On June 9th we hosted our annual Arts and Culture Grants Reception. This year we distributed $54,000 in grants, supported by the Gundlefinger Fund. It was a wonderful opportunity for our grantees to meet one another and for all of us to learn more about the great work being done in our community.
Established in 1991 by his daughter-in-law, Lulu Staburn Gundelfinger, this Fund honors one of Fresno’s leading entrepreneurs and civic leaders, Louis Gundelfinger. The purpose of the fund is to improve the quality of life in Fresno, with a focus on music and parks.
Each of the five grantees shared what the funding would allow them to do:
- The Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County will use music from a variety of ethnicities to help young boys and girls develop greater self knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. The program will culminate with three events at City Parks.
- The Art of Life Cancer Foundation will create an outdoor musical playscape in the Art of Life Healing Garden in Woodward Park. The playscape offers benefits to all without regard to age, ethnicity, gender or ability – everyone will have the opportunity to experience the power of music to soothe and heal.
- The Central Sierra Historical Society will create an app that will allow museum visitors to engage with exhibits through the rich sounds and songs of the Sierra. For those who can’t visit in person the app will be available via download.
- Fresno State opera students will perform a newly commissioned opera, translating a favorite folk tale about weeds being transformed into poinsettias. The opera will be performed in schools and parks and provide children an opportunity to experience this ancient form of story telling.
- Fresno County Public Library will present a concert series featuring musical programs celebrating Latino culture. The performances will be held in Malaga, Orange Cove, Kerman, Sanger and Fresno’s downtown Eaton Plaza. There will be interactive percussion instruments for kids to play and a mobile library where families can get library cards and borrow books and music CDs.
We are proud to foster the legacies of donors like the Gundlefinger family whose philanthropy continues to touch children and families in the Valley generation after generation.
Farewell to Sandra
Our Senior Program Officer, Sandra Flores, will be leaving us this week to take a new position as the Director of Fresno’s Preterm Birth Initiative. Sandra joined the Foundation in 2007 and has played a major role in our grant making efforts. We wish her all the best in her new role and look forward to the amazing work she will continue to do to help children and families in the Valley.