The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy has been established by Emily's family to honor her memory as an actor, a dancer, a reviewer and a lover of the performing arts. The Fund will be used to support theater, dance and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts.

About Emily's Fund

by Karen List

The Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy has been established by Emily’s family to honor her memory as an actor, a dancer, a reviewer and a lover of the performing arts. The Fund will be used to support theater, dance and music projects aimed at helping the sick and disadvantaged in the interest of making their lives better and brighter through the performing arts.

Emily was doing this sort of work in England before a recurrence of cancer forced her to come home in June 2010. She was using theater to reach disadvantaged students who were not functioning well in their school environment. She engaged them through playing theater games and helping them to write their own plays. When they decided to perform “Hansel and Gretel” at their school and did not like the script, Emily converted it to a rap:

Once upon a time: Once upon a time
A long time ago: A long time ago
There were two kids: There were two kids
Who you should get to know: Who you should get to know.

The students loved it, but Emily had to return home before she could see the performance. Now we want to help other people who are as creative and committed as Emily was in using the performing arts to engage others.

These grants of up to $1,000 could help fund:

These are just a few ideas.  If you have others, we are so willing to consider them. The application process is easy, and once you apply, we’ll stay in touch with you about future opportunities. We intend to focus the grants in the Pioneer Valley and at Mass General Hospital.

The fund has been established with the many donations given in Emily’s memory and will be replenished each year with a spring concert. At least three grants will be awarded by early summer. Grant recipients will be chosen by Emily’s parents, Jay and Karen List, her sister, Madeleine, and four dear friends, all of whom are life-long performing artists like Emily was: Rosie Caine, Jennie Natenshon and Ann and Brooke Steinhauser.

Grant recipients will be asked to acknowledge the help of Emily’s Fund if there is a program and, after the fact, to provide a brief description of the event along with a photo or two for the Grant Recipients section of the website. Jay, Karen and Madeleine hope to be present at the events funded.

In this way and with your gifts, we hope to create a legacy for our Emily that will change the world one theater piece, one dance, one song at a time.

Emily would love that.