2009 Grantees

Asylum Access
PO Box 14205
San Francisco, CA  94114
2009 BILL GRAHAM AWARD. Asylum Access is dedicated to making human rights a reality for refugees around the world. Because less than half of one percent of refugees resettle in the US, Asylum Access reaches refugees where most remain – in Africa, Asia and Latin America, usually in a country nearby their own.  The organization provides on-the-ground legal information, education, advice and representation to help refugees assert their fundamental right to seek and enjoy asylum, as set forth in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Asylum Access also helps refugees assert other human rights including the rights to live safely, work, put children in school and rebuild their lives in their first countries of refuge.
Jorma Kaukonen 
Fur Peace Ranch
39495 St Clair Road
Pomeroy, OH  45769 
 2009 RALPH J GLEASON AWARD. The award is to be used as a scholarship program to serve Appalachian youth. According to Jorma, “Fur Peace Ranch is a ranch that grows guitar players.” Classes and workshops are held throughout the summers with instructors who are also world class musicians. Fur Peace Ranch accommodates budding musicians of all skill levels. The Rex Foundation gratefully acknowledges the contribution Jorma has made to a vast community of music lovers, musicians and underserved youth who will continue to be nurtured with this award. 
Project Avary
385 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Ste G
Novato, CA  94949
2009 JERRY GARCIA AWARD. Project Avary is a year-round support and enrichment program for Bay Area children, ages 8 to 15, who share the difficulties presented by a parent’s incarceration or ongoing involvement in the criminal justice system. Project Avary consists of three, integrated main components: Camp Avary, Avary Adventure Days–field trips that take place monthly during the school yea –and the Avary Mentoring Program. The mission is to discourage cycles of violence and criminal activity by providing a consistent, nurturing community in which children may: express themselves creatively; cultivate trusting relationships with peers and adults; build self-esteem and self knowledge and gain a broadened sense of what is possible in their lives.
Arts & Literacy in Children’s Education
725 Washington St., Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94607
ALICE is 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. 
205 41st Street
Richmond, CA  94805
The mission of ArtsChange is to promote imagination, health and wellbeing in stressed East Bay neighborhoods, by engaging artists and communities in the creation of socially conscious art designed for accessible public settings.
4500 Soquel Drive
Soquel, CA  95073
Balance4Kids addresses the needs of children with severe disabilities in a collaborative model with private organizations, parents, and public schools working together. Individuals benefit from support in the areas of nutrition, educational therapies, and alternative education.
Boston Arts Academy
174 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA  02216
Boston Arts Academy is Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts, serving approximately 415 students whose diversity is reflective of all of Boston’s neighborhoods.  Admission to the school is through an audition process that is academic-blind.  Students engage in over ten hours of arts training weekly in one arts major and study a full college preparatory curriculum.  The school graduates students who are holistic thinkers and disciplined, well-trained artist-scholars who are aware of their responsibility to engage in the world.
Bridgeport School District Music Programs
45 Lyon Terrace, Room 320
Bridgeport, CT  06604
The grant was made specifically to support the Bridgeport School District Musical Instruments Program and was funded through direct contributions from fans collected at the Rex Jam at the Gathering of the Vibes.  See the Ripple Effects story of how this Rex Jam benefits the Bridgeport community.
Burners Without Borders
3450 Third Street, Suite 2A
San Francisco, CA  94124
Burners Without Borders has emerged as a community led, grassroots group that addresses gaping needs where existing cultural and societal systems are failing.  Following the 2005 Burning Man event, several participants headed south into the Hurricane Katrina disaster area to help people rebuild their devastated communities. As the volunteer numbers grew, they focused their initial efforts on rebuilding a destroyed Vietnamese temple in Biloxi, Mississippi. After several months, that job done, they moved to another needy Mississippi community, Pearlington, to continue to help those in need. Current projects include, but are not limited to, helping to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, furthering environmental awareness in Beijing and implementing the Stop Jungo Landfill Project in the northern Nevada desert.
Committed Partners for Youth (CPY)
935 Oak Street
Eugene, OR  97401
CPY acts as a clearing house and training center for volunteers who want to mentor various segments of the at-risk youth population in the Eugene area. They work with at-risk and troubled middle school students. In addition, CPY works closely with the juvenile justice program, focusing on youth aged 6-17 with one or more incarcerated parents. The mentors take kids on outings, camping trips, have monthly meetings and just “hang out” with kids who need nurturing and adult life models.  CPY was identified as a beneficiary of the September 25, 2009 Portland Black Tie Dye Ball.
Detroit Lakes Public Schools
I.S.D. #22
702 Lake Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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.
Eyak Preservation Council (EPC)
PO Box 460
Cordova, AK  99574
The mission of EPC is “To preserve, restore and celebrate wild salmon culture and habitat through awareness, education and the promotion of sustainable livelihoods within the communities of the Copper River and Prince William Sound watersheds of Alaska.”EPC’s goal is to protect wild salmon habitat permanently by envisioning and creating sustainable communities in which society, economics, and education all reinforce the wild salmon way of life. EPC is the only grassroots action group in this coastal region along the Gulf of Alaska with Indigenous representation that has national reach and relationships with grass roots and national environmental organizations.
Girls on the Run Napa Valley (GOTR)
1767 Stockton Street
St. Helena, CA  94574
GOTR Napa Valley is the local chapter of Girls on the Run International whose mission is to educate and prepare young girls (ages 8-13) for a lifetime of healthy living and self respect. Through discussions and activities in twice weekly meetings over a twelve week period, girls build self confidence by strengthening mind, spirit and body. Topics covered include nutrition, throwing away negative and self-defeating behaviors, inner beauty, accepting differences, active listening, stopping gossip and bullying, and community service. The program ends with a 5 kilometer “fun run,” completion being part of each girl’s program goal.  GOTR was identified as a beneficiary of the June 11, 2009 Silver Oak Cellars Rex Musical Caravan event.
Grey Fox Educational Fund, Inc.
2704 Caves Road
Owings, MD  21117

The Grey Fox Educational Fund, Inc. (“GFEF”) is a charitable, non-profit, fundraising organization dedicated to the preservation of bluegrass music and related traditional genres by providing a variety of educational programs including instruction for children and adults during the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, scholarships for college students and community outreach activities.
Handful Players
1700 California Street, Suite 335
San Francisco, CA  94109
Handful Players (HP), founded in 2007, is a nonprofit children’s musical theatre aimed at helping middle school kids from San Francisco’s Western Addition find their creative voice, build self-esteem, and develop skills for getting ahead in life.  HP is the only free children’s theatre program in San Francisco’s Western Addition.  Over the last two years the students have performed on stage at a variety of venues, including the opening of Yoshi’s Jazz Club, the Jazz Heritage Center, the Mayor’s Youth Showcase at San Francisco’s City Hall, the Black History celebration at the Buchanan YMCA, and the Youth Showcase at the African American Art and Culture Complex. In 2008 HP received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and in 2009 HP received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate praising their work. 
 International Accountability Project
221 Pine Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94104

The International Accountability Project (IAP) responds to the urgent need to create accountability in international development, to end unjust displacement and resettlement, and to leverage positive change within international finance institutions. Founded in 2003, IAP has been instrumental in shaping environmental and social standards at international financial institutions such as the World Bank. In coalition with grassroots organizers in Asia, Latin America and the Pacific, IAP has provided legal and technical support to multiple communities in the Global South to demand accountability for violations of human and environmental rights and to promote development alternatives that reflect local priorities.
The Monterey Bay Hotel Workers Relief Fund of ACTION Council
369 Main St., Suite 201
Salinas, CA  93901
The goals of the ACTION Council are to create public/private partnerships to promote economic and social justice; to initiate community dialogue and action on critical issues; to provide a focal point for achieving community transformation and to develop resources to facilitate needed change. Recently many hotel workers in Monterey County have been laid off.  Since the largest group of workers in the county is from the hotel industry, many families have been seriously impacted by the lay offs.  The Rex grant will be used to provide support for families affected by the hotel industry lay-offs.
2001 Market Street, Suite 3100
Philadelphia, PA  19103
Musicopia’s mission is to bring a vibrant combination of music performance and education to students and communities throughout the Delaware Valley, with a particular focus on geographical areas that lack adequate music programs or are cut off from the region’s rich cultural life. With the goal of inspiring a deep love and knowledge of great music, Musicopia’s programs promote the transformative powers of music, the value of musical discipline and an appreciation of cultural diversity.  Musicopia envisions a community where music is fully embraced as a key component of every student’s curriculum.
Music in Schools Today
582 Market Street, Suite 213
San Francisco, CA  94104
A San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization with national impact, Music in Schools Today (MuST) advocates for, supports and develops integrated, accessible, sustainable and measurable music-in-education programs that improve student achievement.  Serving over 15,000 children annually at schools around the Bay Area, MuST is a research-based, music in education organization that helps to fill the gap left by budget and teaching cuts that ruthlessly target arts education in our public schools.
Old Library Studio
3924 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR  97212
A recording studio and teaching facility, OLS serves youth in the Portland area, “mixing music and mentorship.” Its mission is to provide a safe haven for kids who want “to experiment and grow, to learn to be creative, and stay out of trouble.”  Founded in 2004 as Portland’s only non-profit recording studio for teens, and located in the same building as a newly-renovated public library, OLS gives a variety of technical classes in popular music composing and recording.  OLS was identified as a beneficiary of the September 25, 2009 Portland Black Tie Dye Ball.
O’Neill Sea Odyssey
2222 East Cliff Drive, Suite 222
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO)’s mission is to provide a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities. OSO engages 4th – 6th grade youth with lessons in navigation, sailing, conservation, and marine science, integrated into an education program that teaches them about marine habitats, the key role that watersheds play in relation to them, and the importance of protecting both.  The program is free, and each group completes a community service project to participate.
Preston High School
400 Preston Drive
Kingwood, WV  26537
The Rex grant reflects the proceeds from the Rex Jam at the All Good Festival and is to be used to further support the music program at Preston High School.
Richmond College Prep Preschool
217 South 11th Street
Richmond, CA  94804
The Richmond College Prep Preschool (RCPP) is engaged in a bold initiative to create and sustain a highly successful model preschool in Richmond, California, in one of the state’s most impoverished, inner-city neighborhoods, so the model can be replicated in urban environments across America. The goal is to give the children who attend the Richmond College Prep Preschool all the educational resources, opportunities, and experiences usually provided to the children of wealthy communities. The RCP Preschool is offered at no cost to participants. The school utilizes evidence-based best practices in teaching, learning, and school reform.
Tryon Life Community Farm
11640 SW Boones Ferry Road
Portland, OR  97219
Tryon is a center for the teaching and researching of urban ecology and sustainability. The small community that lives on the seven acre tract leads efforts in the Portland area to protect more open space on the urban fringe, educate youth about the natural word, restore native ecosystems, and find new and better ways to live ecologically, providing an example of  “a grass-roots example of community action to move toward sustainability.”  Tryon Life was identified as a beneficiary of the September 25, 2009 Portland Black Tie Dye Ball.
Wildlife Associates
PO Box 3098
Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
For almost 30 years, Wildlife Associates has taken living, non-releaseable wild animals, along with trained naturalist educators, into Bay Area classrooms, to engage children in respect for the natural world and foster a regard for the interconnectedness of all living beings. Programs fit the state standards for science education, a woefully neglected area in these “teach-to-the-english-and-math-tests” days. They make 1,000 presentations to 300,000 students each year, 50% of which are low-income.  The Rex grant will enable Wildlife Associates to sponsor 3000 students from low-income schools.
Women’s Earth Alliance
2150 Allston Way, Suite 460
Berkeley, CA  94704
In 2006 women leaders from 26 countries met in Mexico City to create a solution for a common concern: the lack of collaboration and support available to women at the front lines of social and environmental challenges greatly reduces their ability to be agents of change. The concepts designed during these early meetings laid the foundation for Women’s Earth Alliance. WEA spent three years piloting projects, learning from a growing constituency, and designing an innovative approach to social change.  WEA’s strategy is regenerative in that each woman participant multiplies her knowledge and skills by training others, creating impact that is truly scalable and economically viable.