Philanthropist Kenneth Griffin

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Gifted $1 Million

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announced that it has received a $1 million donation from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund in support of its educational initiatives. The gift allows the museum to develop new programs that will aim to provide broader access to the museum for underserved students and their families.

“Ken has been a committed supporter of education and the arts, especially in Chicago, and we are extremely grateful for this exceptional gift,” said Madeleine Grynsztejn. “These funds will increase the number of school groups that visit the MCA and ensure that our galleries are always filled with youth who can gather, observe, interact, and take part in the learning and enjoyment of contemporary art.”

With support from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund, the MCA will offer free bus transportation to all school groups that plan to visit the MCA during its fiftieth anniversary year. The gift will also allow the museum to expand its public outreach programming, host a day of teen creativity, and provide mentorship and internship opportunities through its youth program Teen Creative Agency.

“The MCA is one of Chicago’s finest cultural institutions,” said Kenneth Griffin, a museum trustee since 2000. “I hope this gift will further the MCA’s mission to foster an early appreciation of the arts by providing access and learning opportunities to Illinois students and their families.”

In 2010, the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund gifted $10 million to the institution in support of its curatorial program. The institution recognized the fund’s generosity by creating the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art in the philanthropist’s honor. Museum board chair Anne Kaplan said, “Ken’s support of the MCA goes far beyond this recent gift. He has quietly supported the MCA’s efforts to renovate our building, and our many exhibition programs for many years. We have always valued his active participation as a board member.”