Momentum Fund Launches

Hugh and Jane McColl Contribute $1 Million to McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s Momentum Fund

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 6, 2019) – Last night, during its Gala to Celebrate 20 Years, McColl Center for Art + Innovation launched the Momentum Fund. During welcoming remarks, Hugh and Jane McColl pledged a gift of $1 million to McColl Center—which was named after Mr. McColl while he was CEO of Bank of America and shortly after the start of the organization in 1999.

The monumental gift kicks off a fundraising initiative—the Momentum Fund—to celebrate McColl Center’s 20-year legacy and its leap into a new era for contemporary art and community. McColl Center’s programs and outreach efforts drive social capital and position the organization as a leader in providing equitable arts experiences for everyone.

“Jane and I want to continue being part of the significant work McColl Center has accomplished over the last twenty years,” said Mr. McColl. “This institution is vital to supporting the careers of painters, sculptors, and all artists, while connecting them to the people of Charlotte so that we can learn to be more creative and innovative together.”

Mr. and Mrs. McColl were joined at the announcement by McColl Center President & CEO Alli Celebron-Brown; Board Chair Marcia Tillotson; and Founding President & CEO, Emerita Suzanne Fetscher.

“Mr. and Mrs. McColl’s generous gift shows that Charlotte is indeed a city that values cultural and creative equity,” said Celebron-Brown. “This kick-start to the Momentum Fund will increase opportunities for us to support artists and to offer all of Charlotte access to inspiring creative experiences and impactful artist-led initiatives.”

Image: McColl Center President + CEO Alli Celebron-Brown and Hugh and Jane McColl at McColl Center for Art + Innovation on April 5, 2019.