Stephen and Susan Wilson have established an engagement fund at the Block Museum.Photo from Northwestern University

A new endowed gift from Northwestern University Trustee Stephen Wilson and his wife, Susan Wilson, both Evanston residents, will support the outreach efforts of Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Mr. and Ms. Wilson, both Evanston residents, are 1970 graduates of Northwestern, and Mr. Wilson also holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Their $1.5 million gift will permanently establish the Susan and Stephen Wilson Block Museum Engagement Fund.

“Steve and Sue Wilson are remarkable leaders within Northwestern and Evanston,” said Lisa Corrin. “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 with art through partnerships and will expand the reach and impact of our programming.”

“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,” Ms. Wilson said.

The Wilson Fund will endow the leadership position of the Block Museum engagement department, which oversees museum-wide education, programming, partnerships and communication efforts. The gift will also provide additional support for public programs and engagement between the museum and the larger Northwestern campus and community, including funding for youth educational programs. It is these community collaborations, such as the Block’s long-term partnership with the Evanston-based youth development agency Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U), that will be expanded and deepened through the Wilsons’ gift.

“Partnering with the Block Museum over the last three years has truly been transformational for Y.O.U.’s arts program and life-changing for the youth we serve,” said Seth Green, former executive director of Y.O.U. “We are deeply grateful that Sue Wilson originally had the vision to connect the Block Museum and Y.O.U., and we are overjoyed that this new Wilson Fund will ensure the Block’s engagement efforts continue far into the future. The Wilsons are true leaders in the movement to expand educational opportunity.”