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The Chrysler Museum's Three-Part Capital Campaign Moves To Its Final Phase

William Hennessey

A note from Director William Hennessey:

The Chrysler Museum's current $45 million Capital Campaign is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build on the Museum's past decades of accomplishment and to position the Museum for even greater success in the years ahead.

Staff and trustees have worked together to design a three-part effort that will transform the Museum. Thanks to the initial phase of the Campaign, we created the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Since its opening in November 2011, the Studio has generated enormous excitement through a program of daily demonstrations, educational partnerships, visiting artist residencies, and classes for would-be glassmakers at all levels.

The second part of the Museum's Campaign enabled us to strengthen our long-term financial foundation by putting in place dedicated endowments to support programs and operations. A remarkable anonymous gift has fully endowed the Chrysler's free-to-all general admission policy, ensuring that access to the Museum and its programs will continue to be barrier free in perpetuity. New endowments also have enabled us to double the size of our curatorial department. The salaries of three of our four curators are now fully covered by income generated by dedicated endowments. Other endowments will support educational programs and special exhibitions.

The final component of our Campaign: the renovation and expansion of the beautiful building that is our home. This is where you come in.

This Campaign has been an enormous success. We have commitments in hand for nearly 90 percent of our total goal. Impressive as this is, we still need your help to meet our goal. In the months ahead we will be making our case to everyone who loves the Museum, asking them to make an investment in its future. We hope that will include you.
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To learn more, contact Megan Frost, Capital Campaign Coordinator, at (757) 333-6294.