Thank you for supporting the arts!
Ventura Education Partnership and Ventura Unified School District would like to thank our community for generously supporting the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Benefit Concert, held at Ventura High School on April 13. The sell-out crowd helped to raise approximately $55,000 that will fund art, music, dance and theater programs in VUSD schools. VEP and VUSD greatly appreciate the partnership of the City of Ventura's Office of Cultural Affairs in helping to plan and publicize the concert, and the generous financial support of all of our sponsors.
At the request of the band members, $10,000 will be allocated between the music programs at Ventura and Buena High Schools, and Cabrillo, Anacapa, Balboa and DATA Middle Schools to fund sheet music purchases and instrument maintenance and repair; each school will receive approximately $1700. The concert's title sponsors, Jordan and Sandra Laby, directed that their donation be dedicated to the Harmony Project. The remaining funds, approximately $40,000, will be awarded through a competitive grant process that will be open to all visual and performing arts teachers within VUSD. The deadline for submitting a grant for consideration will be July 1, 2013. A committee of community members will review the applications and determine the funding awards.
Ventura Education Partnership is a community-based, non-profit organization, directed by an all-volunteer board, that supports and enriches education in all Ventura public schools. VEP, through its Arts Collaborative, strives to enrich student lives with art, music and theater programs that will impact them long after they have graduated. This support would not be possible without the generous participation of our entire community. Again, we thank the members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for donating their time and talents to perform this benefit concert and the Ventura community for selling-out the auditorium and "rattling them bones" for a great cause!
Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga, VUSD Superintendent
Sabrena Rodriguez, Concert Planning Committee Chair, VEP Executive Board Member
Kay Giles, VEP President