The Walker Art Center announced today it has raised $77 million in support of its $92 million expansion to be completed in April 2005 ($67.5 million for construction; $24.5 million in endowment funds for operations). At a critical juncture in the Walker’s history and prior to the public phase of the Walker’s capital campaign, 120 individuals, corporations, and foundations have made a commitment to help shape the Center’s future and enable it to remain a valuable cultural resource in Minnesota and one of the leading contemporary art centers in the world. The Walker’s expansion will double the size of the existing facility by adding 130,000 square feet of interior space, and, in phase two, four acres of green space. The expanded 17-acre Walker campus invents a new model for cultural institutions–placing audience engagement at its center and visual, performing, and media arts under one roof.
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