Sausalito Art Festival Foundation

supporting the arts, artists and community

The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation Board of Trustees governs the Foundation’s activities, including the annual Sausalito Art Festival and other year-round community programs. The Board of Trustees is composed of civic, community, and business leaders who volunteer their time, service, and expertise in support of the Foundation’s public purpose.

Proceeds from the annual Festival support Bay Area arts and community non-profits through grants, artist awards, and scholarships. Through this support, the Festival makes a significant investment in the future of its community, totaling over $1,000,000 in recent years.

The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) cultural and fine arts organization.

2018 Grant Recipients

The Foundation is proud to have awarded Leonard Kaprielian Grants to the Sausalito Historical Society, the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Center for Excellence.

Additionally the Foundation awarded Sausalito Art Festival Grants to the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, the Sausalito Women’s Club and the Bay Model Alliance.

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Board of Trustees

Wayne Kaleck - Board Chair

Tony Cook - Vice Chair

Ann Arnott - Secretary

Jerry Spolter - Counsel

Mike Stone - Treasurer

Leonard Kaprielian - Director Emeritus

Zeny Cieslikowski - Director

Annette Brinton - Director

Sande McGarry - Director


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.

Applications for the 2018 Leonard Kaprielian Grants program are available now! 


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 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 2017/18 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.


To apply for a student scholarship via FormStack please click below.
FormStack Scholarship Application

Artists Teaching Art

Artists Teaching Art (ATA) is an arts education program developed by the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation (SAFF) to serve students K-12 in both public and private schools throughout Marin County.

As California schools transition to the Common Core Standards, ATA understands that arts integration is an important part of this transition. ATA along with participating schools, teachers and professional artists collaborate to create a variety of artist-in-residence projects designed to inspire children to think differently about core subjects such as, math, science, history, geography, literature and art through project based learning. 

In the past five years, the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Artists Teaching Art program.

Learn more about Artists Teaching Art here