By far, the majority of individual gifts to the Foundation to support LACHSA come from current families. Through the Foundation’s Annual Parent Pledge Appeal, 296 gifts were given, of which 39 were from families who gave at the Angel level ($1,500 and above). In addition to giving their own treasure, parents also put on special events and had their gifts doubled through corporate matching gift programs.
They include: Bobby Brooks Memorial Endowment, Caroline Ahmanson Memorial Endowment, Craig Charles Herst Memorial Endowment, Performing Arts Endowment, Kathy Beth Kantor Memorial Scholarship Endowment, Laifun Chung & Ted Kotcheff Endowment, Tony Pope Memorial Scholarship Endowment and Gwyn Lurie Endowment.
Foundations Some supporters, like the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation have been steadfastly supporting young artists at the school since 1986. For instance, the Parsons Foundation’s most recent two-year gift supports Dance, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts Programs.
Los Angeles County Government Supervisor Antonovich: It will be built behind the school and include a shade-structure. Construction will begin in Summer 2014. Supervisor Molina: Working in partnership with LACHSA principal George Simpson and LACOE, the Foundation was delighted to takepart in helping LACHSA be chosen as the third site for LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), which will begin by serving select 4th grade students of East LA in January 2014. Several LACHSA Music faculty will teach them. With LACHSA’s arts programs remaining as its primary focus, the Foundation will work with LA Phil staff to sustain funding for YOLA at LACHSA.
The SparKids perform at all of the team’s home games at the Staples Center. SparKids gain professional experience while helping to increase public awareness about LACHSA.
The Foundation has received support from the following grant-making institutions: Walter Lantz Foundation, the Green Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Prized Films, Hennings Fisher Foundation, and the California Jazz Foundation.
For LACHSA’s 2013-2014 school year, the Arts High Foundation is pleased to announce that it will contribute $1,000,000 to support the school’s world-class arts programs. To date, a total of $616,657 has been secured, and of this amount, 140 LACHSA families have contributed $215,434. The Foundation is pleased to announce that thus far it has received support from the following grant-making institutions: Walter Lantz Foundation, the Green Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Prized Films, Hennings Fisher Foundation, and the California Jazz Foundation.
Led by Board member Laurie Kaman, the Foundation is producing a Sunday Jazz Event at Vibrato’s Supper Club in Beverly Hills on Sunday, November 17, 2013. The goal is to grow the Foundation’s donor pool by targeting jazz-loving Westside residents who may not be familiar with LACHSA and the Foundation. Several famous jazz musicians have already signed on to perform with LACHSA’s Jazz Ensemble. Click here for more information.
Meet the Arts High Foundation Board Chair
In the 1980’s, she became a painter and her work was selected to be part of the Emerging Artists’ Show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was an award winning Landscape Designer and Contractor. She established the Kotcheff Family Arts Award for the Jean Lumb Foundation, the Chung-Kotcheff Endowment Fund at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) Foundation and the endowed Chung-Kotcheff Scholarship at The John Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory. She is a member of the Peabody National Advisory Council. Laifun and her husband are the proud parents of two children, one of which, Thomas, is a LACHSA alum.
About her service on the board Laifun says, “The reason I took on the responsibility of Chairing the Arts High Foundation Board stemmed from the important role LACHSA played in my son, Thomas Kotcheff’s life, and development.”
Thomas graduated from Johns Hopkins University BM/piano, and is now pursuing a doctorate in music composition at USC. The germination of this was all made possible by the high level of teaching, mentoring and nurturing he received at LACHSA. So I want talented young artists to receive the same opportunity as my son, to realize their hopes, and dream, by attending our great school. He graduated in 2006 and I’m still here. I love LACHSA and I will continue to work hard with the entire LACHSA community, to raise funds to help sustain the arts program.
Also, being able to attend so many great performances each year is a wonderful “perk” of this position, because LACHSA students are simply fantastic!”
Bringing LACHSA Students’ Artistry to Underserved Youth
Under the school leadership of Principal George Simpson and Director of Community Engagement, Dr. Suzanna Guzman, the Gluck Outreach Program has been formalized into two parts: Take Part in Art! and LACHSA on the Road. Target schools are contacted at the start of each school year with the new year’s offeringsand gives them the schedule for the year and offers them the option of having a LACHSA ensemble perform at their school. Each year 8,000-10,000 students areable to experience a live performance in an outstanding venue, many for the first time. The quality of the performances and the positive impact on the participating students has become so well regarded that when a teacher is transferred to a new school, not only does the existing school continue to participate, but the new school becomes a new art partner.
At LACHSA, these grants have provided significant funding for the orchestra concerts, the opera, musicals, the Music Gala, and the Spring Dance Concert so that the performers can be certain of having the opportunity to bring to the stage the repertoire, skills and techniques they have learned in class, spiced by their imagination and unique talents. This year, for the first time, the Cinematic Arts Program will participate through a special hands-on project for outreach students.
The Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation is a private family foundation which was established in 1982 by Maxwell Gluck. Following Maxwell’s death, his wife Muriel’s vision and dynamic leadership focused the mission of the foundation on education and the arts. In 1996 Muriel Gluck retired and her nephew Dr. Jon Kaswick became president of the board of directors and Camilla Townsend became the Foundation’s Executive Director. The initial board included members Richard Reinis and Betty Shelhamer, trusted family friends. In recent years Dr. Julie Kaswick and Jennifer Kaswick joined the board as active members.
The Executive Director Camilla Townsend stays in close contact with the Arts High Foundation-even coming to outreach performances each year-to monitor and encourage the LACHSA Outreach Program and its student performers to keep giving back through the arts.
The Foundation also supports similar programs at The Juilliard School, LA Opera, LA Phil, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall, Colburn School, the Harmony Project, L.A.’s Best, Leo Baeck Temple, Orange County School for the Arts, UCLA Arts, USC Thornton School of Music and UC Riverside. LACHSA and the Arts High Foundation are very proud to be company of those organizations helping the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation achieve its mission of “supporting arts and education programs implemented by other non-profit sponsor organizations to outreach to underserved communities.”
The Foundation is pleased to announce that thus far it has received support from the following grant-making institutions: Walter Lantz Foundation, the Green Foundation, the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation, Norris Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Prized Films, Hennings Fisher Foundation, and the California Jazz Foundation.