The contest is major fundraising event, but open to the public, free of charge. It's supported by the local construction industry, including architects, engineers, and contractors who come together to support arts education in Bay Area schools. These professionals will join students from local elementary schools in building.
The general public is welcome to drop in to Leap's "Community Sandcastle Building Area" between 10 am and 2 pm. Participants of all ages will team up with volunteers and one of Leap’s teaching architects to try their hand at building a giant rocket ship. Participants in this activity are encouraged to donate $5 - $10 to ensure the contest’s continued success. Also from 10-2, you are also encouraged to visit Leap’s art-making activities inspired by sandcastles at the “Imagination Station” and to participate in an interactive dance lesson led by a Leap Teaching Artist (2:15-3 pm).
Leap, a local nonprofit organization, was established in response to severe cuts in California arts education funding following the passage of Proposition 13 in 1979. Funds raised from the Sandcastle Contest help to ensure that Leap can continue its important mission to keep the arts alive in Bay Area schools.
When: Saturday, October 8 from 10-4
Where: Ocean Beach, near Cliff House
Cost: free, with donations accepted for participating in hands-on activities