Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 33.  Wednesday, 20 January 1993.
From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, January 20, 1993
Subject:        Folger Library Grant
CONTACT:        Janet A. Griffin (202) 675-0343
                Bruce Trachtenberg (212) 9S3-1200
                Jerry Tyson (202) 466-8222
Plans to Expand Public Programming
WASHINGTON, DC--The Folger Shakespeare Library announced today receipt of a
$2.5 million grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund for "Project
Access" to expand public programming. This is the largest award received by
the library since its founding 60 years ago.
M. Christine DeVita, president of the Fund, said "Project Access will make it
possible for the Folger Shakespeare Library to substantially improve the way
it presents its collections and offer new educational and outreach programs.
This will enable the library to develop fully its role as a public cultural
Funds for Project Access will be used to:
        o refurbish and upgrade the Folger's 250-seat Elizabethan Theatre
        o create a full schedule of varied cultural programs for the Theatre
        o create an expanded museum program with new exhibit spaces and
          a multilingual, interactive video center for programs on
          Shakespeare and his age
        o increase the number of public humanities programs and
          interpretative exhibitions which highlight the library's
          extensive collection of books, manuscripts, and artifacts
        o improve access to the building, its public spaces, and its
          programs for people with disabilities
        o enable the Folger's programs and exhibitions to reflect the
          diversity of the community
According to Folger Director Werner Gundersheimer, Project Access is an
integral part of the library's Jubilee Campaign, announced on its 60th
anniversary last year with an overall goal of $20 million. Jubilee Campaign
funds will enhance core collections, support operating costs, and improve
scholarly and public access to the library's resources.
One of a handful of private research libraries in this country originally
established to support advanced research, the Folger, according to
Gundersheimer, "has always explored new ways to make the cultural legacy
of the Renaissance meaningful to everyone, and this new grant will help
us intensify our efforts."
Project Access has been initiated with seed funding from the Marpat
Foundation of Washington, DC.
To help create a vibrant and thriving cultural life that adds vitality to
our nation and provides enriching experiences for people across the country,
the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund supports programs in performing, visual,
literary, and folk arts; adult literacy, and urban parks. With annual grants
of more than $30 million, the Fund is the largest private funder of art and
culture in the United States.

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