Charlotte arts facilities drive raises $83 million

Leon and Sandra Levine
Leon and Sandra Levine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A $15 million gift from the Leon Levine Foundation and a $5 million gift from Duke Energy in honor of Sandra and Leon Levine helped the Campaign for Cultural Facilities complete its private endowment campaign to raise $83 million.

The campaign, supporting the first phase of cultural projects in a 25-year cultural facilities master plan in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County led by the Arts & Sciences Council, also received $158 million in public support.

Recognizing the Levines’ contribution, Wells Fargo will rename the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus — home to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gannt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Theater, and Mint Museum – The Levine Center for the Arts.

Launched in October 2006 and co-chaired by James E. Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, and by Ken Lewis, former CEO of Bank of America, the endowment campaign enlisted 240 private donors

Private donors include Bank of America; Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company; C.D. Spangler Foundation; and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Public dollars support the renovation of Discovery Place, and capital costs for new construction for the Bechtler Museum, Knight Theater, Gantt Center and Mint Museum.

The private campaign supports facility operating costs for Discovery Place; projects located at the Levine Center for the Arts; capital funding for N.C. Dance Theatre; and operating and endowment funds for the Charlotte Symphony.

“The Levine’s have truly raised the bare for individual philanthropy in our community, and we are so grateful for their generous gift,” Scott Provancher, president of the Arts & Science Council, says in a statement. “The additional gift from Duke Energy is incredibly inspiring.”

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