Art WORKS for Asheville

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The Campaign was launched with lead gifts to support the investigation of the future programmatic and physical needs of the Museum, its Collection, its programs, its partners and the community. With a total goal of $24 million, the Art WORKS for Asheville/The Campaign for the New Asheville Art Museum has reached a milestone of over $21 million dollars raised from a diverse and balanced range of public and private, local, regional and national donors in support of the project and endowment goals.

Fundraising continues for fees, expenses and contingencies related to the overall project and and in support of the Museum’s endowments and sustainable funds for education, collections and exhibition programs. We are working hard to meet and exceed the campaign goal.

We are excited to announce that we have recently been awarded a new $2 million challenge grant from a national foundation to support the capital project and the endowment goal. In 2016 we met a 2:1 challenge grant – we raised over $2 million to match a $1 million grant from national foundation.

Why does the campaign goal include money for endowments and sustainable funds?

Healthy endowments and sustainable funds are the basis for any nonprofit to fulfill its mission and service to the community. The Asheville Art Museum plays a vital role as an educational and cultural resource and economic engine for the region. Strong endowment and revolving funds are the most important form of investment to support and sustain the Asheville Art Museum for future generations.

Who are the architects and why were they selected?

The Museum team is both internationally acclaimed and locally based. Ennead Architects, design architects, are renowned for their work on cultural institutions throughout the country including the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, the Stanford Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and many more. They are recognized for their special knowledge of the complex needs of Museums, their visitors and their collections, for their sensitivity to materials and for their elegant, contemporary and creative melding of the old and new into welcoming signature buildings. They were unanimously recommended by the Museum’s volunteer Building Committee and Board of Trustees after an extensive national search. To complete the Museum’s construction, ARCA Design of Asheville is leading an outstanding team that includes structural, mechanical, lighting, IT, security, acoustics and other experts in their fields. Beverly-Grant, Inc. is leading the construction project, with a talented team of local and regional subcontractors.