35 years ago, the state of California dramatically reduced funding for education and nearly eliminated arts from public elementary schools. Leap was founded in direct response to this cut to the arts in California’s school. This is the foundation’s 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest, where local firms in the design and building industry team up to raise funds and design a masterpiece based on the year’s theme. Teams then partner with local classrooms and spend a day at Ocean Beach playing in the sand and executing their vision.
This is Kendall Wilkinson Design’s first year in the game, but we partnered with a team of Sandcastle veterans. Last year, Strandberg Engineering designed an impressive rendition of the pyramids (complete with a camel!) and was the top in fundraiser in the competition. We have also teamed up with Feldman Architecture and Peninsula Custom Homes and are determined to earn our keep and blow out the $20,000 team goal through fundraising- a Chloe + Isabel jewelry truck show sponsored by one of KWD’s own interns and an event at SOMA StrEatFood Park to celebrate this year’s theme “food glorious food”.
As members of the design industry, we were all inspired to be creative thinkers at an early age. The still life I painted in my 3rd grade classroom still hangs on the wall in my mother’s entry and began my love for watercolor.
Because of the exposure and encouragement I received when I was young I had the confidence to pursue a career in the design industry. Children need exposure to the arts now more than ever. We are incredibly excited to be participating in such a remarkable event that raises money to inspire the next generation of artists and designers. Please click on the link for more information on Leap and the Sand Castle Building Contest.
Kendall Wilkinson Design invites you to attend our fundraising event at SOMA StrEatFood Park on September 11th, tickets can be purchased online or at the door. If you would like donate but are unable to attend, please visit our team page.