Our Story

Community Building Through The Arts

For twenty-five years, Grand Vision Foundation has helped to strengthen our community through the performing arts. In the beginning, we brought attention and new life to the historic Warner Grand Theatre, revitalizing it through needed restoration, events, screenings, and the promotion of independent productions in the space.

But that wasn’t enough. Grand Vision needed a smaller venue where we could do more experimental work, support performing artists, and build a signature environment. Since 2008, we have seen that vision come to life at the Grand Annex Music Hall. We then founded our Meet the Music education program for local schools and created community classes and events in response to the Harbor area’s need for access to live music and consistent music education. Today, Grand Vision continues to find innovative ways to serve our audiences, artists and youth through live and virtual programming. We celebrate the power of music and the arts to express who we are and honor our common humanity.

Statement on Racial Equity

Grand Vision Foundation Statement on Racial Equity

 

  1. GVF believes and recognizes that:
  • No race or ethnic group is superior to any other.
  • Systemic racism continues to be a historical barrier to participation in the arts by audiences, artists, students and decision makers of color in Los Angeles.
  • Access to experiencing and participating in the arts is a fundamental human right essential for society and individuals to achieve their full potential.
  • Students deserve equitable access to a complete culturally-responsive and anti-racist education that includes music and the arts.
  • Racial equity is an essential ongoing practice, whereby historically marginalized groups must achieve equitable access to opportunities and resources, and the tools appropriate to successfully utilize them.
  • Our organization is strengthened by the high level of cultural and ethnic diversity in our immediategeographical area and greater Los Angeles.
  1. GVF embraces these strategies as a means to address issues of systemic racism, and will:
  • Have an open ear to our community needs, and actively seek input in developing authentic programming reflective of the interests, values and cultural perspectives of community members.
  • Intentionally design our marketing of our arts and cultural events to appeal to audiences from diverse segments of the L.A. Harbor and greater Los Angeles area.
  • Provide culturally-responsive and relevant arts education programming reflective of our student participants and the diverse community that we serve.
  • Provide opportunities to our staff and teaching artists to expand their roles in promoting racial equity and deepen their understanding.
  1. GVF has made racial equity in arts education, arts programming and organizational operations a key priority, and commits to:
  • Align our programming with the values and interests of our diverse audiences and increase access by offering a range of free and fee-based arts experiences.
  • Present diverse faces of the organization at events, as hosts, or speakers to project and model inclusiveness.
  • Engage our staff and Board in ongoing self-examination and education on racial equity and create systems by which concerns may be addressed.
  • Increase racial and community representation on our Board, staff, advisory board and in our programming.
  • As needed, continue to provide language translation during productions and in marketing material to ensure accessibility.
  • Partner with other arts and community organizations to advocate for racial equity in the arts.
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About Us

Mission
To inspire and engage the diverse Los Angeles Harbor/South Bay community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences centered on the historic Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex in downtown San Pedro.

Vision
Underlying Grand Vision’s efforts is our belief that local arts have the power to bridge cultural boundaries and unite our community.

Beginnings
Grand Vision Foundation was formed by concerned citizens to save and reactivate the Warner Grand Theatre, an art deco movie palace in downtown San Pedro. In 1996, Grand Vision incorporated and successfully advocated for the City of Los Angeles to purchase the Theatre. Grand Vision then embarked on a major fundraising and restoration campaign to transform the theatre into a viable performing arts venue.

Today
The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs operates the Theatre, and Grand Vision has a Memorandum of Understanding to act as its official Friends’ Group. As the Friends, we assist the theater with advocacy, a corps of trained volunteers, restoration projects and the marketing of its events.

What We Do

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The Grand Annex

A premiere 150-seat cabaret style listening room, where we present live and livestream concerts by award-winning artists across musical genres.

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Friends of the Warner Grand

We provide support to the historic Warner Grand Theatre, a 1,500 seat art deco movie palace in San Pedro’s Arts District.

Boy holding recorder and smiling in classroom

Meet the Music

Our programs offer an in-depth introduction to music to students at underserved Los Angeles Harbor Area elementary schools and beyond.

Team Taiko Community Classes

Taiko Community Drumming

We offer ongoing music classes in Japanese taiko drumming for adults and families. 

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Warner Grand's 90th Birthday

Celebrating the dreams of the past, present and future with a year of live and virtual events.

Kris Bergstrom, Grand Annex Musician in Residence 2020, playing taiko drum

Musician in Residence

An invitational project that gives emerging performers the space and support to create San Pedro-inspired new works.

Board & Staff

Board Of Directors

Scott J. Donnelly, President / PDM CPAs
Fred Allen, Vice-President / Mister Marley
George Harris / Harris Realty
Daniel Hom, Treasurer / Bravo Music School
Robert Farrell / L.A. City Councilman (Retired)
Lucrecia Jacobson / Educator
Alan Johnson / Jerico Development
Ray Kato / Retired Aerospace Executive
Rebekah Kim / M Strategic Communications
Jasna Penich / Malaga Bank
Alex Smith, / Musician & Educator
Jeffrey Volrath / U.S. Bank

Ex Officio

Elise Swanson, CEO, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
Lee Sweet, City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Staff

Liz Johnson, Executive Director
Taran Schindler, Deputy Director/Artistic Director
Tony Rasmussen, PhD, Director of Education
Sukari Reid-Glenn, Interim Director of Music Education
Joselyn Wilkinson, Arts Education & Development Specialist
Lupe Montiel, Education Program Coordinator
Christa Weston, Marketing Specialist
Connie McOsker, Community Projects/Team Taiko
Sandy Bradley, Finance Manager
Alexa Clement, Programs Assistant

Teaching Artists

Kathy Bailey
Andrea Dowdell
Josued Hidalgo
Rebecca Lynn
Sukari Reid-Glenn
Jonathan Tran
Dr. Dawn Norfleet, PhD