Wells Fargo Grant to ArtsFund Creates Arts in Education Fund

Fund will support arts programs provided by local arts organizations for students in Guilford County Schools, such as cellist Shana Tucker’s Classical Music Across Cultures performances taking place in four GCS schools this week

Greensboro, N.C., September 21, 2015 — ArtsGreensboro announced today that the Wells Fargo Foundation has made a $40,000 grant to the 2016 ArtsFund campaign to establish the Wells Fargo Arts in Education Fund. This initiative will support arts programs provided by local arts organizations to students in Guilford County Schools.

“At Wells Fargo, we recognize that the arts are a vital part of the development of our youth and that students who have greater access to this curriculum do better in school—in all subject areas, “ said Clarence McDonald, Business Banking manager for Wells Fargo. “We’re honored to partner with ArtsGreensboro and the organizations it supports to bring the highest-quality arts experiences and enrichment programs into our local schools.”

“We are delighted that Wells Fargo has formalized its longstanding support of arts education by establishing this special fund,” said ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “This will enable our arts organizations to routinely incorporate in-school experiences for students as they work with artists on a variety of projects. It further underscores Wells Fargo’s commitment to our children, also demonstrated by the bank’s sponsorship of the Family Area during the recent 75th National Folk Festival.”

The first program implemented as part of the Wells Fargo Arts in Education Fund will be singer-songwriter/cellist Shana Tucker’s workshops and performances in four GCS schools on Tuesday, September 22, and Wednesday, September 23, before her public performance at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre on Wednesday evening, September 23. Presented by Classical Music Across Cultures as part of the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, Tucker credits her genre-bending style to her jazz and classical roots interwoven with ‘80s and ‘90s pop, movie soundtracks, and world music.

“The Classical Music Across Cultures (CMAC) project arose from a passion to provide children of all backgrounds the opportunity to see and hear skilled musicians who look like them,” explained CMAC Project Coordinator Marta Richardson. “We know that children will be inspired when Shana Tucker performs at their schools, and we are so grateful to the Wells Fargo Arts in Education Fund for making her work in the schools possible.”

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, more than 12,500 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About Wells Fargo Community Relations – Triad and West Regions

Wells Fargo is proud to support nonprofits working to strengthen communities in the Triad and Western Regions of North Carolina. We share our success as a company and invest in many organizations through charitable contributions and the volunteerism and leadership of our team members. In 2014, Wells Fargo donated more than $3.1 million to nonprofits in the Triad West Region and our team members volunteered more than 20,000 hours. 

About ArtsGreensboro

With an annual budget of approximately $4 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through its ArtsFund-supported grant programs, the 17DAYS Arts & Culture Festival, I HEART ARTS Month, and other opportunities including the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community by supporting arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and driving economic impact through excellence in arts programming. artsgreensboro.org