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Speed Art Museum will re-open in 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Speed Art Museum will re-open in March of next year.
On Wednesday morning, museum officials made the announcement. Officials also spoke about the Speed 365 public fundraising campaign.

The Speed Art Museum has been closed since 2012, as it undergoes a $50 million multi-phase expansion and renovation, that includes a new North Building, art park and a public piazza. The expansion nearly 80,000 square feet of renovation and 75,000 square feet of new construction.

Ghislain d'Humieres, the Director of the Speed Art Museum says, "I'm beyond thrilled to announce that the Speed Art Museum will re-open to the community on Saturday March 12th, 2016 at 10 AM."

The opening date is exciting news for museum-goers who have been waiting since the museum closed a few years ago.

d'Humieres says, "We're also going to have a state of the art movie theatre which is going to be on the south building."

Last year, we took you inside the closed museum where a historic preservation consulting and contracting firm worked to reassemble the English Renaissance Room. There are 17th century wood-carved wall panels. The challenge here was to reassemble this room in a smaller space with fewer fabricated materials.

As the museum gets ready to open, it's also looking for donations.

Bruce Merrick, the Chair of the Speed Art Museum's Board of Trustees says, "The speed is entering into a 2.5 million dollar public fundraising campaign called Speed 365. This year long campaign will provide funding to expand community and outreach programs across the Commonwealth and to engage under served populations."

For opening weekend, the museum will stay open for 30 hours following a ribbon cutting ceremony.

d'Humieres says, "We are going to make history definitely for many of the city in the center of the country where the Speed is going to become this unbelievable place for the whole community to really take advantage to learn about the rest of the world."

The countdown clock will be placed at the "Local Speed " in Nulu. which is satellite location during the renovation

"We want to make sure the community really will be taking that building as a jewel for them and using it and having a wonderful experience there," said d' Humieres,

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's largest art museum. It's located on the University of Louisville campus.
People can also text to donate to the Speed Museum. Just send a text to 20222.

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