The grant brings the total raised through the museum's $90 million capital campaign to $76 million. Having previously occupied spaces on the Upper East Side, in SoHo, and in Long Island City, Queens, the museum will move to its permanent home in Harlem on Fifth Avenue at 110th Street later this year. The new building will feature some 15,000 square feet of gallery space, an informal 5,000-square-foot exhibition space, a 245-seat theater, and an educational center. With its new location and expanded programming, the museum hopes to attract a larger and more diverse audience.
"The Ford Foundation is delighted to support the Museum for African Art in this important and timely project," said Ford Foundation president Luis A. Ubi�as. "The foundation is committed to nurturing art and education initiatives that reflect the cultural richness of our society. The museum has advanced broad understanding of that richness through its exhibitions, publications, and programs, which have reached millions of people. The Ford Foundation is proud that its name will be among those welcoming visitors to the new Museum for African Art."