North Bay Arts Orgs Receive $1.2 Million from Hewlett Foundation

Around 200 instruments from the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts' musical lending library were destroyed in the Tubbs Fire. (Will Bucquoy)

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced plans Thursday to distribute $1.2 million in grants to eight arts organizations in the North Bay that were affected by last year's wildfires.

The one-time fire recovery grants range from $100,000 to $205,000. As unrestricted grants, they may be used according to each nonprofit organization's needs. In some cases the funds will repair damaged facilities, while in others it will replenish revenues lost due to canceled shows.

"Recovering from a disaster isn’t accomplished in a week or a month, and these unrestricted grants will support the ongoing recovery needs of these arts organizations and their communities," said Emiko Ono, director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program.

The organizations receiving grants are:

The several large wildfires in the North Bay that ignited in October of last year burned approximately 245,000 acres in total, and resulted in the deaths of 44 people and an estimated $9.4 billion in property damage. The large artist community in the area suffered significantly, as many artworks, instruments and collections of memorabilia were destroyed. Over six months later, the area is still recovering.

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The Hewlett Foundation was founded more than 50 years ago to support institutions and advance ideas that "promote a better world." With assets estimated around $9 billion, it is considered one of the wealthiest grant makers in the nation.

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