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Craft Alliance Receives $600,000 Commitment from Windgate Foundation

May 31, 2022

Craft Alliance is thrilled to announce a $600,000 commitment of support from the Windgate Foundation.

Craft Alliance is thrilled to announce a $600,000 commitment of support from the Windgate Foundation. The award includes a $300,000 Operating Grant, and a $300,000 Challenge Grant. The commitment will be paid in installments, over a three-year period.

Windgate support, and matching funds raised through the challenge grant, will enhance Craft Alliance’s core operations including an array of in-depth classes in contemporary craft media (clay, fibers, metals, wood, glass, print and paper arts, and metalsmithing), world-class exhibitions, and extensive school and community outreach programs throughout the 
St. Louis region.

“Craft Alliance, one of the leading craft-focused art centers in the nation, is honored to receive this generous support from the Windgate Foundation,” said Mark Witzling, Craft Alliance Executive Director. “The Challenge Grant—which will match dollar-for-dollar donations made to Craft Alliance—is a wonderful vote of confidence in the generosity of the St. Louis community and its commitment to supporting Craft Alliance. With our relocation to world-class studio facilities in the Delmar Maker District, the ability of Craft Alliance to meet the needs of the St. Louis arts community has been enhanced tremendously and this support furthers our ability to deliver on our core purpose.  We look to the broader St. Louis community to help us meet this challenge, and look forward to sharing the programming it will make possible.”

Windgate Foundation was established in 1993 and is a private, family foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Windgate's goal is to advance contemporary craft and strengthen visual arts education in the United States. Over nearly three decades, Windgate has become a national leader in supporting art and craft education presented by community organizations like Craft Alliance.