KOHLíS donates $1 MILLION to Milwaukee art museum for youth art education
Museum receives largest corporate gift for education and outreach during National Youth Art Month
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.ó Today Kohlís Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced a $1 million gift to the Milwaukee Art Museum, a nationally recognized arts provider, that will support a new youth art education initiative in the community. This is the largest corporate gift to the Museum for education and outreach and will be used to launch new art education programs and develop a new outreach campaign.
The announcement falls during National Youth Art Month, an annual observance that emphasizes the value of childrenís art education and encourages support for quality school art programs. This is of importance locally where tightening budgets are stretching art education resources in schools.
ďKohlís is committed to giving back to each community we serve, but Milwaukee is especially significant because itís home to more than 6,500 Kohlís associates,Ē said Julie Gardner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Kohlís. ďThrough our philanthropic efforts, we work to enhance childrenís health and education and are thrilled to be creating a youth art education program with the nationally recognized Milwaukee Art Museum. The Museum is known for providing inspiration Ė the new Kohlís program will allow even more local children to have that experience.Ē
Scheduled to launch this fall, the Kohlís art education program will be designed to engage Milwaukee-area children, pre-teens, parents and teachers with hands-on, high-touch activities. Events will take place at a variety of locations including schools, festivals, summer camps and the Milwaukee Art Museum campus.
ďThis gift to the Milwaukee Art Museum represents the very definition of philanthropy by supporting innovative art education programs that will transform lives,Ē said Dan Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. ďThis gift allows us to expand our reach as a major resource for art education and broaden our presence in the community. We are extremely grateful to Kohlís for this opportunity.Ē
Kohlís and its associates are actively involved in the Milwaukee community. Through Kohlís Cares for Kidsģ, the company supports a merchandise program that benefits childrenís health and education initiatives, including Childrenís Hospital of Wisconsin; fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations; and the Kohlís Kids Who Careģ Scholarship Program, which recognizes young volunteers. In 2007 more than 1,400 local Kohlís associates participated in the A-Team volunteerism program, totaling more than 5,000 hours of service and $100,000 in grants to Milwaukee-area organizations. Kohlís also proudly supports The United Way, Milwaukee County Zoo, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Penfield Childrenís Center and many other local nonprofit organizations.
Nationwide Kohlís provided approximately $42 million through community programs and corporate donations in 2007. In addition to monetary contributions, through A-Team events, more than 39,000 Kohlís associates volunteered over 136,000 hours.
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