the Soul Food Project. Rex executive director Sandy Sohcot recently had the opportunity to see the program in action–and participate as well.
Since receiving a Rex Foundation Grant in 2006, Project Help Mexico, an extracurricular service club in Nelson, British Columbia, has grown and evolved into a full-time one-semester program dedicated to studying and fostering healthy, vibrant communities. This semester’s students had just arrived in Haiti last month to help villagers drill a well and build a wall around their goat farm when the earthquake struck and everything changed; as they tried to help the locals, they found the Haitian people working to take care of them.
Rex grantee Destiny Arts Center on the creative process of developing an arts-focused curriculum on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Imagine a chorus of individuals with autism and other developmental challenges expressing their feelings, sharing who they are, and forming a supportive community.Â Imagine them on stage singing, playing instruments and looking beautiful in their choral attire, presenting themselves appropriately and feeling proud of what they have accomplished and getting the applause they deserve.”
Rex grantee The Bread Project has helped hundreds of unemployed and underemployed Bay Area adults find their way to self-sufficiency through their culinary and job readiness classes. They share some recent success stories of their students.
In 2002, David Wish, a Bay Area school teacher, became frustrated about the state of music education in the public schools and decided to do something about it. He approached the Rex Foundation for a seed grant for what became Little Kids Rock. Today the organization is the nationâ€™s leading nonprofit provider of instrumental music education in the nationâ€™s public schools.
Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, California used its grant from the Rex Foundation to support artists who teach classes and workshops to the community in many artistic genres. Says Rex board member Freddy Hahne: “Support the
arts and artists and community–it was an easy decision.”