The RuMBa Foundation of Long Beach earned special recognition at a recent Board of Education meeting for providing more than $121,000 in grants to enhance arts education over the past three years.
“On behalf of the students and teachers, we want to thank the RuMBa Foundation for their support of the arts in Long Beach and for students in LBUSD,” Music Curriculum Leader James Petri said.
The private foundation’s mission is to expand access to the arts for Long Beach Unified School District children in grades K-12. The foundation provides grants directly to schools. The goal is to help students access the rich and vibrant arts community in Long Beach.
One of the foundation’s unique offerings is to cover transportation and ticket fees to off-campus art experiences. This may range from a trip to a live performance, museum, clay studio, industrial arts or artist's studio to a visit to art departments of local colleges and universities, especially Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. The local grants also bring artists and art supplies to schools, supporting individual classrooms and grade-specific or school-wide assemblies.
The funding effort started three years ago when Josephine Molina and Heather Rudy inquired how they might support LBUSD’s comprehensive arts program. The foundation's name is derived from the last names of the blended family members, Rudy, Molina and Battiste.
Over the past three years, the foundation has awarded 45 individual grants to 25 local schools, reaching more than 11,000 students. Funded activities so far have included field trips to the Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Music Theater West, Carpenter Center, Improv workshop for drama students, guest dance troupe performances for dance students, folk and world drumming assemblies for elementary students, and dance, music and visual art collaborations with CSULB arts professors.
The foundation aims to increase its support to schools in the coming years. Learn more at therumbafoundation.org.