The Reva and David Logan Foundation, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to supporting social justice, the arts, scholarship and investigative journalism, will give Mosaic Theater Company of DC one million dollars over the next four years, Artistic Director Ari Roth announced.
“Mosaic has found an extraordinary partner in The Reva and David Logan Foundation,” Roth said. “Their commitment to social justice, trailblazing art, and transformative involvement in the community mirrors our own. And they have been the best kind of encouragers, standing by us when we needed support the most, and now pointing us forward to embrace even bigger challenges while helping to ensure our staying power so that we continue to aim high and dream big.”
The company, just ending its first season, said that it would use the money for, among other things, free community programming and workshop and reading presentations of work by new and emerging artists.
The grant comes on the heels of a $250,000 challenge grant which the Logan Foundation gave Mosaic last April. Mosaic was able to meet Logan’s challenge requirements, the company said.
The Logan Foundation is a philanthropic organization which gives millions of dollars annually to programs it elects to support. It has long been active in the DC area theater scene, having funded the Capital Fringe Festival to the tune of $705,000 last year and $710,000 the year before. The Logan Foundation has also given $50,000 grants to Theater J, where Roth was the longtime artistic director before moving on to Mosaic, in 2014 and 2015.
David S. Logan, a lawyer and investment banker, served on the Illinois Arts Council from 1976 to 2006. Reva Franklin Logan was a teacher. In 2007, they famously wrote a $35 million check to the University of Chicago to help cover the cost of a $100 million creative and performing arts center. David Logan died in 2011 at the age of 93; Reva died in 2013 at 91.
“This extraordinary one million dollar grant from the Logan Foundation…is confirmation of the powerful impact Mosaic has had on Washington theater,” Mosaic Board President Deborah Carliner said. “I could not be more proud of what the Board of Directors, staff, and leadership of Mosaic have accomplished in such a short time. The future is oh so bright. I give my heartfelt thanks to the Logan family.”
Mosaic Theater concludes their first season with After the War by Motti Lerner, through April 17, and When January Feels Like Summer, May 19-June 12, both at Atlas Performing Arts Center and a short run of HKeelee (Talk to Me), Apr 30 – May 1 at Arena Stage.
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