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Arts for Humanity!
updated: Nov 05, 2011, 6:12 AM
Arts for Humanity! was this year's recipient of the
Rex Foundation's Jerry Garcia Award. As the recipient of the Jerry
Garcia Award, Arts for Humanity received a $10,000 grant. Arts for
Humanity! will use the grant money to support its Community Expressive
Arts and Internship Program, providing arts experiences free of charge
directly to the clients of non-profit social service agencies.
"This generous grant comes at a crucial time for the Santa Barbara
community and Arts for Humanity! as many arts programs are being cut
and losing funding due to the economy. It is an honor to receive this
grant, and we look forward to meeting the needs of the community with
our unique arts programs," said Karsen Lee Gould, founder and director of
Arts for Humanity!
"The award honors and supports individuals and groups that work to
encourage creativity in young people," said Sandy Sohcot, Executive
Director of the Rex Foundation. "We believe the work of Arts for
Humanity! is just what the Jerry Garcia Award is about. Arts for
Humanity! celebrates humanity through the arts with programs that
cultivate creativity and empower people with developmental disabilities,
at-risk youth, the elderly and others in partnership with local artists and
the Santa Barbara community. "
Arts for Humanity! supports the community at large by providing ongoing
creative arts programming to community organizations as well as public
art exhibits and periodic theatre productions. The aim of the arts
programming is to expose the local community to the creative arts of its
program participants, while raising community awareness as to the gifts
and talents of these valuable community members. Some of the
organizations Arts for Humanity! serves include: Boys and Girls Clubs,
Alpha Resource Center, IV Teen Center, Transition House, and more.
The Jerry Garcia Award was created in memory of founding Rex Board
member and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
ABOUT ARTS FOR HUMANITY!
Founded in 1997, Arts for Humanity! is a Santa Barbara based non-profit
organization that empowers low income at-risk youth, persons with
disabilities, and the elderly through participatory performing and visual
arts programs. In partnership with student interns, local artists, and
community organizations, Arts for Humanity! cultivates creativity and
gives a voice to the underserved while inspiring student youth - our
future leaders. Our transformational arts programs cross social and
economic divides to make the arts accessible to all. Arts for Humanity!
believes in a world where the arts are integral to our lives, where we
celebrate both our differences and our commonality through the power of
ABOUT REX FOUNDATION
The Grateful Dead and friends established the Rex Foundation in 1983 as
a non-profit charitable organization. The foundation enabled the Grateful
Dead to go beyond responding to multiple requests for contributions, and
proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors
in the arts, sciences, and education. The foundation aims to help secure
a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support
to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate
than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their
cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and
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