2011 Annual Report
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e edward C. & ann t. Roberts Foundation funded an intriguing range
e board of the edward C. & ann t. Roberts Foundation dedicates its
of arts programs in 2011 including the education programs related to the
2011 annual Report to two retiring board members – Maggie Willard
and alex Vance. Maggie joined the Roberts board in 1995 and served as a
board member for ﬁve years and as president of the board for 11 years.
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alex joined the board in 1997 and served as both treasurer and investment
Forge Community Work’s MashUp event, Capital Classic’s presentation of
Committee Chair. e Foundation ﬂourished under Maggie and alex’s
shakespeare’s Richard III, oil drum art’s 2012 exhibition and Carolyn Kuan’s
tenure and the board is grateful for their steadfast leadership over the years.
inaugural season as Music director of Hartford symphony orchestra.
Hartford Opera Theatre performs
Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge.
2011 Grant Highlights
several arts organizations received Roberts Foundation grants for the ﬁrst
time. bated breath eatre Company’s provocative production, Hunger,
featured desire, revenge and chocolate! new england Carousel Museum
received funding for the restoration of the popular bushnell park Carousel.
other ﬁrst time grantees included Hartford opera eatre, playhouse
eatre Group, spectrum in Motion dance Company, university of
Connecticut’s ballard institute and Museum of puppetry and
West Hartford symphony orchestra.
Whether a long-term grantee or new, each arts organization funded in 2011
helped the Roberts Foundation realize its mission – to support and encourage
excellence in the arts for
the beneﬁt of Greater
Black Truck 1987 by Anna Held
Audette at Windsor Art Center.
Master painter Judy Baker restores a
Bushnell Park Carousel horse.
Cover photos: Monet’s Water Lilies: An Artist's Obsession at the Wadsworth Atheneum.
Carolyn Kuan leads the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Steve Laschever
University of Connecticut’s Ballard Institute of Puppetry stages Mi Casa es Su Casa.
Bated Breath Theatre Company satisfies with Hunger. Photo: Andrea Wise
Capital Classics presents Richard III.
Photo: Nicole Battistone
Creation of New Work Initiative
established in 2003, the Foundation’s Creation of New Work initiative seeks
2011 Board of Directors
to foster creativity in Greater Hartford by supporting the collaboration of local
Magrieta l. Willard, president
artists and arts organizations. at its december 2011 meeting, the board
Jack Kennedy, secretary
considered applications for new works in the performing arts. e board
pierre Guertin, treasurer
approved a 2012 grant to the Windsor art Center which will commission a
H. alex Vance, Jr.
new work by composer Kathryn swanson. inspired by the Farmington River,
Ms. swanson’s production, e River, will incorporate original music,
R. Kelley bonn Chair, investment Committee
electronic manipulations and ﬁeld recordings as well as dance, photography
Mike stotts, arts Representative
and ﬁlm. e Foundation will consider proposals in visual arts
and ﬁlm/video this fall.
Bud Schultz’ Parades and
Protest at Charlter Oak
lisa M. Curran, executive director
at its december, 2011 meeting, the trustees elected elizabeth normen
to the board. Jack Kennedy was elected president, Joyce Willis was
elected secretary and pierre Guertin was elected treasurer.
Peter Strauss portrays Leonardo DaVinci in Hartford Stage’s
production of Divine Rivalry. Photo: T. Charles Erickson
The Creation of New Works grant will fund The River,
a multimedia performing arts piece.
Ballet Theatre Company performs Voices of Spring.
2012 Grant Outlook
e board set a 2012 grant budget of $305,000 at its december 2011 meeting
which reﬂects the projected performance of the Foundation’s assets during 2012.
Excellence in the Arts- Program Grants
e Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Inc.
Sponsorship of War Prizes: e Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War
Sponsorship of 2012 spring concert
Ballet eater Company
Sponsorship of spring production
Bated Breath eatre Company
Sponsorship of Hunger
Billings Forge Community Works, Inc.
Sponsorship of one MashUp event
Capital Classics, Inc.
Sponsorship of Richard III
CitySingers of Hartford
Sponsorship of three spring concerts
Community Partners in Action, Inc.
Funding for the Prison Arts Program Permanent Collection
Connecticut Choral Artists, Inc.
Sponsorship of CONCORA’s 2011/2012 concert series
Sponsorship of the 2011 Riverfront performance
Connecticut Guitar Society
Sponsorship of the 2011/2012 Guitar Masters Series
Sponsorship of the 2011-2012 Concert & Opera Season
First Night Hartford 2012
Sponsorship of Interactive Art Installation
Connecticut Ballet performs Paquita on
Riverfront Recapture's Mortensen Stage
Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell
at the Mark Twain House.
The Understudy at TheaterWorks.
Photo: Lanny Nagler
Sponsorship of the 2011 Ray Gonzalez Latin Jazz and Salsa Festival
Sponsorship of Flipside
Hartford Children's eatre
Sponsorship of Peter Pan
Hartford Opera eater, Inc.
Sponsorship of spring 2011 Opera Production
Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Sponsorship of the 2011/2012 MasterWorks concert series
Sponsorship of Rise to It, One Collector's Quest
Judy Dworin Performance Project
Sponsorship of In e Garden
Mark Twain House
Sponsorship of Race, Rage & Redemption
National eatre of the Deaf
Sponsorship of school performances of Stories in My Pocket, Too
Oil Drum Art
Sponsorship of its 2012 exhibition
Connecticut Guitar Society presents Romance de la Guitarra.
Sponsorship of the 2011 Riverfront performance
Playhouse eatre Group
Sponsorship of the Spring 2012 Main Stage Series
Real Art Ways
Support for the Alix Lambert residency and exhibition
HartBeat Ensemble stages Flipside.
Photo: Joseph Long
Riverfront Recapture, Inc.
Sponsorship of 2011 Guitar Under the Stars
Saint Joseph College
Support of the Advanced Integrated Multiple Intelligences Program
Spectrum in Motion
Sponsorship of its 30th anniversary production, Madamdamin
Hartford Children’s Theatre performs Pinkalicious.
Sponsorship of e Understudy
University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc.
Sponsorship of the World of Puppetry program
Second installment for sponsorship of Monet’s Water Lilies education programs
Sponsorship of Andrew Wyeth: Looking Beyond education programs
West Hartford Art League
Support to install two pieces of public art
West Hartford Symphony Orchestra
Sponsorship of its 10th anniversary concert
Windsor Art Center
Sponsorship of the Anna Held Audette exhibition
Judy Dworin Performance Project
choreographed In This House.
Excellence in the Arts- Capital Grants
Charter Oak Cultural Center
Capital gift for new black-out curtains
ird distribution towards a $100,000 grant for the Act Now for the Future Campaign
New England Carousel Museum
Support for the Bushnell Park Carousel Centennial Restoration Project
Total Awarded in 2011
Hartt Suzuki Orchestra performs
as part of Connectiuct
Guitar Society’s Guitar
National Theatre of the Deaf presents Journeys of Identity.
left: Capital Classics stages A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
statements of support, Revenue, expenses, and other Changes in net assets,
Modiﬁed Cash basis
For the years ended december 31, 2011 and 2010
Changes in operating net assets:
interest & dividends
net realized & unrealized
gains (losses) on investments
CONCORA in Love featuring
Carolyn Cumming and Andrew Matte
from Allongé Dance Variations.
Photo: Kimberly Fazzino
excise tax payment net
Change in net assets
net assets, beginning of the year
net assets, end of the year
Jane Penfield's Stanley Quarter Park is featured at
Charter Oak Cultural Center.
About e Foundation
e edward C. & ann t. Roberts Foundation is a private, special purpose foundation
that supports and encourages excellence in the arts. it was founded in 1962 by
ned Roberts, an accomplished orchestra musician, and his wife, sunny, a recognized
artist, who shared a passion for community theater, devoting countless hours to the
Mark twain Masquers from the 1940s through the 1960’s. eir generous endowment
of the Foundation allows it to make annual grants today of nearly $300,000 to support
the performing and visual arts in the greater Hartford area.
e Foundation focuses its giving in Hartford, Connecticut and the
immediately surrounding area. e deadlines for 2012 are February 1, May 2,
august 1, and november 1. applications for e Creation of New Work
initiative are due september 4, 2012.
Guidelines and information on the application process are available
on the web at foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/e&aroberts. please also see
our web site for a history of the Foundation and listings of past grants.
The Edward C. & Ann T.
P O Box 271588
West Hartford, CT 06127-1588
Olof Aspelin’s Dutch Still Life won Best of Show at West Hartford Art League’s CT+6.
Judy Dworin Performance Project stages
What I Want to Say. Photo: Nick Lacy.