The Hammer Museum, a public arts unit of UCLA, has received a gift of $2 million from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to support and enhance the museum's wide range of initiatives for children and families.
The gift, the largest for family programming in the Hammer's history, allows the world-class museum to increase its offerings and expand its innovative outreach programs to serve a greater number of Los Angeles–area residents, including junior high and high school students and families from communities with little exposure to the arts.
"This gift is a tremendously thoughtful investment in building and nurturing the next generation of arts audiences, advocates and creative minds, which are essential to our community," said Hammer director Ann Philbin. "We are so grateful for the many generosities of the Pritzkers and how their visionary philanthropy will impact children and their families throughout Southern California."
The Pritzker Family Foundation works to enrich the community by supporting initiatives in the areas of medicine, higher education, the environment, the arts and foster care.
For more on the Pritzker gift, visit the Hammer website.
(Update, Oct. 2, 2013: The Pritzker gift to the Hammer is part of a larger $20 million gift to UCLA from the Pritzker Family Foundation. Read about how that gift will also support research at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and foster youth attending UCLA.)