Funding for Art Appreciation – Laguna Beach Local News

Grant brings the music to the kids

Bobby tries out a balalaika.

Laguna Beach Live! received a grant from the Arts Festival Foundation for $2,000. The grant will be used to support their Live! Music and Children’s Awareness Program.

The grant supports enrichment programs like the concert presented last week for the children of the Boys and Girls Club by the Firebird Trio on their balalaika, an instrument that resembles a guitar.

Playing music from Russia and Ukraine, Firebird also told lively folk stories and encouraged students to touch traditional instruments. The ensemble then performed at the Laguna Art Museum.

Children’s Art Supplies Prize Fund

Art4kids, founded in 2001 by artist and art educator Pam Schader, received a $1,000 grant from the Festival of the Arts Foundation to continue cultivating art among distressed children in Laguna Beach.

“Kids love to draw,” Schader said, and research shows that art is one of the most effective treatments for trauma.

A preschooler assembles a self-portrait.
A preschooler assembles a self-portrait.

The organization donates art materials to Even Start, the preschool program of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach; CSP Youth Shelter; Laguna Beach Community Clinic; and the Laguna Pantry.

Art4kids’ work has reached 50,000 children since its inception.

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