Festival Napa Valley Awards $300,000 to Schools and Arts Organizations

October 02, 2017

Festival Napa Valley held its annual Arts for All grant ceremony awarding $300,000 to continue its support of school-based programs and nonprofit organizations that increase access to arts and arts education. Through its Arts for All initiative, Festival Napa Valley has invested more than $1,500,000 into its community programs and partnerships over the past six years.  

“Today we celebrate the work that we are doing with our partners to ensure that the arts and arts education are woven into the very fabric of our community and our schools,” stated Sonia Tolbert, Festival Napa Valley Chief Operating Officer. “The collective impact we are having is growing in depth and breadth. We are grateful to our donors who share in our belief that the arts have the power to transform lives.”

Festival Napa Valley’s 2018 Arts for All grant recipients include Napa Valley Unified School District, Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance, Napa County Office of Education, Lincoln Theater, Camille Creek Community School, Napa Valley Youth Symphony, Music Connection, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, Napa Regional Dance Company, and Napa Valley College.

Highlights of the 2018 Arts for All grants include:

  • Expanding the number of music and theater classes available at Harvest Middle School, Redwood Middle School and Silverado Middle School
  • Increasing access for at-risk youth from the Camille Creek Community School to engage in arts education at Nimbus Arts
  • Scholarships for Napa Valley Youth Symphony students
  • Integrating the Music Connection summer strings and band camps with the Festival Napa Valley Blackburn Music Academy, the festival’s tuition-free summer conservatory
  • Theater training and performance support for Napa County Office of Education’s ACE After School programs for low-income students

The Arts for All grant ceremony was held at Napa Valley College and featured performances by past grant recipients Napa High School Marching Band, River School’s River World Percussion Group, and the Napa Valley Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble.