Need a Night Out? Use The Arts Fund!

The Gwendolyn Simmons Arts Fund at The General Theological Seminary was established for the purpose of encouraging students to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities available to them in New York City by providing a financial subsidy for attendance. Guidelines for the Arts Fund are as follows:

  • Each full-time student may submit one ticket each academic semester from a cultural activity, including theatre, ballet, opera, and art galleries (sports activities are not included). They will be reimbursed one-half the cost, up to $50.00 per ticket.
  • Students may also submit one ticket stub each academic semester for their spouse, for which they will be reimbursed one-half the cost, up to $50.00. The stubs must be submitted in the term in which the student attended the event.
  • Ticket costs for children, friends, and other family members are not covered by The Arts Fund and are totally at the student‘s expense.
  • The Arts Fund is administered by the Advancement Office. Bring your ticket stub to Jonathan Silver (Seabury Rm. 202) and he will submit the paperwork to the business office for your reimbursement.

The Arts Fund reimbursement program was made possible through the generosity of the late Joseph A. Davenport III, a former trustee and longtime friend of both the Seminary and the Arts. Davenport named the fund in honor of the late Gwendolyn Simmons, with whom he served on the Board. Simmons was a greatly respected teacher, leader of the Church, and lover of the arts. She was a member of the Bishop’s Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, receiving the first-ever Servant of Education Award from the organization. Both Davenport and Simmons were recipients of General’s distinguished Clement Clarke Moore Award.

In memory of the great faith, support, and presence of these two leaders in our community, please use the Arts Fund to experience the grace of culture in New York City.