MY ART STORY by

Roche Schulfer

Chicago
Illinois

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Two men on stage at the Tony Awards ceremony.

Roche Schulfer and Robert Falls accept the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1992 for the Goodman Theatre. Photo courtesy of the Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre's existence today was greatly influenced by significant NEA grants in the 1970s and 80s.

In 1976, when the Goodman independently incorporated, an NEA Challenge grant enabled the theater to leverage local support in its community. With this support, the Goodman was able to establish its own base of financial support and governing structure. Similarly, in 1983, a Challenge grant from the NEA was used to help eliminate significant deficit that was threatening the artistic and institutional future of the theater. The access to capital that the Challenge grant provided and the Arts Endowment's annual support, particularly for new work and culturally diverse productions, has been essential to our artistic growth over the last 50 years.

While some may say the dollars aren't enormous, the list of projects supported gives testimony to the importance of the NEA's support in the history of the Goodman.

Roche Schulfer
Chicago, IL