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$2.5 million step closer to Albright-Knox Development and Expansion

Funds will help integrate new AK campus into Delaware Park

December 17, 2018 - 3:43 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - As time ticks away on the aggressive and historic AK360 Albright-Knox development and expansion project, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Monday announced a pledge of $2.5 million in funding toward the ambitious campaign. 

The expansion at the 156 year old art gallery includes a new signature building on the Albright-Knox campus and the city funding will be utilized to help integrate the expansion into the existing Delaware Park.  "We see it as an important responsibility that our government has to support this important expansion project", said Mayor Brown as he addressed an enthusiastic crowd on the second level of the gallery.

The city funding will be matched dollar for dollar by investor Jeffrey Gundlach who previously announced a $42.5 million gift to the museum.

By years' end, gallery Director Janne Siren says a grand total of the AK360 campaign will be announced and they're continuing to work diligently to raise more dollars over the course of the next 12 days.

Following the announcement by Mayor Brown, Siren told WBEN, "he has just taken us a giant leap forward in our effort to close the capital campaign for our historic AK360 expansion and development project".   "It's the best holiday present one can receive", Siren added.


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