The Atlanta-based has announced a three-year, $12 million grant from the to expand the educational programs, resources, and services it provides to primary and secondary school students in Georgia.
The grant will enable the center to enhance and increase participation in existing programs that already serve more than one million students annually while developing new initiatives that build on successful programs established by the center's constituent institutions — the , the , the , and . To unify and expand their educational programs, the institutions will share resources, pool talent and expertise, and capitalize on existing programming efficiencies.
Initiatives to be supported by the grant include the expansion of the Georgia Center for Professional Learning in the Arts program, which brings artists together with classroom teachers to explore the arts as a tool to stimulate learning; out-of-school programming for middle school and high school students; engagement and community-access programs; and expanded programming for families.
In addition, the center will work to align artistic and educational initiatives at each of its four divisions with through school assembly programs, classroom residencies, in-school concerts and performances, and other activities.
"This is a groundbreaking gift that catapults the Woodruff Arts Center's future development and our ability to serve the children of Georgia," said Joseph R. Bankoff, the center's president and CEO. "The Goizueta Foundation's generous gift will help us address increasing demand for arts education programs that help improve academic achievement across all disciplines. It is our hope that their generosity inspires other corporations, foundations, and individuals to join us in this vital mission."