Lincoln Center Education Announces $4 Million Gift from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to Support Arts Outreach

by Michael Eddy

NEW YORK, NY—As it enters its 41st year of providing arts education to students of all levels, Lincoln Center Education announced that it’s receiving a $4 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to support its wide-ranging programs. This generous gift will provide $1 million per year for four consecutive years, beginning with 2016–2017 and will strengthen the extensive programming central to LCE’s mission. The grant is the largest single donation to LCE in history.

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This gift matches the Sherman Fairchild Foundation’s 2013 donation to LCE, which was the largest single grant ever given to Lincoln Center’s education arm. The previous gift helped LCE establish 15 new initiatives, strengthen core programs, bolster a multi-faceted refocusing and rebranding campaign, and inspire additional financial support. Through the renewed funding, Lincoln Center has ensured that it will be able to build upon its successes from the past four years.

Since 2013, LCE has reached more than 125,000 students, families, and educators in all five boroughs of New York City primarily through school and community programs. Vital to this programming is the specially curated annual season that LCE presents of world-class theater, music, dance, and visual art. This engaging program has expanded to produce more than 300 events per year, featuring 30 artists and ensembles from around the world. In addition, around 500 low-income families receive $5 tickets to performances on the Lincoln Center campus each year.

Russell Granet, Executive Vice President of LCE, remarked: “The tremendous generosity of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation helped us redefine LCE, and strategically develop programs for students, educators and lifelong learners who love the arts. Their renewed commitment allows us to continue this worthwhile endeavor, preparing students for their academic and professional lives through imagination, innovation, collaboration, and problem solving, all of which are vital skills in our current society.” Lincoln Center Education is deeply grateful to the many contributors who make these programs possible.

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