The Found Penny Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation to help sustain and expand its quality music programs.
The grant makes it possible for the SCVYO to continue offering high-caliber instruction, master classes, and performance opportunities. The generous donation was made Sept. 11 when Found Penny’s Trustees Rita and Lou Garasi presented a check to Peggy Cannistraci, Chair of SCVYO Foundation.
Found Penny is a private foundation established a decade ago to develop educational and arts activities in the Santa Clarita Valley. It is a partnership with the local community and the private sector.
(Editor’s note: As then-president of the SCV Chamber of Commerce, Lou Garasi chaired the effort to form the city of Santa Clarita 25 years ago. Following city formation, Rita Garasi served on the Santa Clarita Planning Commission.)
The Found Penny Foundation has been extremely compassionate about SCVYO’s mission, Cannistraci said. She added that Found Penny’s interest in promoting arts and education within the community aligns closely with SCVYO’s goal of making musical arts accessible to more students in this area. “We are so fortunate to be in the Santa Clarita Valley and have support from such dedicated organizations,” said Cannistraci.
Dr. Paul Sherman conducts the SCV Youth Orchestra at the Disney Concert Hall.
Sue Stanger, Executive Director of the SCVYO Foundation, added that the grant from the Found Penny Foundation will also be used toward:
* Reinstituting master classes.
* Funding the SCVYO’s collaboration with CalArts through the Community Arts Project.
* Providing scholarships and fee waivers for deserving students.
* Refurbishing instruments and purchasing new ones.
* Offering a summer music program and camp.
During its 25-year history, the SCVYO had partnered with the Music Department of the College of the Canyons. Due to reductions in state funding for education, two of the three courses (Prelude Strings and Intermediate Orchestra) were eliminated. This presented significant challenges to the SCVYO to keep the orchestra thriving.
The Found Penny Foundation joins several prestigious organizations who have stepped up to revive the orchestras during their transition. Others include SCV Arts Commission, the Newhall Foundation, L.A. County Arts Commission, and Boeing Employees.
Keep on the lookout for the holiday performance of SCVYO and Prelude Strings at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.
Symphony of the Canyons will have its autumn performance at the PAC on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
About Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra Foundation
Founded more than 25 years ago, the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra Foundation oversees the Symphony of the Canyons, Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra, and Prelude Strings. The different groups provide a wide range of musical experiences –ranging from orchestral performance techniques directed by professional musicians to sectionals taught by graduate students from the California Institute of the Arts. The groups have performed at community events and have made appearances at renowned venues such as Disney Concert Hall. They have also performed in Europe and in various cities in the United States. Most recently, all three groups have had the honor of receiving grants from the Boeing Company employees, the Santa Clarita Arts Council, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The SCVYO Alumni Association also offers former students the opportunity to stay involved in expanding the reach of the orchestra.
The First Peoples Fund and the Pukúu Cultural Community Services coordinated to bring the two-day Native Artist Professional Development Training course for indigenous artists to California Institute of the Arts on Friday and Saturday.
You’re invited to attend the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library “Half-Price Huge Book Sale” event at the Valencia Library on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a chance to discover some great summer reads at a bargain price.
College of the Canyons is the only community college selected to participate in the Bringing Theory to Practice’s (BTtoP) Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) initiative, a collaborative network of academic-community partnerships focused on civic-engagement and public-humanities work.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a Heat Advisory for Wednesday, July 24, as high temperatures (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) have been forecast for the following areas:
- Santa Clarita Valley
- San Fernando Valley
- San Gabriel Valley
Veronica Alvarez, Ed.D., began her tenure last week as CalArts' new director of the Community Arts Partnership Program, or CAP, which offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth ages 4-18.
The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation is offering a new jobs resource for SCV companies -- LiveWorkSCV.com, a comprehensive, highly visible job board that matches SCV career opportunities with SCV residents who want a job closer to home.
Tickets are on sale and sponsorships are still available for the nonprofit WiSH Foundation's fifth annual "Cocktails on the Roof" fundraiser for Hart District schools at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall on Friday, Sept. 6.
Amar A. Singh, a Los Angeles man, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child cruelty for allegedly kicking the 2-year-old son of his friends while attending a party at the couple's Canyon Country residence.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will co-host a pair of advanced Smart Gardening Workshops at two local Santa Clarita Library branches in August and September.