Burbank Arts & Education Foundation Announces Funding, Scholarship Recipients

The Burbank Arts & Education Foundation co-chairs Ana Connell and Bob Mohler announced full funding for all submitted applications during its first cycle of grant giving with investments made in mathematics, music, literacy and art to Burbank Unified Schools at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday. Funding supported a variety of programs with a direct impact on thousands of students in grades TK-12.
In alignment with the Burbank Unified School District, the Foundation said it a statement that it has made diversity, equity and inclusion a part of its core mission. They encouraged teachers to think about classroom grants through a diversity and equity lens.
“We are proud to fund several grants this year that foster inclusivity in the classroom,” Foundation co-chairs Connell and Mohler said in a joint statement. “From reading about different cultures and religions to playing with diverse toys, the projects we’ve funded will allow all children to see themselves in their learning.”
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Educational Foundation, Arts for All Announce Merger

The boards of the Burbank Educational Foundation and the Burbank Arts for All Foundation announced this week that they are merging their organizations into the Burbank Arts & Education Foundation. The new foundation will continue to support innovation and excellence in schools, including arts education, STEM programs, student safety and wellness, and other needs within the Burbank Unified School District.
Like many other school districts in California, BUSD faces a significant budget crisis that will have a devastating impact on the students in the community, according to the announcement. In order to build a more efficient, strategic vision for fundraising in the community, the two foundations have been working for many months on a merger of the two organizations.

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