When it comes to giving, the holidays are the perfect time to get out our wallets and see where we can help those in need or to donate to some of our favorite organizations. Yesterday, the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta received the best Christmas gift ever from its top benefactor, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, a gracious $38 million endowment.
The Arts Center, the largest cultural consortium in the Southeast, is divided into four parts: the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Arts for Learning and High Museum of Art. Kick-starting the center’s fundraising campaign, the grant will be part of the group’s mission to raise at least $82 million next year. If raised, $50 million would be added to the $38 million and the remaining $32 million will be invested in capital improvements such as completely transforming the Alliance Theatre. Further funding would go toward labor contracts and theater renovations.
While each division currently runs as separate entities, in the past four years the Arts Center has been working toward uniting them. With the help of the current grant and the hopes of obtaining their $82 million goal, the center will be better equipped to transform and bring together each consortium.