Our partnership with The Leir Foundation has been the bedrock of our outreach programs since 2019. With the support of the Leir Foundation and our generous donors, we are able to make Playhouse performances available to underserved communities all across the region.
Over the past season, the Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone program:
- Donated $156,000 worth of tickets to the surrounding community, including underserved households, Title 1 schools and other nonprofits
- Created the Senior Cinema Series, offering daytime films for seniors, free of charge
- Offered free tickets to students for the MET Opera and National Theatre of London series
- Expanded the Diversity Film Series to include explorations of equity, and inclusion, as well as the 2-part Discovering Amistad activation which included a film screening, multiple community partnerships, and tours of the Amistad replica.
WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR SUPPORTING THE LEIR FOUNDATION ARTS FOR EVERYONE PROGRAM AND THE ARTS IN EDUCATION SERIES:
SPONSORS: The Leir Foundation, 7th Annual Bernie Williams Day, The George Link Jr. Charitable Trust, Ridgefield Thrift Shop, Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Fairfield County Bank
WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM: AAA Northeast, Aquarion Water Company, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Jeannine & Thomas Carr, Eric Diefenbach & James Keith Brown, Anita & Nick Donofrio, Elizabeth Murray Ellis, Emerson Charitable Trust on behalf of Branson Ultrasonics, Enterprise Holdings, Darlina & Michael Fleitz, Liz & Steven Goldstone, Melissa Kalinowski, M&T Bank, Macy’s, The Meek Foundation, Perlmutter Family Foundation, Ridgefield Playhouse Board of Directors, Savings Bank of Danbury, Lisa & Alan Smith, Rachel & Joe Sondheimer, Union Savings Bank