Arts & Culture
Arts and culture includes all forms of creative expression,
from individual to collective, from grassroots to professional and institutional.
These forms of expression frequently draw inspiration from the existing natural
and artificial landforms, built environments, belief systems and values which
shape who we are - our local, regional and national identities.
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.
Guido and Elizabeth's foundation work in the area of arts and culture is combined
with their vision to improve education. Programs include music, libraries, museums
and a zoo; all enhancing the quality of life in their communities.
2016-2017 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.
Leila Arboretum Society:
Support the re-branding, community-wide reintroduction and expansion of The Kaleidoscope Garden,
formerly known as the Children’s Garden. The Kaleidoscope Garden will continue to serve children
ages 4-12 with educational programming and will also visually link the Garden to the new Fantasy
Forest, Fragrant Hill Pavilion and Kingman Museum.
Gilmore Keyboard Festival:
Elizabeth Binda was a founding board member of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival. The Foundation will
be supporting the Young Artist Concert in collaboration with First Congregational Church and W.K.
Kellogg Foundation, as well as a Babies and Toddlers Concert in partnership with Willard Library.