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Knight Foundation Plans $5 M. Art-Tech Initiative in Philadelphia

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COURTESY THE BARNES FOUNDATION

The Knight Foundation has established what it’s terming the Art and Technology Fund, a $5 million initiative that will support two major cultural institutions in Philadelphia: the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The money will be used by those museums in using technology in their spaces: the Barnes Foundation will open a digital engagement center, while the Philadelphia Museum of Art will focus the on improving visitors’ experiences through technology.

Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts, told ARTnews, “The blending of art and technology will play a large role in the future success of museums. The Barnes and Philadelphia Museum of Art have been pioneers in this new frontier, exploring the power of technology to better connect people with the arts. This new investment will bolster their existing digital engagement efforts, open doors for new experiments and generate lessons learned for other cultural institutions looking to innovate.”

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