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Lucas, Hobson donate $1.5 million to Rockwell museum

October 2nd, 2016

Filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, have awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., where the artist lived for the last years of his life.

The grant from the Chicago couple’s family foundation will be used to develop interactive educational programs for the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions.

Lucas is a longtime collector of Rockwell, an illustrator and painter best known for his covers of The Saturday Evening Post. A few years ago, Lucas purchased Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” for $46 million.

Lucas’s collection is integral to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which Hobson and Lucas had hoped (fruitlessly) to build in Chicago.

Their foundation has funded numerous organizations in Chicago, including a $25 million donation to the After School Matters nonprofit.

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