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Culture notes: Woodruff Arts Center appoints fund-raising leader; ‘Go West’ exhibit coming to High

ARTS
Woodruff appoints fund-raising leader

The Woodruff Arts Center has named Janine A. Mushol, who has worked for five years as the United States Olympic Committee’s chief development officer, as the Atlanta organization’s vice president of advancement.

Musholt, who begins June 1, will be responsible for Woodruff fund-raising efforts including its annual corporate campaign, as well as coordinating with the Woodruff’s divisions (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences) on their fundraising efforts.

The Woodruff and its divisions raise $35 million annually in contributions to arts presenting and arts education programs.

Under Musholt’s leadership, the USOC raised more than $50 million annually and increased contributions each year from 2009 through 2012. She created its development strategies and led its fundraising program, including gifts, capital projects, direct mail, telemarketing, grants and gift planning. On her watch, digital media and social networking were added to update the USOC’s fund-raising efforts.

Musholt “has been very successful in working with individuals, corporations and foundations on behalf of the USOC while also providing fund-raising guidance and leadership for 47 distinct Olympic sports organizations,” Woodruff CEO Virginia Hepner said in a statement. “She understands the opportunities we have at the Woodruff.”

The new Woodruff vice president said, “I’ve had a lifelong passion for the arts and I’m thrilled to be able to marry my fund-raising experience with my love for music, art, theater and education.”

She will succeed Beauchamp Carr, who retired last year after a 35-year fund-raising career at Atlanta’s largest arts organization.

Meanwhile, the Woodruff reports that it has raised $6.8 million in the first six months of its Annual Campaign, nearly three-quarters of its $9.2 million goal.

A recent major contributor was the UPS Foundation, which donated $300,000, with $100,000 of that going to the Carr Challenge Fund, which provides a two-to-one match for all new and increased gifts of $5,000 or more. The UPS Foundation also made separate donations of $50,000 to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, $25,000 (not counting $80,000 in-kind contributions) to support the High Museum’s exhibition series drawn from the Museum of Modern Art and $5,000 to toward the High’s current “Frida & Diego” exhibit.

The Carr matching program ends April 15. The annual campaign continues through the end of May. To donate, call 404-733-4240. HOWARD POUSNER

VISUAL ART
Western exhibit coming to High
Saddle up. The High Museum of Art will play host to a vivid exhibit celebrating the American frontier this fall. “Go West,” which will run from Oct. 27 through April 13, pulls from the collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo. Included will be artifacts from the American West from firearms of the period to Native American antiquities, as well as artwork done specifically for the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West show, including photograph posters of Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull and, of course, Bill himself. ROSALIND BENTLEY

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