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MAFA Wins Foundation Award for Art Education

11 Nov 2022 12:46 PM | Anonymous

Clockwise from upper left: 1. Clifton Principal Scott Moses, MAFA President Christine Geltz, Reed Foundation Executive Director Vicki Connely, Clifton Arts Volunteer Coordinators Lisa Reyes (2022-23) and Julie Bank (2021-22). 2. The award placque. 3. Christine Geltz and Vicki Connely flank the sponsor tribute banner of the Clifton Art Fence. 4. the long view of the Clifton Art Fence along the east perimeter of the Clifton campus.

In January 2022, MAFA applied for and received a grant from the Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for Art (reedarts.org) to support the Clifton Arts program at Monrovia's Clifton Middle School. This program was a volunteer effort headed by one Clifton parent volunteer to augment the art offerings at the school. 

With this grant, MAFA paid for teachers and materials to provide a Random Acts of Art demonstration every Tuesday lunch hour on the outdoor quad that students could observe if they wished, and an after-school art class on Wednesday afternoons. The grant also helped to support MAFA as it presented student art competitions at its Artist Alley Gallery receptions each quarter at the Monrovia Community Center.

When MAFA submitted its qualitative research report on the impacts of the program on students at the end of the first semester, the Reed Foundation was impressed with the report and pleased with the findings. Foundation officials immediately encouraged MAFA President Christine Geltz to apply for a subsequent grant to support these programs during the September '22 to June '23 school year, which was granted in August.

Recently the Foundation's executive director Vicki Connely requested a tour of the campus, wanting to observe a Random Acts of Arts session and the Art Fence. She surprised MAFA president Christine Geltz by presenting MAFA with an award in appreciation of its dedication and implementation of art education. The award request came to Vicki as a consensus of Reed Foundation board members.

The second grant will augment MAFA's current services and deliverables for both Clifton and Santa Fe middle schools and will include a field trip to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and an Art Fence for Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School as well. Art teachers interested in teaching either type of sessions should contact Lisa Reyes (lisamcreyes@gmail.com), current parent coordinator, about these paid positions.

Once again, we've shown that MAFA never stops delivering on its mission: Enhance the lives of those within our community through interaction with the arts. Increase the opportunities of our children through art education.

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