FOA Foundation supports Art Education Programs at the Festival of Arts

The Festival of Arts was awarded a $3,000 grant, which made possible three of its summer art enrichment programs, Arts-X-Press, Boys & Girls Club Photo Club and Family Art Day.

With the support of this funding, the Festival of Arts hosted 270 seventh and eighth grade students participating in the Pacific Symphony’s summer arts immersion program, Arts-X-Press. 

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Arts-X-Press participants

These students enjoyed complimentary hands-on art workshops and instruction in printmaking, scratch art and ceramics at the Festival’s Art Center. They also went on a private backstage tour of the Pageant of the Masters followed by a performance of Under the Sun in the evening.

Funding also goes to supporting the Festival’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. Each year, the Festival hosts the club’s Photo Club where children meet artists, take photos, view the art and participate in art workshops.

Additionally, over 200 children were able to take part in free workshops on Family Art Day, a special day at the Festival of Arts dedicated to families with kid-friendly art activities in July.

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Family Art Day at the FOA

“We’re very grateful for this generous grant,” said Sharbie Higuchi, Marketing/PR Director. “To partner with the Foundation to provide creative and educational art experiences for children and young adults is extremely gratifying and beneficial to the community.”

The FOA Foundation, operating independently from the Festival of Arts and co-founded by John Rayment and David Young in 1989, was originally designed to award scholarships to graduates of Laguna Beach High School and grants to nonprofit art organizations and educational institutions in and about the city of Laguna Beach. 

In 2007, the Festival of Arts assumed the financial responsibility of the art scholarships, enabling The Foundation to focus on its grant program for local nonprofit art organizations.