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New York’s El Museo del Barrio Receives $1 Million Gift

Tony Bechara, the chair emeritus of El Museo del Barrio’s board of trustees, has donated $1 million in support of the museum’s curatorial and education programs. The gift will also be used to create an endowment for El Museo, which is located on Museum Mile on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

“This is a significant moment for Latino artists and for El Museo,” said Bechara. “We are entering into a transformative period of achievement after some years of instability. Our galleries recently reopened after a renovation to critical acclaim. We are also proud to announce our theater will reopen in early 2019 after a state-of-the-art renovation. Our board has grown significantly with new members. We have a brilliant visionary in our new executive director Patrick Charpenel, as well as new directors of development and communications. For our community, for the artists we champion, for everyone who comes to El Museo to see Latino and Latin American culture and arts, this is our renaissance.”

Maria Eugenia Maury, chair of El Museo’s board, noted: “This is not Tony Bechara’s first million dollar gift and we suspect it will not be his last. Over the years his generosity, along with that of the Unanue family, has ensured our continued presence and programming on New York City’s Museum Mile. Tony has very rightly signaled the importance of this moment, of our renewed excitement and stability. We are cementing El Museo’s place as the intellectual hub for both Latino and Latin American culture and arts education.”