In recognition of the gift, DIA will name its newly reinstalled Ancient Middle East gallery, a showcase for objects from ancient Arabia as well as the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persia, and Roman empires, the William Davidson Gallery. DIA also dedicated a section of the gallery to the production of glass in the ancient Middle East and has begun conversations with the Israel Antiquities Authority to secure remarkable glass and ceramics from the region on a temporary basis.
"We are very grateful for this generous grant from the William Davidson Foundation," said DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons. "This is a wonderful milestone for the museum, and designating the funds to our operating endowment will tremendously help our efforts to secure the permanent financial stability of the DIA and transform our museum into the town square of the community. We truly aim to engage and be relevant to our surrounding neighborhoods and supporting counties."