Miami City Ballet receives grants from Knight, Ford foundations

Miami City Ballet has received $4 million in grants from major foundations and another $2.5 million in board donations, company officials said.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, one of the company’s most consistent supporters, has pledged $2.5 million over three years. Of that total, $1.5 million comes from a fund set up in 2012, when the company was awarded a $5 million, five-year grant, the largest in its history.

A new $1 million grant is designated for new work and strengthening the organization. That grant required a match in debt forgiveness or new or increased donations, which has been met, Executive Director Michael Scolamiero said.

The company has received its first grant from the Ford Foundation — a $1.5 million, three-year grant for general support as well as enhanced education and outreach.

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Dancer Meet & Greet with Artist’s Circle Members

Miami City Ballet hosted an exclusive members-only Meet and Greet cocktail event for upper level Artist’s Circle donors, all 50 MCB dancers, and Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. Sponsored by Frank & Gabriele Armstrong, the event was a champagne-filled soiree on the private balcony of MCB headquarters.

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