Mission: To help preserve and expand Greensboro's sense of community by making possible the long-term and permanent placements of significant public artworks throughout the city.
The Public Art Endowment is a permanent fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and is the only fund of its kind in the area. Stewardship for The Public Art Endowment is provided by a group of Trustees who are passionate 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.
- 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 Frances Bullock.
- 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. Full Trustees give gifts of $25,000 or more while Group 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 Nancy Doll, director of Weatherspoon Art Museum.
- Has an initial goal of $2 million.
What they're saying
Public art is important because it opens up lines of communication between people of all sorts of backgrounds – one may think a work is outrageous and another may perceive it as an object of beauty. A community rich with arts and culture attracts companies, employees, families and tourists, who in turn create more energy and resources that benefit us all. Public art is an essential part of our street-scape, just as assuredly as green spaces and good architecture.
I once asked three little boys what they thought of a very offbeat sculpture. The first said it looked like a dinosaur. The second said it looked like an airplane. The third (and youngest) said it looked like a piece of junk. Although the mom was a bit embarrassed, I was thrilled that the art had opened up a world of imagination and engagement and had certainly taught me to look at things differently. We need more conversations like this on the streets of Greensboro. — Jane Levy