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The Mexican Museum Receives $800,000 Grant From the California Cultural and Historical Endowment

Funds Move Museum Closer to Building a Permanent Home in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Cultural District (October 27, 2011)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/27/11 -- The Mexican Museum announces today that it has received an $800,000 planning grant from The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) to design and develop a permanent home for the museum in San Francisco's vibrant Yerba Buena district.

"This is a major milestone. We are extremely grateful to the CCHE board and staff for their passion to preserve and document the historic roles of many cultures in making California one of the most diverse regions in the world," said Dr. Jonathan Lorenzo Yorba, chief executive officer of The Mexican Museum. "Clearly The Endowment shares our vision to create a permanent home and fulfill our commitment to the community to make Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano and Latino art, history and culture more accessible to all residents and visitors."

"We are excited to make such a large planning grant to The Mexican Museum because it is such an important organization that is exceptional at telling the diverse Latino stories and documenting the cultural, artistic and historic contributions Latinos have made in California," said Stacey Aldrich, Chair of The California Cultural and Historical Endowment.

The CCHE grant will support the full design of the new Mexican Museum, from space planning through construction which includes the following:

  • Working with Enrique Norten, the architect selected to design the new museum, to establish a project work plan and development of a schedule and budget.
  • Architectural design and development.
  • Preparation of documents including the drawings and subcontractor bidding.
  • Providing assistance and oversight to the general contractor throughout the construction.

In partnership with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Millennium Partners, and the San Francisco Arts Commission, The Mexican Museum's approximately 40,000 sq. ft. new home will be part of a mixed-use project on Jesse Square, which is part of the vibrant Yerba Buena cultural district at Third and Mission Streets in San Francisco. The museum's new facility is expected to be completed in 2016.

"Our new facility will allow us to showcase The Mexican Museum's unparalleled collection of over 14,000 works of art," continued Yorba. "These works are so important to the history and culture of San Francisco and California. The CCHE should be applauded for its vision in supporting this important cultural project."

About The Mexican Museum:

Founded by San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District and now at Fort Mason Center, The Mexican Museum is the realization of a vision to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the Museum's vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano and Latino experience. The Museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano art. For more information, please visit:

The Mexican Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. and is located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, in San Francisco.

About The California Cultural and Historical Endowment

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (the Endowment) was established in 2003 when then-Governor Gray Davis signed AB 716 (Firebaugh). Funding for the projects comes from voter-approved bonds.

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment's mission is to document the cultural traditions and historic roles of California's Latino, African-American, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and Jewish populations. Since its inception, the Endowment has funded over 150 capital projects and planning grants.

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