Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center Receives Extension From the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

Free, family-oriented programming to continue for additional 3 years

ATLANTA – December 15, 2017 – The Woodruff Arts Center announced today that it has received an extension grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to continue Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center, a program designed to transform the Arts Center’s campus into a family destination.

Since June of 2015 more than 160,000 students, children and parents have taken part in the programming that provides greater access to the Arts Center’s core art and arts education work.  Of these, more than 27,000 people were first time visitors to the campus.

Family Fun visitors are able to take part in programs like ‘Composition Quest’ from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which gives families the chance to compose their own song with guest artists leading the way.  At the High Museum of Art, master storytellers interpret the themes and illustrations of children’s books using puppets to bring the stories to life.  The Alliance Theatre developed one of those children’s books into a world premier play called The Dancing Granny that was seen by more than 9,000 people.

The Family Fun program was made possible by an initial grant of $6.6 million from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to develop and launch the program in 2015.  The new $5.1 million grant will allow Family Fun to continue offering free access to music, visual arts and theater for another three years.

“This gift from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation is a wonderful endorsement for this remarkable program,” said Janine Musholt, Senior Vice President of Advancement for The Woodruff Arts Center. “Thanks to the generosity and support of the Foundation, we can continue to provide free world-class artistic programming to the families of Atlanta.”
The new funding will allow the Arts Center to continue to provide free access to the High Museum of Art’s wonderful collection on Second Sundays throughout the year as well as select performances from the Alliance’s Theatre for Youth and Families and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert Series.
In addition to the core programs and Family Festivals, the program has helped expand Early Learning experiences for very young children, brought greater activation to the Arts Center’s campus and new opportunities for collaboration between the Center’s artistic divisions.

About The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the Southeast.  Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to more than 800,000 visitors. One of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus, The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming through each of its arts partners.  Through their combined efforts, the Woodruff Arts Center serves over 170,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.  www.woodruffcenter.org

About the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation
The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation is an independent private foundation that invests primarily in education and arts and culture.  Most grants are made to institutions in Georgia.  The Foundation’s grantmaking is inspired by the life of Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans, an extraordinary philanthropist and businesswoman. She was the wife of Joseph B. Whitehead, one of the original bottlers of Coca-Cola. When Mr. Whitehead died at an early age, Lettie Pate took over her husband’s bottling business and real estate interests, guiding both to great success. She became one of the first female directors of any major American corporation when she was appointed to the board of The
Coca-Cola Company in 1934.

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