GREENVILLE — Furman University is receiving a $2 million grant from The Duke Endowment to expand its fine arts program and strengthen its ties to the Greenville community.

The private university in Greenville announced Tuesday that the grant is the largest single gift ever for its fine arts program, which consists of its art, music and theater departments.

Part of the money will be used to collaborate with the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greenville. Furman president Rod Smolla says the initiative will make more of the university’s academic and cultural opportunities available to residents in the surrounding community. He also expects it to attract more prospective students to the school’s fine arts program.

The Duke Endowment is the private, Charlotte, N.C.-based foundation created by Duke University’s founder.