Grand Vision Foundation Awarded $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

GVF to host "A Day in the Park"

San Pedro, CA—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Grand Vision Foundation for “A Day in the Park” free family-friendly summer festival at Anderson Park. The Challenge America category features NEA support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.


“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Grand Vision Foundation, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”


“We at Grand Vision Foundation are very excited to be able to put on this event as part of a community initiative to active an underused city-owned park,” says Executive Director, Liz Schindler-Johnson. “A Day in the Park extends our programming to San Pedro’s working class residents who live adjacent to San Pedro’s civic center. We are very grateful to the NEA for awarding us this grant and aiding in our ongoing mission to bring art and music entertainment to beautiful Downtown San Pedro.”


Partnering with Anderson Park Advisory Board (PAB), a committee of the City of L.A. Dep’t of Recreation & Parks and the YWCA of the Harbor Area, the “A Day in the Park” festival will be an outdoor afternoon event this summer featuring high quality musical artists along with music-making and health awareness activities for parents and children.


The event will feature two or three professional main acts from the greater Los Angeles area; two local youth/amateur opening music or dance performances; and at least two all-ages participatory workshops related to the music of the main acts. The YWCA will present outdoor fitness classes and staff a booth with information about their family health and women’s wellness services. Other children’s activities will include face-painting, Tiny Tots Taiko drumming, a high-quality bounce jumper and a youth climbing wall.


For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

Article Posted: 2/20/2018