Arts in Rockford

RAM Halfway Towards Fundraising Goal

Mar 23, 2016
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The Rockford Art Museum launched a half-million dollar endowment campaign Tuesday and is already halfway toward its goal.

The I AM RAM campaign already received gifts totaling a quarter million dollars from the Lon and Dick Behr Foundation and the Funderburg Foundation.

This is only the second fundraising campaign for the endowment since it was created in 1997.

The museum says it put off launching another campaign until the economy recovered.

The museum was founded in 1913. It houses nearly 2,000 works of art.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Art. It inspires, sustains, entertains -- even makes us think. It's the way some people make a living. And its funding is all-too-often the first thing on the chopping block when times are tough. WNIJ's news department decided to take a look at how artists and organizations are adapting to economic and cultural changes.