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1962
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Transforming lives through high-quality programs, music education, & community outreach.
Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber Concerts features world-renowned artists year-round. During July and August, the Summer Music Festival brings classical, jazz and film events to the historic Rockport Opera House and Strand Theatre in Rockland. Throughout the rest of the year, the Performing Arts Series features classical, jazz, world music and dance events. Bay Chamber is also committed to providing educational opportunities to students of all ages. The Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities, and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. For over 50 years, Bay Chamber Concerts has awarded annual prizes and performance opportunities to young Maine Musicians.
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2002
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Dedicated to sustaining and fostering the growth of cultural traditions
Founded in 2001, The Alliance for California Traditional Arts promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists. From Ohlone basketry and African-American quilt-making to cowboy poetry and Vietnamese opera, California is home to hundreds of diverse traditions. ACTA connects artists, communities, and funders to each other, information, and resources through grants and contracts, convenings, research, and technical assistance. ACTA also provides advocacy through local and national field-building. Recognized for its culturally competent leadership, intellectual capital, and excellence in program administration, ACTA is the California Arts Council's official partner in serving the state's folk and traditional arts field.
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1980
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Fostering the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the performing arts in Vermont
The mission of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is to foster the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the performing arts in Vermont and the region. The Center is a full-service home for the performing arts in the region; offers a wide range of cultural and educational experiences to our community; and nurtures the creative development of new national and local performing artists. Events presented by the Flynn are carefully selected from among the finest performers and performances in the world; our educational programs connect audiences with the performing arts through a wide range of activities. The Flynn provides a well-equipped and managed home for the arts and services that include a box office, ushers (Flynn Spirits), concessions, and professional crew.
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1920
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Dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art
The mission of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances and providing educational and training programs at the highest level of excellence. Founded in 1881, the BSO presents an average of 27 programs in nearly 100 concerts at Symphony Hall between September and April; another 33 concerts are presented each summer at Tanglewood. Education is integral to the BSO's mission, and comprises two main components: the training of young professional musicians at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in-school and summer programs that address the need for integrated, high-quality arts education in the public schools.
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1930
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Performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest level of artistic excellence.
A principal leader of Boston's arts community since 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is dedicated to performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest level of artistic excellence and to sharing that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible through concert performances at Symphony and Jordan Halls, tours, recordings, radio broadcasts, and outreach initiatives for students and underserved communities.
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1956
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Producing plays with distinction and verve
The mission of the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) is to produce classic and new plays with distinction and verve, provide a training program in which emerging theater talents collaborate with accomplished mentors in a vital, professional and educational atmosphere; and create and present programs that have the potential to serve and engage a diverse community. Nestled in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, WTF is a celebration of theater that brings together a vast and impressive array of artists and offers audiences varied cultural experiences. Every summer, WTF presents classic and new plays on its Main, Nikos and Center Stages, Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabaret, and readings, workshops, and other special events including a program for youngsters in North Adams called the Greylock Theatre Project.
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1964
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Bringing new levels of excellence to the art of ballet through performance, training, education, and community outreach
Boston Ballet, founded in 1963 by E. Virginia Williams, was the first professional repertory ballet company in New England. Boston Ballet, a professional dance company and the region's second-largest performing arts organization, is dedicated to the highest standards of dance performance, training, and education. The Company presents fully staged classical and contemporary works each season. Performances reach a broadly inclusive audience of over 150,000 from throughout the state and region, and support an institutional mission that values leadership, innovation, and partnership. Boston Ballet School serves an associated imperative to train dancers of all ages and provide general access to the art of dance.
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1970
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It's your BLO. You make opera happen.
The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera, by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources, for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to less known, from early music to newly commissioned works.Boston Lyric Opera is New England's largest opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four mainstage productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in an alternative space outside the traditional opera theatre. BLO's programs are funded, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Founded
1976
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Cultivating and promoting the arts in New England and beyond
NEFA's mission is to build connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world.
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1979
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Open new worlds
Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did -- in love with poetry, physical prowess and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. Shakespeare & Company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Shakespeare & Company's education programs inspire a new generation of students and scholars to discover the resonance of Shakespeare's truths in the everyday world, demonstrating the influence that classical theatre can have within a community.
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1979
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Passionate music making without boundaries
The Boston Philharmonic message rings loud and clear- music making is a privilege and a joy, and above all, a collaborative adventure. The orchestra's season includes performances at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University and often Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. The musicians represent the original spirited blend, and account for the passion, high level of participation, and technical accomplishment for which this ensemble is celebrated. The professionals maintain the highest standard, the students keep the focus on training and education, and the gifted amateurs-including doctors, lawyers, teachers, and computer programmers-remind everybody that music-making is an expression of enthusiasm and love.
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1983
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Nurturing Artistic Excellence. Building Self-Esteem. Teaching Life-Long Skills.
The Freelance Players uses theater to foster imagination, self expression, mutual respect, and confidence in young people. Freelance promotes community by building bridges across ethnic, geographic and socio-economic boundaries in greater Boston. Freelance engages youth in the creation and performance of original musical theater for audiences of all ages. The Freelance Players' company Urban Improv is a violence prevention program for young people that uses structured theater improvisation to teach decision making, impulse control, and values clarification. Urban Improv provides interactive workshops that challenge students to deal creatively with major issues in their lives.
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1988
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Pursuing beauty, truth, and faith in the arts
Gloriæ Dei Artes Foundation is dedicated to the pursuit of beauty, truth, and faith, in the Arts - sharing inspiration and education with people across many nationalities, cultures, and traditions.
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1995
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To produce top-notch compelling work
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is a not-for-profit professional theatre company in the Berkshires (MA), with a three-fold mission: to produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre, especially young people. Barrington Stage Company has become the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting more than 51,000 patrons each year, and gaining national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming.
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1998
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To change lives, one story at a time.
Founded in 1997 by Brooke Ciardelli, Northern Stage has since become the preeminent year-round theater company in the region, offering professional productions of world premiers, classics, and musicals. In 2013, the Board of Directors engaged a new leadership team to galvanize Northern Stage for its next stage of evolution. Led by Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne and Managing Director Eric Bunge, this new team has illuminated Northern Stage's impact on its community with a firm commitment to intimate engagement. Now, more than 30,000 audience members walk through our doors each season, and each year, more than 2,000 students of all ages feed their hunger for knowledge and art in our Education Programs. Through its work on stage and off, Northern Stage reinvigorates the members of our community by reconnecting them with the limitless imagination of their inner child; it provokes the next generation of entrepreneurs, astrophysicists, trombone virtuosos, algebra teachers, heart surgeons, and magicians to think creatively about problems and their solutions; we forge profound connections between our theater patrons, their community, and their fellow human beings; and it cultivates audience members who will continue to be arts patrons for years to come. Most importantly, Northern Stage aims to inspire those who engage with us to effect positive and creative change in their communities.
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1999
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Bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world.
Yo-Yo Ma founded the nonprofit organization Silkroad in 1998. The Silk Road Ensemble was formed in 2000 as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world. Silkroad is a collective of rooted explorers, inclusive independents, storytelling musicians, passionate learners, connected nomads, and cultural entrepreneurs. We believe that exploring our differences enriches our humanity. We seek the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to spark new ways of looking at the world. We strive to create unexpected connections, collaborations, and communities in pursuit of meaningful change.
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2000
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Thought-provoking programming year round
Founded in 1999, The Mission of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) is to present professional quality theater to its audiences; to provide an alternative theater experience not found elsewhere in the region; to advance and preserve the art of the theater for the education and appreciation of the public. We host films and panel discussions in partnership with Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, WCAI, SPAT, CCI, Journey Forward and others.
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2002
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Motion picture theater and film education center
Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is a motion picture theater and film education center. BMFI is dedicated to promoting shared experiences that entertain, engage, and educate audiences through a diverse range of independent-minded films, a full curriculum of courses, and an extensive program of special events. BMFI builds community through film culture, while maintaining strong connections to its historic venue's cinematic past.
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1943
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A world renowned international dance festival
The mission of Jacob's Pillow Dance is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation, and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. Founded by dance legend Ted Shawn in 1933, the Pillow is home to a world renowned international dance Festival that presents dance annually on three unique stages. The Pillow also supports artists as they create new work through commissions and Creative Development Residencies. The School at Jacob's Pillow encompasses a professional advancement program for dancers and choreographers as well as an Intern Program that trains young professionals in all areas of production and arts administration. Jacob's Pillow is the first and only dance entity in the United States to be declared a National Historic Landmark for the significance of its contribution to America's culture.
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1952
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Great music performance and education
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School seeks to enrich and transform Rhode Island and our region through great music performance and education. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School is truly one of the cultural jewels of Southeastern New England. As a non-profit arts and education organization, we are committed to providing the community with access to exceptional classical music and music instruction.
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1949
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Connecticut's orchestra
Founded in 1934, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is Connecticut's premier musical organization. Widely recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras, the HSO believes passionately in the performance of live symphonic music and its value in the community. The mission of the HSO is to perform live orchestral music of the highest quality for ever-expanding audiences, and to increase through its educational programs the understanding and enjoyment of that music by residents in Connecticut. Every year, the HSO presents more than 100 concerts; plays to audiences of approximately 160,000; reaches thousands through its broadcast concerts on Connecticut Public Radio; and serves more than 64,000 individuals through its Musical Pathways educational activities.
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1934
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Connecticut's premier performing arts center
As Connecticut's premier presenter of the performing arts, The Bushnell has delighted and inspired audiences for more than seven decades and plays a leading role in the state's cultural life. Renowned for community programs as well as being a leading educator and advocate of the arts, The Bushnell presents major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, travel films and children's theater, and in 2001 began presenting off-Broadway, jazz, blues, cabaret and comedy performances as well as concerts and world music events. The Bushnell is an active supporter of Hartford's diverse performing arts and community organizations. The theater serves as the performance home of Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera and The Connecticut Forum.
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1964
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One of the leading resident theatres in the nation
Founded in 1963, Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theatres in the nation, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the best of world drama, from classics to provocative new plays and musicals and neglected works from the past. Over 260 new productions have been seen at Hartford Stage. The theatre's reputation extends beyond Hartford across Connecticut, the nation and the world. From its inception, Hartford Stage has maintained a strong commitment to community partnerships, educational programs and humanities initiatives. The theatre's two highly successful education programs, Interact and Connections, reach Connecticut students from elementary through high school.
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1976
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Preserving our modern dance heritage.
Since 1934, the American Dance Festival (ADF) has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields. Remaining true to the goals of its founding artists, ADF's programs are developed based on its mission: to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers, to preserve our modern dance heritage through continued presentation of classic works as well as through archival efforts, to build wider national and international audiences for modern dance, to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its cultural and historical significance, to provide a sound scientific and aesthetic base for professional education and training of young dancers, and to maintain a forum for integrating and disseminating information on dance education.
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1982
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Connecticut's regional arts center for exciting entertainment
The Stamford Center for the Arts (SCA) is Connecticut's regional arts center for exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, economic and social life of the community. SCA stages a series of live theatrical productions throughout the season to encourage, promote and foster a broad variety of cultural, educational, and entertainment events for the regional community. Last season alone, SCA hosted more than 500 events, of which we presented 200 stage performances, and attracted more than 250,000 patrons to downtown Stamford. SCA's outreach program involves people of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds in cultural programs, providing opportunities to experience first hand the excitement of the performing arts by attending productions and jazz camp.
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1981
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Enhancing the quality of community life for all ages
The Warner Theatre was built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace. Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round and serves nearly 100,000 patrons with 165+ public performances annually. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.
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1996
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Creating an internationally renowned festival in New Haven
The mission of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas is to create an internationally renowned festival in New Haven of the highest quality with world-class artists, thinkers and leaders, attracting and engaging a broad and diverse audience celebrating and building community and advancing economic development. The Festival plays a vital role in enriching lives in New Haven and throughout Connecticut by embracing diversity and leading people to understand how their futures are entwined. Arts residencies are created in schools and community centers throughout New Haven to introduce a diverse audience to the arts. Every summer, international artists teach young students of music, theater and the arts. The Festival attracts a strong local and regional audience, attendees from all 50 states, and a growing number of international visitors from dozens of countries.
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1999
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A national organization supporting artists
The National Performance Network (NPN) is a national organization supporting artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts. NPN is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. The NPN has brought innovative performing artists to all corners of the United States for more than 25 years. Begun in 1985 by David White at Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, NPN was founded to address the issues of artistic isolation and the economic constraints of moving art around the country and the sharing of artistic and community voices.
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2002
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Bringing the world to our stages
Founded in 1969, CAPA New Haven (Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts) brings the world to our stages, enriches lives and creates community through its mission to: present and produce artistic programming of the highest quality to serve and educate diverse audiences and feature renowned artists of all cultures; operate and maintain world-class performance venues; strengthen our arts communities by providing facilities for resident companies and through partnership and collaboration, support those organizations; and bolster the economies of the downtown communities we serve. CAPA programming includes jazz, world music, folk, country, classical music, comedy, dance, classic films, theater, and family entertainment.
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1965
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A leader in American professional theater
Long Wharf Theatre (LWT), founded in 1965, is recognized as a leader in American theater, producing fresh and imaginative revivals of classics and modern plays, rediscoveries of neglected works and a variety of world and American premieres. More than 30 Long Wharf productions have transferred virtually intact to Broadway or off-Broadway. Long Wharf Theatre is dedicated to cultivating audiences that reflect the state of Connecticut and the diversity of its cities as well as its rural and suburban areas, and serving as a forum for the examination of historical and current issues through humanities programming. LWT serves an audience of over 60,000 annually, including over 5,000 students through its education programs.
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1967
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Fulfilling its mission through passionate, professional performances
The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Stamford and its neighboring communities. It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.
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1969
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America's oldest continuously operating performing arts center
To be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.
Founded
1978
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Enhancing the spirit and enriches the lives of Port Washington and surrounding regions.
Landmark on Main Street is the product of more than ten years of visionary planning and dedicated work by the citizens of Port Washington. It developed out a commitment to preserve an historic landmark, the Main Street School, and to enhance community life. A unique model of community development, Landmark is a collaboration of civic-minded individuals, government, business, and not-for-profit organizations all sharing the belief that a community's commitment to a richer cultural, recreational, civic, educational and social life and the celebration of diversity benefits the quality of life for all.
Founded
1993
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Celebrating Independent Film
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film long, short, fiction and documentary and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.
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1946
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Committed to the vitality of the new music community
Formed by the merger of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer, New Music USA provides over $1 million each year in grant support for the creation and performance of new work and community building throughout the country. The voice of the new music community is amplified through the website NewMusicBox, profiling the people and ideas that energize and challenge music makers today. In addition, a wide-ranging catalog of new music is streamed around the clock on Counterstream Radio and an online library is provided for composers to feature their own music.
Founded
1942
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The official training academy of the New York City Ballet
The School of American Ballet (SAB), the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company. SAB, located at New York City's Lincoln Center, is today the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB's former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.
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1923
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Freedom to create
In 1907 The MacDowell Colony was founded with the mission to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. MacDowell defines excellence in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encouraging applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. In 1997, The MacDowell Colony was honored with the National Medal of Arts — the highest award given by the United States to artists or arts patrons.
Founded
1946
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Celebrating singing and the art of musical storytelling.
MasterVoices is a New York City-based performing arts organization that celebrates singing and the art of musical storytelling. Founded as The Collegiate Chorale almost 75 years ago by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, the organization is one of the jewels of NYC cultural institutions, and has achieved international acclaim as well. On the eve of our 75th Anniversary, we take the new name MasterVoices to better represent who we are: the combined voices of singing artists, both professional and avocational, with those of composers, librettists, designers and directors, to provide masterful performances of music in many genres.
Founded
1937
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Exploring the richness of French and Francophone language and culture
FIAF's mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.
Founded
1940
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For everyone in entertainment
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 13,500 people directly each year and hundreds of thousands more online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has been a safety net for those in need, crisis and transition since 1882.
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1951
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Building a better Israel through the arts
Founded in 1939, The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) supports and develops artistic life in Israel by awarding scholarships and grants. By encouraging Israeli artists and supporting institutions and programs, AICF makes a vital contribution to the cultural foundation of Israel and strengthens her relationship with America. AICF has supported nearly 18,000 emerging artists and 600 cultural institutions in Israel. As a successful and dedicated 76-year-old charity, our work is recognized as the standard of artistic excellence in Israel. Our success is evidenced by the increasing talent and depth of Israel culture recognized globally.AICF alumni are represented in over 45 internationally known ballet and modern dance companies; as scriptwriters, actors, and producers for award-winning television series, blockbuster movies, and indie films; and appear on the most important operatic, theatrical, and symphonic stages in the world.
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1928
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Maintaining and fostering interest and enjoyment of music
Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Orchestra currently plays some 180 concerts a year. On December 18, 2004, the Philharmonic gave its 14,000th concert - a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world. Since its inception, the Orchestra has championed the new music of its time, giving the first performances of many important works. This pioneering tradition has continued to the present day, with works of major contemporary composers regularly scheduled each season. A longtime media pioneer, the Philharmonic has a long history of broadcasting on radio and television. More recently, the Philharmonic became the first major American orchestra to offer downloadable concerts, recorded live, and released by DG Concerts exclusively on iTunes.
Founded
1938
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Enriching people's lives through the magic and artistry of opera
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Metropolitan Opera Guild is the world's premier arts education organization dedicated to enriching people's lives through the magic and artistry of opera. The Guild offers a wide array of educational programs designed for both schools and adult learners in the community, that teach elements of music, history, production and culture. The Guild fosters collaboration, literacy skills, and self-confidence in children with customized education programs integrated into the curriculum of their schools, and builds a deeper appreciation of opera in adults through workshops, community programs, and by publishing Opera News, the world's leading opera magazine. Through our unique relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, the Guild offers newcomers to opera and its most ardent fans access to the artistry, splendor and resources of one of the world's most renowned performing arts companies, allowing for many unique programs and events that offer professional and personal growth and learning opportunities through opera.
Founded
1956
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Developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people
As the nation's foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to achieving artistic excellence while developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays, musicals and innovative stagings of the classics. The Public's mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day on stage and through its extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe's Pub, Shakespeare in Central Park and Joe's Pub in the Park.
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1963
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The world's leading performing arts center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of superb artistic programming, international leader in arts and education, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. As a presenter of over 400 events annually, LCPA complements the offerings of the 11 other Lincoln Center resident organizations through a variety of popular series. Live From Lincoln Center extends the reach of Lincoln Center's stages to millions of Americans across the country. As an international leader in arts and education, LCPA takes a wide range of activities beyond its halls through its educational cornerstone, Lincoln Center Institute, as well as offering arts-related symposia; family programming; accessibility; and other community initiatives.
Founded
1959
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To discover, nurture and promote young musicians
Concert Artists Guild's mission is to discover, nurture and promote young musicians. CAG helps talented artists, identified through its annual international competition, to build sustainable careers. CAG provides support during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. CAG offers comprehensive management services including concert bookings, tour management, marketing and publicity support, as well as recording and commissioning opportunities.
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1936
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Serving poets and poetry since 1934
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and Poets.org, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month. In addition, the Academy administers the most important collection of poetry awards in the United States.
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1947
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America's national ballet company
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. It has also made more than 15 international tours to 42 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.
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1958
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On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Since 1917, the American Theatre Wing has been tirelessly committed to championing and honoring American Theatre. By creating the Tony Awards®, developing educational programs and through distributing thousands of dollars of grants and awards each year, the American Theatre Wing is dedicated to preserving the past, celebrating the present, and fostering the future of American theatre nationwide.
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1963
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The future of music
Young Concert Artists (YCA) is a professional organization founded in 1961 to discover and launch the careers of exceptional, but unknown, young musicians from all over the world. YCA does everything possible to open the doors to the international concert world by providing management services, important debuts and performing experience at no cost to the artists. We present the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie with special events at Lincoln Center, and in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center; educate and build new audiences through our Educational Residency Program; and promote the creation and performance of new works through our Composer Program.
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1964
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Discover. Exceptional. Music.
The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski. Under the music direction of Leon Botstein since 1992, the American Symphony has pioneered the performance of thematically organized concerts, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics, and history. In addition, the American Symphony Orchestra performs in a lecture/concert series with audience interaction called Classics Declassified at Peter Norton Symphony Space. It is also the resident orchestra of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it performs an annual concert series as well as in Bard's annual SummerScape Festival and the Bard Music Festival. ASO maintains an award-winning music education program which is presented at numerous high schools through New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.
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1999
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Artists for artists
Since its inception in 1963, the mission of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has been to encourage, sponsor, and promote innovative work in the arts created and presented by individuals, groups, and organizations. Its legacy continues today with unrestricted, by-nomination grants supporting pioneering work across the fields of dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. A fund is also maintained to assist artists with emergencies and unexpected opportunities related to their work. To date, over 900 artists have made these grants possible by contributing paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs to fourteen fund-raising exhibitions held over the years.
Founded
1968
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Furthering the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and The Ailey Extension. AADF's mission is to further the pioneering work of Alvin Ailey by establishing an extended cultural community which provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. This performing arts community plays a crucial social role using the beauty and humanity of the African American heritage and other cultures to unite people of all races, ages and backgrounds.
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1969
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Stimulating and supporting the appreciation, performance and composition of chamber music
Founded in 1965, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) stimulates and supports the appreciation, performance and composition of chamber music by presenting chamber music concerts; commissioning and performing new chamber music works; sponsoring chamber music performances; sponsoring programs and activities; and acquiring and maintaining collections of material. CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music.
Founded
1971
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Presenting live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages
The Little Orchestra Society presents live music in ways that inspire and educate audiences of all ages while creating a new model for the 21st century orchestra that emphasizes connections with the community. The Little Orchestra Society has given more than 65 premieres and launched the careers of many major musical talents in its concert programming for adult and family audiences. Founded by Thomas K. Scherman in 1947, The Little Orchestra Society is among the oldest professional orchestras in New York City. Under the direction of Dino Anagnost from 1979 to 2011, The Little Orchestra Society became particularly well known for family programs and created an array of music education and community engagement programs in the belief that access to live music should be extended to all members of the community. Led by Music Director James Judd since 2013, The Little Orchestra Society continues to advance its commitment to sharing the vitality of live classical music and building future audiences.
Founded
1969
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Classically American
Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a "Classically American" dance company, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Now in its fifth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts.
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1983
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One of the world's most exquisite ensembles
The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation comprises the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2 and The Taylor School. Founded in 1954, The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world's most exquisite ensembles and has performed Mr. Taylor's works in more than 520 cities in 62 countries. In 2007, the Company presented 54 performances for audiences of more than 57,000. Taylor 2 was established in 1993 to ensure that Paul Taylor's works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. In 2007, Taylor 2 gave 28 performances and 172 residency activities for combined audiences of 26,000. The Taylor School offers daily classes focusing on modern technique and the Taylor style, taught by current company members as well as distinguished Taylor alumni.
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1971
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From inspiration to publication
Poets & Writers (P&W) is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The mission of P&W is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the U.S. literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. P&W's programs introduce writers to the larger literary community and connect them to audiences, making today's writing visible and accessible in major cities and small towns across the country.
Founded
1971
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The foremost dance representative of Hispanic culture in the United States
Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is the nation's leading Latino dance organization. The Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the company has performed for over three million people in 11 countries. The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance has forged a reputation among the nation's leading professional training programs, offering a balanced curriculum in classical ballet, modern and Spanish dance - a practice that is unique among America's dance training institutions. Ballet Hispanico's Education & Outreach program has afforded an innovative exploratory learning experience for 20,000 school children, teachers and parents in New York City and across the country. The arts-in-education residencies bring Latino dance and culture to public schools, enriching common core curriculum goals and supporting social and emotional development.
Founded
1973
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Fostering diverse viewpoints
Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) is a media arts center that fosters diverse viewpoints by providing professional training, state-of-the-industry resources, and by creating outstanding documentary productions, with the belief that diversity of expression strengthens our democracy and enhances civil society. Founded in 1972 by Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno, DCTV has fostered a diverse and inclusive media arts community for 40 productive years. DCTV pursues its educational mission by introducing members of the community to the basics of electronic media through hundreds of free or low-cost production courses and access to broadcast-quality production equipment.
Founded
1973
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The service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community.
The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) is the service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York assists its nearly 300 member theatres in managing their companies effectively so they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has earned a reputation as a leader in providing progressive services to its members - from shared office and rehearsal spaces, to the nation's only revolving loan fund for real estate, to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres - which have made our organization an expert in the needs of the Off and Off Off Broadway community.
Founded
1974
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Presenting professional ballet and training tomorrow's dancers
Founded in 1974 Ballet Tech Foundation is dedicated to seeking out talented New York City public school students and provides a continuum of training from introductory through professional level training. Throughout the children's instruction, dance classes, shoes and leotards are provided free of charge. During the first year of training, transportation is provided while students attend ballet classes on a school-time release program. Students who show the talent and passion required to study classical ballet are invited to attend The New York City Public School for Dance (NYCPSD) - a cooperative, tuition-free venture between the NYC Department of Education and Ballet Tech. The School offers a rigorous academic curriculum paired with intensive dance training for students in grades four through twelve.
Founded
1989
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Discovering, developing, and producing the new work of American playwrights
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights Horizons works to encourage the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. Writers are supported through every stage of their growth with a series of development programs: script and score evaluations, commissions, readings, musical theater workshops, Studio and Mainstage productions. PH's auxiliary programs include the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, which is affiliated with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Ticket Central, a central box office that supports the Off-Broadway performing arts community.
Founded
1975
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Leading today's media conversation
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.
Founded
1975
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Center for art, video, music, dance, performance, film and literature.
Founded as an artist collective in 1971, The Kitchen has from its infancy been a space where experimental artists and composers share progressive ideas with like-minded colleagues. The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit spaces, showing innovative work by emerging and established artists across disciplines. The Kitchen's programs range from dance, music, performance, and theater, to video, film, and art, in addition to literary events, artists' talks, and lecture series. It has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country, and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.
Founded
1976
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Working with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our times.
Creative Time is a public arts organization that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Our work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists' voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. We are committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.
Founded
1976
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Innovating right before your ears
Founded in 1975, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) identifies today's brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. To date, ACO has performed music by nearly 500 American composers, including more than 100 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In pursuit of its singular mission, ACO maintains an unparalleled range of activities including an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall, commissions, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, and new music reading sessions. New initiatives include composer fellowships and special projects designed to serve and advance the field.
Founded
1976
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Manhattan's first performing arts center
Opened in 1943, New York City Center's (NYCC) mission is to make the finest in the performing arts accessible to the broadest possible audience, while insuring that its landmark facility remains an active and welcoming venue to both audiences and artists throughout the year. NYCC accomplishes this mission by celebrating and preserving the American musical theater heritage through performances, score restorations and other archival activities; presenting and producing new and innovative programming resonant of NYCC's artistic history, with a specific emphasis on dance; supporting resident and visiting companies and artists; providing educational opportunities to NYC students and their teachers; and maintaining and enhancing the physical facilities that comprise the performing arts center.
Founded
1977
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Dedicated to presenting the work of contemporary artists in New York's public spaces
The Public Art Fund (PAF) is New York's leading presenter of artists' projects, new commissions, and exhibitions in public spaces. Since its founding in 1977, PAF has been committed to working with emerging and established artists to produce innovative exhibitions of contemporary art for neighborhoods throughout New York City. By bringing artworks outside the traditional context of museums and galleries, the Public Art Fund provides a unique platform for an unparalleled public encounter with the art of our time. Since its founding PAF has presented more than five hundred artists' projects throughout New York, making it possible for artists to engage diverse audiences and, along the way, redefine what public art is in relation to the changing nature of contemporary art.
Founded
1978
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Developing and strengthening an evolving chamber music community
The mission of Chamber Music America (CMA) is to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. Our vision is that chamber music will become a vital and recognized presence in contemporary American culture. Founded in 1977, CMA values a passion for chamber music in all of its manifestations; a commitment to a diverse membership, embracing performers and audiences at every level of experience, knowledge, and ability; support of the chamber music professional and the encouragement of excellence; collaboration, and chamber music's potential to exemplify democracy, tolerance, and humanity; and respect for tradition, experimentation, and innovation.
Founded
1978
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Fostering artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs
Symphony Space fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy. Reaching audiences throughout New York City, the wider metropolitan area, and - through distribution of programs via media such as radio, recordings, pod casts and touring - the nation, we: present and produce a calendar of innovative, multidisciplinary arts events; provide a first-rate affordable facility for artists and producers; nurture relationships with established and emerging artists and other cultural organizations who will use Symphony Space as a venue for adventurous artistic growth; and take a position of leadership in curriculum-based arts education for children and adults.
Founded
1978
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Promoting and sustaining the highest standards of classical dance
The New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the foremost dance companies in the world, is unique in U.S. artistic history. Solely responsible for training its own artists and creating its own works, the New York City Ballet was the first ballet institution in the world with two permanent homes, the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The NYCB remains dedicated to the vision of its founders as it pursues two primary objectives: to preserve the ballets, dance aesthetic, and standards of excellence created and established by its founders; and to develop new work that draws on the creative talents of contemporary choreographers and composers, and speaks to the time in which it is made.
Founded
1979
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The arts not for the privileged few, but for the many
Lincoln Center Theater was re-established in 1985 under the leadership of Chairman John V. Lindsay, Director Gregory Mosher and Executive Producer Bernard Gersten. Since that time, the organization has produced dozens of plays and musicals, seen by millions of audience members at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, and other venues. The organization observes Lincoln Center founder John D. Rockefeller III's mandate: "the arts not for the privileged few, but for the many." Lincoln Center Theater also distributes thousands of free tickets each year to culturally under-served populations throughout the five boroughs and regularly offers special performances for the hearing impaired.
Founded
1980
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Producing a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America's best contemporary theatre
Director Carole Rothman and actress Robyn Goodman founded Second Stage Theatre in 1979 to give second stagings to contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs. Since then, Second Stage has evolved from a small theatre into an Off-Broadway institution dedicated to developing plays, artists and audiences. Second Stage Theatre gives new life to contemporary American plays through second stagings; provides emerging authors with their Off-Broadway debuts; and produces world premieres by America's most respected playwrights. Through both the production of new plays and long-term residencies that focus on artistic process rather than product, artists find a supportive environment in which to try new roles, production designs and writing techniques.
Founded
1980
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Get closer to dance
Founded in 1982, The Joyce Theater Foundation works to serve and support the art of dance and choreography, to promote the richness and variety of the art form in its fullest expression, and to enhance the public interest in, and appreciation of, dance and the allied arts of music, design, and theater. The Foundation's programs embrace the entire spectrum of movement styles and traditions, from the time-honored to the untried, and are designed to encourage, sustain, and educate a diverse audience. The Joyce oversees two of New York's leading dance venues: The Joyce Theater, a 472-seat theater in Chelsea, and Joyce SoHo, a dance center in lower Manhattan that offers dance studios for rehearsals and performances.
Founded
1981
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Discover the contemporary heart of the classics
The mission of Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is to help develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama. Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, TFANA produces for audiences Off-Broadway and has also toured nationally and internationally. TFANA finds the contemporary heart of the classics. A reverence for language, spirit of adventure and visual boldness, which supports the work of the writer and actor, mark TFANA's productions. TFANA aspires to a civic role, bonding the diverse community of New York to the language, pleasures and issues of classical drama. At a time when audiences are segmented by economics and diverse cultural backgrounds, TFANA is committed to enhanced education and public access.
Founded
1983
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Tiny
Through studios, classes, exhibitions, and publishing, we provide access to and education about glass as a creative tool
Established in New York City in 1977, UrbanGlass fosters experimentation and advances the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium.
Founded
1987
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Developing innovative theatre
Founded in 1979, New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) provokes, produces and cultivates the work of artists whose visions inspire and challenge all of us. NYTW is committed to the development of innovative theatre by supporting theatre artists at all stages of their careers, providing an environment where work can be created free from the artistic compromise and forbidding financial demands often associated with commercial ventures. Over the past two decades, NYTW has evolved to become a significant force in New York City's vibrant cultural landscape and is now recognized as one of the leading producing theatres of original work in the United States.
Founded
1983
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Art That Reverberates
Harlem Stage is a performing arts center that celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem and the indelible impression it has made on American culture. We provide opportunity, commissioning and support for artists of color, make performances accessible to all audiences, and introduce children to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. Since 1983, Harlem Stage has been one of the nation's leading arts organizations devoted to the creation and development of new works by performing artists of color.
Founded
1983
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Lead With Confidence
National Arts Strategies (NAS) supports individuals, organizations, and the field to help realize the full potential of creatives in a time when that potential is most needed as a means of self-expression, to promote equity, inclusion and help support a more civil society. We develop market-leading education services for individuals who play a variety of roles in the arts and culture ecosystem: artists, cultural entrepreneurs, board members, staff members and executives.
Founded
1984
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A Different Kind of Orchestra
Founded in 1983, the New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs.
Founded
1985
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Tiny
Celebrating playwrights and new plays
Primary Stages is an Off Broadway theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing individual playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create plays of local, national and international significance. As Resident Theater Company of 59E59 Theaters, Primary Stages produces a season of 3-5 plays each year. We develop new works through commissions, workshops, and readings and supports playwrights through our two flagship programs - The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 100 new works, many of them world premieres, and engaged more than 2,000 theater artists. Through all our activities, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important, and often transformative, connections within the theater community.
Founded
1986
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Celebrate the best of American literature
The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America. Our BookUp program is an after-school program designed to motivate young people to stay involved with books and reading for pleasure throughout their middle-school years, with the hope they will develop into lifelong readers. The program introduces activities that emphasize reading as both fun and interactive. We have chosen to focus on middle-school students because studies show that this is the age when children are most at risk to stop reading.
Founded
1986
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Art Grows Here
Founded in 1986 by artists for artists, The Field is dedicated to providing strategic services to thousands of performing artists and companies in New York City and beyond. We foster creative exploration, steward innovative management strategies, and are delighted to help artists reach their fullest potential. We remain true to our grassroots origin and artist-centered mission to strategically serve the myriad artistic and administrative needs of independent performing artists and companies who work in the fields of dance, theater, music, text, and performance art. Our core values of affordability, accessibility, and rigorous delivery infuse all of our interactions.
Founded
1987
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Empowering artists and students to take risks to create bold, daring work.
MCC Theater was founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company, then a collective of young actors, writers and directors eager to take a leadership role in their own artistic development. Initial peer-based “classes” led to showcases and eventually to the kinds of full-scale productions that have made MCC Theater one of New York's leading off-Broadway theater companies. The philosophy and aesthetic on which MCC Theater was founded continues to fuel our work in three main areas of focus: annual productions to bring together exceptional artists to explore emotional and moral issues of contemporary life, development of new york by emerging and established playwrights, and education and outreach programs that encourage New York City high school students and recent graduates to find -- and use -- their own unique voices through the creation and performance of original work for the stage.
Founded
1988
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Making Music New.
Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders.
Founded
1992
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Advancing literature and defending free expression
Founded in 1922, PEN American Center (PEN) is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN is comprised of 4,000 professional members who represent the most distinguished writers, translators, and editors in the United States. PEN also welcomes Advocate Members who come from all parts of the literary community - booksellers, librarians, students, passionate readers - and who share PEN's ideals. PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world's oldest international literary and human rights organization, International PEN. Our programs promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.
Founded
1990
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Create Innovative Hybrid Live Performances
HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media and visual art. Our artist residencies support the singular vision of the lead artist through commissions, long-term development, and production support. HERE's programs and performances promote relationships among local, national, and international artists. Our space is a destination for audiences who are passionate about ground-breaking contemporary work and the creative process behind it.
Founded
1994
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Bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage
Founded by Ciarán O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore, The Irish Repertory Theatre (IRT) opened its doors in September 1988. The mission of the theatre is to: bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to American audiences; provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as a range of other cultures. In 1995, IRT made its permanent home in Chelsea, allowing for both a Main Stage theatre and a smaller studio space, the W. Scott McLucas Studio. The IRT is currently the only year-round theatre company in New York City devoted to bringing Irish and Irish American works to the stage.
Founded
1992
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Noteworthy musicals
Founded in 1990, the mission of The York Theatre Company is to be a birthplace for new literate, intimate musicals, and a place where underappreciated musical gems from the past are rediscovered; to provide support for the creators of new musical theatre and be a showcase for new musical theatre talent of all kinds; to provide students with opportunities for hands-on theatre education; and to serve the community by presenting free or low-cost musical theatre performances to under-served audiences.
Founded
1991
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Creating and performing original works of modern dance around the globe
The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) was formed in 1980 and gave its first concert that year in New York City. The company's touring schedule steadily expanded to include cities both in the U.S. and in Europe, and in 1986 it made its first national television program for the PBS series Dance in America. In 2001, MMDG opened the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY, the company's first permanent headquarters in the U.S., housing rehearsal space for the dance community, outreach programs for local children, as well as a school offering dance classes to students of all ages. The School at the Mark Morris Dance offers a diverse range of classes for all ages, and strives to be a center of creative activity for children, community residents, and professional dancers.
Founded
1990
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Overseeing the redevelopment of 42nd Street
The New 42nd Street was established in 1990 by New York City and State to redevelop the area of 42nd Street and Times Square through the revitalization of 42nd Street's historic theaters. Under a 99-year lease, the New 42nd Street was created to assume long-term responsibility and oversight for seven historic theaters on the block; Victory, Times Square, Selwyn, Lyric, Liberty, Empire, and Apollo. From the 1995 opening of The New Victory Theater through the recent addition of the New 42nd Street Studios, theater, music, and dance professionals, as well as visitors to the City, once again have joined the flow of New Yorkers on this reinvented, reinvigorated new 42nd Street.
Founded
1992
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Making Space for Dance
Gibney Dance, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Through three interrelated fields of action—Center, Company, and Community Action—Gibney Dance is “Making Space for Dance” in studios, on stages, and in underserved shelters and schools. Gibney Dance Center is a powerhouse of cultural support for the performing arts community and the City itself. Its two remarkable spaces—Gibney Dance Choreographic Center at 890 Broadway and Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at 280 Broadway—provide a roster of events supporting the creative process, encouraging dialogue, and providing professional development opportunities.
Founded
1991
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Preserving and developing the legendary Apollo Theater
Founded in 1991, The Apollo Theater Foundation supports, fosters and assists in the development and promotion of interest in musical and performance arts, film, video, theatre arts, dance and drama. The Foundation manages the historic Apollo Theater, a strong force in the Harlem community, hosting a number of special events, including health fairs, daily Apollo Historical Tours, community arts initiatives, and talent showcase competitions for seniors and for children. The Apollo averages six events a week, including performing arts, community programs, concerts, and special events. Drawing 1.3 million visitors annually, Harlem is Manhattan's third most popular tourist destination, and the Apollo remains Harlem's top attraction.
Founded
1993
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Lost Plays Found Here
In the words of New York Times' critic Ben Brantley, Mint Theater is the “resurrectionist extraordinaire of forgotten plays.” We scour the dramaturgical dustbin for worthwhile plays from the past that have been lost or neglected—and we create new life for them through production, publication, and educational initiatives. The Mint was founded in 1992. Jonathan Bank became artistic director in 1995 and began to shape the company's mission, focusing on lost plays. Our first major success came in 1999 with the American premiere of THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, written by Harley Granville-Barker in 1905. “A playwright, and a company, couldn't do much better,” wrote the New York Times. Our work has been recognized with an Obie Grant (2001), a special Drama Desk Award (2002), and the Theater History Museum's Theatre Preservation Award (2010) along with a host of Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations. In fulfilling our mission, we've created some the most compelling theater in New York. As Gwen Orel wrote in the Irish Examiner “We are lucky in New York to have the Mint here. If all they did was find and stage these plays, it would be enough, but what they do is reincarnate them into striking works of art.”
Founded
1993
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Supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult
RIOULT Dance NY is committed to supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult; to communicating the essence and intensity of his artistic vision; to sustaining its company of dancers; and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance at home and through touring, nationally and internationally. Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. The New York City-based dance company presents an annual New York season, tours nationally and internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers dance training to the public through classes, workshops, and intensives.
Founded
1996
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Perpetuating the democratic spirit of America's music
Jazz at Lincoln Center's mission is to enrich the artistic substance and perpetuate the democratic spirit of America's music. From down home and elegant concert performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to entertaining educational programs that bring the sound and feeling of jazz into the lives of thousands of kids and grownups to innovative collaborative programs with artists in diverse idioms: we offer top quality musicianship and universal friendship. By taking the feeling of jazz on tour and by inviting artists and audiences from all over the world into our new home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, we bring people together for a simple purpose: to have a profoundly good time. Welcome is our motto.
Founded
2000
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Raising a joyful hell in a small space
Founded in 1996 by three of New York's most acclaimed downtown theater artists -director Jim Simpson, designer Kyle Chepulis and playwright Mac Wellman - the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create "a joyful hell in a small space." Brash, energetic and dedicated, we quickly became a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work. Soon a more formal mission was born: to present distinctive work that raises the standards of Off-Off-Broadway for artists & audiences alike. Comfortable seats and decent dressing rooms became as much a part of our goal as our commitment to supporting talented artists with big ideas.
Founded
1997
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Providing a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital experimentation.
Founded in 1997, Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution.
Founded
1998
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Sustaining, Dramatizing, Educating and Strengthening
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's mission is to celebrate the Yiddish experience through the performing arts and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new ways that bridge social and cultural divides. The Yiddish theatre represents a rare but vital connection to a culture, a language, and a way of life nearly destroyed seventy years ago. Now celebrating its 100th anniversary season, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has a burgeoning creative engine, but must maintain a connection to future generations who may never have heard of Yiddish or encountered Eastern European Jewish culture in its original form. While this material has evolved in America to suit contemporary sensibilities in the form of the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld or Woody Allen, the music of Matisyahu, or nearly any musical play in the American canon, its source material is largely neglected and those seeking cultural roots are often stymied by the language barrier of Yiddish. The NYTF provides access to the treasure trove of hundreds of years of cultural expression, and with this project is seeking to inspire the imaginations of the next generation of artists to continue and contribute their own stories to this valuable work.
Founded
1999
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Nonprofit. Film. Education. Community.
Founded in 1998, The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community. Since the JBFC opened its doors to the public in June 2001, more than a million people have seen over 3,000 films from every corner of the globe. Nearly 60,000 students in grades 3-12 and in college have participated in our education programs, more than 50% of them from underserved communities throughout the tri-state area. Our education programs are grounded in 21st century literacy skills, including critical viewing and production. These skills are essential for a generation growing up in a world in which media and technology is increasingly the way we participate in community, and engage in democracy and the global economy.
Founded
2000
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Blurring the boundaries between high art and pop culture
Having served as the former home of the Seventh Regiment, Park Avenue Armory has transformed into a groundbreaking cultural institution that blurs the boundaries between high art and pop culture. Since 2007, the Armory has organized a series of immersive performances and installations that have drawn critical acclaim and popular attention working independently or collaborating with other cultural institutions. Concurrent with the development of its artistic program, the Armory has undertaken an ongoing revitalization of its historic building, reinvigorating the Armory's original design while stabilizing, preserving, and renewing the building for future generations.
Founded
1946
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A garden of great music
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen who built the luxurious Mediterranean-style villa and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world to reality. Their musical evenings were the seeds of the International Music Festival of today. With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music - from classical to opera to jazz - and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource.
Founded
1987
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Strengthening, nurturing and promoting the professional not-for-profit American theatre
The mission of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre. Over the last 45 years, TCG's constituency has grown from a tiny network of groundbreaking theatres to over 460 members across the country, as well as over 17,000 individuals nationwide. Today, our programs further our core values of fostering connection, embracing diversity and supporting artistry in the American theatre. In all our endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of our member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of and appreciation for the theatre.
Founded
1963
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Supporting and advancing lifelong learning opportunities in the arts
The National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. We foster the creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities, funding, and advocacy on behalf of the field. Our more than 400 member institutions include community schools of the arts; arts centers; and arts education divisions of performing arts institutions, universities, museums, and other institutions. They are located in urban, suburban, and rural communities in 45 states.
Founded
1965
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Re-energizing classic plays and musicals
Established in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, to sharing stories that endure, and to being accessible and affordable to all audiences. Roundabout operates the American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/ Laura Pels Theatre, and the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. On each of Roundabout's five stages, the thrill of theatre comes to life through classic plays, timeless musicals and new works by emerging and established playwrights. Through our educational initiatives, Roundabout strives to use theatre to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning.
Founded
1966
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An internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is Bill T. Jones, Executive Artistic Director, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer.New York Live Arts was founded in 2011 by a merger of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Dance Theater Workshop.
Founded
1979
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Nurturing the creative process
Founded in 1900, Yaddo is an artists' community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment. Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Artists may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three persons. They are selected by panels of other professional artists without regard to financial means. Residencies last from two weeks to two months and include room, board, and studio.
Founded
1965
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Syracuse Stage illuminates the many truths of our common humanity through the transformative power of live theatre.
Syracuse Stage is a global village square where renowned artists and audiences of all ages gather to celebrate our cultural richness, witness the many truths of our common humanity, and explore the transformative power of live theatre. As the professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University, we create innovative, adventurous, and entertaining productions of new plays, classics and musicals, and offer interactive education and outreach programs to Central New York.
Founded
1942
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Providing live performances of symphonic music
The Grammy Award Winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1935 and makes its home at Kleinhans Music Hall, a National Historic Landmark with an international reputation as one of the finest concert halls in the United States. As Buffalo's cultural ambassador, the BPO has toured widely across the United States and Canada including the recently completed Florida Friends Tour with JoAnn Falletta in March 2010. Currently, the Orchestra presents more than one hundred and twenty Classics, Pops and Youth Concerts each year and the BPO Education department programs reach over 35,000 students per year (K-12) from all eight counties of Western New York. During the tenure of current music director JoAnn Falletta, the BPO has rekindled its distinguished history of national broadcasts on American Public Media's Performance Today and recordings, including the release of eleven new CDs of a highly diverse repertoire on the NAXOS and Beau Fleuve labels.
Founded
1942
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Large
Enriching and inspiring through the art of music
Since its founding in 1922, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music. For more than 80 years, the RPO has been known for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility and deep commitment to education and community engagement. As one of the great American orchestras, the RPO aspires to be an institution driven by a culture of confidence, adventure, excellence and success; the premier cultural organization in the region and the hub of cultural life year-round; and recognized nationally for artistic and organizational excellence, creativity and innovation. The RPO presents more than 140 concerts per year, serving approximately 350,000 people per season.
Founded
1973
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Making the visual and performing arts an integral and accessible part
View is dedicated to making the visual and performing arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of residents and visitors of the Adirondacks, inspired by and reflecting the beauty of our natural environment. View fulfills this mission year-round through; - An extensive offering of exhibitions of regional and national interest and impact, with a special emphasis on the presentation of the work of living artists, and - Workshops and classes, public performances, lectures, and other activities for personal enrichment and involvement, and - Space where artists and performers can develop and share their talents. In so doing, View will serve as a catalyst for encouraging the creative spirit that has long been an Adirondack tradition.
Founded
1975
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Large
Producing new, little known, and familiar operas and works of music theater
Glimmerglass Opera is a professional summer opera company dedicated to producing new productions each season. The company's mission is to produce new, little-known and familiar operas and works of music theater in innovative productions which capitalize on the intimacy and natural setting of the Alice Busch Opera Theater; to promote an artistically-challenging work environment for young American performers; and to engage important directors, designers and conductors who provide high standards of achievement. Today, Glimmerglass Opera presents four works in new productions each Festival Season and attracts an international audience to the scenic Cooperstown area, where the talent of singers, directors, designers and staff from across the world converges in the Alice Busch Opera Theater to produce world-class opera.
Founded
2004
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Tiny
Bringing Shakespeare's words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods
Actors' Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare's words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. We do this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now.
Founded
2005
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Tiny
Performing outstanding classical and modern ballets that set the standard for dance in Los Angeles.
To perform outstanding classical and modern ballets that set the standard for dance in Los Angeles, nationally and internationally. To passionately pursue innovation and creativity in performances. To preserve the best choreographic work of the past and become the impetus for the best choreography yet to come. To be an exciting arts organization and the “place to be” for the most talented dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, artists, designers, staff and volunteers. To be an instrument of hope, healing and joy, sharing the gift of dance with the broadest possible audience and in particular, distressed communities. To develop and strengthen Los Angeles Ballet's financial and organizational foundation. To captivate Los Angeles' large and diverse audience who will become devoted, supportive patrons. Founded in 2004 by Artistic Directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary, and Executive Director Julie Whittaker, Los Angeles Ballet is known for its superb stagings of the Balanchine repertory, stylistically meticulous classical ballets, and its commitment to new works. LAB has become recognized as a world-class ballet company. At the end of nine seasons it presented 28 productions encompassing 50 works, including 15 commissioned world premieres. Los Angeles Ballet ‘tours' throughout LA County, regularly appearing at five venues.
Founded
2006
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Tiny
Celebrating Charleston's culinary excellence and renowned culture
The Charleston Wine + Food Festival® is a celebration of Charleston's culinary excellence and renowned culture, which benefits scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace. Serving over 23,000 guests at over 85 events, this annual four day festival takes place the first full weekend in March and attracts some of the most celebrated culinary professionals and winemakers in the world.
Founded
2006
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The national service organization for opera
OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: creation: artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; presentation: opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; and enjoyment: education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation. Founded in 1970, OPERA America has an international membership that includes nearly 2,500 members and over 16,000 subscribers to its electronic news service.
Founded
2006
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Tiny
Providing a wide range of musical and teaching experiences
Founded in October, 2005, the unique concept of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has gained national attention as a number of other professional orchestras search for a practical alternative to the traditional structure. The mission of TSO is to collaborate and resonate throughout the community as the professional orchestra that educates, entertains, inspires and distinguishes their community through musical excellence and innovation. TSO is committed to serving the Tulsa community as productive citizens, artists, teachers, facilitators, innovators, musical ambassadors and wherever their talents are needed.
Founded
2007
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Tiny
Enriching the lives of audiences of all ages
Opened in 2005 as part of Baton Rouge's Shaw Center for the Arts, The Manship Theatre offers an extraordinary range of arts and cultural experiences to people of all ages, presented in a uniquely intimate setting. Engaging audiences through music, dance, theatre, and film, Manship Theatre endeavors to provide the highest standard of performance excellence, along with extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment. The facility is named in honor of Douglas Lewis Manship, Sr., the son of Charles Manship, Sr.
Founded
1963
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Giant
Supporting excellence and the spirit of innovation
McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in Princeton is one of the most active cultural centers in the nation, offering over 200 performances of theater, dance, music and special events each year. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club, the theater opened its doors on February 21, 1930. McCarter's audience is truly a regional one. Over 200,000 people come to McCarter each season from all 21 counties in New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania, New York and 23 additional states. McCarter is recognized as one of this country's leading regional theaters, and is the only organization in this country that is both a professional producing theater and a major presenter of the performing arts.
Founded
1961
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Tiny
To entertain, educate and inspire New Jersey and beyond with the beauty and passion of dance.
Audrée and Bud Estey founded the Princeton Ballet Society (d.b.a. American Repertory Ballet) in 1954. The Society's mission is: To bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences through public performances and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. This mission is fulfilled through: American Repertory Ballet-a preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company, Princeton Ballet School - one of the largest non-profit dance schools in the nation, and ARB's Access and Enrichment (formerly called Education and Outreach) initiatives - including the long running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program.
Founded
1944
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We commit with equal passion to artistic excellence and engagement with our communities
With its mission "to commit with equal passion to artistic excellence and engagement with its communities," the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) remains dedicated to providing world-class orchestral performance throughout the state, and to connect with its surrounding communities through a number of diverse educational engagement initiatives. To fulfill this mission, the NJSO performs in seven venues and offers educational programming that allows it to reach nearly all 21 counties. Each year, the Orchestra typically engages more than 150,000 people, including 40,000 young people and their families. Through our great diversity of programming, we hope to ensure that music education and world-class orchestral music performance remain a vibrant and accessible part of the cultural fabric of the state of New Jersey.
Founded
1972
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Medium
New Jersey's only professional theatre company dedicated to Shakespeare's canon and other classic masterworks
Founded in 1963, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state's largest professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare's canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community. The artists and trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey bring dramatic masterpieces of the past to dynamic new life in order to inspire present lives as well as future visions for the world. We are a teaching theatre, fervently dedicated to providing transformative experiences through our live performance of the classics. We integrate education and learning into all our endeavors, while promoting literacy, a culture of enlightenment, a dedication to excellence, and a keen awareness of how the arts are a necessity to the health of the collective mind and soul of any great civilization.
Founded
1980
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Medium
Presenting performances of traditional and new classical music.
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) works to provide extraordinary musical experiences and to do so as an integral part of the greater Princeton community. Since its founding in 1980, PSO has evolved into a professional orchestra which offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music concerts, as well as lecture events, children's programs, and innovative collaborative programming. PSO is the orchestra is Princeton's hub for classical music knowledge, a gateway to the greater Princeton cultural community, and a means of connecting with like-minded music enthusiasts.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
Transforming children's lives through the power of arts
Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children's full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.
Founded
1984
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Giant
Enriching lives through great music
Rockport Music is committed to one enduring purpose--enriching lives through great music. Located in the scenic seaport village of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport Music presents exceptional musical performances and events year round, including the acclaimed Rockport Chamber Music Festival, which hosts over 20 performances in five weeks during June and July each year. Rockport Music also presents classical, jazz, folk, pop, and world music, as well as a film series and HD broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and England's National Theatre.
Founded
1984
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Medium
Reinventing the public square
Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 135,000. In its 45-year history, the theater has produced 57 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 43rd year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. Last season, the program introduced 25,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students to live theater. The Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Since 1973, Trinity Rep's home has been the Lederer Theater Center, a historic landmark built as the Majestic Theatre in 1917.
Founded
1986
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Boston's largest and most popular theatre company
Founded in 1982 by Boston University, The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's largest and most popular theatre company and one of the nation's most respected. The company stages its productions in two world-class venues: the historic, Broadway-style, 890-seat Boston University Theatre on Huntington Avenue, and the state-of-the-art Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, built and operated by the Huntington since 2004, houses the 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the 200-seat Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio. Over the past two decades, the Huntington's nationally recognized education programs have served more than 200,000 middle school and high school students, and its community outreach programs bring theatre each year to the deaf and blind communities, the elderly, and other underserved populations in the Greater Boston area.
Founded
1986
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Medium
Presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society mission is to serve the Greater Philadelphia region and the field of music by presenting a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices, while promoting new music and music education, collaborating with regional cultural and educational institutions, and providing high quality customer service to our audiences.
Founded
1988
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The Center of It All
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, by celebrating diversity, shall be America's foremost urban presenter of arts and entertainment, a creative and effective leader in arts education for children, a convener of useful and enlightening civic engagement events, and a catalyst for economic development in its home city of Newark. Since its opening night on October 18, 1997, NJPAC has welcomed to its stages renowned artists, cultural icons, the best of New Jersey's performers and companies, and many of the world's most cherished orchestral, dance and theatrical works. More than 10 million visitors, including over 1.5 million children, have enjoyed live entertainment or participated in special events at the Arts Center.
Founded
1989
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Small
Inspiring Providence and its visitors
WaterFire Providence is an independent, nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence's renaissance. WaterFire's over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island's capital city.
Founded
1989
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Medium
Bringing the world's best performers to Boston
The Celebrity Series Mission: To present world-class performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.The Celebrity Series Vision: We believe in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities. We envision a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience - on stages, in schools, in homes - everywhere.
Founded
1989
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Medium
World-class theatre in the heart of Vermont
The Weston Playhouse Theater is Vermont's oldest professional theater company and, with its multi-stage summer festival and year-round educational and outreach programs, is dedicated to quality theater and broad community support. The Weston Playhouse Theater is a living testament to a community's belief in the arts.
Founded
1937
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Giant
Touching the lives of music lovers worldwide
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. The Orchestra annually touches the lives of more than one million music lovers worldwide through its performances (more than 300 concerts and other presentations each year), publications, recordings, and broadcasts. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Orchestra's home subscription concerts. The Center includes two performance spaces, the 2,500-seat Verizon Hall, designed and built especially for the Orchestra, and the 650-seat Perelman Theater for chamber music presentations.
Founded
1960
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Medium
Stuart C. Malina, Music Director
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will present inspiring symphonic performances and educational programs for audiences of all ages, thereby fostering an appreciation for and knowledge of music to enrich the cultural life of Central Pennsylvania.
Founded
1960
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Ensuring the vitality and excitement of opera in Philadelphia
Formed in 1975, the Opera Company of Philadelphia has always been and remains committed to delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire. The Company presents four mainstage productions at the Academy of Music each season, and now also in a contemporary new home at the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater, plus collaborative presentations with other institutions as well as award-winning education and community outreach programs. For over 30 years the Opera Company of Philadelphia has brought audiences outstanding production quality, artistry and educational opportunities. A strong blend of traditional and innovative programming will continue to ensure the vitality and excitement of opera in Philadelphia.
Founded
1964
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Large
One of the premier ballet companies in the nation
Since its inception in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has been at the forefront of dance in America and is widely regarded as one of the premier ballet companies in the nation. The School and Company were established by Barbara Weisberger, a Balanchine protégé, through a Ford Foundation initiative to develop regional professional dance companies. Drawing its audiences from throughout the tri-state region, Pennsylvania Ballet presents a season of six productions in Philadelphia, including the holiday spectacular, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, balancing classic ballets with new works that challenge the dancers and attract a diverse audience. The Company also tours throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in other locations in the Northeastern U.S.
Founded
1972
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Tiny
Presenting live symphonic performances and music education to enrich and engage the people of our region.
For more than 40 years the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic has been respected and treasured as one of our region's leading cultural organizations. Our Philharmonic is a fully professional symphony orchestra, one that has gained national reputation for excellence. And how fortunate we are to have as our Maestro and Music Director, Lawrence Loh, one of the most talented young conductors in the United States! The NEPA Philharmonic's mission is to present live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence, enriching, and engaging the people of our region. In addition to classic, pops and holiday concerts in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, there is a chamber music series in both cities. There are also educational concerts, including our Young Peoples Concerts, Crescendo Family Concerts, Music In Our Schools (ensembles that present programs in local schools), and our Kids in the Balcony program. To top it off, we also have our immensely popular FREE July 3 and 4 concerts!
Founded
1978
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Large
Engaging the region in a diverse performing arts and cinematic program
Located on the corner of George and Philadelphia Streets in downtown York, the Appel Center for the Performing Arts serves as a leading arts presenter in south central Pennsylvania. The complex encompasses five buildings, including its two historic theaters - the Capitol Theatre, built in 1906 as a one-level dance hall and opera house, and the Strand Theatre, which opened in 1925 primarily for vaudeville and silent film. The Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community by engaging the region in a diverse performing arts and cinematic program through presentations, co-productions, rentals and strategic alliances which facilitate audience development, education, community interaction and economic development while ensuring the financial stability of our organization and the historic integrity of our buildings.
Founded
2004
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Tiny
Advocacy, Research, and Leadership Development for the Choral Field
Chorus America is the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. We support and serve choral conductors, administrators, board members, and singers with tools, training, peer networking, and access so that choruses are better able to contribute to their communities. Chorus America was founded in 1977 to gain recognition for professional choruses and today represents hundreds of choruses of every kind throughout North America and beyond. More than 2,000 choruses, individuals, businesses, and organizations are members of Chorus America and have access to a wide array of programs, publications, research, and personal services developed for their benefit. These services strengthen their ability to build strong organizations that foster quality choral performances.
Founded
1983
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Large
Identifying and assisting young talent in theater, dance, and film
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to identifying and assisting young talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships. The foundation's trustees share Princess Grace's dedication to supporting the arts and they believe, as she did, that cultivation and training of emerging talent is essential to ensure sustained excellence in the arts. Each year, the foundation announces a select group of Princess Grace Awards for distinction in the areas of theater, dance, and film. Students are eligible for apprenticeships and fellowships; a playwriting fellowship is available through a residency at New Dramatists in New York City.
Founded
1996
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Medium
To enhance the well-being of the region by restoring the landmark Colonial Theatre and promoting cultural, economic, and civic life.
The 658-seat Colonial Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, Pennsylvania at 227 Bridge Street. Opened in 1903, the Colonial is the last surviving of four theatres once existing in the borough and is the only theatre of its kind in Chester County. The theatre is owned and operated by the Association for the Colonial Theatre (ACT), a nonprofit corporation, which re-opened the theatre in 1999. The Colonial's programming includes art and independent films seven nights a week, classic films, programs for young audiences, live concerts, and community events. ACT is committed to the full restoration of the Colonial as a cultural arts center. To that end, ACT presents film, live theatre, music, dance and other community events in the heart of Phoenixville's historic business district.
Founded
1998
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Large
Presenting cutting-edge artists from around the world at its year-round headquarters
Founded in 1997, FringeArts commissions, develops, and presents a range of high-quality contemporary arts, to support the artists (local, national & international) who create this work, challenge, stimulate, entertain, and educate the diverse audiences who see that work, provide opportunities for- and investment in Philadelphia- based artists in such a way as to lead to the continued growth and health of the local and regional performing arts community, engage fully in the global dialogue and global community surrounding this kind of work.
Founded
2001
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Medium
Creating experiences that deeply enrich the understanding and enjoyment of film
The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS)'s mission is to utilize film's unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the PFS Roxy Theater, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change.
Founded
1969
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Tiny
Igniting imagination through the art of dance
Oklahoma City Ballet's mission is to be a dance company nationally recognized for excellence in artistic diversity and as a unique leader in community participation and outreach. Oklahoma City Ballet is dedicated to providing dance education and community based performances throughout central Oklahoma. We are committed to providing experiences that will increase the understanding and appreciation of ballet, as well as a lifelong interest in the arts.
Founded
1969
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Large
Building a stronger community through the arts.
ArtsBuild is a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council. ArtsBuild provides a united voice for all cultural organizations and activities in Hamilton County. At the heart of our mission is thinking globally about the arts in Chattanooga. ArtsBuild is looking at the overall arts picture and is leading the charge to ensure a healthy arts environment that sets the path for future generations. Our efforts will play a vital role in making Chattanooga an arts destination, increasing tourism and making our community even more attractive to prospective employers looking for a home.
Founded
1969
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Medium
Making Great Music Personal
The mission of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is to enrich and connect our community through intimate and transformative musical experiences which exemplify and foster artistic excellence, education and innovation. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry's most gifted musicians. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Founded
1969
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Giant
Presenting and creating excellent and innovative performing arts programs
The mission of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is to present and create excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants. As America's national park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap plays a valuable leadership role in both the local and national performing arts communities. Through a wide range of artistic and education programs, Wolf Trap enhances our nation's cultural life and ensures that the arts remain accessible and affordable to the broadest possible audience.
Founded
1969
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Medium
Aspiring to be the West Coast's Premier intimate theater
Founded in 1966, Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area's premier mid-sized theater and the leading professional theater in the North Bay. We produce a six-show season of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today in our 231-seat main stage theater, as well as a four-show Family Series for Young Audiences in our 99-seat studio theater. We are committed to the development and production of new plays by American playwrights, with a comprehensive New Play Program that includes productions of world premieres, two nationally recognized annual playwriting awards, readings and workshops by the nation's best emerging playwrights and membership in the National New Play Network. Our numerous education programs serve more than 8,500 students from over 40 Bay Area schools each year.
Founded
1970
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Large
A vibrant summer music festival
Since its inception in 1962, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) has earned the reputation as one of the most vibrant summer music festivals in the country. Originally produced by an organization known as the Fine Arts Guild as part of the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival's first several seasons included dance, film, and visual arts as well as music. Today, musicians from America's great orchestras and music school faculties gather annually to form a resident orchestra that performs weekly concerts of symphonic music, as well as chamber music, in the breathtaking setting of the Grand Tetons. In addition to the Festival's summer season and a series of winter concerts, year-round education and outreach programming (now including 12 Met Opera HD broadcasts) has become an integral part of the Festival's mission. These programs reach more than 20,000 young students, musicians, and adults each year.
Founded
1969
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Giant
Film lives here.
America's pre-eminent film presentation organization, the Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience. The Film Society is best known for two world-class international festivals—the New York Film Festival (the most famous and prestigious in the country), and New Directors/New Films (celebrating new cinematic artists).
Founded
2000
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Giant
The Academy is an Experience
The Academy of Fine Arts, anchored by the historic Academy of Music Theatre, inspires, engages and educates the diverse population of Central Virginia in the performing and visual arts. We are a leading arts and entertainment destination offering experiences that delight the senses, stimulate the imagination, and engage people of all ages and backgrounds.
Founded
1970
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Tiny
Working to create an environment that allows for the presentation o the finest quality music
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra enhances lives by achieving the highest standards in live symphonic music and music education. Mobile Symphony was established in 1970 as Symphony Concerts of Mobile. Its mission was to present excellent touring orchestras for six evening concerts. Today, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra works to create an environment that allows for the presentation of the finest quality music, attract and hire exemplary musicians and high quality teachers, and expand music education and performance opportunities for all students.
Founded
1970
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New voices. New works. New perspectives
Founded in 1970, Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) is committed to bringing theatre to the widest possible audience. Initiatives which enable MTC's work to reach an ever-growing range of theatre-goers include moving successful plays originally produced at MTC's New York City Center home to larger Broadway or Off-Broadway venues for an extended run; originating certain productions in larger venues; collaborating with leading regional theatres to bring major new American plays to New York; and bringing student and family audiences to our theatres through the ambitious Education program.
Founded
1970
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Giant
Entertaining, enriching, and educating our communities
The Sarasota Opera began producing operas in 1974 as the Asolo Opera Guild; today, it continues to produce opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich, and educate our communities, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world. An internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera, it fosters artistic excellence, diversity, and vitality in the Sarasota area by producing opera as a living art form through performances and composition; offering a stage for American-trained principal artists; producing high-caliber Apprentice and Studio Artist programs; owning, maintaining, and operating the Opera House as a year-round facility; and promoting and increasing public knowledge and appreciation of opera.
Founded
1971
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Large
The power of dance
Founded in December of 1969, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) has toured extensively throughout its history to 28 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, with a repertoire rich in classics, and works by contemporary choreographers. PBT's Ballet School features a unique program for its high school age students in collaboration with Pittsburgh's Schenley High School, which offers an opportunity for education concurrent with rigorous professional ballet training. An understanding of PBT's impact on the community has led to comprehensive program of Arts Education and Community Engagement initiatives that deepen the experience in the arts for many who would not otherwise be exposed to the performing arts.
Founded
1971
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Tiny
The Capital Region's cultural development organization
The Greater Hartford Arts Council (GHAC) is a leader and catalyst for the promotion, fundraising and coordination of arts and heritage programs that help celebrate our diverse cultures, enliven the spirit, and enrich the economy of Connecticut's Capital Region. The Arts Council's annual United Arts Campaign provides grants and services to more than 150 organizations throughout the region each year. A rigorous application and review process compels both collaboration and financial discipline among the recipient groups. Through its United Arts Campaign and professional technical assistance programs, the Arts Council occupies a unique role in Greater Hartford's civic life by providing value-added support and services.
Founded
1971
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Engage through Art and Ideas
Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts' mission is to enrich our community through transformative arts and educational experiences. Our Core Purpose is to Engage through Art and Ideas. We fulfill our purpose by offering high quality programming in a variety of disciplines. Often theatre, music, the visual arts and humanities come together to explore an idea or theme that is relevant to our time. This unique, multidisciplinary approach to arts education allows us to present some of the world's most interesting artists, musicians, authors, filmmakers, authors and playwrights. With equal emphasis on the visual arts, the performing arts and the humanities, the Center has made a commitment to exploring issues from the perspectives of each of these three disciplines.
Founded
1971
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Small
Serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years.
The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) is the Central Gulf region's premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to dance. Incorporated in 1969, NOBA has been serving and helping to advance the dance field for more than 40 years with a mission to cultivate understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of dance through performance, education, and community service.
Founded
1971
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Giant
Enhancing the vitality of San Diego
La Jolla Music Society carries forward a distinguished tradition reaching back to the Musical Arts Society of La Jolla founded in 1941 by Nikolai Sokoloff, former conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. La Jolla Music Society aims to enhance the vitality and deepen the cultural life of San Diego by presenting and producing a dynamic range of performing arts for our increasingly diverse community. La Jolla Music Society's annual events are an important part of San Diego's cultural life; they continue to reflect the careful planning and fiscal conservatism, combined with imaginative and innovative programming, which have formed the basis of La Jolla Music Society's success.
Founded
1972
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Small
We tell stories worth singing
Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. We are among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. Arizona Opera elevates the transformative power of storytelling through music-- cultivating community and strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.
Founded
1972
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Giant
Securing the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
It is the mission of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) to secure the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) so that it may continue to travel throughout the world bringing its message of peace and cultural understanding through music. AFIPO supports the Orchestra's international touring program, educational projects, a wide array of musical activities in Israel and an endowment fund to further ensure the IPO's future. Funds raised by AFIPO help the Orchestra initiate and strengthen existing programs, and maintain its high standard of musical excellence without placing a financial burden on the IPO's budget or compromising its long-term stability.
Founded
1972
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Large
Inspiring and enriching lives through the arts.
The Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC ) works to create, stimulate and perpetuate the arts in northern Michigan. We offer exhibits, concerts, classes, lectures, special events and so much more. Crooked Tree Arts Center was founded in 1971 to sponsor and encourage activities in the arts for residents of Charlevoix and Emmet counties. CTAC is Housed in a fully renovated former Methodist Church, originally constructed in 1890, the Crooked Tree Arts Center brings thousands of visitors to our downtown and greater Little Traverse region throughout the year.
Founded
1973
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Tiny
Performing symphonic music that engages the intellect, sparks the curiosity and delights the spirit of our unique community
The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1969 as the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra by Thomas Rarick. The mission of Berkeley Symphony is to perform symphonic music that engages the intellect, sparks the curiosity, and delights the spirit of our unique community. Recognized nationally for its spirited programming, Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. It has been honored with an Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in nine of the past eleven seasons. A national leader in music education, the Orchestra partners with the Berkeley Unified School District to produce the award-winning Music in the Schools program, providing comprehensive, age-appropriate music curricula to more than 4,000 local elementary students each year.
Founded
1975
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Tiny
World class contemporary dance in Dayton, Ohio
Rooted in the African-American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education. DCDC has won national and international acclaim and is renowned for powerful, artistic performances, a diverse repertoire of works by world class choreographers, and excellence in educational programming.
Founded
1974
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Large
Art-making, critical dialogue and community
Anderson Ranch's provides transformative experiences that celebrate artists, art-making, creative dialogue and community. At Anderson Ranch, we recognize human beings' lifelong need to develop personal creativity and to discover, learn and grow. We nurture and inspire imaginations of all ages, encouraging experimentation, intensive inquiry and creative production. Anderson Ranch is an international center for the creation of new work and untried art forms for leading artists of our time.
Founded
1974
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Giant
Presenting music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California
The Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC), which opened in 1986, exists to present a wide variety of the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater to the people of Southern California. OCPAC presents a broad range of programming each season, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming and many other special events. The Center is proud to serve as the artistic home to the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Opera Pacific and the Pacific Chorale.
Founded
1973
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Giant
Supporting the Music Center of Los Angeles County
The Music Center Foundation's mission is to provide endowment support through asset management and planned giving fundraising for the Music Center of Los Angeles County, its programmatic and educational activities and its affiliated performing arts companies: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera Company, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Music Center opened in 1964 and is the home of the 3,197-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the 740-seat Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre, which offers flexible seating for 1,600 to 2,100. In 2003, the Music Center added the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, which seats 2,265 and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Founded
1973
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Medium
Engaging, sustaining, transforming
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America's orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 800 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org
Founded
1973
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Giant
Presenting and producing a wide variety of quality performing arts
Playhouse Square Foundation is a performing arts center whose mission is presenting and producing a wide variety of performing arts, advancing arts education and creating a destination that is a superior location for entertainment business and housing, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region. The Foundation is committed in its actions to enhance and develop Playhouse Square by restoring, renovating and operating theaters and other related properties in the area, and by providing arts educational activities that develop new audiences and enhance connections of existing audiences within the Northeast Ohio region. The Center's Arts Education Department hosts nearly 300 events annually that draw more than 100,000 people.
Founded
1975
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Large
Committed to excellence with passion and discipline
Founded in 1974, People's Light, a professional theatre in Chester County, Pennsylvania, makes plays drawn from many sources to entertain, inspire, and engage our community. We extend our mission of making and experiencing theatre through arts education programs that excite curiosity about, and deepen understanding of, the world around us. These plays and programs bring people together and provide opportunities for reflection, discovery, and celebration.
Founded
1973
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Tiny
Intiman Theatre produces theatre that is relevant to our time and as diverse as the community in which we live.
Intiman Theatre produces theatre that is relevant to our time and as diverse as the community in which we live. Intiman creates theatre. Extraordinary theatre. Working here encourages us to be a part of something greater than ourselves. In our pursuit for excellence, each of us draws upon certain strengths and characteristics nurtured within this diverse community.
Founded
1974
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Medium
Empowering Artists, Invested in Community
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. The combination of LMCC's investment in individual artists and small arts groups, our robust network of partners in the public and private sectors, and our integrated approach to fostering local neighborhood efforts, aims to spark public imagination as well as inspire personal attachment and investment in NYC's communities. Our mission is to create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.
Founded
1974
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Medium
Extraordinary Chamber Music in a Fun and Casual Atmosphere
Now in its 47th season, Chamber Music Northwest serves more than 100,000 people annually with more than 100 main stage concerts, casual concerts in non-traditional venues, and dozens of free outreach and educational events. CMNW's five-week Summer Festival, week long Winter Festival, and year feature artists that range from rising stars to some of the most sought-after solo, chamber and recording artists in the world. Now in his 37th year as Artistic Director, world-renowned clarinetist and music educator David Shifrin is a highly acclaimed orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music performer. Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York from 1992 to 2004. CMNW's year-round staff of ten and larger seasonal staff are led by Executive Director Peter J. Bilotta, a 30-year veteran of opera, theater and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $1.7 million, CMNW has operated under a balanced budget every year since 1980.
Founded
1974
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Large
Transforming people's lives through the power of theater
Founded in 1994, Westport Country Playhouse works to transform lives through the power of theater. Its aim is to enlighten, enrich and engage a diverse community of theater lovers, artists and students by presenting excellent professional theater and offering a welcoming experience that perpetuates the long tradition of the Westport Country Playhouse. The Playhouse creates live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from April through November.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Cultivating an understanding of our history and culture
Serving Nebraska since 1973, the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) enhances the quality of life in communities across our state through programs that study the human race, its achievements, its creations, its dreams and aspirations, its failures and triumphs. The NHC promotes a better understanding of Nebraska - who we are and where we have been - to build a better future. The NHC enriches peoples' lives through programs incorporating history, literature, music, politics, philosophy, and other humanities-based disciplines that illuminate the human condition.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Enriching people's lives by producing world-class theatre
Founded in 1974 by former Rutgers faculty member Eric Krebs, George Street Playhouse started life in a repurposed supermarket on George Street in New Brunswick, NJ. In 1986, the Playhouse moved into its current home. The mission of George Street Playhouse is to enrich people's lives by producing world-class theatre. The Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway.
Founded
1974
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Small
Illuminating musical works of art in a profoundly unique manner
Founded in 1972, the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its fine artistry and distinctive approach to music-making, with a performing and recording legacy spanning 35 years. Performing with many of today's most dynamic and esteemed soloists, Orpheus presents an annual concert series at Carnegie Hall that illuminates both classic orchestral repertoire and new works by contemporary composers. Noted by critics and audiences alike for their unsurpassed energy, sensitivity, and connection to listeners, Orpheus is considered one of New York's cultural treasures. Orpheus is a self governing organization. Central to its distinctive personality is its practice of sharing and rotating leadership roles. For every work, the members of the orchestra select the concertmaster and the principal players for each section.
Founded
1974
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Large
Sarasota's Contemporary Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is Sarasota's contemporary theatre, located in the heart of downtown. It has been in operation in Sarasota since 1973. The Florida Studio Theatre campus is a village of theatres: the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres, and the Parisian-style Goldstein and John C. Court Cabarets. Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact, providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances.
Founded
1974
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Large
Providing artistically diverse theatrical experiences of the highest quality
The mission of Pittsburgh Public Theater (PPT) is to provide artistically diverse theatrical experiences of the highest quality. Sharing its resources with the community through education and outreach initiatives, the PPT works to expand and diversify the audience while enriching the community. PPT was founded in 1974, after a decade in which the city had become known nationally as an unenthusiastic theater town. The O'Reilly Theater, designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves, is the home of PPT. Located in the heart of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, the intimate and state-of-the-art performance facility boasts 650 seats in the unique thrust stage configuration which allows the audience to be seated on three sides - offering an up-close and exciting experience for audience and actors alike.
Founded
1976
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Large
Linking composers & communities
The American Composers Forum is committed to supporting composers and developing new markets for their music. Through granting, commissioning, and performance programs, the Forum provides composers at all stages of their careers with valuable resources for professional and artistic development. By linking communities with composers and performers, the Forum fosters a demand for new music, enriches communities, and helps develop the next generation of composers, musicians, and music patrons. Founded in 1973 as the Minnesota Composers Forum, the organization has grown from an innovative regional initiative into one of the nation's premier composer service organizations, reaching composers and communities in all 50 states.
Founded
1955
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Giant
Enriching the life of Pittsburgh and the tri-state area
Begun in 1939 as the Pittsburgh Opera Society, Pittsburgh Opera is the eighth oldest company in the U.S., and it draws on a rich legacy of music-making. Pittsburgh Opera enriches Pittsburgh and the tri-state area and draws national and international attention to the region by: creating live opera at the highest standards of artistic excellence; making opera intellectually and financially accessible to a diverse audience; developing young American singers into tomorrow's artists; and ensuring the future through responsible fiscal management.
Founded
1984
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Giant
Developing and revitalizing the Pittsburgh cultural district
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust was formed in 1984 to stimulate the economic and cultural development of Pittsburgh through the development and promotion of a downtown arts and entertainment district. Encouraging and presenting diverse performing and visual arts programs in the Cultural District, the Trust has helped transform Pittsburgh's Downtown to a vibrant animated area with over fourteen cultural facilities, public parks and plazas, and new and proposed commercial development. Additionally, the Trust is committed to providing educational experiences to a multicultural audience of all ages, working with arts organizations, universities, corporations, and educators to develop educational and entertaining programs that nurture an appreciation for the arts.
Founded
1988
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Medium
"Pittsburgh's most innovative theatre."- The New York Times
City Theatre's mission is to provide an artistic home for the development and production of contemporary plays of substance and ideas that engage and challenge diverse audiences.
Founded
1993
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Small
Enriching the lives of young people by introducing them to the musical theater experience
Pittsburgh Musical Theater (PMT) is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality, affordable musical theater to the Pittsburgh region, educating youth in the arts, and employing and developing local talent. PMT produces shows with its professional company at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh's Cultural District. PMT also provides acting, singing, and dancing classes for students at its art's education center, the Richard E. Rauh Conservatory. Through it's education programs, PMT enriches the lives of young people by introducing them to the musical theater experience.
Founded
1934
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Giant
Presenting the highest quality performances of great music
Embarking on its 117th year, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a dynamic ensemble of world-class musicians, conductors and guest artists. Founded in 1895, the CSO proudly serves the Greater Cincinnati community as the fifth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first orchestra in the state of Ohio. The CSO is no stranger to the national spotlight, as it became the third orchestra to professionally record in 1917 and the first orchestra to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. These early achievements have paved the way for the CSO's continued longevity and success. Innovative programming featuring world-renowned artists, national and international tours, as well as countless awards and recordings have placed the CSO as one of the world's most acclaimed and recognized symphony orchestras.
Founded
1951
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Giant
Creating community through the arts
ArtsWave helps create the kind of thriving arts environment that makes the Cincinnati region a better place to live, work, play, and stay. We support and collaborate with arts organizations large and small throughout the area. Music, dance, theatre, galleries, museums, art centers, festivals, and more create communitywide benefits for everyone here. The arts create benefits like attractive, lively neighborhoods and a population that comes together to share ideas and experiences.
Founded
1942
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Giant
Educating, entertaining, and inspiring audiences
The second oldest opera company in America, Cincinnati Opera presents dynamic opera productions every summer in Cincinnati's historic 3,417-seat Music Hall. Founded in 1920, Cincinnati Opera is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring audiences by presenting opera performances, school tours, and community programs for adults and children that meet the highest standards of artistic excellence. In the 2006-2007 season, Cincinnati Opera presented ten performances of four different productions, reaching audiences of more than 28,000. The education outreach program brought 103 performances of five productions to audiences of 31,000.
Founded
1947
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Large
Surround Yourself in Song
May Festival exists to engage, energize, and connect our community with the highest quality performances of great choral music. The May Festival is the most exciting force in the choral world. We are a leader and catalyst in the production, presentation, and promotion of choral activities in our region and around the globe.
Founded
1968
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Medium
Building community excellence through the arts and culture
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts was a gift to the community from the bicentennial commission to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Hamilton. It opened in 1993 and the Carruthers Center for Arts and Technology was opened in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fitton Center. The Fitton Center is a not-for-profit community arts center featuring a variety of programs, including: visual and performing arts classes, exhibitions, entertainment and theatre productions, for all ages. The Fitton Center's purpose is to provide unique arts experiences and to "build community excellence through the arts and culture."
Founded
1974
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Tiny
Advancing and celebrating the art of jazz through performance and education
The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus' mission is to advance and celebrate the art of jazz through performance and education. The Jazz Arts Group divides its resources among two areas: performance and education. The Jazz Arts Group believes in the power of music to transform lives and is committed to offering lifelong-learning opportunities for individuals of all ages, interests, backgrounds and abilities. JAG achieves this with our JAG Education & Community programs and through our Jazz Academy activities.
Founded
1977
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Tiny
Enriching lives in our community with quality entertainment, education and artistic engagement.
Incorporated in 1976, the Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton's premier arts organization. Our mission is to enrich lives in our community with quality entertainment, education and artistic engagement. We present more than 300 performances for all ages each year, operating and maintaining three vital arts facilities for the benefit of the community and the arts organizations that use them. Victoria Theatre Association manages the Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which is home to The Loft Theatre.
Founded
1986
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Small
Dayton's professional regional theatre
The Human Race Theatre Company is the Dayton region's professional regional theatre company. As our name suggests, we present universal themes that explore the human condition and startle us all into a renewed awareness of ourselves. As the primary professional producing theatre in the Miami Valley, we will continue to be the gateway for theatre professionals with a national presence to share their talents with our community.
Founded
1998
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Large
Investing in artists who shape the future
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $45,000, for a total commitment of up to $95,000 per project. Since 1999, we have committed $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists, and our Professional Development Program has reached nearly 15,000 artists in over 700 communities.
Founded
1999
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Tiny
Employ. Engage. Create. Transform.
ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic program areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise.
Founded
2001
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Tiny
A part of Boston tradition
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in 2001 by conductor and community advocate Charles Ansbacher. The orchestra is comprised of many of the area's finest professional musicians. In recent years, the orchestra has become a leader in promoting accessibility and inclusiveness. Our Breaking Down Barriers initiative—serving the blind, deaf, hard of hearing, and those limited in mobility—has earned the UP Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Landmarks Orchestra is one of only 11 organizations to have earned that distinction so far.
Founded
1933
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Large
Enliven the spirit, inspire the imagination, and cultivate the musical appreciation
The Ballet, Opera and Philharmonic creates art that celebrates life in our community. The merger of these three great art forms into one efficient operation has brought about great synergy and the potential of powerful collaboration. Dayton Opera's signature characteristics of great singing, great stories, and visual spectacle certainly apply in the season lineup. The Dayton Philharmonic has provided an introduction to the wonders of classical music through its man­y Education Programs. The Dayton Ballet School provides the very finest dance training to any child or adult who seeks to experience the wonders and the fun of dance.
Founded
1949
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Large
Professional theatre for the entire family
Founded in 1984, the mission of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati is to educate, entertain, and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati reaches audience members through MainStage performances, ArtReach (traveling acting troupe and workshops), and through arts education classes.
Founded
1967
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Medium
We exist to move you - profoundly and joyfully!
To inspire hope and joy in our community and beyond through the power and passion of dance.
Founded
1952
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Medium
Advancing a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standard
Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching a growing and diverse audience with great music. The Columbus Symphony's mission is to advance a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standard for the enrichment and well-being of central Ohio. This mission is achieved through a strong connection to the community, and in-depth understanding of the marketplace and a commitment to providing programming that meets the needs and desires of the community. The Columbus Symphony performs a diverse array of classical, pops, family and educational concerts each season, reaching an estimated 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts.
Founded
2004
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Tiny
The greater South Bay's premiere orchestra
Founded in 2002, Symphony Silicon Valley has progressed from daring idea to exciting reality, rapidly becoming the greater South Bay's premiere orchestra and a notable community success story. The Symphony subscription season includes seven program sets of two or three concerts each, plus other programs such as December's Carols in the California, and additional concerts by the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale. In addition to its regular subscription concerts, the Symphony produces free outreach programs for thousands of our community's children each season. It accompanies many Ballet San Jose performances, and performs for other community events that range from San Jose State University's recent 150th Anniversary Gala Concert to concerts of music and visuals from popular video games.
Founded
1996
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Tiny
Escape, explore, experience
The mission of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is to enrich the lives of all within its reach through the Arts and their power for community building and enhancement by providing diverse artistic, cultural, educational, social and entertainment experiences of the highest quality. The Center is situated on a 12-acre campus in downtown Escondido, comprised of a 1,523-seat Concert Hall, a 406-seat Center Theater, a visual arts Museum, art and dance studios, and a Conference Center containing meeting and banquet facilities. Since its opening on October 1, 1994, The Center has attracted more than one million visitors through its performing and visual arts presentations, events in the Conference Center, and education programs.
Founded
1925
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Giant
Celebrate great music in a great hall
Founded in 1918, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. In concerts at its winter home at Severance Hall and at each summer's Blossom Festival, in residencies from Miami to Vienna, and on tour around the world, The Cleveland Orchestra sets standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement. The Cleveland Orchestra's commitment to education and community service began when the Orchestra was founded, and has remained a top priority ever since. Today, more than 70,000 area schoolchildren, teachers, families, young musicians and adult learners participate in the Orchestra's educational programs at Severance Hall and in schools, libraries and community locations throughout the region - all designed to nurture a lifelong love of music.
Founded
1964
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Small
Bringing the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience
Great Lakes Theater (GLT), northeast Ohio's professional classic theater since 1962, is one of the nation's pre-eminent regional theater companies. GLT, which features a resident company of artists, brings the world's greatest plays to life each season from September through May in its revolutionary home at the re-imagined Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare. The company also presents the region's annual production of A Christmas Carol at PlayhouseSquare's Ohio Theatre. The mission of Great Lakes Theater, through its main stage productions and its education programs, is to bring the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition
Founded in 1979, the mission of the Cleveland International Film Festival is to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, the CIFF presents the newest and best films from around the world and does everything in its power to make sure its audience learns something along the way - about other cultures, about current events, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.
Founded
1980
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Medium
Community cultural, literary and educational enhancement
The Renaissance aims to provide the community with a performing arts organizations that unifies the management, marketing and support of the Renaissance Theatre and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.
Founded
1982
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Large
Raising consciousness and nurturing compassion through ground breaking performances and life changing educational programs
Founded in 1981, Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) works to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through ground breaking performances and life changing educational programs. CPT develops new, adventurous work and nurtures Northeastern Ohio artists -- particularly those whose work is inventive, intelligent, and socially conscious. CPT's acclaimed education programs engage underserved communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues, and empower participants to work for positive change in our community.
Founded
1983
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Medium
Providing cultural and performing arts for diverse audiences of all ages
The Valentine Theatre, operated by the Toledo Cultural Arts Center, produces and provides cultural and performing arts experiences for diverse audiences of all ages, to enhance the quality of the cultural and economic life of the City of Toledo, Lucas County, Northwestern Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Founded
1988
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Medium
Providing a variety of programs of artistic, educational and social value.
The Sandusky State Theatre is a historic landmark that enhances the lives of the residents of North Central Ohio by providing a variety of programs of artistic, educational and social value. More than 48,400 people attend shows or special events at the Theatre every year, contributing an estimated $500,000 to the local economy. A study conducted for the American Planning Association determined that Arts and cultural activity increases attention and foot traffic to an area, including attracting visitors and increasing the length of time and money they spend, therefore contributing to development. The Sandusky State Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theaters, Ohio Arts Council, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Erie County Chamber of Commerce, and the Sandusky Main Street Association.
Founded
1992
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Tiny
The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Named for the classical god of music and the sun, Apollo's Fire was founded in 1992 by the award- winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Sorrell envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo's Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell's passion for drama and rhetoric.
Founded
1999
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Medium
Creating transformational theatre arts experiences
Founded in 1978, Near West Theatre builds loving relationships and engages diverse people in strengthening their sense of identity, passion, and purpose, individually and in community, through transformational theatre arts experiences. Based in the Ohio City neighborhood, it has a unique identity as a grassroots, intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving youth. Through an intense creative process, participants learn methods of improving socialization skills and self expression in a safe, nurturing environment, as well as interdependence, team building, and problem solving skills.
Founded
2001
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Strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector
Founded in 2000, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) seeks to strengthen, unify and connect greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector. Well-resourced, connected and unified arts and culture has the power to improve lives and communities. To that end, we serve and support arts and cultural professionals and community leaders who are creating a bright future for grater Cleveland. CPAC's research and advocacy fosters informed decision-making. Our training, counsel and online resources provide those we serve with the ideas, skills and connections to achieve their aims. By bringing people together, we ensure arts and culture is a continued force for community vitality and personal development.
Founded
1952
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Listen, the sound is all around you
The Toledo Symphony (TSO) was formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and was incorporated in 1951. Since that time, the TSO has grown from a core group of 22 part-time musicians to an orchestra that employs nearly 80 professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands. In 2008-2009 it will continue its mission of service and quality and present over 400 performances to nearly 300,000 music listeners. Performances take place in classrooms, concert halls, churches, auditoriums, senior centers, and theatres in nearly 100 communities in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. In its commitment to provide excellent music to the largest possible audience, the Toledo Symphony remains an essential force in the quality of life throughout the region.
Founded
1940
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Bringing stories to life
Founded in 1915, The Cleveland Play House is America's first permanently established professional theatre company. We are an artist-inspired theatre that serves our community by bringing to life stories that are entertaining, relevant, and thought-provoking. The mission of The Cleveland Play House is to produce plays of the highest professional standards that inspire, stimulate, and entertain our diverse audiences and to conduct training and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for those we serve and help to insure the future of theatre.
Founded
1958
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Large
Perform and present live orchestral music at the highest possible level
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs and presents at the highest possible artistic level live orchestral music to enrich, entertain, educate, and challenge diverse audiences in a variety of settings. The orchestra performs both standard and contemporary repertoire, and annually begins the classical series with a work by an American composer. It commissions new music, and it showcases established guest soloists and new young talent. The CSO provides service to American orchestras by offering its musicians experience in performing a wide range of repertoire, under the direction of conductors of high quality.
Founded
1968
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Create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.
Although the name "ArtsinStark" has only been around since 2004, the foundation for what is now the county's arts council began in 1968 with the organization, and two years later, the building of the Cultural Center for the Arts. ArtsinStark awards grants, manages the Cultural Center and runs the Annual Arts Campaign. Nearly 80% of all dollars they raise through the Annual Arts Campaign go out to Stark County non-profit organizations, artists and schools in the form of grants.
Founded
1951
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Large
Inspiring a lifelong love of classical music.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic works to inspire and foster a lifelong love of classical music through performance and education. Founded in 1944, we present musical and education programs of the highest quality in order to sustain and expand our musical tradition to a growing audience throughout the tri-state region. We aim to create, perform, and export innovative artistic programs. Our education programs bring classical music into the ever-changing community and provide expanding opportunities for individuals to experience, enjoy, and be challenged by the musical arts.
Founded
1998
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Advancing the enjoyment and appreciation of symphonic music
The mission of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is to advance the enjoyment and appreciation of symphonic music through performances at the highest artistic level. The ISO, founded in 1930, is a professional orchestra that performs 200 concerts each year at the historic Hilbert Circle Theatre and at Conner Prairie Living History Museum, as well as sites around the state. In addition to the many classical and pops concerts in its home, the magnificent Hilbert Circle Theatre at Symphony Centre, the Orchestra is regularly heard in communities around Indiana and at the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series each summer. The ISO is dedicated to leading in music education. Symphony musicians and staff create innovative learning opportunities for all ages inspired by the power of music.
Founded
1971
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Large
Engaging, surprising, challenging, and entertaining people throughout their lifetimes
Since the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) was founded in 1972, it has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country, as well as one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state. The IRT's mission is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, thereby helping to build a vital and vibrant community. The IRT remains the only fully professional not-for-profit resident theatre in the state, providing 124,700 live professional theatre experiences for its audience last season. These experiences included 49,300 students and teachers from 60 of Indiana's 92 counties, making the IRT one of the most youth-oriented professional theatres in the country.
Founded
1976
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Tiny
educate, inspire and entertain through the creation and presentation of musical story telling for the Hoosier community.
Serving Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the Midwest, the mission of Indianapolis Opera (IO) is to educate, inspire and entertain through the creation and presentation of musical story telling for the Hoosier community. Indianapolis Opera is committed to bringing high-quality opera and vocal music to Indiana; nurturing the careers of emerging professional artists; and enriching lives through education and outreach. Centrally located and the only professional opera company in the state, Indianapolis Opera delivers the opera experience to people of all ages, creeds, racial and ethnic groups and social-economic backgrounds throughout Indiana and surrounding states.
Founded
2007
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Fostering economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide
Over the past 10 years, the International Folk Art Alliance (previously known as the Sante Fe International Folk Art Market) has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. Allied with the world's master folk artists, IFAA supports communities around the world to have clean drinking water, girls in school, improved health care and thriving folk art communities. Together, we will continue to create a world that values the humanity of the hand-made, honors timeless cultural traditions, and embraces the vision of dignified livelihoods for folk artists across the globe.
Founded
1927
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Giant
Rich in tradition. Innovative in vision.
Rich in tradition and innovative in vision, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is a musical force in Chicago and around the world with more than 150 performances and events a year, 107 talented musicians, two internationally-renowned conductors and two award-winning composers-in-residence. The central mission of the CSO is to present classical music to Chicago, national and international audiences. The mission is supported by the elements of: artistic excellence: continued international preeminence in the field of orchestral excellence; audience development: leading audience development initiatives; and education: superior education and community programs. Symphony Center is the home for more than 200 live concerts a year -- orchestras, recitals, hot jazz, superstar guest artists and more.
Founded
1975
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Large
Nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays
Victory Gardens is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through quality productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theatre work and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Victory Gardens' core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city's and nation's culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city's active student population.
Founded
1977
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Producing classic and contemporary works
Since 1925, The Goodman Theatre has been a part of life in Chicago. Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, The Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles - quality, diversity, and community - Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.
Founded
1977
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Medium
Introduce. Inform. Meet.
Ragdale is a non-profit artists' community located on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw's country estate in Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago. In 1976, Shaw's granddaughter, Alice Judson Hayes, transformed her family's summer home into an artist's retreat to provide time and space for artists to create important new work. Today Ragdale annually hosts more than 150 artists, writers, choreographers and composers at all stages of their careers for 2-6 week residencies, making it one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country. Ragdale offers a retreat setting where at any given time, a dozen creative individuals experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work, a supportive environment, dynamic artist exchanges, 50 acres of idyllic prairie and a family-style dinner each evening.
Founded
1978
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Large
Inspiring, challenging and engaging audiences worldwide
Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago features dancers who display unparalleled versatility and virtuosity in performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. Since Lou Conte founded the company in 1977, HSDC has expanded beyond its main company to include Hubbard Street 2, which cultivates young professional dancers and choreographers, serves as the foundation of HSDC's education initiatives and performs nationally and internationally with a diverse and engaging repertoire; extensive education and community programs; and the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which offers a wide variety of classes.
Founded
1981
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Tiny
New + Adventurous
Roulette Intermedium was founded in 1978 at the height of the Downtown Experimental Arts revolution by three young composers: trombonist/composer Jim Staley, composer/producer David Weinstein, and Intermedia artist Dan Senn in 1978. Roulette's mission is to support artists creating new and adventurous art in all disciplines by providing them with a venue and resources to realize their creative visions and to build an audience interested in the evolution of experimental art. n recent years, Roulette has effected a major transition, expanding programs, audiences and community, but it is still an artist-driven space, valued for its payment of professional guaranteed fees, its insistence on the best presentation conditions, and the provision of other critical artists' services.
Founded
1987
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Engaging and entertaining audiences
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. The plays of William Shakespeare form the core of our company's work and subscription series, featuring selections from Shakespeare's 38-play canon complemented by other dramatic works - from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare's timeless insights into the human condition. As Chicago Shakespeare strives to share our uniquely American brand of Shakespeare with the world, so do we also strive to bring to Chicago some of the best theater the world has to offer. To our World's Stage Series, we bring international theatrical productions to our city, presenting new cultural expressions and experiences for Chicago audiences and artists alike.
Founded
1994
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Small
Supporting a creative America
Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) strives to better inform philanthropic practice to effectively address the urgent needs facing artists, arts organizations, and arts educators in communities across America. They are the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations. GIA provides conferences, workshops, and webinars; publications including the GIA Reader; research and policy work across the field of philanthropy; and communication tools on their website.
Founded
1993
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Bringing audiences face to face with powerful stories by creating the most intimate theatrical experience possible
In 1992, Writers Theatre was founded in order to create an environment where the written word and the nurturing of artists were the foundation of all productions. Central to this mission are three important core values, valuing text, both classic and contemporary, as the fundamental source of inspiration; creating deliberately intimate performances where audiences are face-to-face with powerful stories; and honoring the time and commitment of our artists by remaining at the forefront of industry compensation. Writers Theatre has built an award-winning repertoire and today serves as a vital and highly-regarded company in the Chicago theatre community.
Founded
1994
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Deepening understanding of the arts
Harris Theater serves as a unique national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations in music and dance. More than a decade later, the theater features the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, hosting local, national, and internationally renowned artists and ensembles. The Harris Theater's primary mission is to partner with an array of Chicago's music and dance performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and long-term organizational sustainability.
Founded
1995
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Incorporating popular culture, modern technology, and contemporary ideas into classical dance
Founded in 1956, The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as America's ballet company of firsts. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residencies in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in a brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company's commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations.
Founded
1943
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Giant
The oldest outdoor music festival in North America
Founded in 1904 and the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1936, Ravinia attracts 600,000 people annually from June-September to its renowned outdoor music festival. Each year Ravinia presents more than 120 performances-ranging from classical, opera and dance to music theater, jazz, pop and rock-in its 3,200-seat open-air Pavilion, 850-seat Martin Theatre, and 450-seat Bennett Gordon Hall. Located on 36 acres of picturesque park grounds, Ravinia boasts an expansive lawn where visitors also experience concerts while picnicking under the stars. Ravinia's Steans Music Institute is one of the world's most sought-after summer training grounds for postgraduate musicians. Under the umbrella REACH*TEACH*PLAY, Ravinia serves 75,000 people each year through education initiatives in schools, underserved communities, and at the park.
Founded
1957
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Giant
Sponsoring, producing and encouraging opera and musical performances
The Lyric Opera of Chicago, originally known as The Lyric Theatre of Chicago, was founded in 1954 by Carol Fox, Lawrence V. Kelly, and Nicola Rescigno. Its artistic standards are universally admired, and it has consistently offered its patrons a world-class roster of singers, conductors, directors, designers, choreographers, and dancers in a wide-ranging repertoire. More than 274,000 tickets were sold for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2008-2009 season which included 82 performances of nine operas. The Civic Opera Building is the permanent home of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Its 3,563-seat capacity makes it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America.
Founded
1996
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Creating opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities
Established in 1989, The Chicago Humanities Festival's mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities. The Chicago Humanities Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life. We believe that access to cultural, artistic and educational opportunities is a necessary element for a healthy and robust civic environment. Tickets for most Fall Festival programs are $12 and many programs are free of charge to students and teachers.
Founded
1952
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Giant
Bringing music to life for generations
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is heard live by over 450,000 people annually in classical, pops, jazz, holiday festival, educational, Young People's concerts and more. Additionally, over one million listeners nationwide hear the DSO each week on the GM/DSO National Radio Broadcast Series, making it the most widely heard orchestra in the country. Since its founding in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has been a leader in music education by bringing thousands of students each year to its annual educational and youth concerts at Orchestra Hall. Today the Orchestra offers a variety of educational programs and resources, including educational concerts for nearly 26,000 metro Detroit public school children.
Founded
2001
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Kalamazoo's Community Theatre since 1928
Founded in 1928, The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre strives to produce a diverse spectrum of theatre of the highest quality and to provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre production and management. As Kalamazoo's community theatre, we are dedicated to serving the needs of southwest Michigan. Additionally, we act as a training ground for many young performers and designers, launching many successful careers.
Founded
1944
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Be present
One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, University Musical Society (UMS) is committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater, UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community by presenting approximately 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners. While proudly affiliated with the University of Michigan and housed on the U-M campus, UMS is a separate organization that supports itself from ticket sales, grants, contributions, and endowment income.
Founded
1984
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Small
Where music lives
The Ark is Michigan's nonprofit home for folk and roots music. Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming. The Ark is an intimate 400-seat club presenting performers ranging from young up-and-comers to classic figures of the folk genre. With live music over 300 nights each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere, The Ark is a sure bet for a memorable evening of enriching entertainment, musical artistry, and personal warmth.
Founded
1973
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Tiny
Providing accessible performance programming and education to a diverse audience
The historic Music Hall, through its presentations and productions (including commissions of original artistic work), provides Southeastern Michigan with high quality performing arts programs and education that reflect the diverse mix of cultures that make up our community. Music Hall is Detroit's "People's Theater" - the place for high quality but non-elitist performing arts and education with an emphasis on dance, theater and music, particularly Jazz. Music Hall aims to be the most accessible, inclusive and culturally diverse performing arts institution in the country.
Founded
1974
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Medium
Lifting the human spirit
Founded in 1971, the Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB) remains committed to lifting the human spirit through the art of dance. The GRB provide exceptional and diverse programming; high quality dance education; and outreach to inspire and enrich the community. Presenting the best in classical and contemporary choreography, the Grand Rapids Ballet remains committed to artistic excellence. With artists invested in the community and a community that supports the arts, GRB has created a flourishing arts center for all of Michigan, and continues to provide the highest level of excellence in dance theatre and education for all individuals.
Founded
1968
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Giant
Presenting opera, ballet, and musical theater to the general public
Established in 1971, Michigan Opera Theatre presents opera, dance and educational activities to make a positive impact on the lives of people in metro-Detroit. This year, Michigan Opera Theater will present five grand opera productions and four stunning dance productions, teach hundreds of classes, visit countless communities and schools, and help thousands of people experience the cultural arts.
Founded
1982
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Large
Ann Arbor's non-profit center for fine film and the performing arts
Founded in 1979, the Michigan Theater Foundation works to preserve, restore and operate the Michigan Theater venues for the benefit of the community and of the arts. The foundation was established to save the Michigan Theater from demolition in 1979, when developers threatened to convert the theater into a food court. Today, the Michigan Theater is proud to serve as the community gathering place for the greater Ann Arbor area. Over 250,000 guests attend movies, plays, music and comedy concerts, talks, meetings, parties, weddings and other events each year.
Founded
1989
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Large
Promoting and developing world-class keyboard musical experiences
The mission of The Gilmore is to promote and develop world-class keyboard musical experiences that inspire present and future artists and audiences. The Gilmore identifies exceptional pianists through a noncompetitive process and then provides significant support to enhance their careers. The Gilmore presents a world-class music festival featuring the finest international keyboard artists, provides an outstanding keyboard educational program, and supports the creation of keyboard music.
Founded
1992
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Small
Excellence on stage and in life
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel on stage and in life. Mosaic's mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art. Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, founded by Rick Sperling in 1992, was born out of a need to fill the gaps in arts education in metro Detroit schools while providing an artistic home for young actors, singers, and stage technicians. Serving only 25 young artists without any budget or home in its inaugural year, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is now recognized as a highly regarded cultural treasure for the city of Detroit and southeast Michigan. Mosaic's national and international touring performances bring recognition to Detroit as a center for arts and culture and promote a positive image of metro Detroit area youth.
Founded
1996
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Medium
Transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts
The Sphinx Organization was founded in 1996 to help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music, and to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos in the field. Our mission is to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Since our founding, Sphinx has reached over 100,000 students with educational sessions and more than two million individuals through national broadcasts; provided over $300,000 in instruments to young musicians; awarded over $2 million to competition semi-finalists; and facilitated over 260 orchestral appearances.
Founded
1942
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Small
Listen it. Live it. Love it.
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America's leading regional orchestras. Our vision is for the Grand Rapids Symphony to be a more integral and indispensable part of the West Michigan community. The institution has long been an important part of the community, with musical excellence, diverse programming, collaborative spirit, and a commitment to learning all adding to the quality of life we enjoy in West Michigan. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs.
Founded
1958
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Large
Engaging our community in compelling musical experiences
Founded in 1920, the mission of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (KSO) is to engage our community in compelling musical experiences. The KSO's innovative presentations enhance your musical experience by expanding and illuminating the art. KSO's Education & Community Programs provide individuals skills, access, and experiences needed to foster a lifelong interest in orchestral music as performers and/or listeners.
Founded
1971
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Giant
Excellence in training and performance
The Flint Institute of Music's mission is changing lives through a lifelong continuum of world-class music, dance and theatre. The Flint Institute of Music (FIM) is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind place where incredible experiences happen every day. From stirring symphony concerts led by a world-class conductor, to fun, engaging, challenging music, dance and theatre classes for students of all ages, to lively and thought-provoking plays, the FIM enriches and enlivens our community in a very special way.
Founded
1957
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Giant
Providing world-class theater experiences to Milwaukee and Wisconsin
Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee's rich diversity.Milwaukee Repertory Theater is the largest non-profit theater in Wisconsin and one of the leading regional theaters in the nation. Led by Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, The Rep produces an 11-play season that spans three performance venues and A Christmas Carol, a beloved holiday tradition for four decades, in the adjacent Pabst Theater. The Rep engages nearly 200,000 patrons annually through 600 performances. Productions include world premiere plays, contemporary works, classics, and musical theater pieces, plus a short play festival showcasing our Emerging Professional Resident Program, one of the oldest professional training programs in regional theater.
Founded
1963
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Small
Bringing the full spectrum of music theatre works to a wide and diverse audience
Since its founding in 1959, Skylight Opera Theatre has established a reputation for broad and adventuresome repertoire, encompassing baroque opera, European operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway musicals, contemporary chamber operas and original musical revues. This tantalizing mix of repertoire fulfills the mission of the Skylight which is to bring the full spectrum of musical theatre works to a wide and diverse audience in celebration of the musical and theatrical arts and their reflection of the human condition. The Skylight gives over 90 performances each season, winning national praise for its artistic excellence, versatility, and virtuoso ensemble productions.
Founded
1961
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Giant
Expect the unexpected
Established in 1967, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) works to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world. The Arts Center serves as laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter and producer of performing arts, educator, publisher of critical writings, community builder, and advocate for issues affecting the arts. In essence, JMKAC functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and new ideas that will impact the lives of both artists and public.
Founded
1968
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Small
The favor, the fever, the fervor
The Florentine Opera Company (FOC) is one of Wisconsin's oldest and most enduring professional performing arts organizations. Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season in 2008-2009, it is also the sixth oldest opera company in the United States. All programs are driven by the mission to present Grand Opera productions reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards and designed to fulfill the Company's vision to expand the experiences of patrons with memorable, outstanding and exciting performances. The education department works to make opera more inviting and accessible to communities in Milwaukee and throughout the state of Wisconsin by: educating students and the community about opera and career opportunities within opera; providing opera introduction and continuing education events for adults; and providing opportunities for young artists.
Founded
1970
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Small
Developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters develops and supports a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. We foster an appreciation for the performing arts among our members and their audiences; value the opportunity for members to share with and learn from one another, drawing upon their more than 50 years of collective wisdom; and believe the performing arts bridge differences among individuals, communities and cultures. The Association envisions a world where all people experience the transformative power of live performance and the performing arts presenting field is strong and vibrant - a world where performing artists are integral to all communities, where ideas circulate vigorously and freely, and where people from all cultures affirm and understand themselves and each other through the arts.
Founded
1970
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Small
Inspiring audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, is a nationally accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance with an enrollment of nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.
Founded
1989
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Large
We celebrate the eclectic, the inspired, the beautiful.
For three decades, The Phipps Center for the Arts been a place to explore, host and celebrate the arts. We are a destination for visual art, theater, song and dance in the St. Croix Valley of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Celebrate the creative spirit with us. The Phipps Center has always operated with a very small staff, relying on the efforts and enthusiasm of hundreds of volunteers. The center's programming is run by five councils – Drama, Children's Theater, Music, Visual Arts, and Volunteers. These councils select programming, work onstage and backstage, build sets, jury the art for our galleries, usher at performances, staff the ticket office and gift gallery, and have representatives on our board of directors.
Founded
1989
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Tiny
Creating vibrant theater experiences that engage, educate & inspire young people and their communities.
The mission of the Children's Theatre of Madison (CTM) is to create vibrant theater experiences that engage, educate & inspire young people and their communities. Founded in 1965, CTM is a Madison institution providing exceptional theatre productions for family audiences. By casting adult and child actors in professionally produced plays, we have occupied a unique niche, for decades, as Madison's premier theater for all ages. The Overture Center, and its predecessor the Madison Civic Center, has been our home for over 30 years.
Founded
1994
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Large
To be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is one of the finest nonprofit multi-disciplinary cultural arts centers in the United States, with a mission to be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the Arts. As a year-round hub of activity, the Wilson Center presents performances by world-renowned artists and ensembles; offers arts education opportunities; curates the Ploch Art Gallery, which features both national and Wisconsin-based fine artists; and is committed to extending the arts beyond the walls of the Center through Lynn Chappy ArtsPark-a vibrant, outdoor sculpture landscape that will engage and inspire the broader Southeastern Wisconsin Community. In August, the annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival celebrates the world's leading classical, rock/blues, jazz, and fingerstyle guitarists. The Center nurtures lifelong learning through innovative programs and classes for all interests, ages, and abilities in state-of-the-art studios and classrooms.
Founded
2000
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Giant
A gathering place for the community
The mission of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is to serve as a gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. We will do this by providing a premier venue for performing arts attractions and a dynamic environment for our arts organizations. The Performing Arts Center opened its doors to the public on November 25, 2002 in Appleton, Wisconsin to rave reviews. The Center houses the 2,100-seat Thrivent Financial Hall and the smaller, multi-purpose Kimberly-Clark Theater. Additionally, the Center is dedicated to helping educators expand their classrooms and bring the influential power of the arts to their students.
Founded
1959
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Large
Presenting performances that further cultivate an appreciation for the art of music.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra mission is a guiding set of principles, which state that the orchestra exists for three purposes: To comfort, educate, entertain and exhilarate the human soul through events of cultural significance, relevance and artistic challenge; to embrace, preserve and foster our musical heritage; and to enhance the vibrancy of our community.
Founded
1962
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Medium
Get close to the music
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (WCO) is a professional chamber orchestra dedicated to providing high quality musical performances designed to entertain, inform and enhance the quality of life of diverse local and regional audiences. Well known for Concerts on the Square held at the State Capitol for six consecutive Wednesdays each summer, the WCO produces 29 concerts annually, including an indoor Masterworks series, five holiday concerts and several run-out performances around the state. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is in its 45th season as Madison's Chamber Orchestra.
Founded
1967
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Medium
Be a vital part of the performance
Founded in 1967, United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is essential to sustaining a thriving and vibrant performing arts scene in Southeastern Wisconsin. The mission of UPAF is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset, and improve the quality of life in our community through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. UPAF raises funds to provide financial support for diverse, world-class performing arts. Each year more than 21,000 individuals, corporations and foundations in Southeastern Wisconsin support the UPAF Annual Campaign, making it one of the nation's largest united arts funds. In addition to raising and allocating operating funds, UPAF serves as a community-wide resource by promoting the excellence, reputation and impact of our performing arts.
Founded
1930
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Giant
Presenting orchestral music
The Minnesota Orchestra performed its inaugural concert in 1903. Under the leadership of Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the 98-member Minnesota Orchestra now performs nearly 200 concerts each year, primarily at its home venue of Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, and its concerts are heard by live audiences of 400,000 annually. In addition to traditional concerts, the Minnesota Orchestra connects with more than 85,000 music lovers annually through Young People's Concerts and Target Free Family Concerts. With a long history of commissioning and performing new music, the Minnesota Orchestra continues to nourish a strong commitment to contemporary composers. The ensemble has premiered and commissioned nearly 300 compositions since 1903.
Founded
1959
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Giant
Providing innovative discovery and distinctive experience
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) is the nation's only full-time professional chamber orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. 35 virtuoso musicians present more than 150 concerts and educational programs each year, and reach over 1.1 million listeners each week on public radio stations nationwide. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 122 new works, and premiered 49 additional compositions. Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally. Launched in 1995, the award-winning CONNECT education program reaches 5,000 students annually in 16 Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools.
Founded
1962
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Giant
An American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world. While the Guthrie Theater's mission and artistic excellence have remained constant, much has changed over the past four decades. The Guthrie's new multistage theater center, built on the banks of the Mississippi River, opened in 2006. The complex includes three stages: a classic thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the centuries, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of this century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. The new theater allows the Guthrie to retain its pre-eminence among theaters nationally and internationally.
Founded
1945
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Large
Promoting the finest music talents of our community to the world
The Schubert Club invites the world's finest recital soloists and ensembles to our community and promotes the finest musical talents of our community to the world. We do this through performances, education and museum programs, championing the music of today and of the future while celebrating great classical music of the past., The Schubert Club reaffirms its mission to promote the art of music- particularly recital music, through performance, education and museum programs- and to maintain a high standard of excellence.
Founded
1969
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Giant
Producing opera and opera education programs at the highest artistic level
The Minnesota Opera's mission is to produce opera and opera education programs at the highest artistic level that inspire and entertain our audiences and enrich the cultural life of our community. Now regarded as America's most exciting opera company, The Minnesota Opera was founded as Center Opera in 1963 when the Walker Art Center commissioned an opera for its performing arts program. At the start of the 21st century, The Minnesota Opera is enjoying unprecedented stability and unity of mission. Now the 15th largest opera company in the nation, The Minnesota Opera prides itself in creating a new, dynamic opera company model based upon innovation, world-class artistic quality and strong community service. The Minnesota Opera performs at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.
Founded
1974
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Tiny
To enable people to experience and create the arts by connecting communities, cultures and artists.
Formed in 1974, COMPAS is Minnesota's most widely-used resource for artist residencies and community-building through the arts, engaging approximately 320,000 people in the arts in approximately 100 Minnesota towns each year. COMPAS began as Poets in the Schools in 1968, was incorporated as COMPAS in 1974, and merged with United Arts in 1998. With a mix of direct-service participatory programs and re-granting programs, COMPAS is similar to many of the local arts councils around the country. COMPAS reaches people of all ages; rural towns and city neighborhoods; students across the state; and artists. COMPAS offers the ArtsWork youth employment program, arts education, and grants to arts organizations, programs and events.
Founded
1975
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Giant
Creating extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities.
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) exists to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities. Established in 1965, CTC has grown to become the leading professional theatre company for young people in North America, and among the three largest in the world. Recipient of the 2003 Tony® Award for Regional Theatre and numerous other honors, CTC is committed to improving the quality of life for children and families in our community, state, and nation. CTC serves over 250,000 people annually through professional productions on our stages; high-quality arts education programs at the theatre and in public schools; and access opportunities that ensure our theatre is a home for all families.
Founded
1976
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Medium
To produce living theatre for the entertainment and edification of the Twin Cities
Park Square Theatre seeks to enrich our community by producing and presenting exceptional live theatre that touches the heart, engages the mind, and delights the spirit.
Founded
1977
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Medium
Inspiring a passion for literature
Founded in 1974, The Loft Literary Center advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature. As an intergenerational, multicultural literary arts center, the Loft operates as an artist service organization, a gathering place for readers and writers, a community school for the arts, and a presenting organization. Each year, the Loft nurtures hundreds of novelists, poets, spoken word artists, and writers in every genre and style, and connects them to readers and live audiences in the twin cities and across Minnesota, reaching over 750,000 people annually.
Founded
1984
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Giant
America's leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts
Founded in 1979, Artspace Projects works to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. We pursue this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community. In the last few years, Artspace has further expanded its mission to incorporate the planning and development of performing arts centers, museums, other arts facilities, and entire arts districts throughout the country.
Founded
1979
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Medium
Champions choral music of all genres
VocalEssence champions choral music of all genres, celebrating the vocal experience through innovative concerts, commissions, and community engagement programs. Based in Minnesota, VocalEssence presents choral music concerts in the Twin Cities area, featuring the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers. Beyond its work in performances and recordings of choral music, VocalEssence reaches into the community with programs that impact thousands of students, singers and composers every year
Founded
1982
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Giant
Joy. Centerstage.
The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul's most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway's Music Theater and McKnight stages attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway's mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children's Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve over 50,000 students annually. The Ordway also sponsors the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a professionally guided academic and artistic environment that trains aspiring pre-professional performing artists. Together with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances.
Founded
1994
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Tiny
Connecting artists with audiences
James Sewell Ballet's mission is to create and perform works that connect artists with audiences and to advance contemporary ballet. James Sewell, a Minneapolis native, co-founded James Sewell Ballet in New York with Sally Rousse in 1990, and relocated the company to Minnesota in 1993. The chamber-sized ensemble of eight dancers primarily presents Sewell's contemporary ballet choreography. The troupe has worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Orchestra & Chorale, North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, VocalEssence, Dale Warland Singers, Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Ballet Arts Minnesota.
Founded
2002
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Small
Preserving and improving the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation preserves and improves the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and supports State Fair agricultural, scientific and educational programs. Our priorities are to raise funds in the following areas: agriculture, arts and culture, education, environment, and history and heritage. Based on the historic 1911 Agricultural Society creed, the Foundation believes that the Minnesota State Fair is: "a mirror of Minnesota greatness, a school for her citizens, and a place where all are welcome, entertained and experience the results of the best thought and effort in all lines of endeavor."
Founded
2006
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Large
Nurturing the Arts, Fostering Creativity, Promoting Education, and Enriching the Community
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts consists of a 145,000 square foot, five-story community arts center in what was formerly the Willson Goggle Factory Building. GoggleWorks features six large teaching studios in ceramic, hot and warm glass, jewelry, photography, and wood; 35 juried artists' studios, exhibition galleries, and houses the offices of over a dozen arts, culture, and creative economy organizations. The complex also includes a 131-seat theatre, which presents art house films daily, a café, and STORE, which retails the work of over 200 individual artists from around the country.
Founded
1946
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Medium
More Than a Theatre
The Des Moines Community Playhouse partners with volunteers to create and deliver extraordinary theatre and education programs for communities in Central Iowa through high-quality entertainment with special emphasis on issues of social significance; programs which allow for the development of individual self-expression and self-esteem; and programs which identify and encourage individuals to pursue professional theatre development.
Founded
1926
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Giant
Making great music available to everyone
Founded in 1880, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) is recognized internationally as an ensemble of the highest caliber, performing a broad musical repertoire with skill and spirit. The SLSO was founded on the belief that great music should be available to everyone. Through a series of innovative and nationally recognized community-oriented activities, including many education and outreach programs, the musicians of the Symphony have shared their love for music with millions and introduced classical music to those who otherwise might not have been exposed to it. Each year, Symphony musicians participate in more than 250 free performances and events throughout the greater St. Louis area.
Founded
1965
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Tiny
Keep art happening
Founded in 1963, the Arts and Education Council (A&E) is a privately funded arts fundraising organization whose geographic reach benefits the 16-county, bi-state St. Louis metropolitan region. The Arts and Education Council enriches the vibrancy of the St. Louis community by investing in arts organizations and growing the base of local arts supporters. A&E owns and manages the Centene Center for the Arts in St. Louis' Arts District, providing arts organizations of all sizes below-market rent, free rehearsal, meeting and performance space, professional development opportunities through workshops and roundtables and access to fiber optic internet, servers, etc.
Founded
1966
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Giant
Communicating the richness and power of live opera and music theatre
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) was founded in the spring of 1976 by Richard Gaddes, with a small group of opera-lovers who were determined to bring festival-quality opera to the St. Louis area. Each spring, OTSL offers a festival season of quality productions sung in English by the best young American singers, all accompanied by members of the Saint Louis Symphony. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has earned a reputation for artistic quality and a commitment to education and professional development programs. OTSL is a local and national resource for talent at all levels, with interrelated education programs, apprenticeships, community events and professional training programs.
Founded
1972
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Medium
Live theatre. So close you can feel it.
Since 1966, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) has been the region's premier live, professional theatre. The Rep is dedicated to producing live theatre of superior quality. In celebrating the joy of live performance, this theatre is committed to building and sustaining a vital connection among all of its stakeholders. Hundreds of productions have graced The Rep's stages since its inception. The Rep's performance home since its founding, the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts is one of the St. Louis area's architectural gems and a remarkably flexible public space. In 2005, with the addition of The Rep's Off-Ramp performance series, we found a second home, the Grandel Theatre in Grand Center.
Founded
1979
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Large
The heart of a great theatre town
Kansas City Repertory Theatre pursues theatrical excellence and advances the art form, creating and sharing stories at the center of the nation's creative crossroads. KC Rep cultivates passionate audiences, artists, and advocates who are invested in our region's future. We build community by connecting people through productions and programming that educate, entertain, challenge and inspire.
Founded
1994
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Small
America's biggest birthday party
Since 1981, the Fair Saint Louis Foundation (formerly the Veiled Prophet Fair Foundation)- in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the National Park Service- has hosted a spectacular celebration featuring live music, educational activities, air shows and spectacular fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend. The name Fair Saint Louis acknowledges that this free event is produced by Saint Louisans as a gift for Saint Louisans and their guests from all over the world.
Founded
1983
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Giant
Transforming hearts, minds and communities
The Kansas City Symphony (KCS), founded in 1982, aims to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music. The orchestra's 80 full-time musicians are area residents and vital contributors to the artistic life of Kansas City. During its 42 week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of subscription, educational, touring, and outreach concerts. In addition, the KCS performs for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet. The Symphony's various education programs, including specially programmed youth concerts and workshops for high school students, reach more than 40,000 people each year.
Founded
1988
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Large
The intersection of art and life
Grand Center was formed to promote and foster the performing arts in the St. Louis area. With 12,000 theatre seats within four blocks, 12 galleries and museums and over 1,500 cultural events with 1.3 million visitors each year, Grand Center is unique in the country. We are the center of all that feeds the mind, body and soul. From the traditional to the experimental, from around the corner and around the world, we bring the finest in art, music and theatre to the people of St. Louis, the Midwest and the nation. We are a playground for the senses, full of exotic sights, amazing sounds, tantalizing smells and tastes, and overwhelming feelings.
Founded
1994
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Large
The Perfect Place for Music and Art.
The Sheldon Arts Foundation is committed to the preservation and operation of the historic Sheldon Concert Hall and is dedicated to enriching the greater St. Louis region and beyond with a wide range of music, visual arts and educational programs of the highest quality, diversity and educational impact. Today, The Sheldon is the site of over 350 events each year, including great jazz, folk and classical music in the Sheldon Concert Hall. In addition, The Sheldon presents a wide range of educational programs for schools, Matinee Concerts for families, Coffee Concerts for seniors, and Sheldon Sessions and Ballroom Concerts for college students and young professionals.
Founded
1998
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Medium
Advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education, and outreach
Jazz St. Louis is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to lead our community in advancing the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education, and outreach. Founded in 1996, Jazz St. Louis promotes, presents, and preserves jazz in greater St. Louis through performance, education, and outreach activities that build youth and adult audiences for jazz. Currently, Jazz St. Louis presents more than 400 concerts and events per year, which include performances at the Bistro, in-school performances, and community outreach concerts.
Founded
2000
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Giant
Providing extraordinary experiences through programs, customer service, and education.
The Kauffman Center, home to resident organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, Kansas City Symphony, and other innovative programming, embraces a variety of audiences with different tastes, interests and passions. At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, everyone can have an opportunity to experience excellence. The mission of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is to provide these extraordinary experiences through programs, customer service, and education. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts' vision is to enrich the lives of everyone in our community through extraordinary and diverse performing arts experiences.
Founded
2006
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Medium
Rethink Science.
The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.
Founded
1959
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Large
Making Kansas City a destination for dance
Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 28-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director William Whitener and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Kansas City Ballet performs three mixed repertory seasons per year as well as the ever-popular Nutcracker. The company also reaches over 15,000 Kansas City students and adults each year through its community education programs and provides dance training through the Kansas City Ballet School. Our new home, Kansas City Ballet's Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, which opened August 2011, in conjunction with our new stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is poised to make Kansas City AND Kansas City Ballet a true destination for dance.
Founded
1951
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Giant
There's something about a Starlight night
The mission of Kansas City Starlight Theatre is to present first quality professional entertainment and arts education to diverse audiences, while building an appreciation for the performing arts and preserving and enhancing the Starlight venue for future generations. As it carries out this mission, Starlight will remain committed to family-oriented entertainment at affordable prices, with a focus on musical theatre. Starlight Theatre's vision is to be the premier entertainment treasure of the heartland, where performing arts share center stage with education. Presenting Broadway entertainment since 1951, Starlight is Kansas City's oldest and largest performing arts organization.
Founded
1960
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Large
Offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City exists to enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the region by offering a broad repertoire of professional operatic experiences. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City was founded in 1958 by Russell Patterson. In 54 years the Company has produced numerous works including three world premiere operas. In the fall of 1998, the Company began performing operas in the original language, a tradition which continues today. The Company currently produces four performances of four productions per season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts located at 1601 Broadway in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Founded
1967
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Small
The sound of imagination
Founded in 1965, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra celebrates the tradition of live orchestral music and enriches the lives of people throughout our region. We present full, chamber, and ensemble orchestra concerts, as well as education programs for all ages. Additionally, we initiate and encourage collaborations with statewide business and arts organizations to promote the arts in general.
Founded
1930
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Medium
Enriching the community through great theatre
Omaha Community Playhouse works to enrich its community through great theatre. The Omaha Community Playhouse provides services to a variety of the public through three primary components: Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre and Howard Drew Theatre productions; education and outreach; and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. The Playhouse offers opportunities in performing, technical work, and support categories to more than 2,000 community volunteers.
Founded
1951
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Small
Enriching the lives of children and their families
The Rose Theater is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education. The Rose Theater is home to the Omaha Theater Company is the only resident, touring, professional theater company in Omaha and one of the largest in the country! The Rose is accessible to all children. No child is ever turned away for economic reasons. The Rose Theater produces nine main stage productions each season with audiences that exceed 50,000 children and adults. The shows appeal to a wide range of ages starting with children as young as four years old
Founded
1981
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Small
Home of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival
Lutheran Music Program transforms lives and connects people through faith and music. The three values which we embrace are musical excellence, Lutheran faith and a nurturing community. Our vision is to see churches and communities renewed through music for the sake of the world. Founded in 1981, Lutheran Music Program is home to Lutheran Summer Music (LSM), a four-week residential training and performance program. Each summer, LSM brings together 150+ band, orchestra, choir, and keyboard students from the U.S. and abroad in a supportive, intentional community.
Founded
1983
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Small
Supporting Exceptional Talent
The spirit and programs of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts are based on the conviction that exceptional talent deserves to be supported. Our practical commitment to this belief is achieved by providing well-equipped studio spaces, living accommodations and a monthly stipend to artists who are awarded residencies. These artists come from around the world to work within a supportive community of like-minded people. The atmosphere and environment offer an ideal situation for creative growth and experimentation and encourage artists to confront new challenges.
Founded
1991
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Medium
BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre's most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change.
The BLUEBARN Theatre exists to enhance the cultural life of Omaha, Nebraska by producing professionally executed, boundary breaking plays that ignite a passion for the art form. BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre's most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change. The BLUEBARN Theatre has long established itself as Omaha's premier professional theatre. After producing over 100 plays since 1989, the BLUEBARN's reputation for high-quality entertainment and pursuit of stories that challenge both the theatre artists and patrons is solid. The BLUEBARN's primary goals are to bring in more professional actors and designers from around the country and to increase awareness of the BLUEBARN in Omaha and surrounding communities.
Founded
2001
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Large
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Omaha Performing Arts is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant future for the performing arts in Omaha and beyond. We are the largest arts institution in Nebraska with more than 3 million visitors to our venues in the last decade. To buy tickets, visit Ticket Omaha, the official retailer for the Orpheum Theater and Holland Center.The mission of Omaha Performing Arts is to enrich the community through: -The presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences-The stewardship of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center-Education and community engagement programs
Founded
1960
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Medium
Creating professional opera and music theater
Opera Omaha's mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community by creating professional opera and music theater, which uniquely combine the visual and performing arts to express humanity's deepest emotions and highest aspirations. Opera Omaha began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres, four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches as many as 15,000 people from elementary school through adulthood.
Founded
1943
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Giant
An essential Midwestern resource for excellent orchestral performances
Founded in 1921, the Omaha Symphony presents more than 200 live performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Pops, Chamber, Discovery, Light Classics and Family series concerts, the orchestra tours both Nebraska and Iowa providing education and community engagement concerts and special events. The Omaha Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska and is currently performing in its 86th season. Combined with radio broadcasts, the orchestra reaches an estimated annual audience of 300,000 annually. The Symphony is passionate about its pursuit of artistic, educational and institutional excellence, and strives to be an essential, integral and valued resource to the community it serves.
Founded
1956
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Medium
Engaging in productions of symphonic music
The mission of the Wichita Symphony is to enrich, educate, and entertain diverse audiences of all ages in our region through performances of orchestral music, thereby enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of Wichita. A broad range of performances that includes Classics, Pops, Family, and Educational reach thousands each year. Among its many educational programs throughout the season, the Symphony presents two sets of young peoples concerts for nearly 25,000 area third through eighth grade students, and a Youth Orchestras program with three ensembles serving 225 area music students.
Founded
1972
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Medium
The Broadway stars of today & tomorrow!
Music Theatre of Wichita is dedicated to stimulating and nurturing interest in musical theatre by producing/or presenting Broadway quality productions while entertaining and educating patrons, the community and theatrical artists. MTWichita self-produces five Broadway-scale musical productions, using a unique mixture of top-flight professionals from Broadway and Hollywood, working hand in hand with talented Midwesterners. While producing its musicals, Music Theatre simultaneously conducts a specialized training program, geared to helping talented young Midwesterners prepare for professional careers. Largely because of this unique program, Music Theatre can boast young alumni onstage or backstage at almost every Broadway musical currently running, and most of the national tours.
Founded
1972
Size
Large
Providing opportunities for enrichment through the arts
A landmark for the residents of Wilmington and the surrounding region for more than 135 years, The Grand Opera House entertains and engages its communities through exceptional, diverse live performances and educational outreach. Committed to broad accessibility and sound financial management, The Grand enhances regional quality of life and contributes to a thriving downtown Wilmington. As steward of a historic Delaware theater that is home to several valued arts groups, The Grand affirms the arts' vital role within our communities to promote greater understanding and lift the human spirit. Today, The Grand presents more than 75 shows each season, ranging from symphony orchestras and ballets to the latest rock and comedy stars, with jazz, folk, and family artists as well.
Founded
1975
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Giant
Engaging, educating, and enriching lives
The mission of the Utah Symphony & Opera is to give great performances which engage, educate, and enrich lives.
Founded
1975
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Large
Expanding the possible
California Shakespeare Theater, founded in 1974, strives for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover the relevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives by: Making boldly imagined and deeply entertaining interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics; Providing in-depth, far-reaching creative educational opportunities; and by bringing disparate communities together around the creation of new American plays inspired by classic literature.
Founded
1990
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Medium
Providing children of all ages access to professional theatre
Founded in 1975, Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) is the second largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America. Our programs empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts. The mission of Seattle Children's Theatre is to provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education. Since its inception, Seattle Children's Theatre has strived to provide innovative artistic programming and professional theatre for the young people and families of the Puget Sound region. SCT reaches approximately 250,000 children, parents and teachers annually through its programs.
Founded
1975
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Large
The only autonomous, full-time nonprofit cinema in New York City
Film Forum began in 1970 as an alternative screening space for independent films. As a cinema of ideas, Film Forum is committed to presenting an international array of films that treat diverse social, political, historical and cultural realities. Unlike commercial cinemas that primarily “book” high-grossing, Hollywood films, Film Forum's programs are thoughtfully curated, with attention to unique cinematic qualities, historical importance individually or within a genre and, particularly for documentaries, relevance to today's world.
Founded
1976
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Giant
Home is where the art is
Vashon Allied Arts, a collaboration and community-based organization, provides a center for the arts on Vashon Island, initiates quality arts experiences for all ages and creates opportunities for artists to perform and exhibit their work at the Blue Heron Art Center. In addition to the 120 classes offered in performance, dance and visual arts, there are monthly rotating gallery shows and approximately 40 events held per year.
Founded
1976
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Giant
Keeping Life Colorful
As one of the nation's leading non-profit performing arts institutions and guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert theatres, Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. Located in Boston's historical Theater District, it offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in New England to insure that the arts are an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience.
Founded
1976
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Medium
Bold, joyous, passionate
St. Luke's is a gathering of outstanding musicians whose purpose is to bring the beauty of music and the enlightened communication that is unique to music to as broad an audience as possible. Formed in 1974, the Chamber Ensemble is a group of 21 virtuoso artists who perform nationally and internationally and make up the core of the Orchestra of St. Luke's. The Orchestra has earned a reputation as America's foremost and most versatile chamber orchestra. St. Luke's Arts Education Program annually introduces 15,000 New York City school children to opera, dance, and chamber music through free live performances throughout the city.
Founded
1972
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Large
Dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century
Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions of Irish culture for generations to come. Our multi-disciplinary programming is centered around three core areas: performance – including live music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and the humanities; exhibition – including visual arts presentations and cultural exhibitions that tell the evolving Irish story; and education – with dozens of classes per week in Irish language, history, music, and dance.
Founded
1948
Size
Tiny
Enriching the quality of life through live orchestral music
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra seeks to enrich the quality of life through live orchestral music. The Orchestra is devoted to bringing music to Delaware's children. Each year more than 11,000 students are treated to in-school ensembles, youth concerts, soloist competitions, family concerts and discounted concert tickets.
Founded
1944
Size
Medium
Providing symphonic concerts, cultural and educational resources
Founded in 1916, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is the only major American orchestra originally established as a branch of the municipal government. Reorganized as a private institution in 1942, it maintains close relationships with the governments and communities of the city and surrounding counties, as well as with the state of Maryland. The BSO is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.
Founded
1965
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Giant
CENTERSTAGE: Welcome to the Conversation.
Launched in 1963 by an ambitious community drama group, Center Stage soon became a leader in the regional theater movement, working to produce first-rate professional theater in communities across America. Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining, and enriching audiences of today and tomorrow through joyous and bold performance. The professional, nonprofit theater company is dedicated to the creation and presentation of a dynamic and diverse array of new and classic work, and each year hosts an audience of more than 100,000 in its historic home in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood. With its signature focus on civic and community engagement, Center Stage, The State Theater of Maryland, enters its second 50 years with a commitment to exploring how art and entertainment communicate in the 21st century, and to igniting conversation in Baltimore and beyond.
Founded
1963
Size
Tiny
Presenting and documenting folk and traditional arts in the United States
Founded in 1933, the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA stresses quality and authenticity in presenting traditional artists to the public in festivals, national and international tours, concerts, radio and television programs, films, recordings and other programs. NCTA's work includes a nationwide touring program, the creation and programming of large-scale festivals and special events, the planning of cultural programs in National Parks, and numerous other activities. In the past five years, the NCTA has presented 13 major multi-day festivals, 81 traditional arts concerts and 5 national tours with 146 performances, reaching 26 states, and produced 24 nationally distributed compact disc recordings.
Founded
1969
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Medium
One of the nation's premier symphonic choruses
Founded by Norman Scribner in 1965, the mission of Choral Arts is the pursuit of excellence in choral repertoire and performance, and the commitment to promote and share the art of choral music through education and public outreach. Committed to reach new and diverse audiences, especially the young, Choral Arts is dedicated to the live presentation of both new and classical choral masterworks in the Washington metro area while approaching new audiences nationally and internationally through tours, recordings, and electronic media. Education is a central component of Choral Arts contribution to the local and national community. The Education Programs at Choral Arts seek to nurture critical and creative thinking through music for learners at various stages of development.
Founded
1998
Size
Tiny
Gathering, moving, making.
Founded in 1976, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is a professional company of dance artists that creates, performs, teaches, and engages people in making art. Liz Lerman Dance Exchange pursues a broad definition of dance as a multi-disciplinary art form that encompasses movement, music, imagery, and the spoken word. Throughout its programs, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange builds an accessible body of knowledge and makes meaningful connections between people and art. The company's activities include: groundbreaking new dance works performed by a cross-generational company; classes, workshops, and institutes; and local and national projects that engage individuals, institutions and communities in making and performing dances.
Founded
1979
Size
Giant
Promoting the educational mission and goals of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Based in Washington, DC, the Ellington Fund (the Fund) is the charitable arm of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). The mission is to support several programs at DESA that are not funded by the DC Public School System (DCPS). The Fund provides critical services as it seeks to bridge the gap between DCPS budget allocations and the actual cost of DESA's dual arts/academic curriculum. The Fund provides 25% of the school's revenues and, together with the school, supports 540 high school students who come from all Wards of the city, with many not being able to otherwise afford the costs of an arts education. Ellington has a 99% graduation rate and 95% college acceptance rate, which is remarkable, as many of our students enter 9th grade at or below reading and math proficiency levels.
Founded
1982
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Large
At the intersection of art and life
Located one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland, Strathmore provides affordable, accessible, multi-disciplinary arts programming in the Mansion at Strathmore, the Music Center at Strathmore, and on its scenic 11-acre site. Founded in 1981, the arts center presents a lively and diverse program of art exhibitions, concerts and performing arts programs, and literary lectures and events. As Strathmore is deeply committed to maintaining affordable and accessible arts programs to all audiences, an abiding partnership of both private and public support for Strathmore is required to nurture and perpetuate this creative endeavor - to provide a home for the arts in our growing community.
Founded
1982
Size
Small
The national service organization for professional dance
The national service organization for professional dance, Dance/USA sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists, administrators and organizations. By providing services and national leadership, Dance/USA enhances the infrastructure for dance creation, education and dissemination. We envision a future in which dance is an enduring and sought-after art form, recognized by all as an important part of America's rich and diverse culture. To this end, Dance/USA will serve as the national hub for dance-related information, leadership, advocacy, and service.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Musical performances and programs that educate and entertain
Since its founding in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's influence and reputation has reached far beyond Western Maryland. It is one of only four professional symphony orchestras in Maryland and has become a first-class orchestra of exceptional artistic quality. By keeping in mind its mission to provide musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra remains one of the area's greatest treasures.
Founded
1985
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Giant
Presenting classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style
Since its founding in 1985, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has endeavored to be the nation's leading force in the presentation and preservation of classic theatre. Our core mission is to present classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. With the formation of the Harman Center for the Arts - which includes the new Sidney Harman Hall and the existing Lansburgh Theatre - the Shakespeare Theatre Company is a national destination theatre offering a broad range of works to audiences in the greater-Washington area and across the nation.
Founded
1988
Size
Small
Expanding jazz as a global art form
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization established in 1986. Its mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school music education programs for young people around the world. The Institute preserves, perpetuates and expands jazz as a global art form, and utilizes jazz as a means to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. All of the Institute's programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide. The Institute's programs help fill a tremendous void in arts education left by budget cuts in public school funding, and use jazz as the medium to encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and a respect for one's own and others' cultural heritage.
Founded
1994
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Giant
We create great American theater.
Two River Theater is a professional 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater that produces an eight-play season, including classics, contemporary works, musicals and world premieres. We reach 55,000 patrons and guests each year from our state-of-the-art facility in Red Bank, New Jersey. We create great American theater by producing new works and masterpieces that most richly direct our gaze to the life of the human spirit. We strive to cultivate an audience that cherishes the intimate joy of theater, enriched when shared by a community of others.We strive to achieve artistic excellence through sustained investment in the creative process and by challenging and nurturing the visions of adventurous theater artists. Through our productions, workshops, and free public readings, we encourage our community to interact with the world-class writers, composers, actors, directors, and designers that are now coming to Red Bank.
Founded
1997
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Giant
All the Arts for All the People
Americans for the Arts' mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Americans for the Arts is the result of the merger of four (4) agencies: the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (NALAA); the American Council for the Arts (ACA); the Arts & Business Council (ABC); and the Business Council for the Arts (BCA). With this combined history, Americans for the Arts has served as the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America for over 50 years. From offices in Washington, DC, and New York City, it now serves and leads more than 150,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.
Founded
1999
Size
Large
Advancing artistic excellence
Our mission is to help artists make the work they imagine.
Founded
2001
Size
Tiny
Music transforming lives
The Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) is a world-class symphony orchestra of 100 musical leaders, ages 18 to 30, representing more than 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. YOA'S mission is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change. In ten years, YOA has become an international brand by bringing renowned artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Valery Gergiev, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass into the lives of underserved communities, young musicians, and diverse audiences.
Founded
1965
Size
Large
Experience the best
Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) is one of the nation's leading nonprofit, multidisciplinary, performing arts presenting organizations. It's three-part mission is "to provide the Washington community with performing arts presentations of the highest quality and of varied content and tradition; support and nurture performing artists and their art forms, and provide lifelong learning opportunities through arts education, youth involvement, and community partnerships."For more than 40 years Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) has created profound opportunities by connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance. Through live events in venues that criss-cross the landscape of the D.C. metropolitan area, WPAS invites all to share lifelong opportunities to deepen their cultural knowledge, enrich their lives, and expand their understanding of the world through the universal language of the performing arts.
Founded
1967
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Giant
Where Lincoln's Legacy Lives
Ford's Theatre celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education. A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford's Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln's ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.
Founded
1959
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Giant
Producing and presenting an unmatched variety of performing arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's cultural center, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular and folk music, and multi-media performances for all ages. Every year, the institution that bears President Kennedy's name brings his dream to fruition, touching the lives of millions of people through thousands of performances by the greatest artists from across America and around the world.
Founded
1960
Size
Giant
Where American theater lives
Founded in 1950, Arena Stage works to produce huge plays of all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit. Our focus is on theater of the Americas; we produce American classics, premieres of new plays and contemporary stories. Our Arena is a forum, a coliseum, a place for audiences to argue, discuss and meet each other over the theatrical divide. At the center is art; all other programs thrive in concentric circles supporting the art. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000.