Laguna Festival of Arts Foundation awards generous grant to LPAPA

As LPAPA prepares for its 26th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, they announced that the Laguna Festival of Arts Foundation (FOA) generously gifted a grant of $5,000 for LPAPA’s renowned educational programs and events that include the year-round multi-generational Plein Air Project, the Future Generation Paint Out for grades 4 through 12 and the Next Paint Out for college level students.

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LPAPA Future Generation Paint Out 2023

This year’s Future Generation Paint Out will be hosted on October 7, with artist members of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) mentoring local students, grades 4 through 12, from the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Students selected by their school will be invited to paint outdoors at Heisler Park for their own plein air painting experience. The young artists will receive art supplies that include a paint set, canvas board and a portable easel that they can take home with them. The students’ artwork created that day will then be exhibited at the LPAPA Gallery for sale, with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to the participating schools to benefit their art programs.

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LPAPA/LCAD Next Generation Paint Out

Another element held during their Annual Laguna Plein Painting Invitational in October is the Next Generation Paint Out. This program offers college level students an enhanced learning experience, helping them to prepare for a professional career in the arts, while augmenting their painting and drawing skills, and giving them recognition for their creative efforts through opportunities to sell their work and compete for scholarship awards.

Throughout the school year, LPAPA’s Plein Air Project is a multi-faceted approach that involves painting demonstrations at elementary schools, a visit to their Laguna gallery or a local museum, and a hands-on plein air painting experience at or near the participating school.

In addition, LPAPA offers year-round adult education programs and workshops.

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Courtesy of LPAPA Gallery

LPAPA Plein Air Project

The Festival of Arts Foundation’s commitment to the arts will help LPAPA “pay it forward” and continue to fulfill their dedication to support the rich artistic culture of our city through their educational programs while inspiring future generations of artists to continue the Laguna plein air painting tradition and legacy.

The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art organization originally established in Laguna Beach in 1996. For more information about the 2024 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, visit https://lpapa.org/laguna-plein-air-invitational/, or contact LPAPA by email at info@lpapa.org, or by phone at 949.376.3635. Visit the LPAPA Gallery located on Gallery Row at 414 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.


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