Worcester Art Museum Receives $600,000 Grant from Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation

The Renaissance Court at Worcester Art Museum.


The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts—home to treasures like Gauguin’s Brooding Woman (1891) and Mary Cassatt’s Reine Lefebvre Holding a Nude Baby (1902)—said today that it has received a $600,000 grant as part of the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative, a program that aims to provide a total of $25 million in operating support to cultural institutions in the state over the next six years.

The initiative is funded by the Barr and the Klarman Family Foundation, and also provides its 29 grantees assistance from the TDC consulting firm, which focuses on nonprofit management. The funding for WAM comes in the form of two separate grants that will be dispersed over the next three years.

The award “represents an important investment in an institution that is vital to the entire Worcester region,” WAM’s director, Matthias Waschek, said in a statement. “It will contribute significantly to the museum’s capitalization and long-term financial health, which will in turn support transformative art programming for all segments of our community.”

In addition, WAM noted today that it has received $247,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help fund the design of a permanent home for the Higgins collection of arms and armor, which it acquired in 2013, following the closure of the Worcester institution that housed it.

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