2014 Grantees



Banana Slug String Band
The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California that integrates music, poetry, drama, and movement with hands-on science. With vocals, guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, banjo and percussion, Slug songs range from rockin’ boogies to gentle ballads; folk songs to reggae and rap. Music, theater, puppetry and audience participation create a fun-filled learning experience.
Centro Legal de la Raza
3022 International Blvd., Suite 410
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 437-1554
Centro Legal de la Raza, founded in 1969, provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally-sensitive legal aid, community education and advocacy for low-income residents of the Bay Area, including monolingual Spanish speaking immigrants. Founded by Latino law students from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, and located in the Fruitvale/San Antonio District of Oakland, Centro Legal has been a cornerstone for justice for the Latino, immigrant, and low-income communities of the Bay Area for over 40 years.
Conscious Alliance
2525 Arapahoe Ave.
Suite E4-182
Boulder, CO 80302
When Conscious Alliance was established in 2002, their primary focus was to provide emergency food assistance to impoverished regions in the country. Since then, they have collected and distributed over 1.6 million meals to local food pantries nationwide and economically isolated Native American reservations through ongoing grassroots food collection and hunger awareness programs. While providing emergency food remains necessary in these communities, continued reliance on food banks maintains a dependency culture and does little to address the underlying social problems created by extreme economic isolation. The Rex grant is specifically made to support the youth program: Pine Ridge Reservation Drum Workshop (Cancega Woksape Project). This four-week program for 4th-8th graders is designed to teach Lakota boys (hoksila) and young teen males (koshkalaka) the ancient Lakota art of creating hand-drums along with the traditions surrounding the drum.
Figures in Flight
Figures in Flight
Susan Slotnick founded this dance program with support from an organization called Rehabilitation Through the Arts. It’s the only one for men in a North American prison, one of the few dance programs for male prisoners in the world.
Pathways to Hope
PO Box 23148
Santa Ana, CA 92711
The Cell Dogs program of Pathways to Hope, rescues shelter dogs, and teaches inmates in the Orange County Correctional System how to care for them and to train them for home adoptions, or to become assistance dogs. The Rex grant is to specifically support the Autism Dogs program. Women in the Correctional Institution for Women train the most exceptional dogs to aid children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The dogs learn specialized behaviors such as how to gently intercede when an autistic person begins the obsessive repetitive motions known as “stemming.” The children most at risk from impetuous behaviors remain tethered to their dogs, and if they start to leave the house, a parent can shout “Anchor!” and the 80-pound dog will simply lie down, preventing the child from running into traffic. Often the child so restrained will end up simply lying down with the dog. This frees families for the stress of constant fear and vigilance.
Project Censored
PO Box 571
Cotati, CA 94931
Project Censored is a media watchdog group that educates students and the public about the importance of a free press for democratic self-government. They expose and oppose news censorship and dig out the significant stories that are not being reported, due to the influence of powerful corporate advertisers, government pressure and information-withholding, and a lazy press that sometimes condescends to its reading and viewing public. They publish an annual book on each year’s overlooked or suppressed new stories, including their “Top 25 List” of censored stories, which receives widespread media coverage. An award-winning documentary film, Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News, has toured communities across the nation.
2501 Harrison St
Oakland, CA 94612
The Rex grant specifically supports the September 2014 premiere of the Stagebridge Senior Theatre original musical FSM, which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley. The show is set in both past and present, and performed by a mixed cast of Stagebridge company members and young Equity (professional/union) actors. It will premiere in September 2014 at Brava in San Francisco and the Thrust Stage at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Telluride Fire Festival
PO Box 2525
Telluride, CO 81435
The Telluride Fire Festival will take place January 15-18, 2015. Its mission is to expose and engage people in the innovative form of fire artistry in a forum that safely allows intimate interaction with the installation and artists. Workshops will be held on fire performance and fire art creation to encourage creative cooperation, self-expression and collaboration within the community.