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Public Art Endowment

Established by a gift from the law firm of Schell Bray Aycock Abel and Livingston in honor of the firm’s 20th anniversary, the Public Art Endowment at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is a permanent fund for the creation of new community artwork and is the only fund of its kind in the area.

Ensuring a vibrant future for all of Greensboro.

With guidance from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and other arts organizations, including Weatherspoon Art Museum, GreenHill Center for NC Art, and ArtsGreensboro, the Public Art Endowment Fund helps preserve and expand Greensboro’s sense of community by facilitating the long-term and permanent placements of significant public artworks throughout the city.

The Public Art Endowment is governed by its Trustees, a passionate group of enthusiasts for the arts and for Greensboro. Trustees are involved in all aspects of the endowment, including selection of artworks and development of related programming, as well as advocacy within the greater community for the Public Art Endowment and its mission. Trustees are supported in their work by the Art Selection Committee, made up of arts professionals from around the country who make recommendations of multiple artists or specific works for consideration.

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Why is this initiative important to our community?

Public Art creates art museums without walls that are free and open to all. The PAE strives to activate the cultural connectivity, enhance the economic vitality, and create a compelling visual experience for both the residents of Greensboro and the many visitors to our city.

The PAE is collaborative and focused: it benefits from strong partnerships and collaborations with other local organizations including the Greensboro Science Center which will be the site for our newest sculpture in late 2021. Our next collaboration is with the Moses Cone Hospital at their south entrance on Northwood Street. Since 2008, the PAE has provided the Greensboro community with nine temporarily installed artworks loaned to us by artists, two interactive, temporary art projects and seven permanently installed public artworks.

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What is our goal with this initiative?

Our goal is to improve the quality of life in Greensboro by creating a more colorful, vibrant, and creative community. Though it began with mostly temporary installations, the Endowment unveiled its first permanent, commissioned work of art, an aerial sculpture entitled “Where We Met” by Janet Echelman, in LeBauer Park in August 2016. The Endowment aims to continue focusing its efforts on funding permanent artworks, like the Van Dyke Windows installed in the Greensboro Cultural Center by artist Carl Powell.


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"Aristotle once said that 'The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance" . It's my hope that as PAE helps to bring art outside of museums and galleries everyone gets to experience the "inward significance' through the lens of their individual life experience as well as the solidarity of that experience with the community at large."

— Katherine Davey, PAE Trustee and Chair of Steering Committee

Ways you can support the Public Art Endowment

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Donate Online

Make a one-time donation online of any amount.

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Donate via check

A check made out to “Public Art Endowment” can be sent by mail to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro at:
301 North Elm St., Suite 100
Greensboro, NC 27401

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Matching gifts

Ask your employer if they have a matching gifts program. They are often dollar-for-dollar, but some companies could double or triple your original donation.

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Stocks and other gifts

Gifts of stocks, securities, real estate, IRA distributions, or life insurance are accepted to support the Public Art Endowment initiative. Stock gifts should be emailed to the Community Foundation and initiated through your broker. Please include details of stock name, number of shares, and which fund to credit.

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Legacy gifts

A bequest is a flexible and impactful way to give to Public Art Endowment for generations to come. Changes can be made due to personal circumstances at any time.

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Become a trustee

By making a commitment at one of three stewardship levels, you can become a lifetime Trustee of the Public Art Endowment.

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