Dow Foundation contributes $5M to Center for the Arts

The Midland Center for the Arts has announced the first major gift towards its $47 million capital campaign, a $5 million contribution from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. The goal of the campaign is to pay for a major renovation and the reimagination of its Art and STEM museum.
In a news release from the Center, Dr. Ruth Alden Doan, President and Trustee of Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation says, “The Trustees of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation are pleased to support the Center’s renovation and plans to celebrate the original architectural vision of Alden B. Dow and improve the patron experience….We are proud to embrace our community’s historic legacy of scientific discovery and innovation, which dates back to the groundbreaking work of my great-grandfather, Herbert H. Dow.”

The building was originally designed by Dow’s son, architect Alden B. Dow.  The project will honor the original legacy and design, and will create engaging space for cutting-edge, hands-on exhibits and experiences. 
 The Center of Possibility
“Midland Center for the Arts has always been a catalyst for exploring new facts and feelings that we appreciate today as new, finer standards of creative expression. The vision of my grandfather and the Center’s architect, Alden B. Dow, mandated that we continue to grow and improve,” notes the Honorable Stephen P. Carras, Trustee of both the Foundation and the Center for the Arts. “The building as it currently sits, is a monument to his spirit and vision. When dedicating the building in 1971, he stated that ‘The real value of this building lies in what will happen through its use.’ We now look to future of that use, ever growing, ever improving.”
The Center is still seeking potential lead donors. To learn more about the project, visit