Legacy is the fascinating inside story of how a great foundation touched dozens of organizations and countless people. Seattle's cultural life, notable for its intellectual verve and rich variety, received an unexpected and enduring gift through the foresight of Leo and Greye Kreielsheimer. Through the provisions of the foundation they established, their fortune has been conveyed over a twenty-five year period to an astonishingly wide range of cultural institutions - centers of the Seattle, Puget Sound, and Alaska arts communities.
The presence on the Seattle scene of this active, generous, and culturally informed foundation was instrumental in encouraging other major donors to join in a number of grand and notable projects. It became possible not only to help certain arts organizations move beyond their typical year-to-year funding but also to expand, to build new halls and theaters, and even to establish endowments for the future.
Engaging first-person recollections include stories by Foundation trustee Donald L. Johnson about the golden years in Seattle's arts community, as well as candid comments from many of the leading administrators of the Puget Sound region's prominent educational and cultural organizations. Specific focus is given to the Kreielsheimer Foundation's contributions to musical performance groups, the visual arts, local theater groups, and dance performance.
Paul Dorpat is a Seattle Times columnist and author of Seattle, Then and Now. Other contributors include Sheila Farr, Michael James, Genevieve McCoy, and Jean Sherrard.
Preface by Donald L. JohnsonIntroduction by Paul Dorpat Part I. The Major Arts1. Music, by Michael James--Seattle Symphony--Seattle Opera--Other Musical Organizations2. Visual Arts, by Sheila Farr--Creative Alliances--The Nuts and Bolts of Gift-Giving--The Kreielsheimer Money at Work--A Personal Style of Giving3. Theatre, by Jean Sherrard--Seattle Reperatory Theatre--Book-It Repertory Theatre--Intiman Theatre--Empty Space Theatre--Seattle Children's Theatre--A Contemporary Theatre4. Dance, by Genevieve McCoy--Pacific Northwest Ballet--On the Boards--Other Dance and Performance Art Projects Part II. Notable Capital Projects5. On and Off Mercer Street6. "Critical Mass": Two Examples Part III. Other Beneficiaries7. Arts Education8. Seattle Center: The City of Seattle9. ArtsFund / Corporate Council for the Arts10. Regional Performance, Heritage, and Cultural Centers11. Alaska12. Northwest Art13. Seeds, Niches, and Rescues14. Art at the Edge Part IV. The Kreielsheimers and the Trustees15. The Kreielsheimer Foundation: Creation, Structure, and Philosophy16. Pioneers and Patronage17. The Kreielsheimer Brothers18. Charles F. Osborn19. Donald L. Johnson20. Trustee Touchstones Part V. Epilogue21. Endowments and Remainders22. Return to Mercer Street AfterwordAppendix: Kreielsheimer Foundation Grant RecipientsIndex