Welcome to Grand Vision Foundation
ABOUT GRAND VISIONGrand Vision Foundation is the Friends' Group to the Warner Grand Theatre. We are a non profit volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization. We produce live concerts, film screenings, performances and educational events at the historic Warner Grand Theatre, a 1,500 seat art deco movie palace and also at the Grand Annex, a 150-seat music listening room.
To inspire and engage the diverse Los Angeles Harbor/South Bay community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences centered on the historic Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex in downtown San Pedro. Underlying Grand Vision’s efforts is our belief that local arts have the power to bridge cultural boundaries and unite our community.
Our vision is to see the community revitalized through the arts, with a fully restored Warner Grand Theatre as the center of an active performing arts complex that includes the Grand Annex and other cultural and artistic venues within historic downtown San Pedro, complemented by robust arts educational experiences for our youth, schools and community, provided through our Meet the Music program and other projects supporting future artists and audiences.
Grand Vision Foundation has three programming areas:
GVF was founded in 1996 to save the Warner Grand Theatre, a 1500-seat movie palace, and has since contributed over $4 million to support the Theatre including a capital campaign in 2004-08. Owned by the City of Los Angeles, the Warner Grand hosts numerous cultural events annually that are promoted by GVF through our active website, direct mail, social media and other marketing. As the Friends, we also provide ongoing advocacy, technical assistance, repairs/restoration and a corps of volunteers that assists with events.
In 2008 we converted an adjacent storefront into our own professional performance venue and administrative offices, the Grand Annex. In this premiere cabaret style listening room, our Program Manager presents an annual concert season of 40-50 performances of regional and national world, Latin, jazz, and American roots music artists, spoken word events, and film screenings. The Annex is also a community hub, regularly rented for theatrical productions by local colleges and theatre companies, and engages community by programming music for neighborhood events, such as the annual “Dia de los Muertos” festival, “Taste of San Pedro” and “First Thursdays” downtown Art Walk.
Meet the Music (MTM) is Grand Vision Foundation’s education program for upper elementary school youth. Since its creation in 2009, MTM has become an in-depth three-part program led by a full-time Education Director. Meet the Music includes the Roots of Music Program (RoMP), a semester-long foundations of music curriculum; 24 weeks of hands-on music lessons with Recorders-in-Schools; and an annual introduction to opera with the LA Opera. Through sequential standards-based instruction and participatory live music experiences, Meet the Music opens the gateway to music education for underprivileged students in the LA Harbor community, building skills for success in middle school and beyond.