“Music can change the world because it can change people.”
The same can be said of art, dance and drama as well. In fact, the Visual and Performing Arts are a core component of a well-rounded education. The arts are the languages we all speak, no matter our individual differences. Experiencing and creating works of art benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development and there is a strong relationship between learning in the arts and academic achievement.
The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) supports the arts in many ways. Over the past 30 years, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars via fundraising to generate much-needed funds for music, art and drama in Alameda public schools. AEF actively pursues grants targeted for arts education. Funds from grants and fundraisers help provide art supplies, purchase sheet music and instruments, and help cover drama production costs.
AEF manages a scholarship fund for seniors who wish to pursue music after graduation: The Tommie & Emil Q. Miland Scholarship. We connect with the community to support music programs through an Instrument Repair and Replacement campaign. And our after-school Enrichment program offers a variety of art, music, drama, and dance classes to hundreds of Alameda school children. We also actively pursue a drive to collect unused musical instruments for Alameda music programs.