Leonard Kaprielian Grants

The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation’s Investment in the Community

The Leonard Kaprielian Grants Program supports art-related projects and activities in the local community. Funding for the grants is generated by proceeds from the annual Sausalito Art Festival, held every Labor Day weekend. The Grants program is one of many areas of community involvement undertaken by the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation, in addition to the annual Festival it produces each Labor Day Weekend.

The Leonard Kaprielian Grants program honors long-time Sausalito Art Festival Foundation board member and community volunteer Leonard Kaprielian and supports the Foundation’s mission to encourage, promote and support the arts in the community.

Congratulations to the 2013 Leonard Kaprielian Grant Recipients:

Left to right: Craig Southard, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center; Brandy Vause, Bay Area Discovery Museum; Racehl Bergren, The Marine Mammal Center; Danni Pascuma, Bay Area Discovery Museum; Mike Stone, Sausalito Art Festival Board of Trustees Chairman; Paul Anderson, Sausalito Art Festival Managing Director; Jim DeLano, Friends of the Sausalito Public Library; Royce Conner, Willow Creek Academy.   Not pictured: Sausalito Historical Society. Photo by Gary Ferber

Left to right: Craig Southard, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center; Brandy Vause, Bay Area Discovery Museum; Racehl Bergren, The Marine Mammal Center; Danni Pascuma, Bay Area Discovery Museum; Mike Stone, Sausalito Art Festival Board of Trustees Chairman; Paul Anderson, Sausalito Art Festival Managing Director; Jim DeLano, Friends of the Sausalito Public Library; Royce Conner, Willow Creek Academy.   Not pictured: Sausalito Historical Society.

Photo by Gary Ferber

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Friends of the Sausalito Library

Sausalito Historical Society

Spaulding Wooden Boat Center

Marine Mammal Center

Willow Creek Academy

See the Press Release here

Read the Marinscope article about the 2013 Grant Recipients here

Past recipients of Sausalito Art Festival Foundation Leonard Kaprielian Grants have included Friends of the Bay Model, Friends of the Sausalito Public Library, Golden Gate Opera, Sausalito Foundation, Sausalito Historical Society, Sausalito Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, Sausalito-on-the-Waterfront Foundation, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, Willow Creek Academy among others.

Applications for the 2014 Grants are now open! All eligible non-profit organizations in Sausalito are invited to apply. The grants support art-related activities in the community with awards ranging in size from $500 to $10,000.

Click here to download guidelines.
To view the 2014 Grant Recipient Reporting Requirements, click here

Student Scholarships

The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation: Supporting the Young Artists of Tomorrow

Each year, the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation awards scholarships to talented college-age art students from the community. The scholarships are supported by proceeds from the annual Sausalito Art Festival and gala.

The Award

The SAFF Scholarship Program supports the mission of the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation to encourage, promote, and support the arts for the community. Several scholarships, totaling $20,000, are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors and to current enrolled college students.


  • Scholars must be U.S. Citizens or a Permanent Resident Alien cardholders and be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid for Education at an accredited college, university, or other institution of higher learning.
  • Scholars must be Residents and a 2014 High School graduate of the Bay Area or a student attending an accredited college, university or other institution of higher learning. The Bay Area is defined as the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.
  • Scholars must be attending an accredited college, university, or other institution of higher learning during the next academic year and pursue a degree in Art or an Art related major.

Application Process

Please click here to apply for the 2014 SAFF Scholarship Program.

Applications are due May 16th and will be evaluated by the SAFF Scholarship Committee. Winners will be notified June 6th.

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners!

Winners of the Tenth Annual, 2013 Scholarships:

  • Samuel Alderson, California College of Arts Oakland
  • Xialing Ann Chen, Whitman College
  • Juan Ruiz, Dominican University
  • Joy Lin, University of California Berkeley
  • Jennifer Ontiveros, San Francisco State University
  • Vanessa Imani, Santa Barbara City College

Samuel Alderson

California College of Arts Oakland

About Samuel
Samuel Forrest Alderson, an artist and musician, is a recent graduate from Marin School of the Arts at Novato High. In 2011 he participated in California State Summer School for the Arts, an intensive program at CalArts. Sam’s painting, titled “Duchamp’s Queen,” won Best of Show at the 2013 Rising Stars Marin County Annual High School Show. He has been balancing his studio practice with curatorial work, putting on a series of student shows in downtown Novato. This fall Sam will be attending California College of the Arts in Oakland thanks in part to a generous grant from the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation.

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Xialing Ann Chen

Whitman College

About Xialing Ann
My name is Xialing Ann Chen, an upcoming junior at Whitman College majoring in Film and Media Studies. My family and I emigrated from China ten years ago. Before, we lived in a rural village, where I never had a vision of the future beyond being a farmer. Now, I have a strong passion for documentary film production because I hope to become an influential filmmaker who unfolds interesting, inspirational stories of our century. I want to travel to different parts of the world to collaborate with passionate filmmakers in initiating social changes through media, one of the most influential forms of communication. Wherever there is a social cause that I believe strongly in, I will be there with my camcorder to capture its essence.

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Juan Ruiz

Dominican University

About Juan
Juan Luis Ruiz is a San Franciscan native. He recently graduated from San Francisco Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Juan studied theatre for three years of high school, and rigorously pursued interest in Dance since he transferred into the Dance Program his senior year at RASOTA. Last season he danced with ODC Dance Jam troupe in San Francisco, and he is now attending Dominican University of California where he will attain his BFA in dance under Alonzo King LINES dance program. He is excited to embark on his journey, and to show people the beauty of speaking through movement.

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Joy Lin

University of California Berkeley

About Joy
Since I was young my hands were always touching, destroying, creating, or manipulating. The wall by my bed as a child was always bald because during the night I would rip the wallpaper off the walls and hide it beneath my bed. It was as though I was blind or could not trust my comprehension of reality through my eyes and mind and thus forth had to understand things through my hands. For some reason the natural result of this urge was art. Thus, when people ask me why I have chosen to major in art at the University of California Berkeley, or why I do art, all I can say is, “It is just something I have always had to do”. Being a creator and understanding the world through art was simply life, a way of living in which all things were susceptible to becoming something else, something more or nothing at all. As an artist I am particularly interested in illustration and communicating stories through art; however, in my pursuit of this practice I am also interested in mastering many aspects of art in the traditional sense of fine art and theory and in the modernly marketable sense of design and concept. My university has presented me with many great experiences and I have come to love my art department: from the faculty who drives and encourages me to the environment and community of artist I have found. In my first year at Cal I joined a student organization called Cal C.R.E.A.T.E that taught the arts at after school programs and was given the opportunity to interact with educators who sought to bring visual art, dance, creative writing, and life into the worlds of school children. I was able to be inspired by the people I met, create my own curriculum, and realize how important art was not only to me but see how necessary it was for being human. In the next year I hope to continue this club but also join a design club to learn tools to express my artistic ideas in necessary mediums and find a job or internship in the art field to further my understanding of my own interests and passion. The possible opportunities that await me include working in the local Berkeley Art Museum, at a local gallery, teaching art, or interning for design or an animation company.


Jennifer Ontiveros

San Francisco State University

About Jennifer
Jen Ontiveros is a mixed-media installation artist and arts administrator living in Oakland, CA. She graduated with a B.A. in Art Studio Practice and Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received an M.Ed. in Equity and Social Justice with a focus on community arts programming for youth from San Francisco State University. Currently she is finishing her M.A. in Contemporary Art History, Theory, & Criticism, researching socially engaged art and public practices at SFSU. She is a current Fellow for Emerging Arts Professionals-SFBA. When she is not working, researching, or commuting, Jen enjoys playing dominos, crocheting relentlessly, and sharing food and conversations with close friends.


Vanessa Imani

Santa Barbara City College

About Vanessa
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Vanessa Imani is going into her second year at Santa Barbara City College. As she pursues a degree in architectural engineering, she aspires to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has interned and been in contact with local architects; Geoff Butler and John McCoy, and has plans to continue an internship this winter break. Having previously volunteered for the Sausalito Art Festival, Vanessa appreciates the support of the Sausalito Board Members in helping students achieve their life goals. She is certain that this opportunity will further advance her in her career of becoming an architectural engineer.