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$1 million gift supports Colonial Williamsburg art museums

August 15, 2014

By Steve Vaughan, The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg

Aug. 15--WILLIAMSBURG -- who are both art lovers and great friends to the institution -- for enriching and sustaining that programming in perpetuity."

The museums' education team of two full-time employees and 40 volunteers and seasonal interns last year conducted 420 programs and workshops in the Goode Gallery -- previously called the education studio -- for approximately 10,500 guests, school group students and teachers.

"The programming overseen by the Art Museums' educators and volunteers is extensive," according to Ron Hurst, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's vice president for collections, conservation and museums and chief curator. "The Goodes' generous commitment will benefit guests and the community as a whole for years to come."

David Goode is the retired CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp. Both he and his wife have supported arts and history programs throughout Virginia and have a particular interest in folk art.

"David and I believe very strongly in the educational power of museums and that the arts are a vital force in our history," Susan Goode said in a press release. "Colonial Williamsburg's museums are uniquely able to make that connection for future generations. We're gratified to know that this endowment will support even more robust educational programs at the museum."


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