The Akron Art Museum has received a new $8 million grant from the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Steven Litt. It will be the biggest single donation in the museum’s history. The foundation has invested a total of more than $18 million in the museum over twenty years, helping to support its 2007 expansion, among other efforts.
About half of the recent round of funding would go toward the museum’s $25 million endowment. The money will also support acquisitions, programming, collection digitization, and outreach. It would also allow the museum to commission outdoor artwork for the acre of plazas and terraces toward the south end of its property.
“It’s a big deal,” museum director Mark Masuoka said in response to news of the grant. He added, “We couldn’t get any better validation from the Knight Foundation on what we’re doing.”