Microsoft Donates $300,000 to Bellevue Art Museum’s Capital Campaign
BELLEVUE, Wash., May 18, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. today donated $300,000 to the Bellevue Art Museum’s (BAM) year-old Capital Campaign to build a new facility in downtown Bellevue. The museum’s goal is to raise $20 million by the year 2000, and Microsoft’s contribution raises the total to $9.8 million.
Microsoft is committed to supporting the arts in communities where its employees live and work. With more than 13,000 Microsoft employees based at the Redmond campus, interest in a new art museum in downtown Bellevue is significant.
“We’re pleased to support Bellevue Art Museum’s expansion plans and are excited to see it all come together in the year 2000,”
said Barbara Dingfield, director of community affairs at Microsoft.
“BAM will be an important cultural center in the city where so many of our employees live.”
The new facility, designed by Steven Holl Architects, will be a three-story, 36,000-square-foot structure located on the corner of NE 8th and Bellevue Way. The grand opening for the new museum is planned for the winter of 2000; until the move, the collection is available for viewing on the third floor of Bellevue Square.
“This important and generous gift from Microsoft leads the way to a signature cultural arts facility committed to the experimental learning process of seeing, exploring and making art,”
said Diane Douglas, museum director of BAM.
The Bellevue Art Museum brings people together to see, explore and make art. Its exhibitions and programs present visual arts of the region and the national and international influences that shape it. The exhibitions, adult and children’s education programs, publications and special events are presented to an annual audience of more than 350,000 visitors and promote the connections between contemporary art, individuals and community life.
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