Who We Support
Columbus Symphony Orchestrawww.columbussymphony.com
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is an educational initiative and has been a part of the community of Columbus, Georgia for 156 years. One faction of the community that is especially important to the CSO is the young people of Columbus. With public school funding being cut in all areas, it is difficult for schools to come visit us, even if there is no fee charged for admission. For many Columbus students, a visit from musicians in the CSO would be the first time in their lives seeing, hearing and interacting with live musical instruments.
The Orchestra Up Close (Music in Our Schools)www.csoga.org
CSO musicians perform and educate students in our local and regional schools. In addition, an Instrument Petting Zoo is made available for children to tryout a musical instrument (many for the first time). This is a complimentary program offered to the schools through donations to the CSO. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is aided in its efforts in education, audience development and fundraising by the 200 members ofthe Columbus Symphony Guild and through our largest fundraiser-Toast of the Town: a symphony of food and wine. The CSO is a tenant of RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and its venue, Bill Heard Theatre, seats 2,000 and provides a state-of-the-art visual and acoustical experience.
The Columbus Museumwww.columbusmuseum.com
The mission of the Columbus Museum is to collect, preserve, research and interpret American art and regional culture for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of a broadand diverse public. Popular attractions include Chattahoochee Legacy, a regional history exhibition with its own award-winning film, and Transformations, a hands-on discovery gallery for children. The Museum is also home to the multi-purpose Patrick Theatre, where you'll find films, artist lectures and the summertime series of live performances for kids, Wonderful Wednesdays. The Museum's rich and growing collection of 300 years of American art and regional history artifacts is complimented by an active schedule of changing exhibitions.
The Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc.www.historiccolumbus.com
Founded in 1966, Historic Columbus is one of Georgia's pioneer and premier preservation organizations, whose mission is to revitalize historic Columbus neighborhoods, educate the public about local and regional history, advocate the benefits that are derived from historic preservation, and preserve the historical, architectural and cultural character of Columbus and its environs.
Ida Cason Callaway FoundationTMwww.callawaygardens.com
Callaway Gardens® is owned by the Ida Cason. Callaway Foundation, a non-profit, 501c(3) organization dedicated to land stewardship and environmental education. The Foundation provides educational workshops, seminars, lectures, exhibits and a variety of interactive experiences to teach people about the living world around them. It is involved with conservation, restoration methods and research on plants and wildlife. A man-made landscape in a unique natural setting, Callaway Gardens was conceived and created by Cason J. Callaway and his wife Virginia Hand Callaway for the benefit of mankind. The purpose is to provide a wholesome family environment where all may find beauty, relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world.
The Springer Opera Housewww.springeroperahouse.org
The Springer Opera House is the most celebrated theatre stage in America. Founded in 1871, the Springer is the official State Theatre of Georgia and one of only seven theatres in the United States whose home is a National Historic Landmark. The Springer hosted the likes of Edwin Booth, Ethyl Barrymore, Tom Thumb, John Phillip Sousa, Booker T. Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt in its earlier days, and more recently, such celebrities as Truman Capote, Hal Holbrook, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Reynolds, Branford Marsalis, Chet Atkins and Garrison Keillor have appeared on its stage. The theatre is also home to the Springer Theatre Academy, the largest academy for the training of young actors in the Southeast. More than 800 children attend the Springer Theatre Academy every year. The Springer is more than 90 percent of the way to reaching its $12 million capital campaign goal to build a second theatre for the Springer Children's Theatre.
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicinewww.vetmed.auburn.edu
The veterinary program at Auburn is the oldest in theSouth and the nation's seventh oldest. Today more than 360 students are pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and more than 60 are enrolled in master's and doctoral programs. Members of the college's 100+ faculty are known internationally for teaching, research, and outreach.
Since its inception in 1985, The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens has generated $2.5 million for arts-related organizations in the Columbus area—including The Columbus Museum, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Historic Columbus Foundation, Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and The Springer Opera House. Additional partnership with the Sports Medicine Program at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
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