A Plan for the Future: The Campaign to Transform the Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum was founded in 1888 and has evolved and grown into one of the region’s most significant art museums. The time to prepare for the generations of visitors to come is now. The Museum's Plan for the Future is both bold and necessary. It calls for the complete restoration of the County-owned Saarinen and Kahler buildings and the reinstallation of the Museum’s collections.
The Plan for the Future will:
- Improve the environment for visitors and provide a safe home for the over 30,000 works of art in the Museum’s world-class Collection by repairing the Saarinen building and Kahler addition, after decades of deferred maintenance. A leaky roof, mold infiltration, a failed HVAC system, broken concrete, leaking windows, and foundation seepage are among the problems to be remedied.
- Make it possible for more art to be on view to the public through renovations and revisions that increase gallery space.
- With the addition of a new lakeside entrance, establish easier public access to the Museum, the Collection, and a critical exhibition gallery—thereby providing a better visitor experience.
- Reimagine how visitors approach the Collection and experience the art, through significant changes to the presentation of the art and a more intuitive layout.
- Conserve energy and improve the lighting of the art, with the installation of new LED bulbs throughout the Museum’s galleries.
Give: Play Your Part in the Future
The Museum is entering the final stretch of its ambitious Plan for the Future Campaign and will soon begin restoring and renovating its Collection Galleries. Now more than ever, the participation of everyone in the Museum community is required to help transform the Museum into a brighter, more accessible gathering place that can safely house its world-class Collection. Your support is essential. Reserve your place in history and contribute today to ensure that Milwaukee’s art museum remains a great place to learn and be inspired for generations to come.
Support the Transformation
We invite you to be part of the transformation. Each gift, large and small, will have an impact on the future of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Explore what giving opportunities are available in support of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s capital renovation. Contact Mary Albrecht, Senior Director of Development, at 414-224-3245 or email@example.com.
Legacy Gifts for the Future
Planned gifts help secure the Museum’s financial future by building a strong endowment. The Museum’s current endowment is $45 million; an additional $20 million in legacy gifts has been secured and will come to the Museum at a later date. To provide sustainable support moving forward, the Museum aims to build its endowment to $100 million. Gifts toward growing the endowment through legacy and planned gifts will strengthen the institution’s stability and vitality, ensuring the continuation of vital Museum offerings and operations:
- Free admission for children 12 and under
- Outstanding exhibitions that engage the community and attract cultural tourists
- Maintenance of our historically significant facilities
- Award-winning education programs that promote lifelong learning among visitors of all ages
To discuss a planned gift, please contact Sara Stum, Individual Gifts & Planned Gifts, at 414-224-3248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.