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CLEVELAND, OH (September 15, 2014) – MOCA Cleveland has received a $2 million gift from Scott Mueller to build its endowment.
Stewart Kohl, co-chair of MOCA’s board and co-CEO of The Riverside Company, announced the gift on September 12 in front of a sold-out crowd of patrons of the arts at the museum’s annual benefit. Said Kohl: “We are close to finishing our decade-long capital campaign. MOCA raised all the funds in support of our new building before breaking ground. With this gift, MOCA’s ability to thrive in perpetuity in this beautiful temple of contemporary culture will be assured.”
Scott Mueller, co-Chair of MOCA’s board and CEO of Dealer Tire said, “I am excited to be able to help MOCA complete such a dynamic project and assure its strong role in bringing the art of our time to Northeast Ohio.”
The gift comes at the two-year anniversary of MOCA’s opening in Uptown, the rapidly emerging district where the museum is a Dominion Community Impact Award-winning catalyst for development.
The terms of the gift require the museum to raise an additional $2 million in donations. With this major donation, MOCA will launch a final push for the last $2 million, totaling $4 million that will complete the $35 million campaign.
Executive Director Jill Snyder adds: “We are thrilled. MOCA is critical to the success of Uptown and the renaissance taking place in Cleveland. As such, this investment allows us to continue to bring internationally recognized artists, immersive and exciting programming and the innovative ideas that only a contemporary art museum can provide the city.”
In the past year, MOCA has presented 170 artists and more than 150 events. With visual art at its core, the institution also presents film, dance, music, fashion and theater. MOCA has featured internationally recognized artists such as Michelle Grabner, Simon Evans and Sara VanDerBeek. The museum has a history of presenting major artists who went on to become part of the collective cultural currency, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Christo.
Concludes Snyder: “We want to offer our heartfelt thanks for this wonderful gift and to all who have given us friendship, advocacy and support during this campaign. We look forward to continuing to enliven, entertain and enrich the community for many years to come.”
MOCA Cleveland, founded in 1968, is a leading force in Northeast Ohio’s cultural scene and is recognized nationally and internationally for its presentation of contemporary art and ideas.