MetLife Foundation Directs Corporate Art Funds to Underserved Creatives
In 1940, MetLife contacted renowned painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth with a proposal: Create a large-scale mural series to grace the walls of its headquarters, then located at One Madison Avenue. The ambitious collection, entitled The New England Series, was Wyeth's last commission before his death in 1945, when his son, Andrew, and his son-in-law, John McCoy, took on the balance of the project.
For decades, MetLife employees enjoyed a front-row view of art history. Today, the global insurer is sustaining its long-standing commitment to the arts and cultural community by investing in a young generation of historically marginalized artists.
Three of the murals - The Coming of the Mayflower (N.C. Wyeth), The Return of the Mayflower (N.C. Wyeth), and Fishermen in a Dory (Andrew Wyeth and John McCoy) - recently sold for $1.875 million, and MetLife Foundation will direct the funds to three New York City-based organizations focused on nurturing the creative expression of underrepresented artists:
"MetLife Foundation's goal is to break down barriers and expand opportunity so that more people can pursue their dreams - and no one dreams bigger than young artists," said Mike Zarcone, executive vice president and head of Corporate Affairs for MetLife and chairman of MetLife Foundation. "These organizations do so much more than put paintbrushes 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 MetLife Foundation supports communities around the world through grants, impact investments, and employee volunteerism, visit www.metlife.com/sustainability/MetLife-sustainability/MetLife-Foundation/.
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