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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced on March 7 that the capital campaign for its transformational building project is 98% complete, thanks in part to the generosity of 11 new members elected to the museum’s board of trustees during the past three years.
The new board members include H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Jon Brooks, Susan Hess, Boojin Lee, Cheech Marin, Ashley Merrill, Rich Paul, Lionel Richie, Jim Tananbaum, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Jeff Yabuki. They bring the total number of voting trustees to 54, in addition to 11 individuals honored as life trustees.
LACMA’s board of trustees has played a central role in the Building LACMA campaign, which is funding construction of the multi-purpose David Geffen Galleries building and the addition of 3.5 acres of programmable outdoor public space. Collectively, the board has pledged $330 million to the campaign, making it the largest contributor to the public-private partnership. As of March, the capital campaign has reached $736 million, bringing it to 98% of its $750-million goal.
“We are grateful that these impressive and accomplished individuals have joined LACMA’s board during this important juncture for the museum,” LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg director Michael Govan said.
“LACMA’s board members bring a true diversity of experience in the fields of art, technology, philanthropy, business, sports and entertainment, among others. The trustees who came aboard in the past three years have already helped strengthen our local-global connections and will advance the museum’s objectives in its exciting next chapter.”
“It is wonderful to have the support and valuable insight of outstanding leaders on our board,” said LACMA board co-chairs Tony Ressler and Elaine Wynn. “We are grateful to the entire board for helping shape the future of LACMA and L.A.’s cultural life including through their commitment to the Building LACMA campaign.”
The new building, which will span Wilshire Boulevard, is currently projected to be completed in 2024. Many spaces at the museum remain open during construction. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. For information, visit lacma.org.
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