Stephen Adamson’s love for the arts will live on through a newly formed live performance fund in his name. This year alone, 1,600 Teton County students will benefit.
Adamson died in a ski mountaineering accident on Mount Moran in 2015 alongside one of his ski partners, Luke Lynch.
The Stephen P. Adamson Jr. Live Performance Fund at the Teton County Education Foundation will sponsor all Teton County School District No. 1 elementary students for a live performance at the Center for the Arts each year for at least the next three years.
This year 900 students will be sent to Dancers’ Workshop’s “Fairest of Them All.” The fund is partnering with the Center of Wonder to find opportunities for the district’s middle and high school students to attend performances that are age-appropriate and related to curriculum at the Center for the Arts and elsewhere.
“The opportunity to see live performances meaningfully impacts the quality of the education our students receive, and we are so grateful for support from the family and friends of Stephen Adamson,” schools Superintendent Gillian Chapman said in a press release.
The Adamson fund is contributing $7,000 a year.
Gifts like this are key to the success of the Teton County Education Foundation, which provides an opportunity for community members to support things outside the school district’s budget. Arts education is often first on the chopping block.
“The Education Foundation is thrilled and honored that the Adamson family has chosen to promote exceptional opportunities for student growth and enrichment,” Patricia Russell, the foundation’s board president, said in the release.
She said in a text message that “I think it’s so important for the kids in this digital day and age” and that the fund’s program might be expanded in the future.
Adamson is also memorialized through a set of Italian panoramic binoculars on the Snake River pathways bridge so people can gaze upon the mountains he loved.
“Stephen didn’t waste a moment of his 42 years on earth, and we hope these binoculars inspire others to seize the day and get into the mountains to explore,” his wife, Sara Adamson, said in the release.