This year marks the 35th annual year of the Sandcastle Classic on Ocean Beach, the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California.
Teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students work together to build giant sand sculptures. The funds raised by teams and sponsors make it possible for Leap to continue to provide arts programs to Bay Area students.
Leap was established in 1979 in response to severe budget cuts in arts programs in California schools. These cutes continue to affect arts education in our schools today, and the need for high-quality arts programs is now greater and ever. Leap’s programs place professional teaching artists in classrooms to work with grades K-5. Every year, these education programs – in music, dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, and architecture – serve over 6,000 students in more than 25 elementary schools throughout the Bay Area.