THE LULU & LEO FUND SELECTS SING FOR HOPE FOR GRANT
New York, NY, September 24, 2014 - The Lulu & Leo Fund has awarded a multi-year grant to Sing for Hope, it was announced today by Jennifer Goldschein, Executive Director, Lulu & Leo Fund. Sing for Hope, through the volunteer service of over 1,500 artists including opera singers, actors, visual artists and more, brings dynamic arts outreach programming to under-resourced communities throughout New York City.
“Sing for Hope is an incredible organization that ignites the spark of creative innovation for students of all ages and brings the power of the arts to those who need it most,” said Goldschein. “Their work perfectly embodies the mission of Lulu & Leo Fund which aims to inspire, educate and grow the hearts and minds of children in need. We could not be prouder to be supporting Sing for Hope in their extraordinary efforts.”
"Sing for Hope is honored to partner with the Lulu & Leo Fund to bring art - and hope - to our most vulnerable communities,” said Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus, Co-Executive Directors, Sing For Hope. “The support of the Lulu & Leo Fund speaks to the complementary missions of our two organizations and to our shared vision of 'art for all.' Our partnership will bring the transformational power of the arts to under-resourced areas where it is needed most, brightening lives. We are excited to embark on our next chapter with the Lulu & Leo Fund, and we are deeply grateful to the Krims and everyone at Lulu & Leo Fund for their innovative philanthropic leadership and their commitment to uplifting lives through the arts."
The Lulu & Leo Fund grant will enable Sing for Hope to serve an additional 1,000 under-resourced individuals and will also support several of the organization’s programs including:
The Sing for Hope Healing Arts Program, which brings dynamic arts experiences to hospital patients, the disabled, seniors and veterans through Bedside Performances (personalized access to the arts for nonambulatory patients); Interactive Visits (the creation of a collaborative work of art) and Collaborative Concerts throughout the city.
The Sing for Hope Youth Arts Program, which is comprised of a range of educational programs for underserved youth in the greater New York area.
The Sing for Hope Community Arts Program that aims to enliven neighborhoods across New York City with public art projects throughout the year.
The Sing for Hope Youth Chorus , along with Broadway sensation and Sing for Hope volunteer, Blake Whyte, will perform at the 2nd Annual Lulu & Leo Fund Benefit: The Art of Healing at the Museum of the City of New York on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
Founded by Marina and Kevin Krim in November 2012 in memory of their two children, the Lulu & Leo Fund is a public foundation primarily focused on healing through art. Previous grantees include Cool Culture, an organization that ensures that New York’s most diverse families with preschool-aged children have access to arts and culture as a way to increase literacy and learning in early childhood and to prepare children to succeed in school and Free Arts NYC program Parents and Children Together (PACT), which creates theme-based art experience for families. PACT's activities are designed to increase parental involvement and graduate in complexity to encourage positive forms of family communication and sustained teamwork.