Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center Receives $25 Million Gift for Expansion

The Atlanta-based Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has announced a $25 million gift to the city's Woodruff Arts Center to expand the Center's High Museum of Art and build a new residence hall for the Atlanta College of Art, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The gift matches the largest award ever received by the Center, which was also given by the Woodruff Foundation and used to increase the endowments of the Center's four institutions — the High Museum, the College of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Alliance Theater.

In addition to the new dormitory and museum expansion, the Center will build a new parking structure, loading dock, restaurant, and make other improvements. These construction efforts, expected to cost $124 million, are part of the Center's larger plan to completely reconfigure its campus.

"[The Woodruff grant] is a tremendous vote of confidence in the arts center, the museum, the college, and what we have provided," said Michael Shapiro, director of the High Museum. "We have the potential to really become one of the great institutions in the country..."

Tom Sabulis. "$25 million grant for arts in Atlanta" Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/07/2001.