The Outdoor Art Club, one of Mill Valley’s oldest and historically important nonprofit organizations, has unveiled its annual list of Outreach Grant recipients for 2022, and once again it’s supporting a laundry list of discrete projects within Marin that further the Club’s purposes.
The projects listed below needed to fit with the OAC’s purpose of being “dedicated to the protection and beautification of outdoor spaces, wildlife conservation, and other civic, literary, and charitable work.” They span 20 local organizations garnering $72,000 in grants.
The Outdoor Art Club, founded in 1902, is a nonprofit organization in Mill Valley dedicated to the protection and beautification of outdoor spaces, wildlife conservation, and other civic, literary, and charitable work. Each year, it awards grants to other local nonprofits to support discrete projects within Marin County that further the Club’s purposes.
This year, the Club’s grants went to the following recipients for the following projects:
Bridge the Gap College Prep – A one-year pilot program providing intensive in-school and after-school literary support for two at-risk Marin City students.
Call of the Sea – Six middle and high school scholarships for two-day overnight sailing experiences in Drake’s Bay, including helming, navigation, oceanography, meteorology, and marine science programs. One professional compound microscope, one professional stereoscope, and one hydrophone.
Center for Domestic Peace – One month of transitional program support for 21 Marin County survivors of domestic violence to acquire skills necessary to achieve economic independence.
Chamber Music Marin – One chamber music performance and demonstration for under-served San Rafael middle school students.
The Curtain Theatre – All costume rentals for nine free-to-the-public performances of 2023 productions in Old Mill Park.
ExtraFood.org – Training for 45 gleaning team volunteers and five team leaders. Outreach and training for 10 new Marin school districts. Volunteer supplies and PPE. Food recovery vehicle supplies to recover 25,000 pounds of food, provide 20,834 meals to food insecure residents, save 735,000 gallons of water, and prevent release of 0.56 tons of CO2.
Friends of Mill Valley Children’s Garden – Plants, mulch, soil, hoses, and fencing for 600-square-foot pollinator garden.
Green Change – Six six-foot-by-three-foot “Exhibitor Booths” at the 2023 Mill Valley Earth Day Environmental Festival for youth and underserved community groups promoting climate action.
Halleck Creek Ranch – Ten one-week scholarships for children’s therapeutic horse-back riding camp.
The Hannah Project – Four “Family Night” leadership program events to increase Marin City parent engagement with schools, understanding of educational policy and advocacy for students, and competency to function as change agents.
Marin Community Clinics – On-site Women’s Health Day accessible mammograms and cervical cancer screenings for 50 women in San Rafael.
Marin Villages – Capacity building for expanded referral services for Marin County senior women to support their ability to remain in their homes.
The Mountain Play – ASL translation for hearing-impaired attendees at one 2023 Mountain Play performance. Spring 2023 concert performance of “Into the Woods” for residents of The Redwoods.
O’Hanlon Center for the Arts – Site preparation for 60 feet of slope for native and pollinator plant restoration.
Performing Stars of Marin – One year of social skills and comportment programming for 30 five-to-ten year old Marin City girls, including opportunities to practice skills in restaurants and on field trips, to optimize academic, social, and economic success.
Project Avary –Scholarships for seven Marin County children of incarcerated parents to attend intensive four-week therapeutic and leadership development summer camp.
The Redwoods – Arts materials and facilitator for expanded residents’ art program.
Trips for Kids – Six trail bikes and six helmets for use by 30 Marin County at-risk children weekly. Weekly transportation to trails for 30 Marin County at-risk children.
Vivalon – One year of food and kitchen supplies for at-home meal delivery service to 51 Marin County at-risk seniors.
Wildcare – Two three-month wildlife hospital internships for veterinary students.