New Name for CoSA Foundation!

Posted by: nancym 2 years, 2 months ago

The Coronado School of the Arts Foundation (CoSA Foundation) was created in 1997 as the non-profit entity responsible for raising funds to support the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). Over the years, this funding has been directly responsible for the expansion of the conservatories that today include a thriving hub of creativity for musical theater, drama, dance, graphic design, animation, game design, broadcasting, film, technical theater, fine art and instrumental music.  Fast forward 20 years, CoSA has the capacity to partner with all grade levels and community partners including Coronado Schools Foundation, Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and others to influence the growth of arts experiences for all school-age children. To adapt to this shift, the CoSA Foundation is excited to announce that it has expanded its mission and will now be known as the Coronado Arts Education Foundation. The name change went into effect this past June following a unanimous vote by the 2015-16 Foundation Board of Directors.  

The Foundation will remain as the primary fundraising entity for the CoSA, but will now help to support art programs within the entire Coronado Unified School District, as well as hosting summer intensives, camps and opportunities open to young people on Coronado and throughout San Diego. The hope of the Foundation members is to open up new and exciting partnerships on and off island, generate new revenue streams to fund expanding programs, and source broader opportunities for the CoSA students. “It makes perfect sense for the Coronado Arts Education Foundation to help lead the charge and direction for arts opportunities across all grade levels and foster an appreciation and respect for culture and creativity,” says Merridee Book, a retiring Board member and past CoSA parent. CoSA, under Director Shane Schmeichel, will usher in the largest class in the history of the school. “I could not be more excited at the direction we are headed for the next school year” says Schmeichel, “We have worked very hard to create an amazing platform for our student artists.”   

The transition for this expansion will fall under the leadership of the incoming Foundation President, Emily Bosworth, returning Treasurer, Raj Argawal, Shane Schmeichel and a host of new members; Rita Boland, Matt Zagrodzky, Cyndi Fuhrmann, Bertha Tsai-Tulagan, Patricia Buckley, Amy Moreno, Mitch Brucker, Meegan Nolan and Tara Graviss. Passing the torch are retiring members Rich Brady, Mary Meehan-Taylor, Merridee Book, Dawn Bongiovanni, Heather Haas, Laurie Ruiz de Castilla and Christopher Workman, who worked hard this past year to lay the framework to make this growth possible.  

The Coronado Arts Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose stakeholders are passionate about supporting Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) and arts education for school-aged children throughout the Coronado Unified School District.  The Foundation’s goals are to improve community awareness and raise and secure funds to perpetuate, improve and expand arts education within CoSA, CUSD, and the community of Coronado as a whole.  To fulfill this mission, the Foundation works to put in place an endowment large enough to meet the ongoing objectives of CoSA, and other student arts programs, by assuming the role as ambassadors of those programs to the arts community. 

If you are interested in partnering with the Foundation and would like to financially support us, please contact Megan Bulsara at or visit