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Block Museum at Northwestern University Receives Donation for Community Engagement

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS—The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has received a newly endowed gift from a university trustee that will support the museum’s education and outreach initiatives. The $1.5 million donation will permanently establish the Susan and Stephen Wilson Block Museum Engagement Fund, which will expand museum-wide education, programming, and partnerships and communication between Northwestern and organizations in the Evanston, Illinois community.

Susy Bielak, the Block’s current associate director of engagement and curator of public practice and former associated director of public and interpretive programs and Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center, will serve as the first Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director of Engagement in charge of the museum’s new engagement department.

“As Northwestern alumni, we have been excited by the work of the Block Museum in recent years to engage campus and community in teaching and learning experiences. Free and open to all, the museum is uniquely poised as a resource to serve wide audiences and bring diverse communities together through art and conversation,” Susan Wilson said. Wilson and her husband both graduated from the university in 1970; Steven Wilson graduated from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business in 1974. The gift is a contribution to the university’s $3.75 billion fundraising drive “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.”

Lisa Corrin, Ellen Philip Katz Director of the Block Museum, said, “Steven and Sue Wilson are remarkable leaders within Northwestern and Evanston. We are honored by their recognition of the Block Museum as a site of innovative teaching and learning experiences for both our students and our community. This visionary gift will help ensure meaningful engagement 

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October 2, 2017