Bank of America and Discovery Place announced today the donation of the bank’s property at Sixth and Poplar Streets to Discovery Place. The Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development currently houses the Discovery Place Education Studio.
Since its grand opening in the summer of 2014, the center has supported nearly 14,000 teachers from across North and South Carolina with programs designed to help them teach STEM education. Two years ago, Bank of America made an additional donation to launch a STEM program for girls, which has served more than 2,700 girls.
“Discovery Place plays an important role in driving economic mobility in our region by providing educational opportunities for people of all ages,” said Charles Bowman, North Carolina and Charlotte market president for Bank of America. “Today’s donation represents our ongoing commitment to Discovery Place’s mission and community impact, as well as our support of the North Tryon Vision Plan.”
“Discovery Place is currently developing a master plan for our flagship museum, where we would create a next generation science center as part of the North Tryon Vision Plan,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, president & CEO, Discovery Place. “Bank of America’s gift now makes it possible for us to envision a comprehensive campus for research, learning and improving our citizens’ lives. By using science as a tool to solve community challenges, we will create economic opportunity for future generations.”
The bank’s donation of this property will support the North Tryon Vision Plan, which is committed to bringing new opportunities of affordable housing, services and businesses that foster economic vitality to uptown Charlotte. Specifically, Discovery Place will champion the Vision Plan’s efforts to cultivate an environment that encourages lifelong learning with formal and informal education opportunities.
“As our lives become more and more digital, teaching our children STEM disciplines becomes increasingly important,” said Aditya Bhasin, consumer and wealth management technology executive at Bank of America. “We’re proud to be a part of the work Discovery Place is doing to prepare our children for the jobs of the future, while promoting economic vitality and mobility in our region.”
One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science, technology and nature. Discovery Place is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides STEM education to the Carolinas through four distinct museum experiences at Discovery Place Science, Discovery Place Nature and Discovery Place Kids, interactive educational programming, professional development training and community outreach initiatives. In 2017, Discovery Place was named as a finalist for the National Medal by the Institute for Museum and Library Science.
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,400 retail financial centers, approximately 16,000 ATMs, and award-winning digital banking with approximately 36 million active users, including 25 million mobile users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Reporters may contact:
Andy Aldridge, Bank of America
Debra Smul, Discovery Place, 704.348.1966