WEIMA Makes History in Charlotte, North Carolina
On June 10th, the mayor of Charlotte in conjunction with City Council and the German Language and Culture Foundation, unveiled the newest member of our city, the Buddy Bear! Artist Sharon Dowell painted the Buddy Bear, which is the first of its kind in the southeast, according to the Charlotte Observer.
WEIMA America is a sponsor of the German Language and Culture Foundation, which aims to foster understanding and interaction within the German-speaking community of Charlotte. The GLCF has granted over $110,000 in scholarships to over 90 US students in the last year. We are glad that we can actively contribute to our community and the next generation in this way. As the North American headquarters of a German manufacturer, we found it only natural to get involved with such a project as this.
Edwin Grempels, WEIMA America's CFO and a board member of the German Language and Culture Foundation, had the rare privilege of introducing Mayor Clodfelter at the celebration, which took place in uptown Charlotte.
"We are glad that we can actively contribute to our community and the future of the next generation. I was honored to be at this special event and to represent WEIMA and the GLCF. As a result of our activities, more schools and universities in the Charlotte area are offering German as a foreign language, and more and more students are taking advantage of it."
The Buddy Bear project began in Berlin, Germany, and is an artistic, visual way to represent collaboration and cooperation between nations. It is exciting for Charlotte to be included in this rare international exchange, and for WEIMA to have sponsored such an event.
To find out more about the Buddy Bear project and to see examples of other Buddy Bears around the world, click here.