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.
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.