Non-Profits Receive Grants from The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation

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Investment in the community is important to The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation, as they awarded grants to seven non-profits in Sausalito and Marin City. The grants were awarded in honor of Leonard Kaprielian, long time volunteer and member of the Board of Directors.

The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation has been holding their festival over the Labor Day Weekend for the past 62 years. Award-winning artists from around the country display their art and crafts at this Festival, which has also served thousands from the Bay Area with live music and food.

The Board of Trustees of the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation also awards grants to the community in honor of Kaprielian, who started volunteering for the festival in 1991. Karpielian soon became the “Festival Beverage Czar,” coordinating all on-site beverage deliveries for the Festival.

Kaprielian continued his volunteer community service even after he retired. He has twice been named “Volunteer of the Year” by the City of Sausalito, and has also been honored with a “Spirit of Marin Award” for his work in Marin County. The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation has therefore named their grants after Leonard Kaprelian.

The Grants program is one of many areas of community involvement undertaken by the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation; in addition to the annual Festival it produces each Labor Day Weekend. The Festival also funds the Grants with the proceeds it generates.

During a reception at the Marinscope office in Sausalito on Wednesday, Jan. 14, seven nonprofits were awarded these grants.

The Marin County Board of Education was pledged a $30,000 grant to fund a program called Integrated Learning Specialist Program. “Teachers and artists can go to a three-session class to become familiar with the new standards in core subject matter.” Paul Anderson, managing director of the festival, said at the reception

Performing Star of Marin, directed by Felecia Gaston, also received a $2,000 grant, which will help fund after school dance programs that include tap dance, baton twirling, boys drumming and drill team. “We are going to showcase the after-school program in the Fourth of July Parade this year” Gaston said.

Willow Creek Academy received a $5,000 grant to fund the Sculpt and Weave program that introduces to students a variety of artistic mediums and materials.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum received a $4,000 grant to support an artist-in-residence program.

Educational Tall Ship received a $3,500 grant to complete the Mathew Turner, a tall ship currently under construction in Sausalito.

The Spaulding Wooden Boat Center won a $1,500 grant to expand its youth boat building program.

The Friends of the Sausalito Library received a $2,500 grant to fund their Fine Art Museums of San Francisco program, enabling library patrons to visit the San Francisco art museums free of charge.

The Sausalito Historical Society received a $1,500 check to create a space at the Ice House Visitor Center for the sale of arts and crafts from Sausalito artists.

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