The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts recently received a $15 million endowment gift from the Windgate Foundation, the largest gift ever in The Bray’s 71-year history.
“It definitely came as a pretty major surprise… and it was definitely much larger than I hoped or imagined for,” said Steven Young Lee, The Bray’s director emeritus and special projects manager.
Steven Young Lee
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Windgate Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting contemporary craft and visual arts in the United States, has been helping support The Bray for more than a decade.
Money generated from the endowment will help support the staffing and other costs accompanying The Bray’s recent growth and expansion.
It will also help support the Bray’s priority to expand its reach into underserved communities to those who don’t typically have access to ceramic art, said Lee.
Some funds will help support The Bray’s international artist-in-residence program, which Windgate Foundation has contributed to for years.
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It will also help The Bray to increase inclusion, representation, belonging and equity