- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received its largest single donation for the performing arts, with a $12 million endowment to the university’s PlayMakers Repertory Company and Department of Dramatic Art.

News outlets report the university announced the gift from Chapel Hill philanthropist Joan H. Gillings on Monday. The donation will be evenly split between PlayMakers and the department, and the Center for Dramatic Art will bear Gillings’ name.

Gillings is the chair of the PlayMakers Advistory Council and says the donation was born out love for the Playmakers, rather than naming rights.

The money will be paid in three installments. Department of Dramatic Art chair Adam Versenyi says the funding will help build sustainable programs and launch programs to increase community outreach and diversity.

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