Features Features (News) — 21 September 2011
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Generous Donor Funds Renamed Museum

Dione L. Negroni-Hendrick, daughter of Samuel Foosaner; photo courtesy of Florida Today A $1 million gift from the Foosaner Foundation will benefit the former Brevard

A $1 million gift from the Foosaner Foundation will benefit the former Brevard Art Museum, which formally merged with the university this summer. It is now the FOOSANER ART MUSEUM.

“The Foosaner family has a long history of philanthropy in Brevard,” said President Anthony J. Catanese. “This generous gift will help perpetuate the important efforts of education and cultural enrichment started by the museum in 1978, and now continued by Florida Tech.”

Samuel J. Foosaner, a noted philanthropist and author, started the Foosaner Foundation in 1980 in memory of his just deceased wife, Renee. She had been both an ardent student of the arts as well as a teacher of the arts.

Thus, the foundation’s first major gift made possible the purchase of a 6,000-square-foot building adjoining what was then the existing original, small museum. Named the RENEE FOOSANER EDUCATION CENTER, the building was remodeled to accommodate studio classes where both children and adults now study and create original artwork. Later, the art museum itself expanded across the street.

Carla Funk will have oversight for the FOOSANER ART MUSEUM, under her new title, Director of University Museums.

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