Established in 2005 as a United Arts Fund to support local arts organizations, theArtsFund’s mission has evolved to support arts in education by bringing innovative and inspiring arts programs to classrooms that help teachers to bridge achievement gaps in learning and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM.
To achieve that goal, theArtsFund became an affiliate of the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts program, January 8, 2016. The Wolf Trap Early Learning program uses the performing arts to build young children’s school readiness while enhancing educators’ instructional skills through arts-integrated professional development. To bring this program to San Antonio, we partnered with Pre-K 4 SA, a City of San Antonio program, designed to improve the quality and quantity of pre-Kindergarten education opportunities for 4-year-olds across San Antonio. Through the incorporation of arts-based strategies into curriculum, children literally embody STEM concepts by singing and dancing, and they engage their imaginations through puppetry, story dramatization, and role play. When learning is fun, success follows.
Our long term goal, is to bring San Antonio Wolf Trap to all the schools in Bexar County.
In addition to the Wolf Trap program, theArtsFund runs a Busing to the Arts program sponsored by Valero Energy and the Bexar County Arts Internship program, funded by Bexar County, and organizes arts-in-education activities and events such as the Toyota Art Project and the Valero Arts Fair. Workplace campaigns continue annually in support of theArtsFund education initiative.
Throughout our existence, theArtsFund has been active in promoting the arts and arts organizations through arts fairs, employee information days and advocacy programs. In 2006, theArtsFund established a volunteer corps for Luminaria, the largest single arts event in San Antonio. Beginning in 2010, theArtsFund managed concessions for Luminaria through 2013, when the event set an attendance record of more than 300,000 participants.
theArtsFund is a not for profit, 501(c)3 organization. All donations made to theArtsFund are 100% tax deductible.
Roderick Rubbo, CEO and President.Rod came to San Antonio to spearhead one of the city’s newest fundraising campaigns for arts and cultural organizations – theArtsFund.Rod comes to San Antonio with a wealth of experience in arts and culture, fundraising and managing united arts funds. Most recently, Rubbo was president and CEO of the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton, Ohio. While there, he raised more than $4 million in operational support for the Center’s affiliates, planned and coordinated a $2.8 million operating endowment campaign and $6 million capital campaign.Prior to his nearly 25-year career at the Cultural Center, Rubbo was General Manager of the Ohio Ballet, (Akron, Ohio), General Manager for the North Carolina Dance Theatre at the North Carolina School for the Arts, (Winston Salem, North Carolina) and Company Manager for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, where he received the schools highest honor for technical merit. He has also received prestigious awards and recognitions for his contributions to arts and culture, including the Americans for the Arts Michael Newton Award for leadership in the united arts field.Rubbo has served as the national chairman for the Americans for the Arts United Arts Fund Council, a Rotarian for over 30 years, on the Luminaria Steering Committee from 2008 to 2013 and as President of the Luminaria Directors from 2011 to 2013.Katherine LeMaster, Office Manager.Kathy joined theArtsFund as Office Manager in 2007. With a variety of business experience and a degree in Business Management, Katherine manages all of the general office administration functions, including accounting, payroll, banking, and donor acknowledgement in addition to providing administrative support to the President and Board of theArtsFund.
Kathy’s prior experience, as a business entrepreneur and owner, equipped her with an ability to wear many different “hats”. Since coming to work for theArtsFund, some of her “hats” include website development, marketing education programs, utilizing social media, fundraising support, and oversight of the intern program.
Kathy’s devotion to the support of arts in education developed after experiencing first-hand, the impact performing arts has on education for young people, watching her granddaughter’s exceptional academic improvement after being involved in choir, music, dance and theatre programs.