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At the start of this new school year, PAINTS and CHIME are merging and partnering with Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) to launch the “PEF Arts Fund” to comprehensively support the all of the arts programming in the schools.

For as long as our kids have benefitted from visual and performing arts in Piedmont schools, there have been two supporting 510(c)3 nonprofits – PAINTS for visual arts and CHIME for performing arts. For the past 50 years, the music department at the schools have depended on the generous financial help of CHIME to run a robust and large music program. PAINTS has historically supported the visual arts annually in the range of $35-70,000 a year.

The reason for this merger is to streamline the way art is supported by the community. Reducing the number of separate nonprofits makes fundraising more efficient. The PAINTS and CHIME boards will combine as a committee and maintain roughly the same structure with the exception of the two incoming Presidents who will now be Co-Chairs of the PEF Arts Fund. The PEF Arts Fund will be fiscally sponsored by PEF. Moving forward, funds raised by the PEF Arts Fund will be used to support both visual arts and performing arts.

The need for parent support is critical for the Arts. Donations through the Piedmont Store will be used for art, music and theater supplies and instruction. At the elementary level, all students receive art and music instruction every week. In middle school, students dive deeper with electives such as visual art, ceramics, film, orchestra, band, and theater. As students advance to high school, they are offered electives in 2D, 3D, and AP Art, photography, ceramics, theater, orchestra, concert band, jazz band, acappella, and dance. The financial support provided by the PEF Art Fund pays for the acappella accompanist, the Music Assistant’s salary, choral and instrumental clinicians at PHS & PMS. The breadth and depth of these offerings would be impossible to maintain without parent support. Consider donating to the PEF Arts Fund at the Piedmont Store today.

Educational and exciting community art events will continue throughout the year. Don’t miss the Chalk Art Festival, Big Art Show, Small Art Parties, and Fall and Spring Spotlight Concerts. If you would like to be involved with visual or performing arts at our schools this year, join the PEF Art Fund Committee.


Piedmont Unified’s Art Program

This slideshow shows what PAINTS Grants support. It includes artwork made by students from Transitional Kindergarten to 12th Grade that attend Beach Elementary, Havens Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, Piedmont Middle School, Millennium High School, and Piedmont High School. Every student at Piedmont Unified School District benefits from PAINTS Grants thanks to supporters like you! If you would like to make a donation please click here.

Thank you Big Art Show and Party!

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  • The attendees and bidders at the Big Art Shows and Party that made it a big success!
  • The artists that were featured in the show – what beautiful work! Bill Jeng, Christiana Reining, Raul Jorcino, Kate Leffler, Katie Korotzer, Paula Valenzuela, Lynda Kravitz, Suzie Skugstad, Yu-Lan Ma, Tracie Tanakaya, Stephen Seche, David Vickers, Larraine Seiden, Carolyn Haydu, Julien Gardair, Arrianne Bright, Kobi Eshun, Heather Chan, Sam Deaner, Carolyn Phillips, Mike Welch, Siobhan Hughes, Ta Mueller-Harley, Emily Keyishian, and Karen Stanton.
  • All the students who submitted work. Your pieces delighted the crowd. We can not thank you enough for what you have created.
  • The Piedmont Center for the Arts for the venue!
  • The PAINTS Board for all their hard work in preparing for the show, especially Siobhan Hughes for being the Chair of the Art Show, Mike Welch for leading the Kids Art Show, Candida Bell and Emily Keyishian for being Mistresses of Ceremonies, Christiana Reining for getting the food, Kammy Cobb for coordinating the ceramic flowers, Shari Fujii and Jane Lin for outreach and communications, Anna Chambers and Etienne Fang for being our judges, Ta Mueller-Harley for all the graphic design pieces and Emily Shoop for organizing wine and prizes. The entire PAINTS Board has contributed much more behind the scenes and the success PAINTS has everything to do with their hard work and teamwork.
  • The Piedmont Community Service Crew volunteers
  • Our musicians The Cheeks and Edwyna and Enice Zhu! You are amazing!
  • Our bartenders Andy Schuetz, Jonathan Cobb, and Brendan Heafey. Thanks also to our wine sponsors: Stacey Isaacs, Highland Partners, Pat Lee, Alder Yarrow of, Rock Wall Wine Company, and Kimpton Hotels.
  • Todd Puckett for lending us his audio system, Becky Swain for being our photographer, Montgomery Flowers for the flowers, Chrissy Rivera for being at the front desk, and Alex and Ella Hughes for being our gardeners.
  • Goldiblox, Maika Bags, Marja German Gars, Phillippa Roberts, and Karen Stanton for filling our marketplace with wonderful items, and Amy Jo Goldfarb for helping us make this happen.

PAINTS Big Art Show and Party March 2-10

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Beginning this Friday March 2, PAINTS will be featuring artists in our community for the benefit of art education in our schools at the PAINTS Big Art Show and Party. The Big Art Show and Party will be at the Piedmont Center for the Arts across the street from Piedmont High School at 801 Magnolia Avenue.

Everyone is welcome at the Big Art Show for free. Preview and bid on the pieces at our juried art show and purchase artwork by student artists throughout the district. *Bring the kids during Conference Week!

Open Hours for the PAINTS Big Art Show at 801 Magnolia:

  • Friday 3/2/18 from 3-6pm
  • Saturday 3/3/18 from 12-3pm
  • Sunday 3/4/18 from 12-3pm
  • Wednesday 3/7/18 from 2-5pm*
  • Thursday 3/8/18 from 2-5pm*

The Big Art Show ends with the PAINTS Big Art Party, an evening filled with first rate artwork, student performances, appetizers and cocktails. Ceramic flowers go on sale at 5pm. Bids close for all pieces at 8pm. Click Here for Tickets through Wild Apricot

Art in our schools rely on community donations. Please help us meet our goal of raising $50,000 ($20 per student) to maintain our annual grants for art supplies and projects.

How can you support art in our schools?

Buy tickets to the Big Art Party 

Early Bird Tickets are $40 until supplies run out/ $50 for General Admission

Become a Family Sponsor

PAINTS Membership is what keeps us going! We have received $12,000 in donations so far this year and given over $36,000 in grants in support of art education. Help us fill the gap! Every student from TK-12th grade benefits from PAINTS Art Program Grants.

PAINTS Big Art Party Offerings

In addition to the sale of art at the Big Art Party there will be a a round of “Heads or Tails”, a “Tickets for tickets” raffle, and a live auction.

The “Heads or Tails” prize is a Sony Playstation (PS4 Pro) and Virtual Reality bundle plus 9 games. It is valued at $1000+. Purchase a “Heads or Tails” Necklace for $50 to participate. We will flip a coin and the last one wearing a necklace will win the Virtual Reality set.

For non-virtual experiences we will be drawing raffle tickets for museum tickets and memberships. The Oakland Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum are some of the museums included in the “Tickets for Tickets” raffle. You do not need to be at the party to win. Get your Raffle Tickets at the Big Art Show – $5/ticket or $20/ 5 tickets.

The live auction includes:

  • A Private Tour at Pixar and Pixar Artwork. Pixar Animation Studios is not open to the public and tours cannot be purchased, so this is a unique experience for up to eight guests behind the scenes.
  • Signed books by Comic Book Author Daniel Clowes. Clowes is the author of the Eightball series, Ghost World, and “Art School Confidential.” To learn more about Clowes, listen to his interview by Terry Gross on NPR. Daniel is a Piedmont Middle School parent.
  • Custom Portrait of your Child or Pet by Courtney Booker. The final portrait will be 20×20 in size. Booker was an artist at Pixar. See her Etsy store, “Booker Portraits” for more examples of her work.
  • A Private Cessna Ride with Jon Reining. Go for a day trip somewhere in the Bay Area with Wildwood Dad Jon Reining in a Cessna. Go hunt for Art in a plane!
  • A two-night stay at any Kimpton Hotel. There are 66 hotels in 35 cities to choose from – each is a designers paradise. Where will you go? Museum hopping in LA, NY, Amsterdam, or to the beaches of the Cayman Islands?
Tickets are available here. See you on Saturday March 10, 2018 from 5pm onwards.

Artists Selected for the PAINTS Big Art Show

PAINTS held a Call for Art for 2D, 3D, and jewelry for the PAINTS Big Art Show. The Big Art Show will be open to the public between March 2nd-10th, 2018 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts (801 Magnolia Avenue). PAINTS received over 40 entries and accepted about 40% of all the pieces submitted.

Selected art work for the PAINTS Big Art Show are by the following artists:

Bill Jeng, Christiana Reining, Raul Jorcino, Kate Leffler, Katie Korotzer, Paula Valenzuela, Lynda Kravitz, Suzie Skugstad, Yu-Lan Ma, Tracie Tanakaya, Stephen Seche, David Vickers, Larraine Seiden, Carolynn Haydu, Julien Gardair, Arrianne Bright, Kobi Eshun, Heather Chan, Sam Deaner, Carolyn Phillips, Mike Welch, Siobhan Hughes, Ta Mueller-Harley, and Karen Stanton.

Here are eight of the 40+ pieces selected for the Art Show. Bidding begins March 2 and ends March 10th at 8pm at the PAINTS Big Art Party. Free entry to the Big Art Show — Tickets to the Party are available now.

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From right to left, top to bottom: “BacPack2” David Vickers, “Bay Bridge Night Web” by Bill Jeng, “Lotus” by Yu-Lan Ma, “Untitled” Carolynn Haydu, “Toro Bravo” Kate Leffler, “Dancing Leaves” Kobi Eshun, “Oak2San” Katie Korotzer, “Explosion” Paula Valenzuela.

Jurors Biographies

  • Etienne Fang is a human-centered strategist dedicated to designing impactful integrated brand experiences. With a background in art/design and research/strategy, she thrives at the convergence of these disciplines to create new value for organizations. Currently, she is UX Insights Strategist at Uber. Previously, she led consumer strategy at Method Products and VF Corporation’s innovation center for its top brands (Vans, North Face and Timberland). She has designed products and experiences for The Clorox Company, The Coca-Cola Company and Gap Inc. Etienne got her start in the art world as archivist and educator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art (now Museum of Modern Art). She served as National Lead for AIGA’s K-12 Design Education initiative and taught in alternative public schools in NYC. She holds degrees in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design and in Education from Sarah Lawrence College. Etienne grew up in Piedmont and continues to be a passionate advocate for art in education through her support as board member of PAINTS.
  • Anna Chambers graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in character animation.  She has worked on a number of animated television shows doing character and prop design, and background painting. Anna ran her own business for 8 years designing and manufacturing plush children’s toys which she was awarded ‘best plush design’ from the designer toy awards in 2011.  Her plush designs have been showcased around the world. A few of her clients include, Cartoon Network, Disney, Dreamworks, Hasbro, Sony and Target. Currently she is creating character designs for new animated pre school shows. Anna lives in Piedmont and loves to create messy art projects with her two kids.

Ceramic Flower Making

Come Make Some Ceramic Flowers February 9th, 2018

Ceramic Flowers are a tradition carried over from the Bird House Gala. Students and members of our community get together to make these flowers. Come get your hands in the clay with Middle School Art Teacher Hannah Bjork and Beach Elementary Art Teacher Katherine Thompson. Both of these sessions are held in the Piedmont MIddle School Art Room (Room 122). No need to sign up, just show up! We need your help!

Ceramic Flower Making:  Friday Febrary 9th 3:30-5:30pm

Ceramic Flower Glazing: Friday March 2nd 3:30-5:30pm

Paints Awards $ 36,200 in Grants to PUSD

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Thanks to all of your support, we presented a $36,200 check to Piedmont Unified School District for the 2017-218 academic year to support arts education. We donated $20,968 in Art Program Grants based upon $8 per student for art supplies for all students in grades TK-12.  We also gave $500 to each library to purchase art-related books, funded $6000 in elementary school lunchtime art, provided $750 for art shows and events, and awarded 11 special project grants for classrooms and clubs throughout the district. Congratulations to our grant recipients!

PAINTS is grateful to Piedmont Makers, Piedmont Middle School Parents Club, Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) and Piedmont Asian American Club (PAAC) for partnering in the awarding of grants this year.  A sincere thank you to Dr. Cheryl Wozniak, Director of Curriculum and Instructions, and the school principals for collaborating with us to ensure that requested funds match curriculum needs. Much gratitude to PUSD Administrative Assistant Mary Leon for helping PAINTS administer and track all grants.


PAINTS currently has 162 members and $10,850 in donations through the Piedmont Store.  As our goal is to grant as much money as we raise the previous year, we encourage each of you to spread the word and ask your friends to join and donate to PAINTS.  Since donations during registration are down 50% over the past two years, we are looking for corporate sponsors to help fund arts education in our schools.  We have heard from all principals that, with successful integration of arts into the TK-12 curriculum, there is an immediate and ongoing need for arts supplies and materials for all classrooms.