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New Perspectives Capital Campaign

When a group of seven Houstonians founded Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) in 1948, the groundwork was established for an institution that was ahead of its time—not just in Texas, but in the entire country. Since the very beginning, CAMH’s perspective has been that of an industry leader that inspires and informs both cultural and social change while often offering a first look at the art and artists of tomorrow’s history books—all while providing free admission for everyone. As one of the oldest, major non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, the history of CAMH is one of trailblazing, fearlessness, and resilient passion. As the institution reaches its 70th birthday, these founding principles remain at the heart of the organization. It is with this pioneering spirit that CAMH launches a $3.1 million campaign—its first capital campaign in 20 years—to support a series of critical facility improvements that will make the Museum more accessible, innovative, and impactful within an already inspiring community of peer cultural destinations.

As CAMH attendance has grown tremendously over the past four years, it has become clear that additional space for programming is critical to the continued growth of the Museum. The planned facility improvements include reconfiguring the Eleanor and Frank Freed Garden to expand its capacity as a public gathering space and a venue for programming. CAMH will improve public visibility and public safety through enhanced signage, landscaping, and the addition of long-needed exterior lighting. A critical repair to the loading dock as well as providing a parking structure to address the severe shortage of local parking will dramatically improve accessibility.

Once completed, these projects will significantly expand the community’s access to CAMH’s industry-leading exhibitions and programs, further enhancing the visitor experience, and improving connectivity with peer institutions and with the Museum District as a whole. By contributing to this capital campaign, you are showing your belief and confidence in the importance of what CAMH does for the future of contemporary arts in Houston.

Project Goals

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A list of major donors to the New Perspectives Capital Campaign.

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The latest updates and information about the project. See videos of completed phases of the campaign and look at photos from the project site.

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Press releases and media coverage of the New Perspectives Capital Campaign.