The Mayor of Chicago is determined to see the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum find a home in his city after the trust decided to reject proposals to see the museum come to the director’s home city of San Francisco.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a strong pitch to lure a $1 billion investment: a first-of-its-kind, interactive museum and warehouse spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and filmmaking memorabilia.
“George felt very strongly that he didn’t want to have Chicago spinning its wheels while the Presidio was the only option on the table. But after the emphatic decision in February, George said, `Chicago has approached us and we’re going to speak seriously with them.’ And that’s when we started speaking seriously,” said Lucas Museum spokesman David Perry.
“The mayor’s office has said, `We are very interested in finding a possible site for you in Chicago.’ George is very excited that Chicago understands the educational and philanthropic gift this museum represents. This is a gift of philanthropy worth well over $1 billion considering the art, warehouse, museum and future endowment heretofore made by Carnegie, Mellon, Rockefeller and Smithson. We are looking for Chicago to tell us where they would like us to be.”
David Spielfogel, a senior adviser to the mayor, said it’s too soon to say where the museum would be located or whether it would be on park district land similar to the arrangement the city has with other lakefront museums.
“We’re not offering taxpayer funds, but we might do a lease like other non-profits get,” he said.
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