Athenaeum Foundation Receives $134,000 grant from the
Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation
INDIANAPOLIS – The Athenaeum Foundation has received a $134,000 grant from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for general operational support. The foundation awards grants to arts, education and social service organizations annually, and the new award will allow the Athenaeum to remain a historical community gathering space that provides uplifting cultural and arts programming for everyone.
“The Athenaeum Foundation is extremely honored to be a part of a community that embraces and supports local organization,” said incoming Athenaeum President Craig Mince. “Many thanks to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and their continued support of our foundation’s work in Indianapolis. This grant will help us continue to maintain and modernize our beloved historic landmark.”
Today, the 94,000 square foot structure hosts approximately 750,000 visitors annually by serving as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups, including the city’s oldest restaurant The Rathskeller.
Throughout the past decade, the Athenaeum has received significant local, regional and national recognition, culminating with the building’s designation as a National Historic Landmark in 2017. The Athenaeum is now part of an exclusive group of 40+ Indiana landmarks to receive the designation and one of approximately 2,500 landmarks nationally.
Cassie Stockamp, outgoing president of the Athenaeum Foundation, says the sustained support from Allen Whitehill Clowes has been critical to the organization’s growth and success.
“The Athenaeum would not be what it is today without the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation and its generous backing of this building and our efforts,” said Stockamp. “I cannot thank them enough for all of the support they’ve given during my time here.”
The Athenaeum, which is already listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance, began the process to become an officially designated National Historic Landmark in 2008.
The Athenaeum 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 foundation is honored and grateful the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation for helping it continue its mission to serve diverse Indianapolis communities.