“Duke Energy is committed to supporting the vitality of the communities we serve. That includes introducing our young people to the arts at an early age—study after study shows that children benefit immensely from exposure to the arts. Investing in the arts makes good sense, for our business and for our communities.”
–Lynn Good, Vice Chair and CEO, Duke Energy
For more than 100 years, Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States, has acted with the belief that providing access to and building an appreciation for the arts can have a powerful impact on the communities it serves.
As a true testament to Duke Energy’s appreciation of the arts, in 2010 the company moved its headquarters to the Levine Center for the Arts complex, one of Charlotte’s key cultural destinations. Duke Energy contributed $5 million toward the Levine Center’s construction and provided the Arts & Science Council with an $83 million endowment to fund operations. The Levine Center is home to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Theater, and Mint Museum Uptown. In addition, Duke Energy’s support of The Mint Museum of Craft + Design resulted in the creation of the Duke Energy gallery at the museum.
In 2009, Duke Energy was recognized by Americans for the Arts as a BCA 10 honoree. That year, the company forged a partnership with the Charlotte Symphony (CSO) and Opera Carolina to create The Duke Energy Power of Music Opera/Symphony Partnership with a gift of $150,000. The grant enabled Opera Carolina and the CSO to continue a partnership that has provided live music for opera productions in Charlotte for more than 60 years.
In 2013, when arts organizations in Charlotte were experiencing a significant decline in funding support, the Duke Energy Foundation committed $10 million to the Foundation for the Carolinas’ THRIVE Fund, which was established to provide financial stability for Charlotte’s arts and culture sector.
In Raleigh, Duke Energy has naming rights for the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center, and in recent years, has annually provided more than $500,000 in grants to the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Theatre, and Pinecone. In Florida, a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation enabled the Florida Orchestra to create new youth concerts and launch Classical Kids, providing free tickets for youth from underrepresented communities. In Cincinnati, Duke Energy is the title sponsor of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, which has consistently ranked in the top 10 children’s museums in the world.
Working under the banner “Duke Energy In Action,” Duke Energy employees and retirees regularly volunteer for charitable projects and participate in the company’s contribution matching program. The company also involves its employees in its workplace giving campaigns. For more than 20 years, Duke Energy has ranked among the top 10 ArtsWave campaign contributors in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Photo: A performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Raleigh-based North Carolina Theater where Duke Energy funding supports program excellence and education. Duke Energy has supported the North Carolina Theater since 2006.