Continuing its legacy of generous support to California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), The Herb Alpert Foundation has made a $1 million challenge grant to CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) . The first program of its kind in the United States, CAP links CalArts and the diverse communities of Los Angeles County through free, after-school and school-based arts programs for youth--providing students in these communities with challenging learning environments for artistic experimentation and creating access to higher education. By supporting endowment gifts with matching funds, The Herb Alpert Foundation empowers CAP to build and sustain a broad base of support and ensures the healthy future for this visionary educational program. The grant builds on the foundation's previous donations of $315,000 to CAP.
Currently in the closing stages, the $150 million Campaign for CalArts reaches a total of $142 million with the addition of The Herb Alpert Foundation's $1 million contribution.
"CAP aligns several of the Herb Alpert Foundation's core priorities in one," said Rona Sebastian, President of The Herb Alpert Foundation. "Through CAP, younger often at risk students have a chance to participate in a community based arts program for perhaps their very first time. The program also offers opportunities for the dedicated CalArts students to develop their interests and skills in teaching and mentoring others. Providing these kinds of invaluable exposures and experiences at both ends of the arts education spectrum makes it a uniquely effective, very powerful program."
The Herb Alpert Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1 million for endowment gifts made to CAP between October 1, 2008 and March 30, 2010. The foundation's gift will endow support for CalArts student instructors teaching in CAP by matching new and increased donations to CAP's endowment and to endowed scholarships for former CAP students who matriculate to CalArts.
"This support from the Herb Alpert Foundation is going to be instrumental in sustaining the CAP program into our third decade and will have a huge impact on our partnerships with dozens of diverse communities, as well our student instructors who are the core of the CAP teaching force," said CAP Director Glenna Avila. "In addition, this grant forms the foundation of endowed scholarship support for the CAP high school students who matriculate to CalArts which is a tremendous and needed gift."
As CAP approaches its 20th year, The Herb Alpert Foundation's gift will contribute to the organization's award-winning work with its 18 ethnically diverse community arts partners and lend support to its classes and workshops in neighborhoods stretching from the Santa Clarita Valley to South Los Angeles.
CAP is unique in its field. The integration of CalArts faculty and students into the curriculum design and teaching at the partner centers and schools sets it apart from other community arts programs. Mirroring the disciplines taught at CalArts, CAP offers training in jazz, printmaking, photography, digital media, video, drawing, animation, dance, theater, puppetry, writing, chamber music, global music and graphic design. The program offers more than 40 in-depth arts programs free-of-charge for elementary, middle and high school students and annually engages 5,000 students while another 10,000 participate in short-term workshops.
The matching grant to CAP joins a roster of presient and significant contributions from The Herb Alpert Foundation to CalArts. Over the last 16 years, the intersection of educational interests between the foundation and CalArts has been reflected in the support of the Dizzy Gillespie Chair in Music; the Dizzy Gillespie Recording Studio; programming at REDCAT; and student scholarships. The cornerstone of this relationship has been a partnership over the past 14 years to present the Alpert Awards in the Arts.
The five $75,000 fellowships given each year to mid-career artists in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual arts are administered by CalArts with funding from The Herb Alpert Foundation. In April 2008, the foundation made a $15 million gift to the School of Music at CalArts--bringing over $24 million in total gifts to CalArts. In recognition of this historic gift, the school was renamed The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. The matching grant to CAP totals The Herb Alpert Foundation's support of CalArts at nearly $25 million.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six school--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.