The Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Partnership was created in honor of the late Léni Fé Bland, a champion philanthropist in the performing arts community of Santa Barbara, California. Léni believed that all children, regardless of their socioeconomic class, race or gender deserve the chance to experience the performing arts, and all its benefits. In honor of Léni, Sara Miller McCune created The Léni Fund to ensure that equitable access to the performing arts would continue, and prosper.

 

Our mission is to partner with performing arts organizations in Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Unified School District in order to provide students and teachers equitable access to performances and promote the performing arts in education.

  • The Léni Fund provides Santa Barbara Unified School District students from Pre-k to 12th-grade access to in-theatre performing arts performances and in-class workshops.
  • Students attend performances in four of Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatres: the Granada, the Lobero, the Arlington, and The New Vic.
  • The Léni Fund is in partnership with 16 performing arts organizations to provide curriculum relevant performing arts outreach across four performing arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Film.

2018/2019 ACADEMIC YEAR

PRESCHOOL (AGES 3-5)

All school year – Everybody Dance Now (In-School)

All school year – Santa Barbara Dance Institute (In-School)

2/25-3/1 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (In-School)

Jan-June – Santa Barbara Symphony (In-School)

GRADES 7-8

9/28 – Arts & Lectures Wynton Marsalis (Granada Theatre)

11/14 & 11/15 – Nebula Dance Lab Alice Through the Looking Glass Library Dances (Lobero Theatre)

1/7-1/12 – Library Dances (In-School)

2/25 – 3/1 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (In-School)

3/11 – 3/15 – Lobero Theatre Derek Douget Ensemble Residency (In-School)

 

GRADES 2-3

11/14 & 11/15 – Nebula Dance Lab Alice Through the Looking Glass (Lobero Theatre)

2/25 – 3/1 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (In-School)

3/22 – State Street Ballet The Jungle Book (Granada Theatre)

GRADES 9-12

9/28 – Arts & Lectures Wynton Marsalis (Granada Theatre)

10/19 & 10/22 – Ensemble Theatre School for Lies (The New Vic)

11/14 & 11/15 – Nebula Dance Lab Alice Through the Looking Glass (Lobero Theatre)

2/25 – 3/1 – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (In-School)

3/1 – Arts & Lectures (Granada Theatre)

3/11 – Lobero Theatre Derek Douget Ensemble Residency (In-School)

 

GRADES 4-6

9/28 – Arts & Lectures Wynton Marsalis (Granada Theatre)

11/14 & 11/15 – Nebula Dance Lab Alice Through the Looking Glass (Lobero Theatre)

1/17 & 1/18 – SB Symphony Concerts for Young People (Granada Theatre)

3/22 – State Street Ballet The Jungle Book (Granada Theatre)

 

AOK AFTER SCHOOL (GRADES 1-6)

Everybody Dance Now (In-School)

Folklorico Academy (In-School)

Music Academy (In-School)

Professional Development/Lecture Series

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Arts organizations wishing to apply for funding through The Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Partnership, please click here for application information: 

If you would like to donate to the Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Partnership, please click the Donate button below. Your gift is greatly appreciated!