NC arts drive in Charlotte meets its goal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - An arts endowment drive in North Carolina that's more than three years old has met its goal, thanks to large gifts from a foundation and an energy company.

The Charlotte Observer reported the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte began the $83 million Campaign for Cultural Facilities in 2006. Much of the money is marked for the upkeep of arts buildings.

The council said Wednesday the campaign met its goal, thanks to a $15 million gift from the Leon Levine Foundation and a $5 million contribution by Duke Energy. Bank of America and the former Wachovia pledged $15 million each when the drive began.

Levine says Charlotte is known for banking but now will be on the map for its arts as well.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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