WBEZ | Helen Zell http://www.wbez.org/tags/helen-zell Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Zell Foundation donates $10 million to the Museum of Contemporary Art http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/zell-foundation-donates-10-million-museum-contemporary-art-103564 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/843164372_b9eb8b0a58_z.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px; " title="'Short Cut,' by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset in front of the MCA in 2007. (Flickr/Andrew Ciscel)" /></div><p>The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago announced Wednesday that Helen Zell and her husband Sam Zell, the real estate mogul, of the Zell Family Foundation are donating $10 million to the museum, which will go to the creation of the new Zell Fund for Artistic Excellence.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Helen and Sam Zell are visionary philanthropists whose passion and commitment to the arts is beyond measure,&quot; said Madeleine Grynsztejn, Director of the MCA, in a statement. &quot;We are extremely grateful for this generous gift which will help support key Vision initiatives to position the MCA as a pre-eminent contemporary art museum. As a Trustee and mentor, Helen has been an inspiring force over the course of the MCA&#39;s history, and we have all benefited from her intelligence and guidance.&quot;</p><p>The donation will go towards starting a new branding campaign, continuing the museum&#39;s residency program and starting a new outdoor summer plaza series.</p><p>Previously Chair of the MCA Board between 2004 and 2008, and now a board member, Helen Zell has helped MCA Board members raise $20 million, &quot;which eliminated nearly half of the museum&#39;s debt incurred from the construction of the new building,&quot; according to the MCA.</p><p>&quot;Like the MCA itself, I am committed to both sustainability and growth,&quot; said Helen Zell. &quot;In the thirty years that I have been involved with the museum, I have never seen it more confident and clear in its direction. I want to help make sure that the museum is on solid financial ground and our Vision is realized.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/zell-foundation-donates-10-million-museum-contemporary-art-103564