The Foundation is asking the community and residents to support public school music and arts programs jeopardized by ongoing state budget cuts
Published : Friday, April 13, 2012 | 12:01 AM
The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is launching a community-wide campaign to raise funds that will lessen the impact of State budget cuts on Pasadena Unified’s art and music programs. The PEF Art & Music Campaign is an urgent plea to the community to donate funds that will help the PUSD to continue vital music and art programs such as instrumental music lessons for every elementary student.
“A city as arts-rich as Pasadena cannot let state-wide budget cuts threaten arts education in its public schools,” says Patrick Conyers, executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, and chair of the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission. “The Foundation is urging our community to support the arts and music for all of our students.”
The Campaign kicks off on Friday, April 13, at the annual All-District Music Festival at Pasadena High School. Donations will be solicited at two more public events: Friday, April 20, at Paseo Colorado where talented musicians from four Pasadena schools will showcase live musical performances, and Friday, May 4 at the 7th Annual No Boundaries student artwork exhibition opening at 455 South Lake Avenue.
The Foundation also asks that people donate online at www.pasedfoundation.org/ARTS.
No donation is too small and every dollar raised will support music teachers, elementary art supplies, elementary choir programs, a visual art coach, All District Music Festivals and No Boundaries, the all-district art show, and museum visits through My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community.
The Pasadena Educational Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization created in 1971 to support public school educational programs of the Pasadena Unified School District. For more information about PEF, visit pasedfoundation.org or call (626) 396-3600 ext. 88350.