Athenaeum Foundation Receives $50,000 from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS – The Athenaeum Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for operational support.

The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation awards grants to arts, education and social service organizations annually. The grant will allow the Athenaeum to remain a community hub that offers uplifting cultural and arts programming.

“As we continue to prepare for the future of the Athenaeum by developing new and fresh ideas for the years to come, we are grateful to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for their support of our continued involvement in the community,” said Cassie Stockamp, Athenaeum Foundation president.

The Athenaeum is a historic and cultural landmark in the heart of the Mass Ave entertainment district. It is home to several tenants, including The Rathskeller, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Young Actors’ Theatre, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association and several other arts and cultural businesses and nonprofit organizations

The Athenæum was built as Das Deutsche Haus in 1893 by the Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein as a “house of culture.” Many Germans who immigrated to the United States after a failed revolution in 1848 believed in the philosophy of Friedrich Jahn: “a sound mind in a sound body.” The Athenæum continues to this day to be a center for fitness, community, social camaraderie, family and friends.

The foundation is honored and grateful the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for helping it continue its mission to serve diverse Indianapolis communities.

The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, is a historic German-American landmark that advances the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and the Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance, as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district. In 2010, the Biergarten was voted the No. 1 music venue in the city of Indianapolis by NUVO magazine. Metromix voted the Rathskeller as the No. 1 bar in the city in 2010. The Athenaeum Foundation Inc. was established in 1991 and is a 501(c) 3 organization.

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