Founded in 1992, the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) funds and administers programs which expand the arts in the greater Tustin, California area, and enrich the entire community. The Council raises funds through individual and corporate contributions and fundraising events. These funds subsidize elementary students’ participation in art programs, support students’ creativity and interest in the arts, and allow TACFA to produce an annual affordable and live production of a classic Broadway musical at a local outdoor venue.
While practicing sound fiscal management and keeping operating costs low, the Council is continually expanding existing programs, seeking new revenue streams, and investigating new programs that will create community through the arts.
- Tustin elementary school children have little access to school-based arts programs because funding for the arts in schools has virtually disappeared. In Tustin’s more affluent elementary schools, active PTAs or PTOs subsidize arts programs. however, in under-served Tustin schools, there are no PTAs or PTOs to fund the arts. Students in these schools are from low-income families; both parents work and lack the time and experience these organizations require.
- In local high schools, art supplies are scarce, and encouragement and recognition of student artists is lacking. TACFA presents an annual Student Art Invitational, where student art work in multiple media is displayed for all to enjoy. TACFA also gives money to art teachers, which allows them to purchase additional art supplies that would otherwise not be available.
- Sports and academic scholarships abound, but arts scholarships are lacking. TACFA provides scholarships to high school seniors, who plan to study the arts in post-secondary schools.
2016 Board of Director
FRONT ROW: Bob Casey, Jonathan Abelove, Sue Legome, Kay Dygert, Bob Machado, Diane Aust, Betty Carle, Cathy Crair, Scott Cwiertny
BACK ROW: Eligia Nicolai, Wendy Greene, Nancy Ivary, Libby Buckley, Bonny Atzeff, Erin Kociela, Pat Machado
NOT PRESENT: Barry Silverman, Kim DeBennedetto