Con Edison understands that an exposure to arts and culture cultivates success. We promote self-directed learning, sharpen critical and creative skills, and develop openness to diversity. Con Edison supports organizations and programs throughout our service territory that contribute to arts and culture in a variety of ways from presenting visual and performing arts to the public, to providing arts-in-education opportunities.
With Con Edison's Support, Communities Hear the Music:
Founded in 1897, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has been serving the New York musical community for more than 100 years. It's an institution that sets itself apart from others through its emphasis on outreach. Through its classical, jazz, and Suzuki divisions, the conservatory offers classes, ensembles, and choral opportunities to students ranging in age from 18 months old to adult. The conservatory's Music Partners program currently serves 5,000 students off-site at 20 schools, 10 youth centers, and two senior centers in Brooklyn and Queens. The program brings weekly music instruction and appreciation programs to participants.
Without Con Edison support, the Music Partners, and many programs like it, would not exist.
Con Edison and St. Luke's Inspire Students:
St. Luke's is a gathering of outstanding musicians whose purpose is to bring the beauty of music and the enlightened communication that is unique to music to as broad an audience as possible. St. Luke's is comprised of three major artistic divisions: the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and St. Luke's Arts Education Program.
Annually, St. Luke's Arts Education Program introduces nearly 20,000 New York City school children to opera, dance, and chamber music through free live performances throughout the city. Using the performances as a focal point, St. Luke's free in-school workshops serve children in twenty-one public schools in economically depressed neighborhoods. The workshops are designed not only to give children a more comprehensive, intensive experience, but also to enhance and deepen musical understanding and provide inspiration for the students' own creative efforts.
Con Edison is the founding sponsor and has funded St. Luke's since 1976.
Con Edison helps a Tiny Staten Island Museum Preserve the Culture:
From butterflies to displays by Hudson River School artists, the Staten Island Museum packs quite a punch for a small nonprofit devoted to arts, natural sciences, and local history. The borough's oldest cultural institution, the museum was founded in 1881 as the Natural Science Association of Staten Island. Today, the museum is planning for the interests of a changing population that includes new residents from Mexico, Liberia, and former Eastern Bloc countries.
Con Edison Sponsors Socrates Sculpture Park:
Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill in Long Island City, until 1986, when a coalition of artists and community members transformed the area into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today, it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of public services.
Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work in a unique environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks, and the public. The park's existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization, and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity, and improvement of urban environments.
Con Edison has been a supporter of the park since its inception.