Don’t Sell Historic National Gallery

corcoran

Target: The Corcoran Gallery of Art Board of Trustees

Goal: Vote no on the sale of the Corcoran building.

The National Corcoran Gallery of Art could cease to exist if the Board of Trustees moves forward with its decision to sell the historic building located in the heart of the nation’s capital. The Corcoran is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. and is home to the Corcoran College of Art & Design, a leading higher learning institution since 1890. We must ensure the continued existence of this rich cultural site by encouraging the Board to reconsider its misguided decision to sell.

The Corcoran Flagg building is a National Historic Landmark that should be preserved by all means. In the U.S., there are only 2,500 sites and buildings designated as National Historic Landmarks by the Secretary of the Interior. The Corcoran Gallery was founded in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran to “encourage American genius” in the arts. Due to rapid growth, Ernest Flagg designed a new building in the Beaux Arts tradition and the Gallery was relocated to its present location in 1897.

Throughout its history, The Corcoran Gallery has contributed significantly to the advancement of American art through its permanent collection of more than 14,000 items. The Corcoran Flagg building also houses the Corcoran College of Art & Design, the only professional art school in the District of Columbia that also offers a great variety of educational programs to the public. Due to its proximity to the White House, the Old Executive Building, and the National Mall, the Gallery has literally been at the center of national cultural activity for generations. Presently, it boasts an active community that continuously admires and utilizes the Gallery’s exhibitions and programs.

Sign the petition below to urge the Board of Trustees not to move forward with its decision to sell the building without first listening to the input from the staff, faculty, students, alumni, artists, members, donors, friends, and other stakeholders that are invested in seeing the Corcoran Gallery of Art continue to thrive.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Member of the Corcoran Gallery of Art Board of Trustees,

The Corcoran Gallery of Art could cease to exist if the Board of Trustees moves forward with its misguided decision to sell the historic Corcoran Flagg building located in the heart of the nation’s capital. As you are well aware, the Corcoran Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. In addition, the Corcoran Flagg building is a National Historic Landmark — only one of 2,500 sites designated by the Secretary of the Interior — that should be preserved by all means.

Throughout its history, the Corcoran Gallery has contributed significantly to the advancement of American art through its permanent collection of more than 14,000 items. The Corcoran Flagg building also houses the historic Corcoran College of Art & Design, which was founded in 1890 and is the only professional art school in the District of Columbia that also offers a great variety of educational programs to the public. Due to its proximity to the White House, the Old Executive Building, and the National Mall, the Gallery has literally been at the center of national cultural activity for generations. Presently, it boasts an active community that includes staff, faculty, students, alumni, artists, members, donors, friends, stakeholders, and general visitors that continuously admire and utilize the Gallery’s exhibitions and programs.

I urge you to reconsider your decision to sell the building, and instead listen to input from members of the Corcoran community to come up with creative solutions that keep the legacy and history of the Corcoran alive.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. A legacy of our country, our tradition, our culture and our civilization, it would be tragic to take this treasure away from us.

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