News Release

The Cleveland Museum of Art Announces the Eric and Jane Nord Family Challenge

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Mark Nylander

The Cleveland Museum of Art
mnylander [at] clevelandart.org
$1 million challenge grant will support the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland (October 6, 2020)—The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) today announced the Eric and Jane Nord Family Challenge, a $1 million grant from the Eric and Jane Nord family in support of community engagement. The grant will match donations to the museum with $4 for each $1 contributed by other donors through the end of the year, to encourage new and increased philanthropic support of the museum during this uncertain time brought on by the pandemic. Funds raised from the Eric and Jane Nord Family Challenge will help the museum serve the community in innovative and engaging ways, thus advancing its mission of creating transformative experiences through art “for the benefit of all the people forever.”

“We are honored to support the critical work that the Cleveland Museum of Art does to create unique experiences with its remarkable collections, exhibitions and programs,” said Oberlin, Ohio, resident Jane Nord, who is an honorary museum trustee. “We hope this challenge inspires and encourages our wonderful community to help the museum in recognition of the joy and learning the museum provides, especially in difficult times.”

“We are immensely grateful to the Eric and Jane Nord family for their unwavering commitment to the CMA,” said William M. Griswold, director and president of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “During this challenging time, we must create new ways to engage directly with our community. Support from the Eric and Jane Nord family will allow us to build connections and share the benefits of the museum.”

The CMA is both a dynamic digital museum and a safe physical space in which to engage firsthand with works of art. Support through the Eric and Jane Nord Family Challenge will enable the museum to continue to present onsite an array of thoughtful and engaging exhibitions and extend its good work through enhancements to the museum’s website and continued development of online lessons and virtual programs for learners of all ages. To further establish the CMA as a community connecting point, the museum is reaching outside its walls to surrounding neighborhoods and to the city’s near west side with educational resources to support the Cleveland community.

The Eric and Jane Nord family gift has inspired the CMA to seek stories and reflections about art and the museum. The CMA invites community members to post a short video, image or story on social media using #OurCMA and #TheNordChallenge or to email them to ourcma [at] clevelandart.org.

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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes more than 61,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, and performing arts. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit ClevelandArt.org.