Arts & Culture
Guido and Elizabeth's foundation work in the area of arts and culture is combined with their
vision to improve education.
Of strong interest to the Foundation is the area of Arts and Culture. The Foundation has
a particular interest in the fine and performing arts, for it is in these areas that the
quality of life in Calhoun County can most opportunely be supported and enhanced. Programs
that involve music, libraries, museums and a zoo all enhance the quality of life in the community.
In addition, schools that incorporate music, art, drama, dance, and creative writing into the
basic curriculum have found that teaching the arts has a significant effect on overall success
in school. Proposals in any of these focus areas would be eligible for consideration.
2017-2018 Arts/Culture Grants
Music Center of South Central Michigan:
The Foundation continues to support the Music Center of South Central Michigan by funding
a portion of the Battle Creek Symphony's concert series. This support includes underwriting
tickets for underserved individuals and families throughout Calhoun County. The Battle Creek
Symphony Orchestra is the only professional orchestra serving Calhoun County and is the
longest-running orchestra in the state.
Brass Band of Battle Creek:
Support for Youth Education Programs, including the Youth Brass Band Camp featured in the photo above, that
serve students in grades K-12 throughout Calhoun County and Southwest Michigan. Financial and accessibility
barriers are removed allowing exposure to, and the opportunity to play alongside, world-class musicians.