The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City has announced a five-year, $2 million gift from Steven and Alexandra Cohen.
Made through the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the gift will enable the museum to enhance and expand its education programs, which are designed to make its exhibitions and permanent collection accessible to a broad audience. To that end, the funds will be used to boost the number of free guided visits for New York City school students, expand the museum’s school and community partnerships, serve more teens through its afterschool programs, and provide workshops and open access days for seniors and other members of the community.
In July, Steven Cohen, founder and CEO of Point72 Asset Management LP, was named one of the top two hundred art collectors by ARTnews magazine. Through their foundation, the Cohens also have supported the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.
"The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation's generous gift recognizes that education is one of cornerstones of the Whitney Museum," said Adam D. Weinberg, Pratt Brown director of the Whitney Museum. "Visiting the museum can be a life-changing experience at any age, opening us up to new ideas and ways of thinking, increasing our understanding of the human condition, and showing us how artists perceive the world. Our education programs deepen and enrich our experience with art and enhance our power to see and to think about what we've seen. We are profoundly grateful for Steven and Alexandra's ongoing support, which enables us to continue this essential aspect of our work."