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  • The James A. Welu Curator of European Art Endowment Fund


    The James A. Welu Curatorial Endowment Fund was created in 2012 to honor the commitment and legacy of one of this country’s most devoted cultural leaders and one of the Worcester Art Museum’s most beloved and influential directors. For 40 years, Jim Welu has dedicated himself to furthering the mission and work of WAM, first as a young Curator of European Art, then as our indefatigable Director, and now as our Director Emeritus. Throughout his tenure, Jim’s signature ability to share the story and joy of art with others has resulted in wonderful additions both to the Museum’s renowned collection and to its family of lifelong friends and passionate supporters.

    When fully-funded, this endowed position in Jim’s name will support the work of the Curator of European Art in perpetuity, and will enable WAM to continue to attract and retain top curators of European Art whose scholarship, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection will ensure its accessibility for future generations.

    To date, we have raised just over $1.8 million of our $2 million goal! Please join us in paying tribute to Jim and investing in the future of the Worcester Art Museum by making a gift to help endow the James A. Welu Curator of European Art position. Gifts may be given outright, pledged and paid over a number of years, or committed by means of a bequest or other mutually-beneficial planned gift.

    To make a gift online, click here to go to our Donation page and under Additional Designation, be sure to choose the “James A. Welu Curator of European Art Endowment.”

    To learn more about how you can participate, contact Director of Philanthropy Nora Maroulis at noramaroulis@worcesterart.org or at 508.793.4313.

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