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J.M. Smucker Co. Donates $1.1 Million to Akron Art Museum

J.M. Smucker Co., the American food manufacturing company, has pledged to donate $1.1 million to the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The gift will support the institution’s endowment as well as its Free Thursdays program.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the Akron Art Museum and are pleased to provide support that makes arts and culture available in our communities,” Smucker president and CEO Mark Smucker said in a statement. “We are honored to make world-class art accessible to more people.”

The donation comes on the heels of an $8 million gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the largest single donation in the museum’s history. The funds are being used to establish an outdoor garden, add public gathering spaces, and expand its collection of contemporary art.