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Private support for the arts stands in a long Tar Heel philanthropic tradition, especially since the 1920s and 1930s when large contributions began coming from industrialists.
Duke University’s Museum of Art has seen many changes over the last four years under new director Dr. Michael Mezzatesta. The building and galleries have been updated and interdepartmental cooperation has been important to the museum’s success. This cooperation with other disciplines has led to the award of a National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grant. Plans are also underway to build a new art museum between the East and West Campuses. The new building will showcase their major holdings of Pre-Columbian Art, one of the premier collections of such art in the world.
Since 1964, the North Carolina Arts Council has worked with various partners in the arts. Public and private partnerships may occasionally discourage experimentation, or reflect prevailing political sentiment. But these partnerships are what allow major arts projects to occur.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources launched a program called the smART Initiative as a way to promote local artists around the region through funding from grants. They hope this will help boost the economy by bringing in more creative individuals and businesses, providing jobs, and increasing production of goods and services.