Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Springfield, Harvard art museums renamed

The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts announced Thursday that it will be renamed the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in honor of a $4 million donation from the couple to the museum that was initially made anonymously last November.

Mr. D’Amour is the chairman and CEO of the Springfield-based Big Y supermarket chain and a member of the Springfield Museums board of trustees.

The art institution, which is part of the Springfield Museums, plans to use half the donation to fund an endowment for the art museum and the other half to fund the ongoing construction of a new Museum of Springfield History.

The Harvard University Art Museums announced at the end of April that it would change the name of its art museums to the “Harvard Art Museum” because “it better expresses the institution’s mission, grows out of an initiative to further unify and integrate the museum’s collections and programs.”


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