LEAP ARTS EDUCATION - SANDCASTLE CONTEST • October, 2013
DAA enjoyed our second year as team captains for Leap’s Sandcastle Competition, culminating in our big dig in the sand at Ocean Beach for a great cause. With the help of our lovely team members—and many of you!—we raised nearly $8,000 for Leap!
Each year, Leap corrals dedicated teams of architects, designers, contractors, and engineers, paired with area elementary schools, to create fabulous works in sand in a heated competition that raises funds for Leap’s work in arts education. 2013’s theme, Masterpieces in Sand, inspired Team MichelSandgelo –DAA (as A+V at the time), Claire Lilienthal School, Moroso Construction, Terra Ferma Landscapes and Artistic Designs for Living– to construct a super-sized section from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. While we evaded top honors (…next year!), our work showed true prowess in design & engineering, along a stupendous amount of energy from the hands, backs and bodies of Claire Lilienthal’s 5th graders & their families and employees of our collective companies. In all, the event helped LEAP serve over 7,000 students in 30 different Bay Area schools during the 2013 academic year – kudos to everyone!
Leap Arts in Education strives to place residency programs in under-funded Bay Area elementary and middle schools. By using professional teaching artists, LEAP works to enhance classroom curriculum and promote student creativity. As designers & builders, we feel a strong connection between Leap’s work and our own stories of teacher inspiration. We work hard on the Sandcastle Contest to ensure Leap has the funds to remain a reliable source of arts education.