The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has received $750,000 in federal matching funds from the The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This Infrastructure & Capacity Building Challenge grant will support construction of the current expansion of the museum’s La Jolla campus — a project whose estimated building costs rose from $55 million in 2016 to $95 million last year.
“We are honored to be the recipient of NEH grant funds that will go toward the transformative expansion of our La Jolla flagship,” said MCASD director/CEO Kathryn Kanjo. “This is a message to the country that San Diego is home to an important cultural site in MCASD.”
The expansion, led by architect Annabelle Selldorf, will quadruple the gallery’s interior space while also creating stunning outdoor gathering spaces, including seaside terraces and an art park. The museum is expected to reopen some time in 2021. On Jan. 14, NEH announced $30.9 million in 2020 grants supporting 188 humanities projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia.