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High Museum of Art Education Department Receives $1.45 Million Grant from Zeist Foundation

September 15, 2023

ATLANTA, Sept. 15, 2023 — The High Museum of Art announced today that it has recently received a $1.45 million grant from the Zeist Foundation to commemorate three generations of the Brumley family. In 1989, Jean and Dr. George Brumley Jr. created the Zeist Foundation in Atlanta to engage their five children in philanthropy, but the family tragically lost twelve members across three generations in a 2003 plane crash. This twentieth commemoration grant to the High will sustain the museum’s educational operations and programming that provide imperative arts education and community dialogue and engagement.

The generous funding from the Zeist Foundation will allow the High to cultivate its commitment to providing robust educational programs that engage youth in the community. It will also bolster the High’s investment in community programs for adults.

“We want to thank the Zeist Foundation for its generous gift in support of the High’s ongoing mission to provide inclusive educational programming,” said Rand Suffolk, the High’s director. “We are committed to activating the museum’s collection and special exhibitions with enriching activities for all Atlantans, and these vital funds allow us to further connect our community to its museum while paying tribute to the Brumley family.”

Areas supported by the grant will include museum operations, teen programing, Oasis, First Saturdays, Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning initiatives, community dialogue and interpretation, and more.

The High’s educational programs encourage growth through arts-based inquiry. Wellness-focused Oasis and skill-building Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning courses cultivate space for adults to reflect and make art. First Saturdays welcome intergenerational visitors with engaging activities for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Teen programs — Teen Team, Teen Art Afternoon and Teen Night — feature creative activations designed by teens and for teens. Community dialogue and conversation programs engage thousands of Atlantans with art year round, ranging from bespoke programs with specific affinity groups to wide-ranging gatherings that encourage dialogue across differences. Across these programs, engagement with art at the High connects people to themselves, one another and the wider world.

The Zeist Foundation takes a holistic approach when providing grants to organizations that address the needs of children in the human services, education and arts and culture sectors. Specifically, through its arts and culture grants, the Foundation seeks to support increasing access to culturally enriching experiences for the community.

About the High Museum of Art
Located in the heart of Atlanta, the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High features a collection of more than 19,000 works of art, including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts; major holdings of photography and folk and self-taught work, especially that of artists from the American South; burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, new media and design; a growing collection of African art, with work dating from prehistory through the present; and significant holdings of European paintings and works on paper. The High is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of its communities and offering a variety of exhibitions and educational programs that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process. For more information about the High, visit

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