The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will continue to open its doors to the public without charge in 2011 through funding by Machias Savings Bank, an extension of the bank’s gift of free admission in 2008, in memory of the late UMMA benefactor Edward “Ted” Leonard III.
“Machias Savings Bank lost a good friend three years ago, Attorney Edward ‘Ted’ Leonard. We wanted to do something special in his memory,” said Ed Hennessey, President of Machias Savings Bank, in a prepared statement. “Knowing Ted was a big supporter of the University of Maine Museum of Art, we felt it was extremely worthwhile to make a contribution in his memory.”
As a result of the Machias Savings Bank’s sponsorship, the museum has increased 227 percent since 2007. Many are first-time visitors. The museum is also attracting visitors from other states.
“We’re so appreciative of Machias Savings Bank’s ongoing support,” said UMMA Director George Kinghorn in a prepared statement. “Through this gift, we are able to provide the community and region access to the permanent collection, changing exhibitions and an exciting array of educational programs.”
For information about UMMA exhibitions and programs, call 561-3350 or visit www.umma.umaine.edu.