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What is the Public Art Endowment?
The Public Art Endowment is a permanent fund for the creation of new community assets in the form of long-term and permanent installations of aesthetically and culturally significant works of art. The fund was created by and is maintained by The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. As a permanent fund, The Public Art Endowment is 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 Public Art 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 GreenHill Center for NC Art Director Laura Way. The committee recommends multiple artists and/or specific works for consideration. Trustees are then charged with voting on the final selection.
What is The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro?
The Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening the community for present and future generations. The Community Foundation promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.
What is the financial goal for the Public Art Endowment?
The Public Art Endowment has an initial goal of $2 million.
Who makes decisions for the Public Art Endowment?
The Trustees of the Public Art Endowment are guided by a Steering Committee, composed of Trustees and chaired by Susan Veazey, and are the ultimate decision-makers of the Endowment. This includes the selection of artwork and the sites on which they will be exhibited, the development of related programming and advocacy within the greater community for the Endowment and its mission. Trustees are supported in their work by the Art Selection Committee and by The Community Foundation staff.
How does one become a Trustee?
There are three stewardship options. Endowment Trustees make gifts of $25,000 or more. Other stewardship levels are $5,000 and $10,000.
When are pledge payments due?
Pledge payments are requested by the end of each calendar year.
How long does one have to fulfill pledge payments?
Pledges are typically fulfilled within five years.
How long do Trustees serve?
Trusteeship is permanent and begins at the time a pledge is made.
How much time is required of Public Art Endowment Trustees?
This is entirely up to individual Trustees. While there is a full calendar of events throughout the year, all are optional.
Initially, the Public Art Endowment installed long-term but temporary art. Why?
Long-term but temporary art installations in the past have allowed The Public Art Endowment to have an impact right now even as its financial resources were being developed.
DOES the Public Art Endowment install permanent works of art?
The Endowment unveiled its first permanent, commissioned work of art -- "Where We Met" an aerial sculpture by Janet Echelman -- in the new Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park downtown in August 2016. the Endowment will continue focusing its efforts on acquiring permanent artworks like the Van Dyke Windows installed in the Greensboro Cultural Center by artist Carl Powell.
Does the Public Art Endowment work with other arts organizations in Greensboro?
Yes. The Public Art Endowment benefits from strong institutional relationships with other arts organizations, including Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greenhill and ArtsGreensboro.
Is there a map with the Public Art Endowment pieces listed?
Yes. Action Greensboro created a map of public art in Greensboro, including the pieces provided by the Public Art Endowment.
FAST FACTS: THE PUBLIC ART ENDOWMENT ...
- Was established by a lead gift from the law firm of Schell Bray Aycock Abel and Livingston in honor of the firm’s 20th anniversary.
- Is under the leadership of a steering committee made up of endowment trustees and chaired by Susan Veazey.
- Is a permanent fund for the creation of new community assets. It is the only fund of its kind in the area and benefits from strong institutional relationships with other arts organizations, including Weatherspoon Art Museum, GreenHill and ArtsGreensboro.
- Is under the stewardship of a diverse group of Trustees. Endowment trustees give gifts of $25,000 or more while trustees join with others to make individual gifts of $5,000 or more. Pledges are payable over 5 years and confer permanent trustee status.
- Has trustees who are involved in all aspects of the endowment including selection of art works and development of related programming, as well as advocacy within the greater community for the endowment and its mission. Trustees are supported in their work by the Art Selection Committee, made up of arts professionals from around the country and chaired by Laura Way, director of GreenHill Center for NC Art.
- Has an initial goal of $2 million.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
Please contact Cheryl Stewart at (336) 379-9100.