Investing in Arts & Culture
Total Foundation Grants
2000-04: $137.8 Million
As did its founders, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation takes an active part in supporting Utah's vibrant arts community, including the visual arts, music, dance, and creative expression of many kinds. The arts have been woven tightly into the fabric of the state since the earliest days of its Native American residents and pioneer settlers. Today, thanks to a continued emphasis on the arts among Utah's citizenry, the state boasts world-class arts organizations that foster excellence and professionalism at the highest artistic levels.
The Foundation is pleased to partner with organizations to enhance the cultural richness of Utah's communities, and to nurture the creative and intellectual spirit in individuals young and old alike. Its grant-making will continue to help ensure a vibrant arts community which celebrates diversity and enriches the lives of all Utahns.
Foundation gifts in this area are directed to qualified charitable organizations and their projects that foster the enjoyment and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, strengthen the humanities and arts-related education programs, provide affordable access for all Utahns to events and performances, enhance artistic elements in communities, and nurture a new generation of artists throughout Utah.
Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, Utah
On June 4, 2000, Fred C. Adams and four colleagues walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to receive the Tony Award for America's Outstanding Regional Theatre. It was a magical moment for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and the culmination of 40 years of hard work and dedication on the part of Mr. Adams, his colleagues at Southern Utah University, and arts patrons in Utah. Together, they have fostered the growth of the Cedar City, Utah, festival from modest beginnings to international fame.
"Extraordinary," says Academy Award-winning film actor Jeremy Irons, "to come halfway around the world and find that, here in Utah, Shakespeare has come home!"
Since 1993, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation has been pleased, through annual production sponsorships, to help the Utah Shakespearean Festival grow and prosper. "Our grants to the Shakespearean Festival not only support the vision and dedication of Fred Adams, but also add to the economic vitality of Cedar City and its surrounding rural communities," says Foundation President Lisa Eccles.