Arts & Culture

The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation recognizes the importance of arts and cultural institutions to creating a vibrant community and attracting economic development. Mrs. Evans was a patron of the arts and made generous gifts to organizations like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where she served as trustee.

The Foundation’s investments in arts and culture make up a small part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). In general, the Foundation makes capital and capacity-building grants to arts and cultural organizations with significant audiences, strong leadership and sound financial operations. Arts and cultural institutions in Virginia are considered for grants only if they received support from Mrs. Evans during her life.


  • Institutional projects of major Atlanta arts and cultural institutions
  • Support of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund‘s grant-making for small to mid-sized arts organizations
  • Arts and cultural institutions outside of Atlanta that promote community development in Georgia’s cities
  • Organizations in Virginia that were supported by Mrs. Evans during her life

What We Do Not Fund

  • Organizations in Virginia that were not supported by Mrs. Evans during her life
  • Annual operating support
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • Acquisition of works of art
  • Exhibits or festivals
  • Performances