2007 Grantee Profiles

The Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF)
10801 National Blvd, Ste. 560
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Bill Graham Award. In recognition of children’s rights, CCF services Cambodia’s poorest, undereducated and most vulnerable children by providing them with the care, education and training they need to reach their full potential. CCF seeks to create a safe, open place for children to thrive, learn and grow and to provide protection and support needed to overcome the barriers that prevent human development.
JazzMasters Workshop
PO Box 73
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
2007 Jerry Garcia Award. Since 2000, JazzMasters Workshop has held 2,000 workshops for children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Weekly workshops are staffed by prominent professionals and the programs build knowledge, skill and confidence by enabling kids to play and learn from real musicians in a nurturing and participatory environment. The program provides assistance with admittance to schools, conservatories and camps, acquiring instrument and providing performance opportunities.
Allen Toussaint
2007 Ralph J. Gleason Award. Producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist and solo artist, Allen Toussaint’s music crosses multiple generations and inspires new generations. His contributions to New Orleans music and to rock & roll in general are such that he earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Allen has continued to mentor musicians and represent New Orleans in the finest fashion.
Art in Action
519 42nd Street #D
Oakland, CA 94609
510-625-7800 x 414
Art in Action is a life-changing, community building social justice camp that helps young people utilize their creative talents and passions to pursue social change. Participants create music, spoken word poetry, hip-hop/rap, art and theatrical dances to speak out against and build alternatives to issues they see negatively impacting their lives and communities.
2514 3rd Street, Ste 230
San Francisco, CA 94107
BAYCAT educates, empowers and employs students using digital media arts as the vehicle to engage them positively in their lives, in school and in society. BAYCAT’s mission is to inspire underserved youth and young adults to develop their unique talents and to create enriching and productive futures for themselves and their communities.
Creator’s Art Productions
1711-A Lincoln Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
The mission of Creator’s Art Productions is to produce and distribute a free video to low income people at community health clinics and elsewhere. The video will demonstrate Jin Shin Jyutsu’s self help exercises for managing the side effects of conventional medical treatments of cancer and other conditions. Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body’s energy by using the fingers and hands to eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions.
Destiny Arts Center
1000 42nd Street
Oakland, CA 94608
Destiny Arts Center exists to end isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people. The mission is accomplished by providing financially accessible dance, theater, martial arts, violence prevention and youth leadership classes to diverse groups of youth ages 3-18. Classes are taught year-round by professional instructors, at the main site as well as in outreach programs at local schools and community centers.
Head Count
336 W 49th Street 1RW
New York, NY 10019
HeadCount’s mission is to encourage participation in democracy among music fans through organized voter registration efforts, education and activities that point young people on a path toward activism. The organization has three objectives: register voters; spread the message about the importance of voting and the issues voting impacts; provide the activists of tomorrow with an organized structure through which they can easily make a difference.
Military Families Speak Out “Gold Star Families Speak Out Chapter
PO Box 300549
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Gold Star Families Speak Out is comprised of families who have lost a member during military duty. These families are a support, advocacy and resource group for families who have lost a soldier any time since 9/11. They have been effective in lobbying military leaders to advocate for better conditions for soldiers in the field, including improved communication, training and equipment and for changes in policies and procedures such as repeat tours of duty.
Mineral Policy Institute
Box 435
Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
MPI is an Australia based grassroots research, campaign and advocacy organization working to ensure that the minerals and energy cycle operates on principles of human rights, social justice and ecologically sustainable development. MPI has campaigned successfully on mining issues in Australia and overseas and has been involved in uranium/nuclear issues and climate change including the successful campaign to prevent the development of the Jabiluka uranium mine in Kakadu National Park.
Monroe Elementary after school Arts Enrichment Program
260 Madrid Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
The Rex Foundation grant is specifically to support an after school comprehensive arts and enrichment program. Monroe serves approximately 475 mostly immigrant K-5 students in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco. The grant will be used to boost an existing program, limited mostly to sports, to include a comprehensive after school arts and enrichment program that will be accessible to and meet the needs of all families at Monroe.
Port Townsend/Bay St. Louis Sister City Project
615 54th Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
The Port Townsend/Bay St. Louis Sister City Project is a long term effort to rebuild Bay St. Louis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The project networks within Port Townsend and other towns who embrace Bay St. Louis and with locals who live in Saint Louis. To date over 100 Port Townsend volunteers have gutted houses, cleared debris, helped rebuild homes and a day care center, provided books, tools, building supplies, computers and other necessities to lend a hand to the citizens of Bay St. Louis.
Rainforest Information Centre (RIC)
Box 368
Lismore 2480, Australia
RIC’s current project in central Africa involves research, investigation and documentation throughout the Congo Forest Basin. The objectives are to: raise awareness of environmental and social realities in Central Africa; empower activists to take substantive change to protect the environment and steward informed environmental defense; empower indigenous peoples to protect their forest and aquatic landscapes; build alliances and support the agency of grass-roots activists; stimulate appropriate discussion, awareness and action to ensure proper international policies to support Central Africa.
826 Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94110
826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting students aged 6 to 18 with their writing skills and helping teachers get their students excited about writing. Their work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students. Teams of volunteer tutors work with students to fill the gap of overcrowded classrooms, providing undivided attention and inspiration to students.
Youth Movement Records (YMR)
PO Box 3122
Oakland, CA 94609
YMR is a youth directed recording company and youth development project, engaging youth through music, mentoring and entrepreneurship in order to reduce violence, develop skills and create community change. YMR offers a hands-on opportunity for disadvantaged youth to explore their desire to make music and get involved in production. Students take classes and workshops designed to develop fundamentals and then have the opportunity to produce their own music on CD compilations and to perform at YMR produced events.
Arts and Literacy in Children’s Education (ALICE)
3927 Forest Hill Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602


A grassroots consortium of parents, teachers and artists working to teach literacy and celebrate cultural diversity through the arts in Bay Area grades K-5. The Rex grant will help to expand an innovative Ancestor project to schools in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. ALICE was founded on the principle that the arts are essential to every child’s learning and that all children deserve an arts-integrated education, regardless of racial, socio-economic or ethnic background.
The Bread Project
1701 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
Operating out of training facilities in Berkeley and Oakland, The Bread Project provides low-income, unemployed and developmentally handicapped adults and graduates from addiction rehab programs with training in commercial baking and general food preparation, supplemented with classes in job readiness, life skills and assistance with referrals. Graduates are fully prepared for entry-level jobs in the food service industry, and the project provides continuing support for one year after graduation.
Dinner Program for Homeless Women (DPHW)
309 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
The Dinner Program for Homeless Women serves hot, nutritious, appetizing meals to the homeless and poor of Washington, DC. In addition, DPHW provides emergency social services to DC’s most fragile and marginalized homeless women and their children and comprehensive services addressing the root causes of their homelessness.
Guitars Not Guns
PO Box 3562
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Guitars Not Guns provides opportunity, encouragement and empowerment to at-risk and underprivileged youth by bringing classes into the neighborhoods where they reside. Creative potential is tapped with a structured music program taught by caring adults in a safe environment, while instilling confidence and character necessary for students to grow into responsible adults and productive members of society. The program is community based, providing alternative to the self destructive behaviors of substance abuse, crime and gangs.The Rex grant is to support programs in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Horton’s Kids
110 Maryland Ave. NE, Ste 207
Washington, DC 20002
Horton’s Kids provides a structured schedule of intensive tutoring , field trips, mentoring , dental care, emergency healthcare, advocacy, family support and enrichment activities to children living in one of Washington DC’s most dangerous areas. The program has expanded to address the physical and emotional needs of the children as well. The program employs a mobile tutoring model in which children are taken to safe places replete with volunteers and educational materials.
PO Box 720125
San Francisco, CA 94172
Litquake is an annual San Francisco literary festival that brings a diverse and eclectic range of Bay Area authors before audiences of all ages for a week plus of readings, performances, cross-media literary happenings, panel discussions, and more. Litquake’s mission is to foster interest in literature, to perpetuate a sense of literary community and to host a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing. All events are open to the public and most are free or low cost so that all fans of the written word are able to attend.
Living Beyond Belief
1775 Broadway, Ste 433
New York, NY 10019
The goal of Living Beyond Belief is to save lives by fostering HIV/AIDS prevention education. raising HIV/AIDS awareness among youth and motivating NYC public high school students to be HIV/AIDS peer educators, activists and advocates by providing them with college grants and recognition for their life-saving work. The program created a Youth Advisory Board, comprised of current and former NYC public high school students who play an instrumental role in the day to day operations of the organization.
Miami Light Project (MLP)
3000 Biscayne Blvd., Ste 100
Miami, FL 33137
MLP presents and produces contemporary performance in dance, theater, music and multimedia art. The artists are internationally recognized for risk-taking innovation, technical virtuosity and thought provoking content. MLP has recently expanded its community outreach programs with the goal to bring contemporary performance and artist residencies to a broad cross section of Miami’s neighborhoods. One aim is to educate the next generation of arts audiences, increasing the capacity for creative process, critical thinking and resilience for the youth in the community
Operation Migration
1623 Military Rd, #639
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
The goal of Operation Migration is to re-establish a naturally migrating and self-sustaining population of North American Whooping Cranes, by imprinting young cranes to follow ultralight aircraft to lead them in their first migrations from Canada and Wisconsin to winter quarters on a reserve in Florida. They have already had success with flocks returning North on their own and leading their own wild-hatched chicks the following year.
Our Future Now (OFN)
99 Roble Rd.
Oakland, CA 94618
OFN promotes ecological responsibility through greening initiative programs, high profile awareness campaigns and community involvement opportunities. The focus is to form partnerships with prominent music festivals and host communities by introducing compelling art and technology demonstrations at the festivals. The installations will showcase responsible best practices and renewable energy technologies while providing a framework for deeper community participation. The goal is to transform large scale gatherings into artistically inspiring models of human responsibility, thereby triggering attitude and behavioral shifts in communities worldwide.
The People’s Music School
931 W. Eastwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
Started in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, the mission of The People’s Music School was to make music education available to anyone, regardless of income level, especially those who have little opportunity for musical instruction. Instruction includes private lessons, ensembles, music theory, voice, performance opportunities and interaction with professional musicians. The School also produces dozens of free concerts each year.
Project Night Night
1800 Gough St, #5
San Francisco, CA 94109
Project Night Night is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children. By providing educational material and objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night seeks to advance the cognitive and emotional well-being of each child helped. The program donates individual tote bags, each filled with an age appropriate book, baby blanket and stuffed animal in an effort to help homeless children sleep better while in the shelter system. Finding comfort is vitally important for children in order to feel secure, loved and valued, even in the midst of the upheaval and uncertainty attendant to homelessness.
Sweet Home New Orleans (SHNO)
1201 Saint Phillip St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Sweet Home New Orleans is a collective of non-profit agencies serving New Orleans musicians, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Club members. SHNO is an umbrella organization that integrates the efforts of service providers and music institutions, to connect musicians to an array of services and provide direct assistance for housing.
UpBeat Drum Circles
PO Box 55245
Valencia, CA 91385
UpBeat Drum Circles provides training to leaders and drummers of local Kurdistani community action groups to create sustainable,long term programs which bond communities, effectively break down barriers and restore help, health and relationships in war-ravished communities. The project will document through video and audio recording the positive images towards peace-making in Iraq through drumming, and explore the possible economic potential in the business of drum-making for Kurdistani people.
Youth with Disabilities Sports Mentoring Program
I Can Do It, You Can Do It
451 Hungerford Drive, Ste 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Part of Disabled Sports USA, the program I Can Do It, You Can Do It!, matches an active adult with a young person with a disability who wants to become active in sports. The initiative is an attempt to address the high level of obesity and inactivity in young people with disabilities and improve physical fitness among youth with disabilities. Mentors being trained for the program include high level, Paralympic athletes with disabilities and Wounded Warriors from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Planet Drum Foundation
PO Box 31251
San Francisco, CA 94131
Planet Drum Foundation’s mission is to promote awareness of sustainable strategies for human inhabitation of the earth based on the bioregions where people live. PDF has organized individual and public activities that relate to the environment through restoration ecology, green cities, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, watershed consciousness and education.
Detroit Lakes Public Schools
PO Box 766
Detroit Lakes, MN 56502
The grant was made specifically to support the instrumental band program in Detroit Lakes Public Schools and was funded through direct contributions from fans collected at the Rex Jam at 10K Lakes Festival.