Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota

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The Simms/Mann Family Foundation supported the production of the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. The Tedd Mann Concert Hall, a world-class concert auditorium, overlooks the banks of the Mississippi River and seats over 1,200 guests. Designed with acoustics as its highest priority, the Concert Hall shines with the all-encompassing, clear sound of musical performances. The auditorium is a traditional European shoebox design, with two shallow tiers and a raised mezzanine. The flexible stage can provide an intimate setting for a lecturer or accommodate a full orchestra and chorus.

The Concert Hall offers a full concert programming schedule that includes performances by School of Music ensembles, faculty, and guest artists. A separate programming schedule includes performances or master classes by such notables as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Joe Henderson Trio, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dale Warland Singers, Bobby McFerrin, Chanticleer, and the Schubert Club.

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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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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.


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.


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.


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).


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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