Heard, Scottsdale Arts, MIM, Phoenix Art Museum Win Flinn Foundation Awards

Four metro Phoenix arts organizations have received grants from the Flinn Foundation so far this year. Together, the grants total $250,000.

The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed philanthropic organization founded in 1965. The foundation makes grants to nonprofits working in several areas, including arts and culture, bioscience, education, and civic leadership.

Its arts and culture focus includes “improving the financial and creative health of Arizona’s largest arts and culture organizations.”

Scottsdale Arts was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Flinn Foundation. Scottsdale Arts is the nonprofit organization (formerly the Scottsdale Cultural Council) that oversees Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Scottsdale Public Art. It announced the award in a Thursday, June 13, press release.

The Heard Museum also received a $100,000 grant from the foundation this year. Two museums, Phoenix Art Museum and the Musical Instrument Museum, received $25,000 grants from the foundation this year.

The Scottsdale Arts grant will help Scottsdale Arts expand its presentation of off-site productions through a new program called Scottsdale Arts Presents. For the 2017-18 season, Scottsdale Arts Presents will feature three performances at the Orpheum Theatre — with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott, author David Sedaris, and storyteller Ira Glass. It also includes concerts at Celebrity Theatre and the Musical Instrument Museum.

“We’ve been doing performances at other venues for 20 years, because no one venue is right for every performer,” says Neale Perl, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts since August 2014. “We’re excited about bringing five big-name artists to other parts of the Valley.”

The Scottsdale Arts Presents program is part of a larger effort to increase the organization’s geographic footprint, while introducing new audiences to its offerings. “Expanding our programming will help us reach people who…

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