MOCA Jacksonville Receives $5 Million Gift, Largest In Museum History

Jan 20, 2015

Preston Haskell speaks at MOCA on Jan. 20, 2015, about donating the largest individual gift in MOCA history.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

MOCA Jacksonville, the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, has received its largest-ever gift from a single donor. Five million dollars has been added to the museum’s endowment thanks to Preston Haskell, founder of the Jacksonville-based architecture and construction firm the Haskell Company. MOCA Jacksonville Director and Chief Curator Marcelle Polednik says having a healthy endowment will help MOCA endure any political or economic climate.

“It’s the one piece, it’s been the one chink in our armor as an organization," she says, "and this gift really allows us to take a huge leap forward in terms of being financially sustainable.”

In addition to helping the museum plan long term, MOCA directors say the money will help toward goals like building up the permanent collection and expanding the museum's educational programming.

Polednik says she is optimistic Haskell’s gift will also inspire similar philanthropy to benefit the arts in Jacksonville.