The Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building

Adam Philipson

Executive Director of the Count Basie Center for the Arts (The Basie) since 2012. Adam has an extensive background in the arts and has developed exemplary educational and community outreach programs throughout his career.


The Basie’s Performing Arts Academy educates more than 1,000 students a year, utilizing every bit of administrative space at the theater for classes.  As part of a larger $23 million expansion project, The Basie knew they needed to add additional space for their educational programming.

The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation has a passion for driving economic impact and fostering arts-rich education programs, including a partnership with The Basie on the mindALIGNED project.  Supporting The Basie’s new arts and education building was a perfect fit.


The Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building will break down the siloes of The Basie’s education programs and propel a renewed commitment to cross-collaboration, incubation and partnership. The space will inspire all students – from families taking dance classes to teachers attending professional development workshops – to embrace the arts and weave The Basie experience into their everyday lives and work. The arts and education building will house new classrooms, space for teaching artists, rehearsal studios, a hub for research and non-profit collaboration, and a second performance space for up-and-coming artists to develop into tomorrow’s main stage attractions.


On September 20, 2017, The Basie broke ground on their new expansion project.

“Creating this building—this important anchor—is what will elevate The Basie’s mission-based work and ultimately help the theater realize its vision of becoming a true center for arts education and cultural enrichment.” Adam Philipson, President/CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts.

We are excited to see the progression of this project and will post updates as they come in.  Click here to learn more about The Basie’s expansion and capital campaign.

June 22, 2018 BASIE EXPANSION UPDATE! 30 feet down from street level begins the rise of our second venue, the Jay and Linda Grunin Arts and Education Building, new classrooms and rehearsal space, our swank Rock n’ Rohl Rooftop Lounge and more! Stay tuned this summer for tons of construction updates from #theBASIE

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