New York, NY, October 24, 2013 - The Lulu & Leo Fund has identified its first grantee, Free Arts NYC, it was announced today by Jennifer Goldschein, Executive Director, Lulu & Leo Fund. Established by Marina and Kevin Krim in memory of their two children, the fund’s mission is to foster self-expression and healing for children and communities facing adversity through programs that create meaningful engagement with the arts and other creative endeavors. The ceremonial presentation of the grant will take place on Wednesday, November 6th at the first annual Lulu & Leo Fund Fall Benefit, The Art of Healing, at the Museum of the City of New York.
“We have chosen to make this grant to Free Arts NYC because this fantastic organization is completely aligned with the Fund’s mission,” said Goldschein. “Free Arts NYC both increases arts access for under-served families as well as provides parents with consistent, long-term support to better develop and engage with their children.”
The Lulu & Leo Fund will specifically support the Free Arts NYC program Parents and Children Together With Art (PACT). PACT is a theme-based art experience for families. Its activities are designed to increase parental involvement and graduate in complexity to encourage positive forms of family communication and sustained teamwork.
“We believe every child on the planet deserves the kind of meaningful involvement with art that Lulu and Leo benefited from in their short, beautiful lives,” said Marina and Kevin Krim. “We have personally used art as a powerful healing force and were thrilled to discover Free Arts NYC’s PACT program is working to deliver a similar set of experiences and tools to families in need.”
"Free Arts NYC is truly honored to partner with the Lulu & Leo Fund, and to have the opportunity to work closely with Kevin and Marina," said Liz Hopfan, Executive Director. "We are awed by their investment in PACT, and know that their belief in the importance of supporting families will help to grow the reach and impact of our program. We look forward to working together to ensure more New York City families than ever before are provided access to the arts through a stronger, more sustainable PACT program."
The grant from the Lulu & Leo Fund will go to funding PACT’s curriculum development with an emphasis on empowering parents and guardians in recognition of the powerful role they play in supporting their children’s healthy development and resilience. It will also help in the development of evaluation materials and overall program growth.
Added Goldschein, “We want the Lulu & Leo Fund’s hallmark to be patient, consistent funding with a long-term focus on impact, scale and innovation. Our vision is to spot gems of programs delivering on our mission, like Free Arts NYC’s PACT program, and then provide them with the financial support and access to skills and contacts to perfect their models, and then help propagate those innovations on a national and global scale.”
About Lulu & Leo Fund:
Established by Marina and Kevin Krim in memory of their two children, The Lulu & Leo Fund fosters self-expression and healing for children and communities facing adversity through programs that create meaningful engagement with the arts and other creative endeavors.