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The Autry National Center receives $1 million grant

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LOS ANGELES — To kick off its annual Intertribal Arts Marketplace weekend, the Autry National Center of the American West announced it has received a $1 million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

The gift will help advance the museum’s Heart of the West campaign to raise funds to expand and renovate its Griffith Park campus, and create state-of-the-art facilities for the Autry’s world-renowned collections, dynamic exhibitions and engaging programs.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is also supporting the Autry’s Adventures in Learning program, a comprehensive educational outreach effort for children and families in the community which promotes the importance of understanding, respect, diversity, history, tradition and cultural convergence.

The cornerstone of the campaign supports the Autry’s plan to renovate and expand its existing facility in Griffith Park. Led by nationally-acclaimed architect Brenda Levin, this plan will result in a redesigned campus that enhances the experiences of the Autry’s visitors and reflects the values, spirit and complexity of the Autry’s vision. Doubling the exhibition and gallery space, in a reconfigured and expanded facility, will enable the Autry to display the collections of the Southwest Museum alongside those of the Museum of the American West. And the Autry will do so in a building and on a campus that is sensitive to the environment and grounded in the landscape of Griffith Park.

When completed, the facility, the collections and their programs will fulfill the Autry’s calling to engage people throughout the world in the diverse stories of the American West. There will also be new exhibition space and more publicly accessible collections storage where thousands of objects will be presented in state-of-the-art exhibits with interactive educational areas.

Currently, more than 185,000 people visit the Autry each year, including 48,000 students on school tours. With the new building, the Autry anticipates annual visitation to exceed 300,000, including more than 130,000 young visitors.

Autry President and CEO John Gray remarked, “Bank of America’s support of the Autry is a wonderful leadership commitment and statement of belief in our work to share the compelling stories of all the diverse peoples who have called the American West ‘home.’”

“Bank of America supports the expansion and renovation of museums like the Autry as a way to continue revitalizing local communities while increasing access to arts and culture,” said Janet Lamkin, president, Bank of America California. “The Autry’s expansion goals reflect the multi-tiered arts focus of Bank of America and our Charitable Foundation, which includes grants for arts education, service expansion and community outreach, and partnerships with community-based arts education providers.”

The mission of the Autry is to explore the experiences and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inform our shared future. The Autry National Center is comprised of three institutions: the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Museum of the American West and the Institute for the Study of the American West. With the merger of these museums, the growth of the Institute for the Study of the American West, and the establishment of the Autry National Center, there is a need for expanded space and increased educational programming to support the vastly enlarged collection of artifacts.

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