The Autry Museum of the American West has announced the public phase of its campaign to expand exhibitions, public programming and educational initiatives. Through the $80 million “Challenge, Discover, Celebrate” campaign, the Autry will renovate approximately 14,000 square feet of educational and public programming space, open a new resources center and further elevate the experience of visitors and community stakeholders.
“The ‘Challenge, Discover, Celebrate’ campaign is both the most ambitious and yet also one of the most intimate the Autry has ever embarked upon,” said Autry CEO and President W. Richard West Jr. “Our goal is to enhance the very personal encounters and experiences that people relish here at the Autry. This approach necessarily entails updating or constructing critical infrastructure, such as the resources center, which serves to protect and provide access to our vast collections, but it also means that we are putting our energies into more ephemeral but crucial areas such as visitor services and staff support.”
All contributions to the campaign – which can be made by visiting the autry.org, texting AUTRY to (855)735-2437 or joining the Autry as a member – will help the museum carry out its mission to tell the diverse stories of the American West.
“As evidenced by its great success leading up to this public launch, the campaign has captured the imagination of trustees and major donors alike,” said David Cartwright, board chair and Autry trustee. “We need museums like the Autry to challenge the past, discover the present and celebrate the future of California and the broader American West. Through this campaign, our collective efforts will ensure the Autry will continue to be a dynamic gathering space where people can learn, debate and express themselves.”
The Autry has already raised $62 million of its $80 million goal. Completion of the resources center, a space in Burbank where all the collections will be housed, will create new space for public and student activities at the Autry’s Griffith Park campus. The Autry is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way. For information, visit theautry.org.
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