How Long is the Drive from New Haven?
I learned something remarkable today. The permanent Sol LeWitt galleries slated for Mass MoCA
are already attracting a fair chunk of change from those who already fund the multi-billion dollar Yale Endowment.
The project is budgeted at $9 million. Yale and Mass MoCA have jointly raised $6.3 million, with the expectation that the remaining money will be in hand in time for the start of construction, scheduled for February. Installation of the drawings is expected in fall 2007, with the opening of the building a year later.
A good friend, who knows about such things pointed out to me that the folks who are funding this installation are also becoming enthusiatic about MoCA in, and of, itself. It's not a secret that MoCA is building an endowment to keep itself afloat for the long haul, but what is remarkable is just how well things are going.
On a related note, MCLA has recently made a huge push to raise perceptions and expectations about their future. The promised science building as well as a few of the mended political fences bode well for the next era of the city's bastion of higher education.
In a perfect-case scenario, both MoCA and MCLA will strengthen and become the driving economic engines and developmental forces within the city. It will be a pleasant change when businesses no longer have to be lured here, but rather come knocking on their own to take advantage of the many very cool things going on.
I'd bet a case of beer (or diet soda) that this "tipping point" occurs within 5 to 10 years.