Million Dollar Bell Atlantic Grant Opens Doors To Picasso For New Audiences
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Million Dollar Bell Atlantic Grant
Opens Doors To Picasso For New Audiences
Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston First
Sponsorship for Bell Atlantic Foundation in New England
September 3, 1997
BOSTON -- Bell Atlantic, the sponsor of Picasso: The Early
Years, 1892-1906, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is
providing a $1 million grant in support of the exhibition
and for a series of outreach and educational programs at
the museum for students and adults.
The exhibition, which consists of more than 150 of Picasso's
early works, opens to the public, Sept. 10. The sponsorship
marks the first philanthropic endeavor in New England by
Bell Atlantic, the company formed last month by the merger
of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX.
"It is significant that Bell Atlantic's first cultural
involvement after joining forces with NYNEX would be such
an important and interesting exhibition of Picasso's early
works," said Wayne Budd, senior vice president of Bell
"Throughout both corporations' history, our philanthropic
goal has been to enrich the lives of our customers through
support of the arts, education, health and human services
and community involvement. We are committed, through these
worthwhile efforts, to being involved with the communities
Through a special educational outreach effort created in
conjunction with the museum, Bell Atlantic will make the
exhibition accessible to 14,000 middle and high school age
students. These school group tours will kindle and inspire
the creativity that sparks new achievements in a person's
"Bell Atlantic wants to impress on young minds the beauty
and imagination within us all," said Suzanne DuBose, president
of the new Bell Atlantic Foundation. "Whether it be in the
arts, engineering, design or communications, today's youth
will contribute to our future in some way. We hope their
creativity will be ignited by their exposure to the genius
Bell Atlantic has also helped to make possible the first
audio taped tour in Spanish at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston -- opening doors for new audiences to have a deeper
appreciation and understanding of Picasso's innovative
Bell Atlantic sponsorship of cultural events often leads
to additional benefits for arts groups. Along with traditional
support, Bell Atlantic encourages arts organizations to create
educational programs for children and to enhance access to
these programs by using and incorporating new technology such
as the Internet. In addition to the special outreach program
for students in public schools and the Spanish-language audio
tour, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has created an expanded
web site for the Picasso exhibition at www.mfa.org.
Bell Atlantic supports a variety of art groups throughout
its service territory through special grants and corporate
memberships. In addition, many of the company's officers
serve as members of the organizations' boards. These
organizations range from large institutions, such as the
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to smaller community-based
The exhibition, Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906,
which premiered at the National Gallery of Art, March 30
through July 27, was also sponsored by Bell Atlantic.
As a result of the recent merger of the two companies,
the Bell Atlantic Foundation and the NYNEX Foundation have
also merged. All grant programs previously operated under
the NYNEX banner are now part of the Bell Atlantic Foundation.
The Bell Atlantic Foundation administers all domestic and
international philanthropic grants on behalf of Bell Atlantic.
The Foundation's philanthropic emphasis is on providing safe
havens for youth and grants to technology and education, arts
and human services.
The new Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell
Atlantic and NYNEX -- is at the forefront of the new
communications, information and entertainment industry. With
40 million telephone access lines and 5.5 million wireless
customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier
providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market
leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers
of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among
the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.