Kohler Foundation, Inc., located in Kohler, Wisconsin and established in 1940, has long supported the arts and education. The work of Kohler Foundation encompasses five areas of concentration: art preservation, grants, scholarships, a performing arts series (the Distinguished Guest Series), and the management of the Waelderhaus, an historic home.
Since the 1970’s, the preservation of art environments, folk architecture, and collections by self-taught artists has been a major focus of Kohler Foundation. Early preservation projects included Wisconsin Concrete Park and the Painted Forest, but Kohler Foundation is now active outside of Wisconsin with major preserved art environments in Louisiana, Kansas, and Georgia.
Kohler Foundation makes charitable grants to local nonprofits for arts and education programs. Grants are generally $5,000 or less and are awarded twice each year.
Each year, Kohler Foundation scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors at Sheboygan County's twelve area high schools. These highly competitive scholarships include the Herbert V. Kohler Scholarship for leadership and the Ruth DeYoung Kohler Scholarship for Artistic Merit.
Since 1944, the Distinguished Guest Series has offered world-class performances and lectures by artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Audra McDonald, at accessible prices.
Finally, the Waelderhaus, owned and managed by Kohler Foundation, was designed by noted architect Kaspar Albrecht, and is open daily for free tours. Periodic special events are held at this beautiful historic site.
Information about each of Kohler Foundation's program areas is detailed on our website: www.KohlerFoundation.org.