At its 10th annual gala, PNCA announced the launch of a $15 million philanthropic campaign, CREATIVITY WORKS HERE, in support of its strategic move to renovate the historic former federal post office at 511 NW Broadway and to anchor the PNCA campus on the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland.
PNCA announced a significant gift of $5 million from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to name the renovated building the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The gift is the largest from an alumna or alumnus in the school’s 103-year history. Arlene Schnitzer will serve as an honorary co-chair for the campaign, along with Dorothy ‘Dolly’ Lemelson, a longtime supporter who has established a major scholarship program at PNCA and is a Visionary sponsor for the College’s annual gala to support its Annual Fund.
Supporters have committed more than $6.5 million to the Campaign to date. Gifts include $500,000 from the late Ernie Swigert in honor of former PNCA president Sally Lawrence, $100,000 from the late Ed Cauduro, who established the Ed Cauduro Scholars at PNCA in 2008 with a gift of $1,000,000 through the Oregon Community Foundation, and a planning award of $50,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. PNCA also has received a $740,000 grant from the Portland Development Commission for project planning and design.
Acclaimed architect Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, revealed a dramatic design for the adaptive reuse, which is anticipated to cost $30 million and be completed during the 2014-15 academic year. The overall project will be funded through a combination of private philanthropy, tax credits, financing, and grants.
“This is an historic moment for the College and for the City of Portland,” said Ann Edlen, Chair of the PNCA Board of Governors. “We are extraordinarily grateful for Arlene’s support and leadership in this transformational effort. This gift, coming from a committed alumna, validates all that we believe about the power of a PNCA education to change the world with creative and design thinking and making. I am also pleased to announce that the project has 100% participation from our talented and dedicated Board of Governors.”
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