The gift will fund the museum's new Education Wing — planned as part of an expansion and construction project already under way — quadrupling the space currently dedicated to interactive hands-on learning and, when completed, enabling the museum to accommodate more than two hundred K-12 students per day. In recognition of the gift, the Education Wing will be named for the foundation.
With the gift, the museum has raised more than 80 percent of its $45 million capital campaign goal for the project. The museum's $60 million campaign includes $15 million for its endowment, of which more than $6 million has been raised to date.
"Giving children access to the arts can help change their perspective and also spark their own creativity — two very important lessons when it comes to teaching young students," said foundation president Alex Cohen. "We are so excited to partner with the Bruce Museum to make arts education an essential part of learning for children who would otherwise not have this opportunity."
"Steven and Alexandra Cohen, through their charitable foundation, are already invaluable supporters of the museum's youth and family programs, helping us provide arts education to over twenty-five thousand K-12 students a year from schools across our region," said Robert Wolterstorff, the museum's Susan E. Lynch Executive Director. "With this incredibly generous capital donation from the Cohens, the museum will be able to deliver on its promise to double the number of school children we serve each year, and dramatically expand our arts education programs for students, families, and visitors of all ages and abilities."
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