The Foundation's core mission in the performing arts is to support performing companies and presenters who deliver work of the highest artistic quality in the fields of dance, music, opera, and theater. The Foundation also supports programs of professional education and development for students pursuing the performing arts as a career, and for young professionals. The Foundation no longer solicits applications for support of arts-in-education programs at the primary and secondary level. Each year, we also make a very limited number of special project grants to help the performing arts community address important issues. These have included audience development, access for the disabled, preservation, and the effect of the AIDS epidemic on the performing arts community. In accordance with the wishes of its founders, the Foundation continues to be a major supporter of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and many of its constituent organizations.