|[June 24, 2014]
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to Call Chicago Home
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) today announced its intention
to become a member of Chicago's vibrant cultural arts scene by locating
on the city's Museum Campus. LMNA will be a gathering place to
experience narrative art and the evolution of the visual image - from
illustration to cinema to digital arts.
"We are honored to be partnering with the city of Chicago and the many
cultural, educational and community groups that have come forward with
ideas about how the LMNA will add to their work," said George Lucas, the
Museum's founder. "I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary
museum community and to be creating the Museum in a city that has a long
tradition of embracing the arts and architecture."
"George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over the last
four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of this incredible
legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience
narrative arts," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel."Like Marshall Field, John G.
Shedd and Max Adler before him, George's philanthropy will inspire and
educate for generations. No other museum like this exists in the world,
making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for
all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international
The LMNA, previously known as the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, chose
Chicago because of the quality of the site proposed by the city's task
force. The 17-acre site offers unparalleled visitor access. "Choosing
Chicago is the right decision for the Museum, but a difficult decision
for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots
in the Bay Area," said Mr. Lucas, a native of Modesto, Ca. "I thank all
Californians who reached out to me in support of the Museum."
The Museum's location, proposed by a task force appointed by Mayor
Emanuel, was selected based on its accessibility to public
transportation, ease of access from all parts of the city, potential to
create significant new green space, and its ability to accommodate an
iconic structure. The LMNA will transform the site by moving
the existing parking spaces underground and replacing acres of asphalt
with more parkland along the harbor. Architectural renderings for the
proposed site will be presented to the City of Chicago in early fall.
"It is a great privilege for the Museum to be a custodian of this
cherished land," said Mr. Lucas, who hopes to open the LMNA in 2018.
To learn more about the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and its collection
visit us online at www.LucasMuseum.org.
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