The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced recently that it had exceeded its aim of raising $1.5 million towards a conservation endowment in the museum. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation had already promised the DAM $1.5 million if the museum would match the sum from its own fundraising efforts. This task was completed in December 2006, and the endowment will be used to secure conservation posts and run the collections centre in the DAM's new Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which opened last year.
The Mellon Foundation made an supplementary donation of $250,000 to the museum, to pay for additional conservation staff and new laboratory equipment. The current director of conservation will also be named the Robert L. and Helen F. Silber Director of Conservation, in memory of a former DAM trustee and donor.
Denver Art Museum exceeds challenge -- ArtDaily.org
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