On Stage Vacaville

Meet the Recipients of our Cultural Growth Fund

In 2020, with help from our generous members, donors and sponsors, On Stage Vacaville was proud to contribute cash grants to the following local performing arts groups to help them offset theatre costs after the pandemic.

Past Cultural Growth Fund Recipients

The Air Force band has been playing for the community since the Civil War. Every year for the past 20 years we have covered all costs to bring the Air Force band to the theater for the community to enjoy. One of the goals of the Air Force Band is to use music to bridge language, cultural, societal, and socio-economic differences.

For this special, interactive performance, the musicians used their Friday afternoon rehearsal time to interact with school aged and special needs kids who had an interest in music. On Stage Vacaville coordinated with schools in the area to identify the kids and paid all event costs including busses to transport kids and their families to and from the event and refreshments at the event.

On Stage Vacaville co-sponsored this event with the Solano County office of Education. The films shown were created by our community’s youth with developmental disabilities who had attended a 3-week long film camp where they learned the principles of filmmaking. In learning how to develop a script, act, and shoot their films, they also developed communication, confidence, and collaboration skills. The evening event included the filmmaker stars getting special hair and makeup done before they dressed in gowns and tuxedos to walk the red carpet to a packed house. The event drew a wide audience and sold out quickly.

Jane Doe in Wonderland is a play and survivor talkback raising awareness and education on sex trafficking. Jane Doe draws parallels between the well known story of Alice in Wonderland and how young women and men are lured into the world of sex trafficking but written in a manner appropriate for audiences 14+, is non-violent or explicit.Jane Doe follows the most common case: that of a ‘Romeo Pimp’ targeting a rural high school girl by pretending to be her boyfriend before bringing her to an unfamiliar city and trafficking her. In addition to addressing the common ‘red flags’ of this type of trafficker, the play specifically addresses the most commonly asked question, “why don’t victims run?”.Our goal in raising awareness and educating our community, was to help prevent any more of our youth from becoming victims.

Participating in the talk back were members of local law enforcement and the district attorney’s office. OSV worked with community organizations to bring in vulnerable individuals. The organizations included the County Sherriff’s office, schools, youth clubs, & homeless shelters.