GlaxoSmithKline Foundation donates $2M to N.C. Museum of Art
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Posted by: Cindy Frantz
From: Triangle Business Journal
In its first major gifts announcement since the retirement of Bill Shore, GlaxoSmithKline
will donate $2 million to the North Carolina Museum of Art
to fund K–12 educational programs.
The big pharma company with North American headquarters in Research
Triangle Park has long been a leader in Triangle corporate philanthropy,
donating a total of $5.2 million in 2010 and $28 million over the past
five years. The arts donation was technically made through its N.C. GSK
The project is called The Big Picture and will give professional
development resources, workshops and distance learning courses to help
K–12 teachers learn art-based strategies to teach better. Project
• Free tri-annual educator expos;
• An annual teaching fellowship award;
• Student exhibitions at the museum;
• Enhanced version of the ArtNC Web site, with integrated lesson
plans, online professional development tools, and ways to share best
practices with peers.
GSK (NYSE: GSK) employs 4,500 in RTP and another 5,000 in the
Philadelphia region. Bill Shore, who helped build the company’s
community relations department from the ground up, announced his retirement at age 62 in January after 27 years with the company.