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The Lotus Fund

Fund Type: Donor Advised
Regional Foundation: Perry County Community Foundation

Christine (Chris) Mathna

The Lotus Fund - established in 2011 by Meredith and Matthew Schuler in memory and in honor of Christine Mathna and her love of the Arts. Chris celebrated the arts every day of her life. She saw beauty and wonder in everything she touched. This ranged from the framed works of art hanging on her walls to the wondrous views surrounding her from the many windows and glass doors of her country home. She frequently adorned herself with jewelry and clothing that was truly a one-of-a-kind work of art! Chris also celebrated art in the lives of others. She was a frequent patron of the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, which serves and promotes local art and artists. Located in Frederiksted on the island of St. Croix, USVI, where she had a second home, the center offers a variety of opportunities to learn about, share, and connect with the cultures of the Caribbean. Additionally, Chris also praised and promoted local artists through the Perry County Council of the Arts. She added her own constant support, understanding, and encouragement of the many artistic individuals she loved. She helped many struggling artists to continue their passion, and consequently, one found her home to be a place of varied artwork from paintings to sculpture to music to verse. This Fund is designated to honor the memory of Christine through grants for artistic endeavors by individuals in our local community.
The Lotus Fund is now accepting letters of intent from arts nonprofit organizations. Click here for more information.