The University of Denver has announced a $20 million gift from Dennis Law and his mother, Loretta Law, to establish a global arts and technology institute.
To be known as the Joseph and Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology, the institute will focus on artistic expression made possible by the combination of new technologies and the arts. Named for Loretta Law and her late husband, Joseph, the institute will offer collaborative and creative opportunities to students and the public in the form of seminars, workshops featuring visiting fellows and scholars, and performances and will establish an annual international electronic music festival designed to attract internationally renowned performers to Denver. In addition to the cash gift, the Laws will display a selection of art from their collections in the United States and Hong Kong at the institute, which is expected to open in February 2018.
"The Joseph and Loretta Law Institute creatively advances the University of Denver's vision as a global anchor institution dedicated to scholarship, creative endeavors, research, and the public good," said University of Denver chancellor Rebecca Chopp. "Aligning with our strategic plan, DU IMPACT 2025, Dennis has joined us in dreaming at the edges of what is possible and challenging the traditional. The Law family's generosity inspires our community to expand our innovation and imagination on an international scale."