THELMA is recipient of Cultural Organization Grant

Governor Tony Evers announced that $15 million in COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grants has been awarded to 385 cultural organizations across Wisconsin. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac is one of the recipients, receiving the maximum amount of $137,712.39.

“Just like small businesses, cultural organizations have taken a major financial hit,” said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. “We’re all in this together. We hope that these funds will make it possible for us to be able to enjoy the museums, theaters, and music from these organizations once it is safe to do so again.”

Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), the COVID-19 Cultural Organizations Grant program provides grants to nonprofit organizations whose primary missions are to produce, present, or exhibit cultural disciplines such as music, dance, theater, literature, and the visual arts, or items of environmental or scientific interest. Grant awards can be used to cover pandemic-related impacts such as lost revenue, increased workers’ compensation costs, cleaning, and sanitization, and purchases of services or equipment to facilitate telework by employees.

“We are so thankful to Gov. Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Administration. It’s wonderful to be recognized as an organization vital to our community, and as economic and tourism drivers,” said Jacqui Corsi, THELMA’s executive director. “This grant will help THELMA navigate a successful path through these difficult times.”

More information regarding the COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program is available at  A full list of grant winners is available

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings, and all social and corporate gatherings.

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