The gift was made as part of the orchestra's $100 million Building for the Future campaign, which has raised a total of $82 million to date — including $43 million to renovate and expand Orchestra Hall, $3 million more than the original renovation goal. The campaign also will support the orchestra's endowment fund and artistic and education initiatives.
Designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and scheduled to open in June 2013, the renovated Orchestra Hall will feature new exterior terraces and double the available lobby space, including a flexible new area for which Target has been awarded naming rights. The project is being funded with $14 million in state bond support and $29 million in private funds, including the Target gift.
"Target understands that the arts help shape our children's academic success by opening their minds to new traditions and points of view," said Laysha Ward, president of community relations for Target. "We are proud of our long-term partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra, and this recent contribution aligns with the Target commitment to provide opportunities for families to experience world-class music together."