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HISTORY

Grand Vision Foundation was founded in 1996 to save the historic Warner Grand Theatre, a 1,500 seat art deco movie palace from being turned into a swap meet or torn down. Since then we have contributed over $4 million in production, promotion, and restoration costs to the Theatre, which is owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by its Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2008, we established our own performance venue, the Grand Annex, converting a storefront into a 150-seat concert space where we present professional and innovative world, Latin, jazz, and American roots music artists, spoken word events and film screenings. We formed the Meet the Music youth educational arm of Grand Vision in 2009.
 
Grand Vision is operated by a full-time volunteer Executive Director, a paid staff of six and 30+ volunteers. Our most significant projects are:
1) The Grand Annex Music series. Grand Vision presents 30 curated concerts annually and co-produces an additional 40-50 Annex events and performances.
2) Meet the Music Programs for Youth, consisting of Recorder Lessons, the Roots of Music Concerts & Lessons Program (RoMP), and an annual LA Opera educational performance at the Warner Grand. All told, Meet the Music serves over 2,000 youth enrolled in high-poverty San Pedro and Wilmington public elementary schools; 
3) Promotion, special event programming and special projects at the Warner Grand Theatre and in the community.
4) Team Taiko, an Exploring Engagement project funded by the James Irvine Foundation teaching English Language students how to play the Japanese taiko drum, to promote teamwork, stress relief and alternative ways of language learning.

Our major accomplishments over the past several years include technical and aesthetic improvements to the Grand Annex, consistent outreach on behalf of the Warner Grand Theatre, historic preservation and other improvements to the Warner Grand Theatre, receiving an NEA grant for two years to support downtown San Pedro's Dia de Los Muertos musical stage, teaching taiko drumming in Wilmington to adult English language students and growing both the Grand Annex and Meet the Music.