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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, and other generous donors.

Supporters of the San Diego exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library and associated programming include:

Diane and John Berol
Audrey S. Geisel/The Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation
The David C. Copley Foundation
The Favrot Fund
The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, by the recommendation of Chair Ron Roberts
Ann Davies in Memory of John G. Davies
The San Diego Foundation
The City of San Diego – Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Lorie Zapf and Councilmember Scott Sherman
Barbara and Mathew Loonin
Friends of the San Diego Central Library
Helga Moore
Bob and Joan Reese
Dr. Howard and Barbara Milstein

About The Old Globe
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country. For more information, visit

About the San Diego Public Library
San Diego Public Library, which is the largest library system in the region, serves a population of more than 1.3 million people. Its mission is to inspire lifelong learning through connections to knowledge and each other. Learn about other events at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common and 35 community branch libraries, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s online catalog at

About Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person. They provide unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations. With the Folger, you can experience the power of performance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of path-breaking research. They offer the opportunity to see and even work with early modern sources, driving discovery and transforming education for students of all ages. Shakespeare belongs to you. His world is vast. Come explore. Join online, on the road, or in Washington, DC. Learn more at

About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight, and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th-most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler magazine as the 17th-most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit

About the American Library Association
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training, and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult, and family audiences. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities, and traveling exhibitions. School, public, academic, and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives. Additional information can be found at

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

About our Partners:

University of San Diego, a private university governed by an independent board of trustees, serves 8,349 students. A master’s of fine arts in theatre program jointly administered by The Old Globe is one of the nation’s top training programs for professional classical actors.

San Diego State University is San Diego’s oldest and largest (more than 35,000 students) university and the only California university to realize double-digit increases in graduation rates over the last decade. SDSU ranks among the top universities nationwide in ethnic and racial diversity among its student body, as well as the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred upon students of color. The Old Globe’s extensive archives are housed by SDSU.

University of California, San Diego serves more than 30,000 students annually. Regularly listed among the top 10 public universities in the nation, UC San Diego, for the sixth consecutive year, ranked first based on research, civic engagement, and social mobility. The faculty includes Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows, and National Academy members.

KPBS is a public media organization serving the San Diego region with high quality local and national television, radio, and web programming. KPBS will promote the exhibit and related programming to its audiences and various constituencies throughout the county.

The San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on promoting and increasing support for the region’s artistic and cultural assets, integrating arts and culture into community life, and showcasing San Diego as an international cultural destination. The Commission will support community outreach efforts associated with the First Folio.

Since 2002, the San Diego Public Library Foundation has raised more than $120 million in private funds to augment and support San Diego Public Library programs, collections, expansion, and services. The Foundation works with private donors to support Library programs that invest in new readers, create vibrant cultural and civic centers, ensure academic and career success, and develop the virtual library.