Charity Focus: The Foundation


Charity Focus: The Foundation

Unread postby d-chan o^_*o » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:17 pm

The Foundation, previously known as The Foundation Community Arts Initiative, is the organization responsible for The Rotunda, having proudly hosted countless seasons of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational since 2007. It all began when the University Of Pennsylvania purchased what now is The Rotunda (formerly known as 1st Church Of Christ Scientist) in 1996 as a strategic acquisition tied to a large scale community investment strategy known as the West Philadelphia Initiatives. While pursuing redevelopment options, Penn’s real estate officials responded to the ideas put forth in a 1998 Urban Studies seminar led by Dr. Ira Harkavy & Dr. Lee Benson, which called for the formation of The Foundation Community Arts Initiative. By making space available in a portion of the building, The Foundation held their 1st event in 1999 producing a free, all-ages, public Jazz concert.

Soon afterwards, The Foundation, led by Andrew Zitcer, began programming weekly events & monthly series, showcasing diverse groups of people through arts & culture experiences. The current Director for The Foundation, Gina Renzi, is the personification of public service & has been a friend of the fusion festival dating back to a chance meeting at an event held at The Rotunda in late 2005. And via our "TAKII: A Rotunda Beautification Project", we took TAKII fanatics on a tour of the entire Rotunda building (including its archaic-styled sanctuary) during TAKII 11 & announced that we'd volunteer more time & resources to improving the venue in a diverse set of ways, with an ultimate goal of someday taking the entire building over! May the beautiful relationship between The Foundation & TAKII continue for many years to come!
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