Arts & Culture

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation recognizes the importance of arts and cultural institutions to creating a vibrant community and attracting economic development. Mr. Woodruff understood the arts are a vital part of a thriving city and provided significant support to establish the Memorial Arts Center, known today as the Woodruff Arts Center.

The Foundation’s investments in arts and culture make up a small part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). In general, the Foundation makes capital and capacity-building grants to arts and cultural organizations with significant audiences, strong leadership and sound financial operations.


  • Development of major Atlanta arts and cultural institutions
  • Capital projects of arts and cultural institutions outside of Atlanta that promote community development in Georgia’s cities

What We Do Not Fund

  • Annual operating support
  • Endowments
  • Acquisition of works of art
  • Exhibits or festivals
  • Performances