As committed members of the community you may already be aware of the recently launched Public Art Endowment. You may not know that it is led and governed by folks like you who have decided this is of critical importance to Greensboro’s revitalization.
What is the Public Art Endowment? It is a permanent fund dedicated to the installation and exhibition of significant works of public art to be enjoyed by the whole community—and it is dedicated to our future as a vibrant community. The Endowment not only increases our cultural vitality for those of us lucky enough to live in Greensboro, it also enhances our desirability to those outside of the area as a community worthy of investment.
Who selects the art and how is quality guarded? The Endowment is governed by its Trustees and it is the Trustees who make all final decisions regarding art and project selections. A Steering Committee made up of Trustees helps guide the issues that are ultimately decided by Trustees. Our Trustees also are supported in their work by the Art Selection Committee. This committee is composed of arts professionals from across the country and headed by Weatherspoon Museum of Art Director Nancy Doll. The committee recommends multiple artists and/or specific works for consideration. Trustees are then charged with voting on the final selection.
How does one become a Trustee? All trustees are trustees for life. Trustees choose to make a commitment at one of three stewardship levels, any of which may be paid over five years, and upon which the weight of your vote is based (in other words, the more you give, the bigger your vote):
- $25,000 or more -- at this level, these Endowment Trustees also are eligible to help determine an installation budget as well as cull an initial pool of artist prospects.
The Endowment has already received significant support. Many of your neighbors have already made Trustee level commitments putting the Endowment well on its way to its $2 million goal.
What they're saying
I believe the city of Greensboro deserves good public art! The impact of public art is enormous. Not only does it provide a point of interest at one moment in time, but it leaves an impression to remember. The highlight of many of my visits to cities around North Carolina was the unique pieces of public art I encountered. With our Public Art Endowment, there is a great deal of synergy between the artists, the donors, the thought leaders and the community. I am thankful to be a part of the group! — Fran Davis