Warren Wilson College receives grant for arts program
May 28, 2013
Many colleges have trouble garnering funding, whether from those in the community or alumni, especially in this economy. This can prohibit administrators from being able to expand programs, buildings and other offerings for their students. However, that is no longer the case for those at Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Windgate Charitable Foundation recently revealed a $2.1 million grant that will help the school further develop its studio craft and material arts program. The money will be given over a period of three years.
Administrators will direct the funds to specific goals - for instance, the first sum will be put toward hiring staff members so that the program's subsections of woodworking, blacksmithing and fiber arts can be expanded. After that, internships will be offered and new positions on staff created.
"This grant provides a unique opportunity for the college to take a leading role in the teaching of craft and forges an important partnership with the center," explained The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's Executive Director Stephanie Moore.
According to the Association of Public Television Stations, Windgate has long been a patron of the arts, giving sizeable grants whenever possible. For instance, in 2009, the group gave $400,000 to the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design to help operations and create an in-house challenge grant.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.