Broad Art Museum gets $5 million donation

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 9:38 am •  Published: April 18, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has received $5 million to increase its endowment and help fund exhibitions for the next five years, officials announced Friday.

The donation is from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation in honor of Michael Rush, the museum's founding director. The Broads have now given a total of $33 million to the museum, including a $28 million lead gift for its design and construction, as well as gifts of art.

"The exhibitions presented at the museum provide opportunities for students and the community to experience art that they might otherwise never see, while simultaneously drawing new visitors to East Lansing," Eli Broad, a billionaire philanthropist, said in a statement from the museum.

The $40 million museum opened in 2012. Also called Broad MSU, it's dedicated to exploring global contemporary culture and ideas through art.

"The exhibitions we develop at Broad MSU complement and add to Michigan State University's globally focused mission, and we often work with artists in countries where MSU has already developed programs," Rush said. "This new endowment gift will allow us to continue this type of programming well into the future."