The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announced Friday that the Wallis’ Arts Education and Outreach Programs received a $1 million gift from Gregory Annenberg Weingarten.

The gift was made in honor of Weingarten’s mother, Wallis Annenberg, after whom The Wallis was named. The $1 million will be used to support continued success, growth and innovation of “GRoW @ The Wallis” education initiatives over the next five years.

“I have always been proud to support the work of GRoW @ The Wallis and even more so now as we make this gift in honor of my mother,” said Weingarten.

“Its programming, staff and governing board — beginning with Wallis Annenberg — share GRoW’s long-standing philanthropic value that every person deserves access to the arts, and that starts with arts education.”

The Wallis’ Director of Education, Mark Slavkin, who oversees the GRoW @ The Wallis program, called the donation “a game-changing investment” in the program’s future.

The GroW @ The Wallis initiative began in 2015 as an umbrella for a mix of educational and outreach programs offered by the Wallis Annenberg Center, and it seeks to address community needs through arts leadership, learning, collaboration and partnership.

“Gregory’s passion for arts education is evident in his significant contributions globally for over two decades culminating in this significant investment in the future of The Wallis,” said Michael Nemeroff, The Wallis’ chairman of the board.

“We are proud to serve the larger community through the programs of GRoW @ The Wallis. Everyone — of all ages, abilities and backgrounds — is invited to participate. This gift will help ensure The Wallis’ continued vibrancy as a destination for the performing arts, education and civic life in Los Angeles.”

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