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Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million from Anonymous Donor

The Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri had received a gift of twenty-five million dollars from a donor who has asked to stay anonymous, according to Randy Kennedy in the New York Times.

The institute, where Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Hart Benton, Nick Cave have trained or taught, is receiving one of the largest donations ever to an American art school. It’ll be used to “improve and renovate its campus adjacent to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and, in the form of a challenge grant of six million dollars, sharply increase the number of scholarships the school is able to give out,” according to Kennedy.

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, which is giving the gift on behalf of the donor, will also match and double up to the six million dollars contributed by outside sources until the end of 2016.

“I hate to use the word ‘transformational,’ because it’s bandied about so much these days,” Tony Jones, the school’s interim president, said. “But it’s true in this case. It’s literally a make-the-difference gift in terms of scholarships.”