The goal is $10 million, and the Gantt Center is more than halfway there.
Wednesday, the Center’s namesake and former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt and Hugh McColl announced the Vibrance Endowment Campaign.
It aims to address a 2015 finding that, nationally, institutions with exhibits and programs that reflect communities of color – like the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture – don’t have the endowment resources that traditional, mainstream arts institutions have.
And they need to, concluded the study, by the University of Maryland’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management, if they’re going to survive and thrive.
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The push began last year, and has raised more than $6 million in gifts and pledges, according to the Gantt, noting the support of McColl and his wife, Jane; Bank of America; Duke Energy and the Knight Foundatoin.
Now, with Gantt and McColl, former CEO of Bank of America, serving as honorary co-chairs, and Duke Energy’s Lloyd Yates, along with Josie Shuford and Mike Jones as chairs, it will tackle raising the rest. Publicly.
The goal, as the Knight’s Victoria Rogers put it: “Long-term vibrancy (and) the opportunity to experiment with new technology and to broaden the center’s reach.”
Hugh McColl said, in the Gantt’s news release, that he and his wife believe the Gantt “should be the key place to go to have multicultural discussions, so that we can learn to better live together,” while the center’s president/CEO, David Taylor, said: “At a time when the nation is grappling with racial discord and questions of equality, Charlotte is poised to become a national innovator and proud leader in inclusiveness.”