Dominion Energy awarded a $1.4 million grant to Colonial Williamsburg for the Art Museums.
“These renovated museums will offer a fresh perspective and compelling look at the early history of our nation for visitors and residents alike,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “They also support regional tourism and encourage community vitality and diversity.”
According to the foundation’s announcement, the grant is being used for major renovations at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum with eight new galleries, a separate street entrance, a new cafe, auditorium and event space.
The new updates also include climate control to preserve the collections and the renovations for both museums are expected to be complete later this year.
“The expansion of Colonial Williamsburg’s two world-renowned art museums is essential to our mission of connecting guests with our shared American story,” said Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. “The project is funded entirely with philanthropic support and would not be possible without the generosity of Dominion Energy.”
“The museums remain open during construction and, once complete, will better showcase our outstanding collections as we aim to engage and inspire more guests than ever before,” he added.
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