The MetLife Foundation directs corporate art funds to underserved creatives
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In 1940, MetLife approached famed painter and illustrator NC Wyeth with a proposal: to create a series of large-scale murals to adorn the walls of its corporate headquarters, then located at One Madison Avenue. The ambitious collection, titled The New England Serieswas Wyeth’s last commission before his death in 1945, when his son, Andrew, and son-in-law, John McCoy, took over the rest of the project.
For decades, MetLife employees have enjoyed a first-hand view of art history. Today, the global insurer maintains its longstanding commitment to the arts and culture community by investing in a younger generation of historically marginalized artists.
Three of the murals – The coming of the Mayflower (NC Wyeth), The return of the Mayflower (NC Wyeth), and Fishermen in a dory (Andrew Wyeth and John McCoy) – recently sold for $1.875 million, and the MetLife Foundation will direct the funds to three New York-based organizations that focus on developing the creative expression of underrepresented artists:
$625,000 to the Lower Eastside Girls Club to support its Alphabet City Art School, a multi-component visual arts program that includes art school classes and workshops, artistic enrichment including mentorship programs, and community engagement.
$625,000 to the Harlem School of the Arts to support free workshops, tuition assistance and programs focused on painting, drawing, digital art design and animation.
$625,000 to the Urban Arts Partnership to support its Interactive Arts School, which teaches students how to create their own video games with original elements of art, music and storytelling.
Collectively, these organizations reach students in New York’s five boroughs with arts programs that might not otherwise be available to them.
“The goal of the MetLife Foundation is to break down barriers and expand opportunities so that more people can pursue their dreams – and no one dreams bigger than young artists,” said Mike Zarcone, vice president. Executive and Chief Corporate Officer of MetLife and Chairman of the MetLife Foundation. . “These organizations do much more than put brushes in the hands of students. They give them a powerful platform to amplify their voices and use their creative gifts to positively impact the world.
To learn more about how the MetLife Foundation supports communities around the world through grants, impact investing and employee volunteerism, visit www.metlife.com/sustainability/MetLife-sustainability/MetLife-Foundation/ .
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help individual and institutional clients build a confident future. Founded in 1868, MetLife is present in more than 40 markets worldwide and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About the MetLife Foundation
At the MetLife Foundation, we are committed to expanding opportunity for low- and middle-income people around the world. We partner with nonprofits and social enterprises to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, while engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help make an impact. Our financial health work has reached more than 17.3 million low- and middle-income people in 42 countries. Learn more about the MetLife Foundation.