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Excitement builds as Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum groundbreaking nears

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Michigan State will break ground on the iconic Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in March 2010, followed immediately by 23 months of construction and a 2012 museum opening. A generous gift from Eli and Edythe Broad provides $18.5 million for the building itself and $7.5 million in endowed funds for acquisitions, exhibitions and operations. Including the Broad’s support, the university has raised nearly $30 million toward the total fundraising goal of $40 million.
 
A series of events hosted by friends of MSU are keeping major donors and friends updated on the project. Chris Dennos offered her Glen Lake home for a dinner for Northern Michigan friends and Bill and Linda Demmer hosted a dinner in their East Lansing home for Mid-Michigan leaders.
 
At their 2009 Twilight in the Garden event, the MSU Friends of Kresge group celebrated reaching their goal of raising $1 million for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJPsMdX50Tk to view a video about the event and to http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/ for more information.
 
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will be a premier venue to attract major exhibitions and collections. The building, designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is anticipated to bring international attention to the museum, MSU, the region and State of Michigan. Teams from Hadid’s firm have been working with local architectural and building companies and campus representatives to complete the design and building plans. 
 
For more information on making a gift to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, contact College of Arts and Letters Development Director Bridget Paff at 517-353-4725.