Tucson Museum of Art Awarded $10K Grant From Bank of America for the restoration of La Casa Cordova

July 21 / 2016

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Tucson Museum of Art Awarded $10K Grant From Bank of America
for the restoration of La Casa Cordova

TUCSON, ARIZONA (July 21, 2016) – The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block has received a highly competitive community development grant of $10,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Funds from the award will lead phase one of the historic restoration efforts of La Casa Cordova, one of five historic properties cared for by the Museum, and provide workforce development by assisting the Museum in hiring a part-time employee to provide tours and access to the historic home during peak season.

La Casa Cordova is the oldest extant adobe in downtown Tucson and is named for the Cordova family who acquired the building in 1936 and lived in it from 1944 until 1973. Built in 1848, La Casa Cordova is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was constructed prior to the Gadsden Purchase of 1854, when Arizona became a territory of the United States.

In November of 1973, the City of Tucson and the then Tucson Art Center, entered into a 99-year lease agreement for the preservation and stewardship of the Historic Block which includes La Casa Cordova, Edward Nye Fish House, Romero House, Stevens/Duffield House, and the J. Knox Corbett House. La Casa Cordova is home to the popular El Nacimiento, a Mexican-style nativity scene, on view to the public from November through March each year.

“Not only is the Museum preserving history, we are demonstrating that the arts generate economic activity and workforce development in ways many people don’t realize,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, Chief Executive Officer, Tucson Museum of Art. “We are grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for allowing us to provide local jobs to skilled craft workers to undertake the careful restoration work as well as a tour guide to educate and bring Tucson’s history alive for visitors.”

“This grant is a great way to support both the arts and historic preservation, both of which we know spur economic growth,” said Adriana Romero, Tucson market president, Bank of America. “Grants, like this one to help restore La Casa Cordova, are one of several ways Bank of America invests back into our communities to help Tucson remain vibrant and successful for generations to come.”

Phase one of the La Casa Cordova project includes repair of windows and doors, installation of an exhibition in the South gallery (opposite the El Nacimiento installation), and expanded public access beginning in November. Additional support for the project is provided by the George Chatalas Memorial Fund, TMA Docent Council, TMA Latin American Art Patrons, and individual donors. Earlier this year, TMA designated a direct fund to support the restoration and preservation of the Historic Structures.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting celebration is planned for Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. during the Museum’s annual Holiday Artisans Market.

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