Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Spring 2016

$20,000 to South Bend Museum of Art

Funds will help support a portion of South Bend Museum of Art’s exhibition programming for 2016-2017.  In 2015, more than 50,000 people visited the Museum. Of this number, almost 5,000 were school children visiting on tours. About 80% of their visitors are from St. Joseph County. 

$20,000 to South Bend Symphony Orchestra

South Bend Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) is receiving funds for the 2016-2017 Season.  The SBSO will present the Masterworks, Pops and Chamber series as well as its "Home for the Holidays," Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Young People's Discovery and Symphony-to-Go concerts, Chris Wilson Pavilion concert with community play-along, and the week-long Dake Summer Chamber Music Academy with mid-year reunions. 

$20,000 to South Bend Civic Theatre

Funds will support South Bend Civic Theatre’s 2016-2017 season of performances at the Wilson and Warner Theatres, as well as at St. Patrick’s Park. In addition to their 14 scheduled productions, they also plan to have four shows for their Children’s Theatre Series.

$10,000 to The History Museum

Funds will be used to assist The History Museum with bringing a nationally significant history, arts, design and culture exhibit, Dressing Downton, to our local community October 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017. The exhibit is expected to draw visitors to the area from surrounding states and Canada. Based on other venues, they expect to more than double their attendance for the three months of the exhibit.

$7,500 to Southold Dance Theater

Grant funds will be used for Southold Dance Theater’s 2016-2017 production season. Dancers will perform The Nutcracker at The Morris Performing Arts Center on December 10 and 11, 2016 and Southold will also perform for the first time the classic romantic comedy, La Fille Mal Gardee. This ballet will be performed in May, 2017, at The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

$7,500 to Fischoff National Chamber Music Association

Funding will provide support to Fischoff’s free community outreach programs in 2016-2017 for children, youth, and mixed audiences which are presented by Fischoff Competition alumni and local professional musicians.  Master classes, workshops, peer mentoring and Fischoff's signature S.A.M. I Am (Stories and Music) programs will be delivered to over 4,700 community children and youth.

$5,000 to Musical Arts Indiana, Inc.

Musical Arts Indiana is receiving funds for its 2015-2016 season which includes performances of Vesper Chorale, Vesper Chamber Orchestra, and the Children's Choir of Michiana.  Vesper Chorale continues its Diverse Journeys and Basically Baroque Concert Series. Target population is the general public in St. Joseph and surrounding counties.  Five concerts and two school tours are projected for the season. 

$5,000 to Downtown South Bend, Inc.

Funds will help support Art Beat 2016, a free visual, performing, and culinary arts festival that takes place along the streets of downtown South Bend. This year it will be held on August 20, 2016. Over 900 artists participate each year with an expected visitor attendance of nearly 10,000.

$5,000 to South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc.

Grant funds will assist with South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Sectional Rehearsals program. This program puts students of the Michana community together by instrument category to rehearse with hired professional musicians for the first hour of their weekly three-hour rehearsal.

$3,500 to The Main Stage, Inc.

Funds will provide support for The Main Stage’s 2016-2017 season which include musical performances such as West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Elf Jr., and School of Rock. Each of their shows have two performances. 

$3,000 to South Bend Heritage Foundation

South Bend Heritage Foundation is to receiving funds to help support the 2016-2017 Exhibition Season at the Colfax Campus Gallery.  The Gallery is open to the immediate neighborhood and to the entire community.  The Gallery hosts six regular exhibions to meet a balance of art work and artists - school children, local arts organizations, individual local artists and an SBHF mission themed exhibition (Art and Social Justice).

$3,000 to Downtown South Bend, Inc.

Grant funds will  help support the Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series, which is a free concert series in the heart of downtown South Bend featuring an array of local, acoustical musicians and songwriters. The concert series will run Monday through Thursday from June 1st - September 29th, 2016.

$2,500 to South Bend Chamber Singers - Saint Mary's College

Funding is for the South Bend Chamber Singers 28th Concert Season of four performances: Vivaldi's "Gloria", a collaboration with the South Bend Symphony Chamber Orchestra; the traditional "Christmas at Loretto" featuring a newly commissioned work by British Composer Ben Parry;  "Annelies", a Holocaust Memorial concert in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Saint Joseph County, featuring the "woundingly beautiful" first choral setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by James Whitbourn; and "Misatango", featuring the "Misa a Buenos Aires" by Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri.

$2,500 to The Acting Ensemble

Grant funds will be used for The Acting Ensemble’s 2016-2017 Stage Works, Main Stage productions, special projects and education for the local theater community.  The AE provides a unique experience for both the audience and for the directors and actors.