Anova Center for Education to Improve Services and Relocate to
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Arts, Academics, and Autism Come Together as the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation Welcomes Anova as Resident Partner on the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Campus Summer 2015
Santa Rosa, CA (July 14, 2015) – Anova has announced plans to relocate its Anova Center for Education to Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Anova has signed a 10-year lease, and will move their existing ACE Sonoma K-12 campus for children with autism and learning differences to Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in August of 2015. Anova will occupy space that was once home to Sonoma Country Day School and Sonoma Academy, offering a much needed larger campus to help the growing number of children in Sonoma County that require specialized services. Both non-profits are recognized as trusted community leaders that share a common goal to enrich lives, as well as provide unique educational programs that build creativity, confidence, and important life skills among our children.
Anova co-founder Andrew Bailey said, “We are thrilled to be able to improve our services, make a bigger difference in the community, and to introduce Anova students to a world-class visual and performing arts experience. . . we couldn’t be happier.“
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts President & CEO Rick Nowlin added, “We are happy to welcome Anova to our campus as a Resident Partner, and look forward to finding opportunities to collaborate with them, as we believe our respective programs are excellent complements.”
Anova founders Andrew Bailey and Mary Beth Ludwig, who recently won the 2015 American Red Cross Real Heroes Award in Education, recognized the necessity for a local community resource to serve the growing population of students with autism spectrum disorders. They founded Anova in Santa Rosa in 2000, and currently operate two additional school campuses in San Rafael and Concord. They also provide behavioral and therapy services throughout 15 counties in California. Anova serves over 500 children daily, incorporating a proprietary "Anova Method of Education,” in which students thrive and feel accepted, while gaining a quality education and personalized treatment plan. Anova is grateful to long time Community Partner Redwood Credit Union for providing ACE Sonoma with the campus space they have called home for the past twelve years. For more information on Anova, visit www.anovaeducation.org.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and events center, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular civic events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 100 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 30,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. www.wellsfargocenterarts.org