Kresge Foundation Makes Challenge Grant to Anchorage Museum Expansion
November 15, 2006
Anchorage, Alaska -- The Kresge Foundation approved an $800,000 challenge grant offer to the Anchorage Museum's expansion project. This grant was made as a challenge to assist the museum's capital campaign team in raising the balance of funds to meet the $16 million campaign goal and total project funding goal of $116 million. It offers a strategic opportunity for the Anchorage Museum to connect with its stakeholders and to reach out to new donors, volunteers, participants and the general community in meeting this challenge.
The Anchorage Museum has been engaged in a capital campaign since June 2004 and has raised over $13 million in commitments toward the $16 million goal from private individuals, businesses, foundations and now, The Kresge Foundation. This challenge grant comes at an important time; the museum is in the final architectural design stages for a new 70,000 square-foot wing that will expand its capacity to present exhibitions and to store and care for collections. Groundbreaking took place on Aug. 20, 2006.
The new wing is designed by David Chipperfield and Associates of London and Kumin Associates of Anchorage. It will include the first Smithsonian Institution facility outside Washington D.C. and a new home for The Imaginarium, a hands on children's science discovery center.
The expansion will make possible:
- the exhibition of several hundred Alaska Native artifacts from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. in the Arctic Studies Center;
- new changing exhibition space that will host Alaskan and national exhibitions of art, history and science;
- interactive learning about the natural and physical sciences through relocation of The to the museum;
- improved visitor services with a new orientation gallery, shop and café;
- a two-acre common featuring an ice rink in winter and outdoor gathering spaces to the west of the museum that can host festivals, outdoor exhibitions and recreation opportunities year-round;
- needed storage and working areas for the museum's growing collections, the conservation of art and artifacts, research and exhibition preparation.
John E. Marshall, II, President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, indicated that "in this cycle of grantmaking, our Trustees were pleased to support a range of organizations reflecting almost the entire breadth of the nonprofit sector. This diverse group is responding to the new challenge presented by their communities or sustaining activities that have demonstrated their effectiveness."
The Kresge Foundation's core grant making activity is its capital challenge grants program. In this program, the foundation focuses on opportunities to strengthen leadership and giving through challenge grants for capital projects. Projects supported include the construction and renovation of facilities, acquisition of property, and purchase of equipment.
Grant recipients have raised initial funds toward their respective projects before requesting foundation support. Kresge grants are then made on a challenge basis, requesting the raising of the remaining balance, in this case $3 million dollars, by Dece. 31, 2007. It is an "all or nothing" challenge.
Those who wish to help the Anchorage Museum reach its funding goal may contact Joy Atrops-Kimura, capital campaign director, at (907) 343-6175, or visit the expansion section of the museum's Web site on http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion.