Burbank Arts for All – inaugural Gala event

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Burbank teacher Beth Morrison and Burbank PTA Council President Barbara Miller will be honored by the Burbank Arts for All Foundation at the inaugural gala event – Party on the Plaza.

This event is to be held at the Network’s Garden Café Plaza at the Media Studios North campus in Burbank on Friday, April 27, 2012.

Fritz Coleman, NBC4 weathercaster, will host the event benefiting Burbank Arts For All Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure every student in Burbank public schools has access to a quality visual and performing arts education as part of their core curriculum. Burbank Arts For All Foundation is the primary funding source for Arts Education in Burbank schools today.

The inaugural dinner’s Honorary Chairs are filmmakers Tim Burton, Garry Marshall and Don Hahn as well as former Walt Disney Studios Chairman and motion picture producer Dick Cook.  Event co-Chairs are The Walt Disney Company’s Joan McCarthy and Hollywood Schoolhouse’s Lili Rossi.  The gala event begins at 6:30PM with hosted cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner, awards presentation and dancing.


Tickets or sponsorship packages can be purchased by contacting Trena Pitchford, Director of Development, at  or (818) 736 5269.


Event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Deluxe, mOcean, Woodbury University and more.

Burbank Arts for All Foundation’s Fall 2011 grant, the largest award to date of over $20,000, benefiting 14 visual and performing arts programs as well as the Burbank Unified School District. The Foundation received an unprecedented 33 grant applications.

Those in the photo from left to right are John Burroughs High School teacher Jan Rhodes; Superintendent Stan A. Carrizosa; Burbank Arts For All co-Chairs Alexandra Helfrich and Craig Murray and Burbank Unified School District Art’s Coordinator Peggy Flynn.


The awards are in three categories:

Patron of the Arts Award:  Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Honored for establishing the Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. will receive the Patron of the Arts Award, which is presented to a local business or corporation whose support has made a significant impact on the Foundation’s mission.

Arts For All Educator Award:  Beth Morrison

This award is presented to an educator who dedicates their own personal time to enrich the lives of all Burbank students through their exceptional commitment to furthering arts education for all.

Beth Morrison, a highly regarded and gifted fine arts teacher at John Burroughs High School, will be honored with the Arts For All Educator Award for going above and beyond instructional work. 

Champion of the Arts Award:  Barbara Miller

This award is presented to an individual or organization whose volunteer commitment to providing equitable access to the arts has made a significant impact on the students of Burbank Unified School District and the Burbank community.

Honored for her tireless dedication to the advancement of the arts in the Burbank community, Burbank PTA Council President and mother of three, Barbara Miller, will receive the Champion of the Arts Award.  She is an invaluable resource and works with the California State PTA to follow legislative and budget changes regarding all areas of education and in particular the arts.

This dedicated mother of three also serves on the BUSD Facilities Oversight Committee, the Superintendent’s Finance Advisory Committee and the Burbank Arts for All Summer School Advisory Committee. Her dedication bridges the mission of Burbank Arts For All Foundation and the PTA and she was instrumental in both organizations becoming Allied Agencies. Through Mrs. Miller’s on-going commitment to arts education as well as her untiring volunteerism efforts, she continues to be an extraordinary advocate for Burbank Arts for All Foundation.

Event sponsors include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Woodbury University.


Burbank Arts for All Foundation

Gala Event – Party on the Plaza

Network’s Garden Café Plaza,

Media Studios North campus

Burbank CA

Friday, April 27, 2012.


Tickets to the event, and/or sponsorship packages, can be purchased by contacting Trena Pitchford, Director of Development, at  or (818) 736 5269.




About Burbank Arts For All:

Since 2006, the Burbank Arts for All Foundation has been dedicated to ensuring that every student in Burbank public schools receives a quality arts education as part of their core curriculum.

Founded six years ago, Burbank Arts For All is a community wide alliance of Burbank’s business leaders, municipal partners, educators, parents and art supporters. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit the Foundation advocates for quality arts education and provides grants to support Burbank Unified School District’s Arts for All plan.

To date they have awarded over $120,000 to visual & performing arts programs in their public schools, supporting projects like new musical instruments, artist in residency programs, professional development for teachers, a new kiln, an animated P.S.A. workshop, auditorium and sound system upgrades, strategic planning for Burbank’s Arts for All plan and many dance, theater, music and art productions or projects.

To learn more about their impact, click here.





Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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