George Washington University in Washington, D.C., has announced the final distribution of a $5 million gift from the Colorado-based Avenir Foundation to provide conservation equipment and technology aimed at enhancing the long-term care of its Textile Museum collection.
The first installment of the gift, received in 2014, enabled the museum to purchase custom storage cabinetry for its collections and boost the endowment for the Margaret Wing Dodge Chair of Conservation, which the foundation helped establish in 1997. The latest disbursement of $2.19 million will be used to establish the Avenir Foundation Endowment for Textile Museum Conservation, which will support conservation staff, training for conservators, and operational costs for the conservation lab. In recognition of the gift, the university will name the museum's collections storage and conservation facility the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center.
"This significant gift from the Avenir Foundation helps us continue our work to ensure the long-term conservation of historical textiles," said John Wetenhall, director of the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. "The textiles in our collections highlight the stories of diverse populations around the world. We are committed to preserving these textiles as we continue to showcase one of the world's premiere collections of textiles."