Dia Art Foundation establishes Sackler Institute with help from longtime donors

The gift supports already-existing programming and projects


The Dia Art Foundation in New York has been given a grant by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, a long-time supporter of the museum, to back various museum projects. The amount of the gift is undisclosed and no staff hires are planned.

The gift establishes the Sackler Institute, an umbrella term for much of the museum’s already-existing programming, like artist-on-artist lectures, poetry readings, gallery talks and community free days. The endowment will also support conservation projects, museum publications, and archives.

“The intellectual vigour of Dia’s programmes is unique,” says the museum trustee Marissa Sackler, the daughter of Mortimer, in a statement. “I am thrilled that my family and I can help Dia continue to strengthen an already strong programme as well as encourage innovation and new scholarship in contemporary art.”


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