The Dayton Art Institute

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Annual Fund, The Dayton Art Institute (2020)

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You have reached the donation page for The DAI's Annual Fund. By utilizing our existing ticketing system for donations, we can promise that 100% of your donation goes to The DAI without fees being assessed or withheld by a third party donation service. Thank you for understanding that any 'ticket' or 'seat' reference is equivalent to 'donation'. Your gift supports our Annual Fund, which provides an important funding source for the museum's general operating expenses. These funds are used to preserve and present our permanent collection, maintain the Art Institute's historic 1930 facility (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and bring the best in world-class special exhibitions to Dayton. Your gift helps young artists discover connections between art, math, history and science, and have experiences they might not otherwise be able to enjoy. It also supports training for the more than 100 volunteer docents who teach more than 10,000 students through interactive experiences in the galleries. The museum reaches learners at every age and life stage, and your gift enables our education staff to develop programs for this wide audience.
Your support will help us remain a vital part of the Dayton community for generations to come. Please select a donation amount from the options below.Please note that the museum accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover for online transactions.
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The Dayton Art Institute is committed to enriching lives and serving the community by creating meaningful experiences with art.

Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences.

The Dayton Art Institute sits atop a hill on the edge of the Great Miami River overlooking downtown Dayton. The museum’s founding patrons included prominent community leaders such as Orville Wright and the Patterson Brothers, founders of NCR. The museum’s landmark building, designed by prominent museum architect Edward B. Green of Buffalo and completed in 1930, was modeled after the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy, both examples of sixteenth century Italian Renaissance architecture.