CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)/Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band. Photo: Scott Groller
The Foundation’s recent gift of 1.5 million dollars will be celebrated May 26th at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater).
Los Angeles, May 2, 2011: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will celebrate the recent gift from The Herb Alpert Foundation  to the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)  with a reception and performances by CAP students honoring the unique partnership between the two organizations.
Since 2006 the Foundation’s cumulative gifts to CAP of 2.815 million dollars have gone towards supporting the arts instruction that CAP provides, free of charge, in public schools and community organizations at 52 sites throughout Los Angeles County. CAP is a project of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), an acclaimed Los Angeles-area arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual, media, literary and performing arts.
Over the years, the Foundation has granted more than 28 million dollars to CalArts, supporting programs that include the Alpert Award in the Arts , an endowment gift to the Herb Alpert School of Music  and support for REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) .
CAP’s programs at Plaza de la Raza  in East Los Angeles are among the projects benefiting from The Herb Alpert Foundation’s philanthropy. Plaza de la Raza, along with the Watts Towers Art Center, is one of the two founding partners of the 21 year old CAP program.
Thursday, May 26 at 6 pm, the event at REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in downtown Los Angeles, will highlight young artists from CAP’s Plaza de la Raza theater and music programs. The reception will be followed by selections from a contemporary adaptation of Pedro Calderon De La Barca's classic 17th Century novel La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream) reset in a modern high school. Music before and after the performance will be provided by the CAP/Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band.
"Over the years, The Herb Alpert Foundation has been an extraordinary supporter and true creative partner to CAP," noted Glenna Avila, Wallis Annenberg Director of CAP. "CAP’s mission to bring arts education to the young people of Los Angeles County reflects the foundation’s vision to create opportunities for youth. The foundation’s continuing contributions to CAP extend beyond their profound generosity and inspire us, to not only deepen our core programs, but to pursue innovative directions in arts education that will allow CAP students to achieve their potential in today’s world.”
The CAP/Plaza de la Raza Music Program provides 18 weeks of instrumental instruction annually for up to 100 teenagers in trumpet, guitar, bass, drumset, voice, piano, violin, songwriting, music theory and composition and several music ensembles, including salsa and rock band.
The CAP/Plaza de la Raza Theater Program offers high school and middle school students instruction in all areas of theater arts. This year’s production, La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream), has been adapted by the Plaza theater students and guest playwright Sarah Louise Wilson to address such contemporary issues as youth bullying and includes original songs and choreography.
The full length version of La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream) will appear at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theater on May 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 and at REDCAT on May 27 and 28.
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
CalArts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on art making 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.
CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)
The CAP program involves youth between the ages of 10 and 18 at 52 sites throughout LA county—employing some 60 CalArts faculty members, and nearly 300 student instructors to deliver free instruction in fine art, photography, printmaking, graphic design, digital media, animation, video, jazz, world music, chamber music, theater, puppetry, dance, and creative writing. Educating more than 7,500 youths each year, the CAP program has received numerous accolades—including the John Anson Ford Human Relations Award from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 2008, the Ovation Award for Community Outreach from the Los Angeles Stage Alliance in 2006, and in 2004, the Coming Up Taller Award—a national recognition of outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, providing the youth learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.
The Herb Alpert Foundation
The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the 1980s, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the Arts and in Compassion and Well-Being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role. (Please note: the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.)