2010 Grantees

Arts for Humanity!
819 W Pedregosa Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
2010 JERRY GARCIA AWARD Arts for Humanity! empowers low-income at-risk youth and youth with disabilities through participatory performing and visual arts programs. In partnership with local artists, student interns, and community organizations, the programs cross generational, socioeconomic, physical, and developmental divides to make the arts accessible to all. Participation cultivates creativity and gives voice to the underserved while inspiring the younger generation to become future leaders. Arts for Humanity! believes in a world where the arts are integral to our lives, a world where we celebrate our diversity and our commonality through the power and beauty of the arts.  Programs are at no charge to participants and support existing non-profit services and their clients by going into their centers and shelters and providing an expressive outlet for those who are most in need. Arts for Humanity! also provides invaluable hands-on experience to student interns, expanding their worldview and preparing them for careers in social service and the arts. These interns enrich themselves while changing the lives of others.
Michael Franti
2010 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD Michael Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music in a wide range of genres for twenty years. He has traveled extensively to war torn areas to learn about the cost of war from the people on the front lines. His observations and cultural experiences have been translated into his music and became a basis for his award winning documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone.” Michael created an annual, free “Power to the Peaceful Festival,”, exposing thousands of all ages to music of many cultures, timely speakers and poets, while providing funding and awareness to local, national and international charities that focus on health, education, youth and environmental causes. In addition to producing the Festival, Michael has partnerships with CARE and Soles4Souls Shoe Charity. He has also written children’s books in an effort to educate children about believing in themselves, exploring diversity and respecting the planet.
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
PO Box 22469
Oakland, CA  94609
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp empowers girls ages 8-18 through music by promoting an environment that fosters confidence, creativity and teamwork. The camp challenges gender stereotypes, encourages collaboration among peers and provides a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves. The camp is a place where girls learn to play instruments, form bands, and write and perform their own music in a supportive environment of female instructors and mentors. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities and performance, girls acquire skills that help guide them throughout their lives. All programs include instrument instruction, band formation, girls’ collaboration on writing songs, and participation in various empowering workshops such as History of Women in Music, Self-defense, Songwriting, Screenprinting, and more. The programs culminate in a grand Showcase Performance for family, friends and the public at the end of the term.
Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families
364 Main Street
West Point, CA 95255
Blue Mountain runs a community center serving low income families in West Point, a small Calaveras County town tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, three hours by car east of San Francisco. Their mission is to promote “a vibrant, peaceful, healthy community where everyone is nurtured, supported and inspired.”
Clean Water Fund
111 New Montgomery St, Ste 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Clean Water Fund’s mission is to develop strong grassroots coalitions, organizations and community leadership to address health, consumer, environmental and community problems from the watershed to the water tap. The California program works on issues that recognize the link between public health, social justice, and the environment. CWF’s California water program works to protect our waterways from contamination and to protect the public that uses these waters for fishing and as drinking water sources.This grant supports the Central Valley Clean Drinking Water project to help disadvantaged rural, primarily Latino, communities in the Central Valley have access to safe affordable drinking water. All drinking water in the Central Valley comes from groundwater. Unlike populated areas along the coast that drink pristine Sierra snowmelt and have a big tax base to rely on for treating drinking water, small rural communities in the Valley have little funding for water treatment. They receive their water from small local wells that are often contaminated by pesticides, fertilizers and other agriculture-related practices. In communities where water is contaminated by landfills, overuse of fertilizers, cattle feeding operations and irrigation that draws contaminants down in to groundwater, residents who can afford to buy bottled drinking water. Many of these families have to choose between clean water and food on the table.
Jerry Day
Jerry Day Committee
SF Parks Trust
501 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
The first Jerry Garcia celebration happened in 2002 as a fundraiser for Crocker Amazon Playground in Jerry Garcia’s childhood neighborhood – The Excelsior District. Spearheaded and conceived by Excelsior District natives and residents, this civic and cultural event is the largest event associated with the neighborhood. It is wholeheartedly embraced by the community, and the City and County of San Francisco. In 2009 Jerry Day was acknowledge with the “Best Community Building Event Award” from the City and County of San Francisco.
1 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Nextcourse seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities by designing innovative educational programs that inspire people to shop wisely and to purchase, cook and eat healthier, locally produced foods. Nextcourse has been a previous recipient of Rex grants. The initial grant supported Nextcourse’s educational programs for short-term women inmates in the San Francisco County jail, an effort that has evolved into new classes on nutrition and smart shopping and life-style issues for recently released women at the new Women’s Reentry Center run by the Sheriff’s office. The second grant supported the expansion of these efforts to include outreach to Bay Area schools to hold Health Week programs including workshops and speakers emphasizing and explaining healthy life style choices to low income parents and their children.Nextcourse continues to expand its reach, especially to low income teens. Its latest initiative is at Mission High School in San Francisco. The school has given the go-ahead to create and provide a formal, for credit elective class (“Eat UR Veggies”) for 9th graders at the school starting this school year. Funds from Rex will be used to help defray the costs of a program coordinator and an assistant.
Planting Justice
5252 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
Planting Justice is an urban food justice organization funded by a grassroots door-to-door canvass and an edible landscaping program that provides experiential educational and economic opportunities to urban residents through growing and celebrating food in community. The organization believes that all people, rich and poor, deserve healthy food, clean water and dignified jobs. We all have a responsibility to live in ways that regenerate rather than threaten the web of life supporting humanity. Thus, the mission is to democratize access to affordable nutritious food by empowering disenfranchised urban residents with the skills, resources, and inspiration to maximize food production, economic opportunities, and environmental beauty in our neighborhoods. Planting Justice grew out of an edible landscaping and ecological design company started in June 2008 called the Backyard Food Project. Whereas the benefits of edible landscaping and permaculture have thus far been restricted to those who can pay a premium for it, organizers were determined to make healthy food, edible landscaping, and ecological education affordable and accessible to low-income urban residents. Organizers with canvassing experience raised donations and in the first year they created 40 urban permaculture gardens for both full-paying and low-income clients that recycled grey water and harnessed precious rainwater to efficiently produce thousands of pounds of fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, meat, herbs and edible mushrooms, all while providing relevant and inspirational environmental education and outdoor experiences for low-income youth and families. The high demand for their services convinced them to scale up this work by organizing an income-generating non-profit that could create green jobs in edible landscaping and grassroots organizing, while increasing food security, community building, and environmental education in economically disadvantaged communities.
RockHouse Arts Foundation
9507 Ronleigh Drive
Baltimore, MD 21234
The mission of RockHouse Arts Foundation is to teach at-risk kids how use music as a life tool, healing tonic, and empowering force. The focus has always been on helping kids who are forgotten by the rest of society and children who have been abused, neglected, or otherwise marginalized.RockHouse provides musical instruments, instruction, music therapy, and artist mentoring at foster homes, schools, and family counseling centers. Specifically, RockHouse serves this population by:

  • Purchasing and donating musical instruments.
  • Sponsoring music workshops, music therapy, as well as one-on-one instruction.
  • Offering opportunities for at-risk children and teens to participate in music and arts.