PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: September 29, 2004
Gift from Maggie Allesee will support art exhibitions
and education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
DEARBORN---Maggie Allesee, a longtime cultural arts advocate and philanthropist
whose influence can be seen throughout the metropolitan Detroit area,
has pledged $100,000 to support the Art
Museum Project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Allesee's gift will be used to support continuing projects in the visual
arts at UM-Dearborn, including exhibitions and educational programs. It
will also be used to support preservation, presentation, conservation
and study of the campus's permanent art collection and of loaned works.
"The Art Museum Project at UM-Dearborn was started in 1996 with
the mission of extending the appreciation of art and culture to the communities
served by UM-Dearborn," according to director Kenneth Gross. "This
includes our students, faculty and staff, as well as residents and visitors
from outside communities."
The project includes a gallery named for early supporter Alfred Berkowitz,
and is supported by a volunteer group called the Fine Art Associates.
In addition to exhibitions in the gallery, the Art Museum Project has
developed and delivered programs in arts and culture that have involved
thousands of art lovers, including tours of regional galleries and collections,
a collection of sculpture on the campus, and studio art classes.
"There is nothing finer than being able to combine art and education
to offer to students every opportunity in that regard," Allesee said.
"We are excited and pleased to include the Art Museum Project at
UM-Dearborn as an important part of our effort to support art throughout
southeastern Michigan. We are particularly happy to assist with the efforts
to make more of the permanent collection accessible to UM-Dearborn students
and the wider community."
Allesee and her husband, radio pioneer Bob Allison, have supported a
wide range of artistic and cultural programs in Detroit and around the
country. Among other projects, they have supported the dance department
at Wayne State University, the National Center for Choreography at Florida
State University, the Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit's Orchestra Hall
and the Hospice of Michigan.
In 2003, the Allesees received special recognition in the ArtServe Michigan
Governor's Awards for Arts & Culture. "Tireless advocates and
generous patrons, Bob and Maggie understand that the arts are key to sustaining
a dynamic regional economy and quality of life in Michigan," according
to the award citation. "Through their vision, leadership, astute
business sense and deep understanding of the organizations they support,
the Allesees have helped to ensure that arts organizations large and small
have an opportunity to thrive."