The Ringling Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Restore the Ca’d’Zan’s Organ
Generous Gift from the Wyncote Foundation Will Bring Music Back to the Mansion
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Sarasota, Florida- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is thrilled to announce that they have been selected as the recipient of a $1,500,000 grant from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas and Rafael Gomez. The grant will be used for the restoration of the Ringling’s Aeolian Organ Opus 1559 (1924). The Aeolian organ, prominently displayed in the grand court of the Ca’d’Zan mansion, was used by John and Mable Ringling to provide background music during their intimate dinner parties. Mable Ringling was famous for her large garden parties and musicales featuring guest artists who came from New York, Boston and Tampa to play the organ.
“The pipe organ is an important cultural icon and served as the heart of the Ca’d’Zan” said Steven High, The Ringling’s Executive Director,” After restoration, it will provide a significant addition to the visitor’s experience, creating an auditory component to complement the visual experience. We are grateful to the Wyncote Foundation for their generous grant and look forward to once again filling this incredible space with music.”
The Ringling has been fundraising for this project over the last several years, raising nearly $245,000 from generous local donors. These gifts will be combined with the grant to move forward on the much-anticipated restoration of the organ.
Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York has been selected to perform the restoration work. Parsons has specific expertise in the restoration of historic residential organs. Parsons Organ maintains the organs of the Eastman School of Music and recently installed the organ in the George Eastman House Museum. The Ringling work is expected to take over two years and the Ringling’s organ will be shipped to New York for the majority of the restoration.
About The Ringling
The Ringling is a pre-eminent center for the arts, history and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today.
A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida – which includes the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, an historic mansion, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars, and lifelong learners of every age within the region, across the country and around the world.
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