Donation - 25th Anniversary Fund - Facility Upgrades

$5-$100,000

$5

Help the Museum become more sustainable.

Donations to our 25th Anniversary Fund will help us update our HVAC system - which is projected to reduce our energy use and emissions by more than 50%. We need your support on this important phase of our renovations, which will provide a sustainable environment for patrons, exhibitions, and collections storage well into our next 25 years.  

More than half of this $1.4 million project has been funded by grants, including a $750,000 grant from Gov. Pritzker’s Illinois Public Museum Capital Program. An additional $100,000 has been funded by the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative, and approximately $250,000 by individual donors including the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild.

Donations of any dollar amount will help us improve the efficiency of our equipment by 50%, obtain national accreditation, and install climate controls to host premier exhibits and artwork. 

Read more below about the $750,000 gift from the State of Illinois:

This gift represents half the total funds needed to complete the museum’s upcoming HVAC and roofing renovations. This new equipment is projected to reduce our energy use and emissions by over 50%. We need your support on this important phase of our renovations, which will provide a sustainable environment for patrons, exhibitions, and collections storage well into our next 25 years. 

Full IL Public Museum Capital Program press release:

State Award Brings Elmhurst Art Museum Halfway to Renovation Fundraising Goal

"Rebuilding Illinois means investing in all types of infrastructure that improve communities and the quality of life for local residents…investment in the museums protect our cultural heritage and offer unique programs and events for visitors to enjoy,"  - Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in the announcement.

The Elmhurst Art Museum was awarded the maximum grant award of $750,000 from Gov. Pritzker’s Illinois Public Museum Capital Program, which represents half the funds needed to complete the museum’s upcoming HVAC and roofing renovations.

The Elmhurst Art Museum was one of thirty-six Illinois museums to receive state capital investments to improve their facilities and develop new exhibits. The investments are made possible through the Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program, funded by the governor’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, the first in nearly a decade. 

This significant grant comes on the occasion of the museum’s 25th anniversary to support an important next phase of the museum’s renovations, following McCormick House restorations and recent improvements to its galleries and Education Center. This phase will address HVAC and roofing updates for the main building. Current HVAC and roofing systems are beyond equipment life expectancies and need replacement in order to meet climate control industry standards. Completion of this facility need will provide a sustainable environment for patrons, exhibitions, and collections storage. The building improvements will allow the Museum to continue to deliver humanities and arts programming to our growing audience and community well into our next 25 years.

Since 1997, the Museum has inspired its community through art, education, and architecture. Throughout its 25th year of serving the public, the Museum will complete HVAC and roofing renovations, co-organize the popular arts festival Art in Wilder Park, host special events and fundraisers throughout the year, and produce new community outreach and exhibits with a focus on architecture (Spring), education (Summer), and art (Fall). The anniversary year will celebrate our founders, community partners, and patrons that have helped the Museum spark creativity in our community for the last 25 years.

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