The digital intermediary for art donations now helps hospitals, universities and libraries


Exchange of museumswhich dubs itself the democratizing “matchmaker” for art donations,” has expanded its network to include healthcare and higher education organizations and partner with libraries, hospitals and universities. .

Launched in 2021, Museum Exchange has created a network of over 300 donors and 150 museums across North America to facilitate art donations. Its expansion into the education and health sectors will provide “individual and corporate donors with additional avenues for philanthropic support and a range of opportunities to reach a wider audience,” Museum Exchange said.

For the pilot launch of the new platform last month, Museum Exchange invited ten organizations, including Cleveland Clinic, Rogosin Institute and Wake Forest University, to participate and has already created more than 50 artwork matches. Museum Exchange invites all libraries, universities and hospitals to join its platform, which contains a catalog of works of art available for donation and adapted to their audiences.

“We know that art enriches and improves the health environment, allowing moments of respite, hope, beauty, inspiration, levity, intellectual curiosity or distraction. In educational settings, art can inspire ideas, stimulating conversations and cross-disciplinary dialogue. By expanding Museum Exchange into health and education, donors can have a direct impact on new audiences who have so much to gain from encounters with art,” said Joanne Cohen, head of the new division and former executive director and curator of the Cleveland Clinic Art Program. , which she created in 2006 and incorporated into a premier healthcare industry art collection.

The premier digital platform for art donations, Museum Exchange helps collectors donate works of art to North American institutions and enables institutions to expand and diversify their collections and donor base. Its mission, he said, is to “unlock philanthropy nationwide, simplify the giving process, and help bring under-recognized artists to the public’s attention.”

Launched in 2021, it has established partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, among others.

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