Woodruff Arts Center receives largest grant in its history

A rendering of the renovated Alliance Theatre space.
A rendering of the renovated Alliance Theatre space.

The Woodruff Arts Center has received a $38 million grant from the Woodruff Foundation, the largest in the 46-year history of the center.

The largest portion of the grant is $25 million in endowment matching funds to support artistic and educational programming, including funds to match gifts for musician positions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Other endowment funding will support the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre and the Arts Center.

The gift also provides support for a major renovation of the Alliance Theatre’s main performance and production support areas, the first major renovation in the theater’s history. The improvements in the Alliance spaces are phase one of a long-term plan to improve the public and performance spaces of the Memorial Arts Building.

“We are so grateful to the Woodruff Foundation Trustees for this incredibly important investment to strengthen the Arts Center,” said Virginia Hepner, president and chief executive officer of The Woodruff Arts Center. “The Foundation’s generosity has been instrumental to our success for nearly 50 years, and this added support will help all of our arts partners continue to adapt and thrive for decades to come for the benefit of our community.”

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