Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Joins Sondland-Durant with Gift to Support Free Admission For School Tours

Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Gives $600,000 To Support Free Admission For School Tours, July 16, 2008

Today, the Portland Art Museum announced a major gift to its Art Access Endowment to fund free admission opportunities. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has pledged $600,000 towards free Museum tours for school groups, grades K through 12. Each year the Museum welcomes more than 20,000 children through school groups and field trips. 
With the announcement of this lead gift, the Museum is launching a campaign to raise the remaining $400,000 before the school year begins in September. The campaign will be co-chaired by Hinshaw, Museum Trustee Gordon Sondland and his wife Katherine Durant. Earlier this year, Sondland and Durant pledged $1 million to endow free general admission for children ages 17 and younger. 

In April, the Museum began offering free general admission to children but continued to charge a small administrative fee for school groups. This administrative fee, approximately $2.50 per child, covers costs of groups visiting the Museum such as additional staff, parking for buses, and other accommodations. 

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