Burbank Arts For All recently awarded thousands of dollars worth of grants to local schools, but with more than 30 applicants, demand far outstripped available money.
In all, 31 Burbank schools sent in grant applications totaling $85,565, but in the end, the foundation awarded 21 schools $25,000 in partially or fully funded grants to help fund art programs.
Trena Pitchford, director of development for the foundation, said the requests speak to the district's need for supporting arts in the classroom after several years of state budget cuts that have averaged $5 million each year.
“Because they're facing five straight years of budget cuts, they have hard decisions to make,” she said of Burbank Unified's school officials. “They do support arts education, but because so much was eliminated in all of these years, we've been working very hard to bring arts education back to the students.”
Visual arts instructor and first-year teacher Lauren Masters sought help from Burbank Arts For All to supplement her budget for art supplies, which averages just $4 per student.