Funding the Arts

FAN Celebrates 15 Years

Terry Schechter with Scott Cunningham and Alex Cunningham Photos by Manny Hernandez

Funding Arts Network (FAN) celebrated its 15th Anniversary by hosting its annual awards luncheon and membership meeting in event-making style with the presentation of $200,000 in grant awards.

Thirty-four arts organizations received grants at the anniversary luncheon, held at the HIlton Miami Downtown. To date, FAN has awarded close to $3 million to 95 Miami-Dade County arts organizations and to more than 400 programs in the disciplines of dance, music, theater and visual arts.

In partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, FAN presented and additional $25,000 for FAN’s Knight New Work Award to New World Symphony’s An Opening Fanfare.

Scott Cunningham of O Miami presented the members and art aficionados with a poem he created for the occasion. Michael Spring of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs spoke on the success of FAN – its recognition locally and nationally for its professionalism and governance and as an excellent model of a philanthropic giving circle modeled around the country.

Deborah Hoffman and Michael Spring

Much more than a network of arts enthusiasts, FAN conducts a careful and professional screening process and provides workshops for applicants and quarterly panel presentations for members that foster arts awareness and appreciation. Members are the critical ingredient; they provide the funds, make the decisions, and individually or through organized “cultural camaraderie” events attend the performances and exhibits that FAN has funded.

Actor’s Playhouse
Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa
Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education
City Theatre
Cuban Classical Ballet of Miam
Florida Dance Association
Florida Grand Opera
Friends of the Chamber Music
Friends of the Bass Museum
Frost School of Music-UM
Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
Locust Projects
Lowe Art Museum
Miami Art Museum

Miami Beach Cinemateque
Miami Hispanic Ballet
Miami Light Project
Museum of Contemporary Art
Musical Arts Association of Miami
Cleveland Orchestra
New Theatre
New World Symphony
Patrons of Exceptional Artists
Seraphic Fire
Sunday Afternoons of Music Teatro Avente
The M Ensemble Company
The Murray Dranoff Foundation
The Patricia And Phillip Frost Art Museum –FIU
Tigertail Productions

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