University of Arkansas Receives $40 Million Gift for Arts District

University of Arkansas Receives $40 Million Gift for Arts District

The University of Arkansas has announced a $40 million gift from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to establish an arts district in south Fayetteville.

Part of the university's Campaign Arkansas fundraising initiative, the gift will support the development of an art and design district featuring new buildings for classrooms, labs, and studios, as well as a public gallery space. To be called the Windgate Art and Design District, the area will further expand the reach and scope of the university's School of Art, which was established in August 2017 with a $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, and will serve as a hub for student and faculty artists and designers at the University of Arkansas and beyond. The new district also will free up space in the university's Fine Arts Center, enabling the School of Art to develop planned graduate programs in art education and art history.

"This is a tremendous step forward," said UA chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz. "Through this partnership with the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the University of Arkansas will be able to achieve nationally competitive standing in the arts, which will in turn place the state of Arkansas on the map as one of the most innovative leaders in the global arts community."

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"Transformative Gift Allows U of A to Expand Local Art and Design District." University of Arkansas Press Release 12/14/2017.