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Smithsonian’s new secretary, Lonnie Bunch III, faces political and financial challenges | The Washington Post

Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post G. Bunch III — the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture — has been appointed secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, becoming the first African American leader in its 173-year history. The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents introduced Bunch as the institution’s 14th secretary on Tuesday morning. He succeeds David J. Skorton, who announced his resignation in December and whose last day is June 15. Bunch, 66, takes over a quasi-federal institution of 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo that is supported by 7,000 employees and a […]

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Museum receives $3.5 million endowment gift from Eddie and Sylvia Brown | Art Daily

Art Daily, Art Daily Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun). Featured Image , MD.- The Baltimore Museum of Art today announced a gift of $3.5 million from Baltimore-based philanthropists Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown to endow the position of chief curator at the museum. The Browns’ support and advocacy for the BMA spans more than two decades and includes important contributions of both art and funds to expand the museum’s presentations and collections of works by African American artists. This most recent gift underscores the Browns’ ongoing generosity and commitment to the BMA and […]

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