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Shubert Foundation Grants $37.6 Million to Over 600 Arts Groups, HBCUs

ES Staff  |  Stage Scoop

The Foundation gave $1 million to Spelman College and Morehouse College to create theatrical scholarships.

Morehouse College, a private liberal arts college founded in Atlanta in 1867, is the largest men's college in the US.

Spelman College in Atlanta, founded in 1881, is a famous liberal arts university that educates African-American women.

Diana Phillips, president of the Shubert Foundation, says, "We're happy to increase funding and grantees this year. COVID has dealt a crushing blow, and there is still a great need. As part of our commitment to eliminating obstacles and easing access, we welcomed first-time applicants with smaller budgets without audited financial papers. 18 of the 50 new award recipients were added to our list after this revision."

"The Shubert Foundation has long supported education in the performing arts through our affiliation with NYC Public Schools and our Shubert Scholars Program at colleges and institutions," said 2022 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award recipient Robert E. Wankel.

"This year, our board established two $1 million endowments for scholarships at two HBCUs to broaden college students of color's performing arts opportunities."

"Spelman College is happy to receive a large endowment contribution from The Shubert Foundation," said President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell. Bright, young students help the College restore and grow its theaters and performing venues.

Morehouse College President Dr. David A. Thomas says the world's most important skill is creativity. "This present will help men of color convey ideas, cross cultural gaps, solve problems, and inspire inspiration, excitement, meditation, and introspection. Morehouse's arts leadership is a major accomplishment," he continued.

Lee and J.J. Shubert started the Shubert Foundation in 1945. The Foundation is the largest unrestricted supporter to non-profit theater and dance. The Shubert Foundation's awards program has provided $575 million to non-profit arts groups since 1977.