The Folly Theater will use the Spencer Fane Charitable Grant to
KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spencer Fane LLP is pleased to announce that the historic Folly Theater is the recipient of the society’s 2022 Charitable Giving Program grant in Kansas City.
The $50,000 grant will be paid over three years. The Folly Theater plans to use the funding to support an ongoing effort to provide equitable and inclusive opportunities to a broad spectrum of American musicians who represent the diversity of citizens of metro Kansas City and surrounding communities with specific plans to invest. in the Folly-Bridge Americana Series. The Folly is also home to the Folly Jazz Series, Kids’ Series, Folly Frolic and the local listening room series LIVE! In the living room.
“We are committed to developing our Americana series to reflect the rich tapestry of diverse artists whose music tells the unique stories of American life through roots, folk, country, soul, blues, gospel, jazz and rock music. It is incredibly important to us that this series reflects and celebrates the full diversity of cultures, perspectives and life experiences that make up our great country,” said Folly Theater General Manager Rick Truman. “We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to partner with Spencer Fane to meet the artistic needs of our community with engaging, approachable, and engaging performances that reflect our increasingly diverse audiences and represent what Americana means. This partnership will help Folly’s Placemaking initiative, through which we seek to create a place where all people, from all corners of our community, feel welcomed, included and have a sense of belonging.
The Folly Theater relies on several key community funders who have continued to support the organization over the years due to demonstrated success in achieving goals. Spencer Fane has a long history of insanity support, dating back to the relationship between late partner Richard Spencer, other attorneys and clients involved in the theater’s operations.
In addition to its ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, the Folly Theater will soon begin the $4 million Phase II of its renovation plans, which includes the installation of new theater seating more comfortable, refurbished original wood floors, new carpeting, new lighting, upgraded and updated dressing rooms for world-class performers, and an updated balcony lobby to enhance the guest experience.
In 2017, Kansas City was named a “City of Music” by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization that promotes “creative cities” around the world. It remains the only city in the United States to have this designation, and as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Kansas City has a unique opportunity to continue to play a national leadership role in development. sustainability and to integrate the arts into the development of the city. The Folly Theater is actively involved in pursuing these initiatives and receipt of this grant will strengthen the theater’s commitment.
“Spencer Fane supports the Folly Theater in its dedicated efforts to maintain the building’s heritage, diversify programming and entertainment offerings, and engage in the continued revitalization of downtown Kansas City,” said Julia Vander Weele, partner director of Spencer Fane’s office in Kansas. Town. “We are delighted to provide financial support in addition to sponsorship and volunteer opportunities from firm leaders, attorneys and legal professionals who care about the vibrant and engaging local arts community.”
The Spencer Fane Charitable Giving Program in Kansas City is providing significant support to select local nonprofit arts organizations with a $50,000 donation over three years. The program is designed as a rotation so that a new beneficiary enters the program each year, and another leaves it at the end of its three-year cycle. Current and past recipients include Midwest Music Foundation, Charlotte Street Foundation, Crossroads Preparatory Academy, Lyric Opera Kansas City, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council, and Kansas City Art Institute.
The primary goal of the program is to foster longstanding relationships with nonprofit organizations and provide Spencer Fane employees with additional opportunities to become involved in the company’s charitable causes.
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