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March 13, 2015 | News

Foundation Invests in The Arts

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting the arts in Central Florida. This is evidenced by the more than $249,500 in grants that were awarded to arts institutions in the 2014 fiscal year. More than $100,550 has already been distributed for the 2015 fiscal year.

Organizations such as the Enzian Theatre, Michelee Puppets and Orlando Repertory, to name a few, were recipients of more than 16 arts grants in 2014. The grant money was used to renovate outdated facilities, hire staff, fund capital campaigns and put theatrical performances on stage. The diversity of organizations funded is representative of the Foundation’s efforts to make the arts accessible to all. “Thanks in part to a grant from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, we have been able to take our program on Charles Dickens to high school students throughout Central Florida,” says Mitzi Maxwell, Executive Director of the Mad Cow Theatre 

“Programs like this help students learn and retain information and develop a life-long appreciation for the arts. It wouldn’t be possible without grants like this from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.”

 “Our founder, Mrs. Bush, was passionate about the arts even before she met and married her husband, Archibald Granville Bush,” says Foundation President David Odahowski. “Her love of the arts shaped her as a person and has been a cornerstone of the Foundation since its inception.” 

Organizations benefitting from Foundation grants in 2015 include Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Mennello Museum of American Art, The 56th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, and Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The Foundation’s grant to the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park will support performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in celebration of the Bach Festival Society’s 80th Anniversary Season. Additionally, The Foundation is proud to sponsor the third annual Art of Philanthropy Award at The 56th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The award recognizes the piece of artwork that expresses “the love of mankind” and represents philanthropy at its very best.

For a complete listing of grants awarded, click here.