Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Winter 2016

$150,000 (payable $50,000 per year for 3 years) to The History Museum    

Funds will be used to help upgrade the Oliver Mansion electrical system to ensure its long-term viability and survivability.  Many of the circuits date back to 1897 "knob & tube" wiring, which is obsolete and a fire hazard. The mansion, unique in that it has never been repurposed and contains all original contents, is an artifact in itself and one that The History Museum wants to preserve.

$15,000 to WNIT Channel 34

Funds are intended for annual sponsorship, supporting multiple programs that WNIT airs supporting the arts in St. Joseph County. Specific projects include Experience Michiana and a wide variety of arts programming throughout the year, including live performances from the Met Opera, the PBS Fall Arts Series, dance performances, plays, Austin City Limits and more. 

$10,000 to Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M) School Corporation

Grant funds will help support the "Integrating the Visual Arts through Literacy" project. The focus of this project is to develop visual arts lesson plans that can be implemented into the K-5 classrooms in the P-H-M School district by elementary teachers. The development and inclusion of these lesson plans during the school year will utilize literacy as a conduit to a proper Visual Arts Education Program for elementary students.

$3,575 to Studebaker National Museum                         

Funds will be used to complete the Reach360 recommendation to fully implement QuickBooks Pro for the financial management of the Museum. The project will improve the efficiency of financial reporting at the Museum while empowering staff and board leadership to more effectively plan and execute Museum operations. 

$3,500 to Patchwork Dance Company                 

Grant funds will help support the annual production costs, venue fees and guest artist fees associated with two annual concerts during Patchwork Dance Company's 2017 season. They have a spring performance, "In Concert," and a winter performance, "Christopher's Christmas." 

$3,500 to South Bend Lyric Opera

Grant funding will be used for their December 2016 opera, “Die Fledermaus,” and their June 2017 opera, “L’elisir d’amore.”  All performances are held at the LangLab in South Bend. In addition to the operas, they also will be holding seminars/talks to educate patrons on the performances.