William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announces
$25 million for Bay Area arts funding
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
November 27, 2006
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced recently the
award of $25 million in grants to local performing arts institutions,
an increase of about $10 million over grants awarded last year.
2007 marks the 40th year of arts grants by the leading Bay Area
philanthropists. The grants are designed to help support new work
and arts educational efforts.
"This is a commitment that has broadened and matured through
the years," Moy Eng, director of the foundation's performing
arts program, said in a statement. "Today, the program has
stretched far beyond support for traditional cultural mainstays
such as symphonies and ballet companies to embrace the wide-ranging
cultural diversity that now signifies California."
The San Francisco Opera will receive $10 million to boost its
endowment and fund new works. The San Francisco Symphony will
receive $5 million to help continue its "Adventures in Music"
program aiding arts education in public schools.
The American Conservatory Theater intends to use a $5 million
grant from Hewlett to commission new work as part of its "Next
Generation Campaign" to engage artists who are non-commercial
or require special funding to foster their talent.
The San Francisco Ballet will use a $5 million grant as a matching
gift to raise money to help complete its $35 million endowment
campaign, which helps underwrite new works, pay touring costs
and bolster its ballet school and arts education programs.
Since 1967 the Hewlett Foundation has awarded more than $188
million to roughly 1,900 performing organizations in the Bay Area.
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