OGUNQUIT — The Ogunquit Museum of American Art has received a year-end gift of $40k from the Cavaretta family and the Meadowmere Resort as part of a fundraising campaign to restore the museum’s interior flooring and entryways.
The Cavaretta family and Meadowmere Resort have been longtime supporters of OMAA, with corporate sponsorships dating back to 2011. This recent support has been provided by Alfred Cavaretta, Jr., Karen and Richard Napoli, Phil and Lori Cavaretta, John Cavaretta and Randal Coulton.
The museum continues to seek matching funds for the project which will cost in total $100,000 for the interior improvements. OMAA was built in 1953 by founder and artist Henry Strater in classic mid-century modern architecture. The tile and slate flooring dates back to the museum’s construction and has weathered and cracked over 65 years of general use.
“We are grateful for this visionary gift from the Cavaretta family and Meadowmere Resort which is earmarked for this restoration project,” said Executive Director/Chief Curator Michael Mansfield. “It’s an essential project this season, and their generosity is a significant step in funding the work”.
Funding the flooring project is a Q1 initiative for the OMAA Development Committee, which plans to have the work completed by the end of the year. The initiative is the largest interior renovation projects in 25 years, which will transform the galleries both visually and from a structural perspective.
“The museum is currently seeking small and large matching gifts to fund the project,” said Edward Newberry, OMAA Development Committee co-chair. “Increasingly, donors are interested in seeing how their dollars are spent. By donating to this interior renovation project, benefactors can physically see their contributions when they walk in the door.”
“By stepping up first on this important restoration project, we are hopeful that other businesses and individuals in the community will follow suit,” said Allyson Cavaretta, OMAA Development Committee co-chair.