- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - An anonymous donor is giving Dartmouth College $10 million toward a major expansion and renovation of its art museum.

The money will be used to create a Museum Learning Center at the Hood Museum of Art that will triple the number of object-study classrooms, which will be equipped with smart technology and will be able to accommodate a range of class sizes. The Hood has strongly promoted the idea of students engaging with its collections behind the scenes and regularly makes diverse objects from cultures around the world available for teaching.

“The Hood Museum of Art has long been a place where students, faculty, and the community discover art through truly cutting-edge experiential programs,” said Jonathan Cohen, chairman of the Hood’s Board of Overseers. “The Museum Learning Center will open these extraordinary opportunities to more students and pave the way for even more innovative programming.”

The gift brings the total amount committed to the renovation project to $28 million. Once the $50 million goal is reached, the project will significantly increase the museum’s gallery and teaching spaces and will create a prominent new entrance.

The project is part of Dartmouth’s efforts to establish an “Arts and Innovation District” on campus. The expanded museum is expected to open to the public in the fall of 2018.

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