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Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA 98101-2003)
Kimerly Rorschach (Project Director: March 2018 to November 2019)
Amada Cruz (Project Director: November 2019 to present)
Seattle Asian Art Museum Renovation and Expansion

Critical upgrades of the museum’s infrastructure to improve energy efficiency, climate control, and structural integrity.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) requests an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant of $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the renovation and expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM). This project has three primary objectives: to make critical infrastructure upgrades that will bring the 1933 facility in line with modern museum standards; to enhance the visitor experience through a new and groundbreaking permanent collection installation, new special exhibition galleries, and dedicated education and art making space; and to improve the care of SAM’s renowned collection through modern high-density storage and a conservation center for Asian paintings. The total budget for this project is $54,000,000.  A Challenge Grant from the NEH, which will be matched 3:1, will help SAM to generate broad public awareness of this project and to secure critical funding from our community.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Challenge Programs

Totals (matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (offered)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 5/31/2023