Over $15,000 Awarded to Tustin Area Art Programs
The mission of Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts (TACFA) is to promote and encourage the arts and artistic interests of everyone in the greater Tustin area. Our outreach includes all ages, all cultural levels, and all forms of art. We are a nonprofit; all of our money raising efforts have only one goal: to support some form of local art activity. Because of our considerable success in fundraising during the past year, we were in the position, in addition to supporting a dozen ongoing programs, to offer one-time grants to deserving local arts efforts. We solicited applications throughout the community and received considerable response. A committee from our executive board reviewed and evaluated the many worthy submissions and selected four which were then approved by the full board. The winners include programs benefiting very young children, vocally gifted elementary school aged boys, budding artists through high school age, and local music lovers who appreciate intimate, personal performance and interaction with musical artists. We were delighted to award these grants to the following recipients at our annual meeting in January 2015.
The All American Boys Chorus
This grant provides funding for tuition for four of the boys residing in Tustin to participate in the All American Boys Chorus. They must complete a six week Audition Division, usually ages 8-10. Once this phase is successfully completed, they advance to the Training Division where they learn a 39 piece repertoire and attend vocal classes. This usually takes 6 to 9 months. Finally they advance to the Concert Chorus where they perform approximately 40 concerts per year including educational outreach performances to children and the community. These students receive unsurpassed music training from a professional staff. Each student attends classes six hours per week. They are taught about rehearsal etiquette, pitch matching, breath and vocal support, as well as sight reading and writing, and a comprehension of the language of music. This grant will help fill a void in youth music education caused by cutbacks that have occurred in the music programs in the schools.
Boys and Girls Club of Tustin – Oil Masters Program
This grant provides funding for art supplies needed in the Oil Masters painting class which teaches skills in painting with oil on canvas. These instructions will be on a variety of different painting, shading and blending techniques that are not typically introduced to youth until high school. This program is open to all youth ages 6 to 16 and is expected to serve up to 150 students, many of which would never have the opportunity to explore such art techniques. This program will foster the love of oil painting and prepare the students for further classes they may take in high school.
Hoson House Art and Music Outreach
This grant provides funding to support the expansion of the Hoson House to enable more of the Tustin community to attend this outreach center for music and the arts in Tustin. This venue provides a place where performers and audience share and exchange the music and art in an intimate setting. Hoson House provides performance opportunities to instructors of young artists and college music majors as well as professionals. Many local first rate performers have performed both solo and chamber music at this venue. Recently, Hoson House and Music Outreach has added a visual arts gallery in their Pagoda room for local artists to display their works. This grant reflects TACFA’s mission to foster the arts in the our community.
This grant provides funding for tuition and materials for up to 30 children ages newborn to 7, including but not limited to those that are physically or emotionally challenged, who are financially or educationally disadvantaged, or who have lost a parent. Forty-five minute “parent and me” classes will be taught on a weekly basis for six months. The program exposes very young children to the developmental benefits of musical learning. Kindermusik classes offer a mutli-sensory approach to learning about music and dance. Activities include singing, stories, instrument play, dancing, fine and gross motor skill development. Each family participating will receive supporting home materials with content they can use to reinforce the learning at home. The Kindermusik program, in an independent research study, showed positive effects for the students completing the curriculum.