The Charles E. Lakin Foundation made a significant commitment to arts access in Southwest Iowa by awarding a $90,000 grant to the Omaha Symphony and the Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony for educational programs and community outreach during the next three years.


Educational and community outreach programs through the Omaha Symphony now powered by the Charles E. Lakin Foundation feature programming designed for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to educational programs, the Omaha Symphony also provides community outreach through public concerts where access to live orchestral music and the arts are limited.


Charles E. Lakin was a philanthropist dedicated to improving the well-being of others through his charitable donations and a focus on civic engagement. The great vision and drive he embodied helps to secure and safeguard the future of those in need for many generations to come. His foundation's commitment to the children and families of Southwest Iowa will ensure that everyone has access to the arts and live orchestral music.


CB Guild Board Members (left to right) Sarah Shomshor, Pam Beall, Kelsey Stupfell, Rachel Morehead, and Donna Callender. Not pictured: Donna Dostal and Alexandra Lammert.


The Council Bluffs Guild of the Omaha Symphony, who introduced the Omaha Symphony to the Lakin Foundation, takes pride in supporting the symphony in its efforts to introduce the wonders of orchestral music to 4,000+ Southwest Iowa students each year. Members pledge to assist in the Omaha Symphony's educational endeavors in every way possible, including through volunteering, fundraising, and providing support to musicians.


As the area's only professional orchestra, the Omaha Symphony annually provides educational programming and community outreach programming to more than 45,000 students, teachers, and community members throughout Nebraska and Iowa. 


The Omaha Symphony is a non-profit organization that presents more than 100 live orchestral performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks, Movies, Symphony Joslyn, and Family series concerts, the Omaha Symphony’s nationally recognized education and community engagement programs touch the lives of more than 40,000 people each year. For tickets or information regarding the Omaha Symphony, call 402-345-0606 or visit Programs, artists, dates, times, prices, and availability are subject to change.


This blog originated as a press release from the Omaha Symphony. 

This post was originally published on September 10, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.