Ed Fund awards $20,000 in Arts Grants

Since the inception of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, providing resources to our teachers and students in the classroom has remained a central focus of our organization. That is why we are pleased to announce that the Ed Fund will be awarding nearly $22,000 this year in Arts & Music grants from our Brad Bradley Bequest for the following 30 projects across our district:

·       Caliber Beta Academy – Purchasing Art Supplies

·       Cameron School – Drawing and writing materials for special education

·       Coronado – Art Materials for Autism Spectrum Classroom

·       Coronado – Disney Musicals in Schools presents The Jungle Book KIDS

·       Coronado – College is Knowledge

·       De Anza High School – Creating mallet players

·       Ford Elementary – Rock Garden

·       Ford Elementary – Inner Picasso

·       Grant Elementary – Art as Mindfulness

·       Helms Middle School – Multi-Cultural Week & African American Week

·       Kennedy High School – Beautification of Kennedy High School

·       Kennedy High school – Spoken Word Poetry Workshops and Poetry Slam Team

·       Korematsu Middle School – Korematsu’s New Drama Program

·       Leadership Public School – Spoken Word Poetry and Poetry Slam Team

·       Leadership Public Schools – Instruments for Student-Led Music Club

·       Manzanita Charter Middle – Manzanita Has Its Eyes (and Hands!) On History

·       Montalvin – Dance Beyond the Bell

·       Nystrom Elementary – Books for the Reading Club

·       Oakland Youth Chorus – Mira Vista Choral Program

·       Oakland Youth Chorus – Multicultural Music Education Program

·       Olinda Elementary School – Young Architect

·       Peres Elementary – Creative Art for Kindergarten

·       Pinole Valley High School – Human Rights Tapestry Project

·       Richmond High School – Music Library Rejuvenation

·       Richmond High – Spoken Word Poetry Workshops and Poetry Slam Team

·       Riverside Elementary School – Month of Clay

·       Sheldon Elementary – The Growing Garden Art and Gardening Program

·       Sheldon Elementary – Mindfulness-Integration Positive Behavior Intervention

·       Stege Elementary School – Art and Poetry Contest

·       Valley View Elementary  – Sensory Motor Art

The projects funded by our grants program support the development of arts and music programs for West Contra Costa County youth. An arts and music education plays a significant role in a student’s academic achievement. Beyond the pragmatic benefit that arts and music provide, there is the sheer joy of being able to learn how to play an instrument, write a song, draw a picture, or simply express one’s artistic creativity. We would like to thank all the applicants for formulating projects which will improve the quality of education in West Contra Costa County.