The Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation selected Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) as the recipient of three grant awards during their July board meeting.
The first is a $12,000 matching funds grant award in support of this year’s season that will feature six National Touring Shows from October 2022 – April 2023. This year’s season includes performances by Three Men and a Tenor, Barron Ryan, TCA Comedy Show, Fantastick Patrick, The Moxie Strings, and Drew and Kin featuring Danny K!
The second matching funds award is for $2,500 and will fund the free Veterans Day concert on Friday, November 11. The event will feature guest speakers and a performance by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. The Dodworth Saxhorn Band (DSB), headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is America's Premier 19th Century Brass Band and recreates the music and atmosphere of a 19th Century community brass band.
The third matching funds grant award is for $20,000 for the creation of the TCA Music Park. The theater had previously received a $10,000 award from the Stubnitz Foundation for the park. The park is a collaboration between Tecumseh Center for the Arts, City of Tecumseh Parks and Recreation, and F & S Landscaping. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the “walk through the woods” as they encounter a large variety of sound sculptures from a harp to lily pad shaped cymbals. Musicians of all ages and skill levels will be able to create music surrounded by specifically designed landscaping that cohesively combines art, music, and nature. Construction for the Music Park will begin this fall.
"Receiving even one grant from the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation can make a significant impact on the theater and our programming each year – but when you receive three grant awards for three very different projects, you realize how incredible this local Foundation is for our community," stated TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. "The Foundation’s ongoing support for the arts and music has greatly improved the quality of life for residents and we feel honored that they chose to support us in our programming and upcoming projects. We are incredibly grateful and beyond thrilled to partner with the Foundation for all three projects this season.”
Confident that music and the performing arts positively enhance people’s lives, the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation seeks to enrich the Lenawee County region’s cultural life through its support of, education in, performance of and appreciation for the performing arts. The foundation’s primary focus is on music and performing arts programs that benefit the Lenawee County community and/or students in the County’s primary and secondary education programs (including post-secondary scholarships in music and performing arts).
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