The MetLife Foundation allocates new funds to creatives in diverse communities
The MetLife Foundation, an initiative of leading financial services company MetLife, which works with nonprofits to support low- and moderate-income communities around the world, announced a major donation to programs that support diverse young artists from low-income populations.
The resources, raised through the sale of three iconic murals that adorned MetLife headquarters, total $1,875,000 which will be split equally among three New York-based programs.
The MetLife Foundation has announced that it will direct proceeds from a recent corporate art sale to three New York-based organizations, @girlsclubny, @HSAnyc @UrbanArtsOrgfocused on encouraging the creative expression of underrepresented artists. https://t.co/NfAB5iJa0V pic.twitter.com/vkelyKZVh8
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The famous large-scale murals, commissioned by MetLife in 1940 by painter and illustrator NC Wyeth, to decorate the walls of that firm’s headquarters at One Madison Avenue, formed what would be an ambitious collection titled, The New England Series.
This work would be Wyeth’s last commission before his death in 1945, when his son Andrew and son-in-law John McCoy took over the project.
“Three of the murals – The Coming of the Mayflower (NC Wyeth), The Return of the Mayflower (NC Wyeth) and Fishermen in a Dory (Andrew Wyeth and John McCoy) – recently sold for $1.875 million, and the MetLife Foundation will direct the funds to three New York-based organizations focused on developing the creative expression of underrepresented artists,” it is underlined from MetLife.
Seeking to maintain their long-standing commitment to the arts and culture community, here are the organizations benefiting from the resources, reaching students in New York’s five boroughs with arts programs that might not otherwise be available to them:
- $625,000 for the Lower Eastside Girls’ Club in support of its Alphabet City Art School, a multi-component visual arts program that includes art school classes and workshops, artistic enrichment, including mentorship programs, and community engagement.
- $625,000 for the Harlem School of the Arts in support of free workshops, tuition assistance, and programs focused on painting, drawing, digital art design, and animation.
- $625,000 for the Urban Arts Partnership in support of its School of Interactive Arts, which teaches students how to create their own video games using original elements of art, music and storytelling.
“The goal of the MetLife Foundation is to break down barriers and expand opportunities so that more people can pursue their dreams – and no one dreams bigger than young artists. These organizations do more than put brushes in the hands of students. They give them a powerful platform to amplify their voices and use their creative gifts to positively impact the world,” said Mike Zarcone, executive vice president and chief corporate officer of MetLife and chairman of the MetLife Foundation.
MetLife, founded in 1868, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies. Within its portfolio of products and services, the sale of insurance, life annuities, employee benefits and asset management stands out.
It is present in more than 40 markets worldwide and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
For its part, the MetLife Foundation, created to provide financial health solutions and build stronger communities, has worked to benefit more than 17 million low- and middle-income people in at least 42 countries.
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