The Wolfsonian-FIU receives $5 million to increase access to collection

MIAMI BEACH, FL.- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to The Wolfsonian–Florida International University to support programs that will provide greater public access to the museum’s collection of art and design, especially by enhancing its online offerings and reach.

The grant, announced Dec. 3 at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, is part of $23 million in new funding that the Knight Foundation has awarded to support the arts in South Florida.

The Wolfsonian will receive its Knight Foundation grant over a five-year period. That support will go towards realizing a major component of the museum’s five-year plan, namely creating one of the world’s most important online resources of visual and material culture.

"Museums need two-way communication because today's audiences demand to be engaged. The Wolfsonian's plans for its online collection, coupled with enhanced outreach, will help draw more people, and more kinds of people into its world class offerings," said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts at Knight Foundation.


“We are proud of The Wolfsonian and its achievements since being set in motion seventeen years ago by the founding vision of Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “The Knight Foundation’s recognition and critical support of the institution marks an exciting transition point in our museum’s young history and development.”

Since it opened in 1995 and joined FIU two years later, The Wolfsonian has established an international reputation for its exhibitions, publications, and programs, while forming strong ties to the South Florida community; grown its collection and acquired real estate to support long-term growth; created an online presence; and built a talented professional staff and board. At the core of all of these achievements is The Wolfsonian’s collection, which consists of more than 100,000 decorative arts objects, sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, posters, rare books and periodicals, and ephemeral items (such as brochures, advertisements, postcards, and matchbooks), almost all from the late 19th century to the end of World War II


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