The San Ramon Arts Foundation is doing its part to support arts programs and keep the creative spirit alive in San Ramon by giving $5,000 to City of San Ramon for art programs.
The San Ramon Symphonic Band received a $1,000 grant to offset the cost of operating the 65-member volunteer band. The additional funding has made it possible to keep tickets to concerts free for children and $6 for adults.
The foundation further supported children in music with a $1,000 grant to the San Ramon Youth Symphony, which encourages and supports young musicians to refine their skills and learn to play in an ensemble. The funding has made possible the hiring of sectional coaches. The Youth Symphony holds two free concerts each year.
The popular and free Summer Concert Series received a $1,000 grant. The support of local businesses and the arts foundation have allowed the program to continue for another year.
The visual art programs also received funding from the foundation. The art gallery program, which maintains revolving exhibits by local artists in three gallery spaces in San Ramon, received a $500 grant to offset the cost of marketing the exhibits and providing free artist receptions for the public.
When youngsters participated in the Art & Wind Festival poster design contest, winners received U.S. savings bonds that were paid for by a $500 grant from the foundation.
The foundation also is funding installation of seven of the youngsters' art banners in the rotunda of the . The banners had been displayed on light poles around the city.
– San Ramon Art Foundation
About: The arts foundation raises funds through a food booth at the Art & Wind Festival, beverage and ice cream sales at the summer concerts and through individual donations from citizens and businesses. You can make a donation at www.sanramonarts.org. If you would like to give your time, the foundation is seeking volunteers to help with events and serve in board positions. For more information, call 925-389-7529.