The Reva & David Logan Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropic organization which has funded several Washington-area theatre companies, will be giving The Welders a $10,000 annual matching grant for each of the next three years, the company announced.
The Welders, a collective of five playwrights (Bob Bartlett, Renee Calarco, Allyson Currin, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Gwydion Suilebhan and Jojo Ruf, Executive and Creative Director) collaborate to produce one play by each playwright before handing the organization over to a successor group of playwrights (Welders 2.0: Brett Steven Abelman, Annalisa Diaz, Rachel Hynes, Renee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratnner, Deb Sevigny, and Stephen Spotswood).
The Welders will use the money for general operating expenses. “General operating funding is the lifeblood of new arts organizations,” Ruf is quoted as saying. “Having three years of support from the Logan Foundation means that we can boldly move forward in presenting our final production before passing a financially solid organization on to the next generation of Welders.” The company has already raised 60% of the first year’s goal. Donations can be made here.
The Logan Foundation contributes millions of dollars each year to organizations supporting social justice, the arts, scholarship and investigative journalism. Reva and David Logan were a teacher and an investment banker who together contributed $35 million to the University of Chicago for an arts center. Their son, Dan Logan, lives in Virginia.
The founding Welders’ final production will be Suilebhan’s Transmission, opening April 30, 2016 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.