With the 500th episode of “The Simpsons” set to air later this week, creator Matt Groening will punctuate that legacy with a $500,000 donation to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television to endow the Matt Groening Chair in Animation.The endowment will allow visiting master artists to instruct students in the school’s animation program. “With this amazing gift, Matt has given our students enormous support and ensured that we will be able to take our program to even greater levels of excellence. Our animation students will benefit greatly from this endowment,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Groening will donate an additional $50,000 to mark the second installment of the Matt Groening initiative, an annual donation that supports student filmmakers producing animated shorts with socially responsible themes. Groening will receive a star on the Hollywood walk of fame later this month. The 500th seg of “The Simpsons” airs Sunday on Fox.
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