The KEEPERS of Big Top Chautauqua and Grant Support
of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Here we are , looking back at the second year of The KEEPERS , a group of supporters who care greatly about the music , arts and culture that the Big Top provides . The KEEPERS supply financial resources that are held for future buildings and grounds purposes , thus ensuring a stable base of support for the exciting Big Top chapters ahead . Formed in 2015 , we asked supporters to help tend the light for Big Top , the cultural jewel of the Northwoods . Many wonderful people have answered the call by contributing $ 1,000 or more , providing over $ 200,000 in support to date . This fun-loving group plans get-togethers centered around the Big Top , music , and the beauty of the area - this year bringing Michael Feinstein to the tent for a spellbinding world-class performance . They witnessed the birth of a new star in Texas songwriter John Fullbright , cruised the Apostle Islands , danced to the island sounds of Quito Rymer and the Edge and had an unforgettable tour of Sand Island – all to the benefit of Big Top Chautauqua . We are grateful to these wonderful friends and acknowledge the leadership of Don and Abby Funk , Mary Rice , Kim West Rymer , Kim Ogle and Jim Perry . Salute !
Operational support was provided through a grant from the MAHADH Fund of the HRK Foundation .
Mission-based programming was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts .
Support for our Steerage Song co-production with The Duluth Playhouse , including two special performances for area school children , was provided through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation ' s Community Opportunity Fund .
The Free Family Matinee Series was funded in part by the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council , the Washburn Community Education Foundation , the Walmart Foundation , and the Ashland Foundation .
The Native American Community Connections Series was funded in part by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation ' s Anishinabe Fund and it ' s affiliate , the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund and it ' s Human Rights Fund . Additional support was provided by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund for a special performance by Buffy Sainte-Marie .
MAHADH Fund of HRK Foundation
Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund , a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts , with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group .
Supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts .
Xcel Energy provided support for our original show series and free family programming .
Salute to our 2016 Season Sponsor
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