Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Kimmel Center Gets $10M Grant

(published and archived at www.thebulletin.us)

Philadelphia - The Kimmel Center received a $10 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation to establish an annual, month-long, themed citywide arts festival, scheduled to being April 2011.

Currently in early planning stages, the festival will bring together all nine Kimmel Center Presents series, the Kimmel Center's resident companies and a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations from throughout Philadelphia. A central theme will unite the participating groups and provide inspiration for new works; the theme for the inaugural festival will be announced at a later date.

"We are thrilled to support such a bold and innovative idea that encourages collaboration among Philadelphia's art organizations," said Gail Levin, executive director of The Annenberg Foundation, "Spotlighting the arts and culture that Mrs. Annenberg has enjoyed and supported for many years in Philadelphia, and sharing it with the world through a citywide arts and cultural festival gives us great pleasure. We hope everyone in the city will embrace this festival and match her incredible generosity."

Through this creative collaboration between the Kimmel Center and the city's arts groups and guest performers, the festival will serve to create a community tradition while spreading awareness of the festival both locally and nationally.

Partnerships between organizations like the Kimmel Center and the Annenberg Foundation will enable Philadelphia to highlight its unique artistic and cultural treasures, as Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center, anticipates.

"We can shine a bright light on the unique and diverse offerings we enjoy everyday, bring new works to life, and share all of it with Philadelphia and the world."
Heather Chin can be reached at heather.jean.chin@gmail.com

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