Wachovia announces $2.5 million grant to the N.C. Museum of Art

Posted May 26, 2010 5:04 p.m. EDT

— The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation on Tuesday announced a $2.5 million grant to the North Carolina Museum of Art. The money will support statewide educational initiatives and on-site educational programming.

“This significant, multi-year grant demonstrates our commitment to serving our mission to build strong and vibrant programs for use in the schools to help in educating the children of North Carolina,” Jack Clayton, regional president of Triangle East Community Banking for Wachovia, said in a statement.

The museum's educational programming has several components that will be supported by the grant, including in-gallery self-guided tours and distance-learning courses.

The most extensive program that will be funded is Art of Collaboration, a program that supports integrated instruction of math, science, English, social studies and visual arts at the middle school level across the state.

Art of Collaboration programming has served approximately 2000 middle school students and 85 teachers since 2007.

The gift is part of a recently-announced $50 million campaign to support the museum. To date, it is the largest corporate gift made to the campaign.