Friends of Arts Are Basic grew from the AAB endowment fund, a gift of $150,000 given to the AAB program by Dr. Priscilla Parson, cellist and Professor Emerita of UNL Hixson/Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts. Syl's great interest in and support of AAB was based on her belief that bringing children and arts together through the utilization of artists and culturally specific works of art is of enormous and international importance. Syl began the endowment with an initial gift of $100,000 and gave an additional $50,000 upon her death. The Friends of AAB was begun as the support group to continue this endowment and to help it grow. The endowment is placed in the Lincoln Community Foundation.