Knott Foundation Awards a Grant To Calvert Hall

Calvert Hall is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $107,000 grant from the Knott Foundation. The grant will support upgrades to the original theatre stage lights installed in 1989.

The new lighting system will include stage lighting, wash lights, and a digital light board. The grant will cover the installation, setup and training of staff on the lighting system and console. The new lighting console, LED lighting instruments and other technologies will allow theatre programs to do a lot more with the same amount of instruments. The new LED ellipsoidal and wash light fixtures are made by one of the top stage lighting manufacturers in the world. The LED lighting instruments will allow drastic savings on these yearly rentals by providing sustainable inventory for use by student lighting designers.

Brother John Kane FSC, Ed.D, President of Calvert Hall shared, “We are so grateful to the Knott Foundation for this wonderful grant. A Calvert Hall education is about the whole person and we celebrate the great success of our students in music and theater. Their accomplishments are outstanding and this grant will provide a significant enhancement of the theater experience here at The Hall. We thank the Knott Foundation for the grant and commitment to Catholic education in the Baltimore region.”
Calvert Hall Theatre Director, Kelly Kamp, will be able to immediately put the grant to good work. “While many different groups benefit from the lighting in the McManus Theater at the Knott Center, our program heavily relies on high quality lighting for our productions. In past years, we have had to make many financial sacrifices to acquire quality lighting from outside companies. Now, the students who participate in our program can learn to design and program lighting on the type of equipment they will experience if they choose to go on to study Theatre Arts in college."

The Knott Foundation awards annual grants based on a competitive application and review process. Kelly Medinger, Executive Director for The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, shared, “The Knott Foundation has supported Calvert Hall for decades, believing that a good Catholic education can transform both a student’s life and his larger community. We were especially pleased this fall to be able to help with theatre lighting upgrades in the Marion Burk Knott Center for the Performing Arts. Not only does the Center carry the Knott name, it’s a wonderful gathering place for school and community groups that share the spirit of Calvert Hall with so many.”

Calvert Hall anticipates to complete the lighting project in December 2017.
About Calvert Hall
For the last 172 years, Calvert Hall has provided young men from the Baltimore community a Catholic college preparatory education in the Lasallian tradition. The mission of our founder, St. John Baptist De LaSalle, calls on us to be a school where academic prowess thrives, where young men are involved in their community, and where a brotherhood is created that will last a lifetime.  As the oldest Christian Brothers school in the country, we are proud of our history and respect our traditions. For more information, visit

About the Knott Foundation
The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring our founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen our community. Henry and Marion Knott were incredibly dedicated to two things: their family and their surrounding community of Baltimore. In 1977, they started the Foundation as a way of joining their two passions. Today, the Knott Foundation continues as a family-run philanthropic venture that strives to strengthen communities in central and western Maryland while preserving the Knott legacy of giving. For more information, visit