Knoxville Opera receives largest grant in its history

Knoxville Opera receives largest grant in its history

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville Opera announced a $750,000 grant Tuesday from the Aslan Foundation to support three initiatives over the next five years. Opera officials say it is the largest grant in their history.

The grant's first focus will be to bolster operating reserves, helping safeguard the company's sustainability. Funds will also be used for the production of operas and to create a new Knoxville Opera Artist-in-Residence Program.

Opera officials say the program will allow them to provide experience and training for young professional artists while simultaneously benefiting from their participation in education and community activities.

Founded in 1994 by attorney Lindsay Young, the Aslan Foundation is focused on preserving and enhancing the natural beauty, assets, and history of the Knoxville area, and enhancing quality of life in the region.

A check presentation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

The Knoxville Opera's 36th season opens at the Tennessee Theatre on October 25.

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