In one way or another arts have existed as long as man’s history. Art is part of our daily lives we cannot deny it, and is present in all cultures in the world. Almost everybody has an appreciation for art and enjoying creating it or observing it. As an integral part of our culture, art provides us with a deeper understanding of our self-awareness and emotions. Arts makes different communities appear beautiful, arts inspires and motivates us. Some have gone a long way to support arts by volunteering or financing arts platforms.
John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts is America busiest cultural institutions and feature excellent performance. Each year, it hosts about 3000 performance of dance, theater, and music across multitudes stages and grand venues such as concert hall, Eisenhower, and opera house.
In 2013, leaders of Kennedy Centre announced planned to expand the facility. The expansion work involves constructing a riverfront pavilion and a new pedestrian bridge that will link the Kennedy Centre and the Pavilion. The plan also includes construction of three more pavilions, multipurpose rooms, specialized space for education and rehearsal, and offices and dining.
However, according to Kennedy Centre press release, the planned expansion has blown its fundraising target by $50 million. Rather than collapsing the project, more philanthropists like Dick Devos have continued to donate more to the facility. Dick Devos along with other philanthropist have demonstrated a commitment to the expansion plan, which is yet to be completed by 2018. The fact that the expansion project is funded by donations indicates passions for arts in our community.
This was not the first time Dick Devos family are supporting Kennedy Centre and arts in our community. Earlier, through the Dick and Betsy foundation, they donated $22.5 million to train cultural and arts leaders in the country. Further, they have established Devos Institute of Arts Management at Kennedy Centre with about $2.5 million yearly support.
Dick Devos is the son of Richard Devos, Amway founder. He is an accomplished entrepreneur has created a fortune in the business world. In response to financial blessings, he has received over the years, Dick and his wife Betsy founded the Dick and Betsy Charity as a vehicle to give back to the community. Often, the charity has donated to various community initiatives. In particular, the family has donated heavily to education including founding West Michigan Aviation Academy. Indeed, it is blessing to see there are Americans who care deeply about art and it role in education and human life.