The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Kinders have been longtime major supporters of the renowned Museum of Fine Arts, Houston supporting exhibitions and special projects. Rich Kinder serves as chair of the board of trustees and as a life trustee.

Campus Redevelopment

Campus Redevelopment: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, unveiled plans in 2015 for the redevelopment of its 14-acre campus, including a unifying master plan; a 164,000-square-foot building for 20th- and 21st-century art; a new, 80,000-square-foot home for the Glassell School of Art, and a new center for conservation. The project—supported by a $450 million capital and endowment campaign and slated for completion in 2019—will transform not only the museum, but also the surrounding neighborhood, by relocating neighborhood parking underground, and enhancing the pedestrian experience of this cultural hub.

The foundation committed a principal gift of $50 million and the new gallery building dedicated to 20th- and 21st-century art will be named the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.

In May 2018, the new Glassell School of Art opened to the public. Additionally, with the campaign already having raised $400 million, approximately 90% of the goal, the Kinders issued an additional $25 million challenge grant to complete the capital campaign to reach the goal of $450 million. Read about the campus redevelopment.

“This is the most exciting single project in the history of the Museum, not only marking the completion of the campus but also the Museum for years to come.”

Kinder Foundation Education Center

In keeping with the Kinder’s desire to strengthen resources for educators, the foundation pledged $2 million in 2000 to help re-launch the former Teacher Resource Center at the Museum. Today, the Kinder Foundation Education Center is the MFAH education department’s hub for all interpretive resources and materials and serves as the main source of information on the museum’s collection for the public.

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