Art & Culture

Our Vision

Art and Culture have the capacity to positively impact the human experience for both children and adults. The Simms/Mann Institute creates programs that explore art in all forms and, through this exploration, encourages individuals to reflect on their own history and culture.

Explore the projects that are helping to further our mission

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MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

The Simms/Mann Institute supported MOXI’s mission by donating to the Bridge for Interactive Media exhibit, which features rotating displays of new media arts and technology. The exhibit will allow visitors to discover a unique showcase for a wide range of digital interactive experiences designed in partnership with area artists, educators and scientists.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

In partnership with the Simms/Mann Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building the world's leading movie museum in the heart of Los Angeles, set to open in 2018. The Simms/Mann Family Foundation endowed a 275-seat theater in honor of Ted Mann.

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Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota

The Foundation supported the production of the Tedd Mann Concert Hall, a world-class concert auditorium overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, in 1993.

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Aspen Music Festival and School

The Simms/Mann Foundation endowed a Piano Chair and annually supports two piano students at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

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Hold Onto Your Music Foundation

The Simms/Mann Institute supported production of the documentary, "I am a Pianist," which follows concert pianist, Mona Golabek, across America as she brings her mother and grandmother's inspiring story to students and communities.

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Geffen Playhouse

The Foundation supported the construction of the “Victoria and Ronald Simms Courtyard in Honor of Ted Mann.” Victoria Simms, Ph.D., serves as a Founding Board Member.

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Hammer Artist Residency Program

The Foundation funded Anila Rubiku as the 2013 International Artist-in-Residence at the Hammer Museum.

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Building the House Within Speaker Series

The Institute, in partnership with the Hammer Museum, created the Building the House Within Speaker Series, a free public educational program offered through Hammer Museum's Public Programs.

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Prince of Wales Foundation

The Foundation supports the collaboration between the Prince’s Drawing School and United States art education institutions by providing scholarships to young American artists to participate in a four-week residency at the Prince’s Drawing School.

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USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

A member of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance’s “Founder’s Circle,” the foundation established the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship in 2016. The Founder’s Circle creates a legacy of support for of dancers, choreographers and dance leaders at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Satori Folkes-Stone is the current recipient of the Simms/Mann Family Foundation Endowed Dance Scholarship.

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Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Foundation grant was used to purchase the art located at the top of the Wallis Annenberg’s Grand Staircase. The piece is Untitled (Venice) by Lee Mullican (1967).

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Zimmer Children’s Museum

The Foundation supported the development of a permanent exhibit at the Museum: the Mann Theater. The Foundation has also supported the Museum’s youTHink program.

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