Opera benefactor remembers ASO, High as well
The Atlanta Opera announced last week that the late Barbara Stewart left it $9 million, but, it turns out, the late Atlantan’s arts patronage did not end there.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art will jointly announced Friday that each arts institution has received a $1.5 million bequest from Stewart, founder of the insurance consulting firm Stewart Economics Inc. Per Stewart’s request, the funds are unrestricted.
“Every city should be so fortunate to have a champion such as Barbara Stewart,” ASO president Stanley Romanstein said in a prepared statement. “The legacy she is leaving the Atlanta Opera is remarkable, and to extend her enthusiasm and her generosity to the orchestra and High Museum only reinforces [Atlanta’s] thriving arts scene.”
A Pittsburgh native who worked for years in New York before moving to Atlanta in 1992, Stewart was an ASO subscriber and High member who contributed to both routinely for nearly 20 years. HOWARD POUSNER
A tradition of giving
A member of Atlanta’s prominent Candler family who wishes to remain anonymous has donated $1 million to the Millennium Gate Museum, the Atlantic Station landmark that houses Georgia and Atlanta history exhibits, including dispays on the philanthropy of prominent local families.
Museum president Rodney Cook Jr. said of the donation, “We are truly privileged and honored.”
He said the funds would help reduce the remaining debt of the museum, which opened in 2008 inside a 100-foot-tall neoclassical arch on 17th Street.
Patriarch Asa Griggs Candler founded the Coca-Cola Co. in 1887, and seven generations of Candlers have contnued to contribute to education, health care, the fine arts and more in Atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER