FRESNO GRAND OPERA ANNOUNCES $200,000 GRANT FROM
THE JAMES IRVINE FOUNDATION
Grant supports groundbreaking work in engaging new audiences
through participatory creative programs
Fresno, California – October 2, 2015
Fresno Grand Opera is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant of $200,000 from The James Irvine Foundation to support work over the next two seasons in engaging new audiences through participatory creative programs. The grant will support all of the engagement and performance events that will take place through the recently announced partnership between Fresno Grand Opera, Fresno State University and the poetry slam community in Fresno.
Matthew Buckman, General Director of Fresno Grand Opera, said: “I am deeply appreciative of the willingness of The James Irvine Foundation to invest in progressive and previously untested methods for engaging broader audiences in our community. The leadership role the Foundation plays in providing risk capital for arts organizations to experiment is unprecedented, and makes it possible for us to be creative in how we seek to engage our communities in different ways. I am very excited for the engagement this grant will bring to our community, and I thank The James Irvine Foundation for investing in our Company.”
This grant from The James Irvine Foundation will support the Opera Remix: Music & Verse event at The Tower Theatre on Friday, October 16; the ongoing work between local poets and composers to engage in the creative process of writing new music; workshops in Fresno by leading composers and librettists from around the country; presentations in Fresno by leading figures surrounding the operas being performed in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons; and several performance events in the 2016/17 season focusing on the work created by the local poets and composers.
The grant was awarded jointly to Fresno Grand Opera and Townsend Opera in Modesto.
About The James Irvine Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.8 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $69 million in 2013 for the people of California.