Taft Museum awarded $100k

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Taft Museum of Art received a two year gift from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation in the amount of $100,000 per year.

The grant will provide support during the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons and will continue the Haile Foundation's successful partnership with Taft Museum of Art.

Taft leadership plans to use the support to continue to build on the momentum of the 80th-Anniversary Season, during which the Haile Foundation underwrote the Museum's wildly successful Art for All project, which was awarded the prestigious Ohio Museums Association Award for Best Education/Outreach Program at the association's annual meeting this past weekend.

Art for All placed eighty reproductions from the Taft's collection in neighborhoods throughout the Greater Cincinnati region. As part of the project, The Haile Foundation also underwrote a partnership between the Taft and ArtWorks to paint two permanent murals, one in Bellevue, Kentucky, and one facing Music Hall, across Washington Park in Over the Rhine.

This gift will be used to continue a region-wide awareness-building campaign of the Taft and its offerings.

"In addition to awareness building, with this new and generous pledge of support, the Taft will be able to host a season of premium exhibitions, which complement the Museum's world-renowned permanent collection and local historic treasures," said Deborah Emont Scott, Director/CEO. The permanent collection includes: paintings by such masters as Rembrandt, Turner, Whistler, and Hals; ancient Chinese porcelains; the finest medieval ivory virgin sculpture in the world; French Limoges enamels; and American decorative arts.

For the past three years, The Haile Foundation has made it possible for the Taft to offer free admission every Sunday through a $100,000 annual three-year grant. The support enabled the Museum to change its free day from Wednesday to Sunday, an extremely successful move that increased attendance on Sundays by 125 % and helped to engage young people and diverse families with the Museum. The support also enabled the Taft to present "Third Sunday Fundays" and other interactive programming on select Sundays throughout the year.

Since the Haile Foundation's gift will be used to support the next two seasons, there is now an opportunity for others to step in as underwriters for Free Sundays, which benefit regional families, and eliminates financial barriers, enabling everyone to enjoy the Taft's world-class artistic and historic local treasures.

"We hope another generous funder will step into the role and underwrite this worthy initiative," said Tim Maloney, President and CEO of the Haile Foundation. "We are pleased to have been able to support the Taft Museum's successes over the past three years. We look forward to continuing our relationship and to seeing what great things we can do next," said Mr. Maloney.

"Everyone deserves to have great art and strong cultural organizations in their city. All Greater Cincinnatians benefit from this extremely generous gift from the Haile Foundation," said Gerry Greene, Taft Museum of Art Board Chair. "Mr. Maloney and the Haile Foundation are doing important things for the region, and we are extremely grateful for their support," Mr. Greene said.