Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Reveals Plans for Major Expansion

Adding nearly 100,000 square feet to the 200,000-square-foot facility, the expansion will allow the museum to showcase its growing collection and welcome more visitors to experience the power of art, in an inclusive environment. Watch the video: 

Alice Walton is a committed patron of the arts and philanthropist.

She founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2011 and serves as chairwoman of the museum’s Board of Directors. She is a board member of the Walton Family Foundation and founder of the Alice L. Walton Foundation. Alice is the daughter of Helen Walton and Walmart founder Sam Walton.

Arts and philanthropic leadership has prompted numerous accolades for Alice. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Medal, the John Cotton Dana Medal for Visionary Leadership in Museums, and the Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts for her significant philanthropic contributions. She was recognized by TIME magazine in 2012 as one of the most influential people in the world and was inducted into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame in 2018.

Alice also focuses on efforts to expand and diversify educational opportunities that can help put a secure, fulfilling and self-determined life in reach for more Americans.

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