Dream. Imagine. Create. Art Exhibition Recap

Click here to view the Art Exhibition video.

In the spring, the foundation launched our 2021 Youth Art Exhibition ~ Dream. Imagine. Create. which was developed to inspire youth to share their experiences of their time during quarantine and to engage and support our community. We were delighted to invite all of the almost 5,000 grades K-12 students in San Gabriel public schools to participate in a virtual art exhibition during a time when in-person engagement was not possible.

We recognize the faith and trust that has been placed in our organization and are proud to share the exhibition proved to be overwhelmingly successful from the very beginning. We wanted to give students a chance at the opportunity to publicly display their artwork in the community for all to enjoy and to share in a community celebration of creativity and resilience.

We kicked off our celebratory events with a drive-thru gift distribution on Tuesday, May 18th. All participating students were invited to move forward and “stop” by each of the gift tables (while remaining in their cars at all times) to receive a swag bag containing a custom deck of playing cards, developed with their very own masterpiece, gift certificates to Nothing Bundt Cakes Pasadena and Wetzel’s Pretzels, a themed baseball cap, and even a sweet treat. It was an incredibly uplifting event filled with spirit, much enthusiasm and marvelous artwork!

Then on Thursday, May 20th we unveiled the 2021 Art Exhibition ~ Dream. Imagine. Create. virtual art exhibit during an online celebration. Guests were invited to enjoy the exhibit which contained 63 original pieces of artwork commissioned by inspiring grades K-12 San Gabriel public school students. Please click the link at the top of this article to enjoy the video.

That same evening we were pleased to announce the 2021 Art Exhibition Award of Excellence winners whose artwork best captured the theme “Art in a Time of Quarantine.” Each winning artist was invited to the San Gabriel Grapevine to receive their winning prizes. The SEF Board President, Alison DeVriendt, Vice President, Events Rosiris Paniagua, Executive Director Adela Angiuli together with the San Gabriel Unified School District Superintendent Mr. Jim Symonds and City of San Gabriel Councilwoman Denise Menchaca congratulated the winning artists and presented each of them with a $50 gift card and a framed print of their masterpiece. With much enthusiasm we continue to congratulate the winners:

Grades K – 2: Emily “My Gratitude Tree”

Grades 3 – 5: Connor “Daydreaming in My Version of School”

Grades 6 – 8: Samantha “Quarantine Essentials”

Grades 9 – 12: Subrina “Road to Home”

As you can imagine, there was an immense sense of pride to be able to share in the celebration in a public space of such historic significance in our community.

The fun does not end there…it is with great pleasure that we publicly announce the thirty individual masterpieces that were selected, developed into pole banners and are hanging within the City of San Gabriel Mission District for public viewing now through the end of June. We are happy to share the selection process took place by an outside agency not affiliated with the foundation and the announcement that took place during our virtual celebration was a wonderful surprise to everyone! The artists whose masterpieces were selected for public display and viewing are:

Adrian: 12th grade, “Don’t Rain on Me”
Alexis: 3rd Grade, “Let’s Work Together”
Angelina: 12th grade, “Day & Night”
Caylee: 5th grade, “Half way there”
Colleen: 1st grade, “Undersea Adventure”
Conner W: 3rd grade, “Daydreaming In My Version of School”
Daniel: 11th grade, “Ice Cream”
Dax: Kinder, “The Covid Heart”
Devin: 4th grade, “Harry Potter”
Divine: 5th grade, “Dream Imagine your creation”
Emi: 1st grade, “Life Underwater”
Emily: 2nd grade, “My gratitude Tree”
Henry: 12th grade, “Bonsai Tree”
John: 6th grade, “We Choose to go to the moon”
Kaiya: 11th grade, “Current!”
Kayce: 4th grade, “Wishing Bridge”
Kyle: 11th grade, “Red Dawn Samurai thing, thing”
Madeline: 2nd grade, “Bebe Elefante/Baby Elephant”
Megan: 11th grade, “Awaiting”
Moya: 12th grade, “Tea Time”
Natalie: 2nd grade, “I Have a Dream”
Odin: 6th grade, “Let your Imagination Soar”
Paxton: 5th grade, “Dream, Imagine, Create your future”
Rachel: 12th grade, “Tiger Cloud”
Raidyn: 3rd grade, “Imagination Flowers”
Samantha: 6th grade, “Quarantine Essentials”
Samantha: 10th grade, “Monster of Dreams”
Skyli: 1st grade, “My Dream Animals”
Subrina: 12th grade, “Road to Home”
Sydney: 6th grade, “California Flowers”

We would like to thank All of the amazing artists for sharing their creativity, joy and resilience with us!! We invite the community to take a walking tour of the public display of the 30 pieces of youth art, which has been hung in the Mission District. The walking tour begins on Mission Road in front of the San Gabriel Mission Church and runs through Mission Drive north to Broadway (there are plenty of small shops and eateries to stop by and visit during your walk. Don’t forget to tell them SEF sent you). We truly believe the public display of talent is sure to leave you with a sense of the magnitude of the importance of the arts in education.

Inspired by our grades K-2 Award of Excellence winner Emily….we continue to add to our “Gratitude Tree” as the celebrations continue!!

Recently, City of San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao and Councilwoman Denise Menchaca presented SEF Board President Alison Devriendt and Executive Director Adela Angiuli with a Certificate of Congratulations in celebration of the success of the program. Included was a special thanks for the contribution of art towards the beautification of San Gabriel.

Dream. Imagine. Create. is hosted by SEF thanks to generous grant funding received from event sponsors and the wider community.

We are incredibly grateful to the following Event Sponsors:

An anonymous donor advised fund at the California
Community Foundation
Cathay Bank Foundation
Chick-fil-A, Pasadena
Mission Valley Free Methodist Church

Shout out to the incredible team of highly skilled professionals at the CRP Group who have designed and developed creative marketing collateral for our organization each and every time they are called upon. CRP Team, your commitment to our organization has helped us achieve our goals and meet our sometimes impossible deadlines. Your investment in the mission of SEF has played a pivotal role in the branding of our organization and in our efforts to effectively communicate with all of our stakeholders and for these reasons and so many others, we are extremely grateful to you for your support!

We would also like to thank the City of San Gabriel for their partnership in our inaugural event. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in our organization and your collaborative efforts in support of the students in San Gabriel public schools. A huge thank you to all of the amazing student artists for sharing their talent and creative energy with us. We are inspired to dream, imagine and create because of you!!

We extend our deepest gratitude from the bottom of our hearts to all those who believe in our mission. You have allowed us to promote and enhance the community’s capacity to support the educational environment in our community for all students!!

What’s next? It has been an incredible honor for us to bring this shared celebration of the arts to our community. We hope that by bringing the students’ artwork together we have been able to effectively show how they were able to conceptualize their individual experiences during quarantine. We have been asked what we feel is the secret formula to the success of the event….our answer is simply there is no secret. It is the meaningful engagement and contributions of many that allowed us to support our youth and build community.

As we continue to promote the power of the arts we remain thoroughly committed to collaborating with a diverse group of individuals in support of the arts in San Gabriel public schools. We will continue to do what we do with passion, integrity, and a positive attitude all while remaining mission driven and self-directed. We invite you to join us in our cause, donate your time, treasure or talent to help us continue our good work. If you have questions about our organization please continue to refer to our website and our Facebook page . Reach out to SEF’s Board President at sefboardpresident@gmail.com if you would like more information on joining our team!!

The San Gabriel Community Needs YOUR Support

We all know that supporting local businesses during this time means they will still be there when the lock-down is over and that makes the San Gabriel community a better place.

Below are a few ways you can support the SG Community today:

1) Shop local. Strengthen our community from within; make your daily, weekly or monthly purchases from a local SG business.

2) Purchase gift cards. Establishments like bars and restaurants who were forced to close will be suffering right now, with no patrons filling the barstools or booths. Consider buying gift cards for the businesses you visit most often to use later when they are officially up and running again.

3) Order takeout. Can’t wait until you can eat your favorite meals from your favorite local restaurants? Many are keeping things going by offering meals to go, and some are even providing free delivery. This is a great way to keep money going into the local community, and as a bonus, you still get to enjoy all your favorite dishes.

4) Increase the tip amount. Don’t forget, servers and delivery people will also be feeling the decrease in business, and many of them survive on the tips they’re now missing. If you’re ordering takeout or delivery, consider giving a little more than usual when tipping. The tip may not go right back to the restaurant, but it goes to the workers who can put it towards the essentials they may need during this slower time.

5) Have discretionary dollars to spare? Make a tax deductible online donation to SEF today… help us continue to support the over 5,000 students we serve https://seffor8schools.org/donations/

It is our honor to highlight a true business leader in the community, the San Gabriel Hilton Hotel! Through thoughtful management and creative thinking, the hotel remains open, with limited staff, and continue to serve the community through their To Go Menu and Essentials Menu options. Take a look at their menu below!

We will persevere TOGETHER

For more than 34 years, the San Gabriel Educational Foundation has been driven by a mission to serve the students of the San Gabriel Unified School District. Throughout these years our community driven organization has provided supplemental funding for programs that inspire learning, and promote innovation and academic excellence, in San Gabriel public schools.

During these times of uncertainty, our hearts and thoughts go out to the people all over the world who have been affected by this unprecedented health crisis. As we all come together to better understand how we can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we want to let our community know that SEF is ready and standing by to support the San Gabriel public schools with passion and integrity deserving of our students, their families, our district team and our community. 

For now we would like to thank you for sharing your smiles, your stories and your selfless acts of caring. Together we will strengthen our conditions, our resources, and our community. Together we are stronger. Together we can and will get through this!

May you all be received with continued health, peace and happiness today and everyday!

The San Gabriel Educational Foundation Board of Directors 


How to choose a book for your kindergartner, first or second grader

SEF believes the more books children read, the better readers they become. Additionally, children who read often are shown to have higher vocabularies, expanded word knowledge, and score better on standardized tests. For these reasons, and many more, SEF supports recreational reading at home.
Here are some helpful tips on how to choose a book for your kindergarten, first or second grader:
  • Look at the cover (does it look interesting to your child?) 
  • Read the title and author (does your child like other books by this author?)
  • Read the summary on the back (are they still interested in the book?)
  • Read the first page – use the 5 finger rule, while reading, by counting the number of words your child does not know:
    • 0-1 = too easy
    • 2-3 = just right
    • 4-5 = too hard 

Happy reading from SEF!!