Spurring ‘the new Bruce’

The Bruce Museum’s Campaign for the New Bruce has received a $5 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation.

The donation, first announced to the public at a community-wide celebration held at the museum Sept. 8, will fund the Education Wing planned for the museum’s transformative expansion and construction project currently underway.

“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 25,000 K through 12 students a year from schools across our region,” says Robert Wolterstorff, the Bruce’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 schoolchildren we serve each year and dramatically expand our arts education programs for students, families and visitors of all ages and abilities. This is a game-changer for the new Bruce, and we can’t thank the Cohens enough for their vision and commitment to the museum.”

Added managing director Suzanne Lio: “The Bruce is delivering art instruction to more children and young adults and touching the lives of greater numbers of visitors of all ages and abilities than ever before because of the annual support we receive from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. This incredibly impactful gift – and the generosity that this gift will undoubtedly inspire in other supporters – will transform the way we reach audiences.”

 “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 Alex Cohen, president, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “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.”

With the Cohen Foundation’s gift, the Campaign for the New Bruce is now more than 80 percent of the way toward the construction goal of $45 million. The overall $60 million campaign includes an additional $15 million for the museum’s endowment, to ensure sustainability and to support new programs. More than $6 million has been raised for the New Bruce Endowment.

We’ll have more on this, including the construction timetable, and new executive director Wolterstorff in WAG’s October “Artistic Fascinations” issue. For now, you’ll find more by visiting  NewBruce.org and brucemuseum.org.

edited by Georgette Gouveia

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