Arts Giving alive and kicking in Boston

A John Singer Sargent Painting in the new American Wing of the MFA

Boston presents an unusually vibrant contrast during a time of sharply falling private and corporate giving.  The new Art of the Americas wing of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is a great example of how local citizens are rallying to add to the cultural life of the city.

The new MFA wing was funded through contributions from leading Boston businesses and individuals, harks back to the highest aspirations of the 19th-century patrons.  More than 25,000 people and businesses contributed to raise $504 million, of which $345 million went to the new wing.

The Globe writes, “Boston’s civic institutions, including the MFA, are the physical expression of the city’s pride. The library, museum, and symphony arose in part through the determination of individual Bostonians that their city should be second to none in the world.”

Read more at the Boston Globe.

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