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MCA Receives 10 Million Dollar Gift, Announces Vision Campaign

By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 28, 2015 8:00PM

Photo credit: Alicia Forest

Things have been going well at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Last year’s attendance hurtled straight into the record books and there’s a fresh batch of new exhibits helping to keep the momentum. If that wasn’t enough, on Feb. 20 the museum announced two more bits of exciting information for art lovers. Madeleine Grynsztejn, the Pritzker Director at MCA Chicago, announced the museum received a $10 million dollar gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund.

Griffin is a longtime supporter of the museum and has been on its Board of Trustees since 2000. The contribution is earmarked for the creation of the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art, which will be located on the fourth floor of the building.

Grynsztejn also announced the launch of the Vision campaign. It seeks to raise $64 million dollars to continue to provide the museum's audience with high quality programming and exhibits. Griffin’s gift nudged things much closer to their goal, bringing the total in private donations to $60 million. In talking about goals for the money, Grynsztejn mentioned both a continued commitment to the works of living artists as well as a desire to continue to engage a diverse audience with the kinds of artist-led programs, multimedia exhibits and performances which have brought artist and audience closer together.

Funding for art and art education is vital. We’re excited to see what the results of this donation and hopefully the full funding of the Vision Campaign itself will bring to the MCA.