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A design rendering of a renovated upper room at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

MCA Denver Campaigns to Raise $18 Million for Renovation

MCA Denver has announced that is working to raise $18 million to renovate its ten-year-old David Adjaye–designed building, expand its programming, launch a civic art initiative, and bolster the museum’s endowment, John Wenzel of the Denver Post reports.

The institution launched the fundraising campaign several months ago and has already secured $13 million, about 72 percent of its goal. A lead gift of $5 million was donated by board chair Mike Fries, the CEO of Liberty Global, and his wife, Michelle.

Since MCA Denver’s attendance has doubled since 2014—it has welcomed more than 75,000 visitors this past year, the majority of whom were between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four—its renovations will include additional space for teen programming and other public events to cater to its audience, as well as a new performance stage on its roof and an upgraded entrance and reception area.

“We’re focused on events, and that’s what the younger generation wants: To know what’s everybody doing this weekend, or even tonight,” director Adam Lerner said. “We’ve created programs that mix our traditional exhibition program with dynamic events that allow us to connect to people’s lifestyles.”

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