GVF Awarded a Quartet of California Arts Council Grants!

[SAN PEDRO, CA] – Grand Vision Foundation, a San-Pedro based arts non-profit received funding from California Arts Council to support their community education programs.

This spring, the California Arts Council has generously recognized our educational programs, Meet the Music and Team Taiko. Meet the Music is an in-school music curriculum that serves over 1,800 elementary school students in the Harbor Area and South Los Angeles with 18-months of hands-on music instruction. Team Taiko is a free community engagement music-making program that uses Japanese drumming classes to connect members of the public together.  

“We are grateful to the California Arts Council for recognizing these arts engagement programs, ensuring that our community will continue to have access to music education, music-making experiences, and to all of the creative joys and challenges that the study of the arts can inspire.” said Liz Johnson, GVF Executive Director.

California Arts Council’s mission is to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all and their grants directly benefit the people of our state, especially youth, veterans, returned citizens, and California's historically marginalized communities. The Council awarded 1,500 grants across 15 different program areas addressing access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning and engagement. Grand Vision received awards in four categories:

Arts Education: Exposure for Meet the Music’s fourth grade music curriculum, the Roots of Music Program (RoMP). RoMP is a semester-long program of in-school music lessons and interactive live music concerts at the Grand Annex. Students learn music fundamentals by studying African, American and Mexican folk music.

Arts Education: Artists in Schools supports Meet the Music’s fifth grade music curriculum, Recorders-in-Schools, a year of weekly lessons on music notation, recorder technique and ensemble performance. In addition to music making, the program builds teamwork, individual confidence and a foundation for further music study.

Arts Integration Training supports the our professional development (PD) seminars for up to seventy classroom teachers from Meet the Music participating schools in the LA Harbor Area/South LA. GVF’s PD sessions cover MTM program curricula, music and arts fundamentals, and arts integration strategies.

Artists in Communities supports Team Taiko, a Japanese drumming workshop that promotes community engagement through music making. The program is free to ESL and other adult students through the Harbor Occupational Center in San Pedro with a tuition-based concurrent program open to the general public, held at the Grand Annex.

The California Arts Council is proud to be able to offer more support through our grant programs than ever before, especially at this time when the future is uncertain and community resources are at risk. These grants will support immediate and lasting community impact by investing in arts businesses and cultural workers across the state.”


Grand Vision Foundation (GVF) is a non-profit community arts organization whose mission is 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. To this end, GVF creates high quality and accessible arts programs that open doors for common experiences, build community connections and strengthen the community as a whole.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts. Learn more at The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit

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Article Posted: 5/12/2020