Rockwell museum gets $1.5M grant from 'Star Wars' creator

FILE - In this April 17, 2015, file photo, filmmaker George Lucas attends the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Lucas, the creator of the "Star Wars" movie empire, has donated about $1.5 million to the Norman Rockwell Museum. The museum said in a statement dated Sept. 29, 2016, that Lucas is an avid collector of Rockwell pieces and shares in the museum’s belief that the illustrator’s art transcends generations and cultures, communicating universal ideals related to community, family, and human rights. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. - George Lucas, the creator of the "Star Wars" movie empire, has donated $1.5 million to the Norman Rockwell Museum.

The Stockbridge, Massachusetts-based museum says the grant from the George Lucas Family Foundation will enable the museum's digital learning and engagement division to create multi-media experiences for on-site and online visitors as well as for travelling exhibitions. A travelling exhibition this fall is expected to include a digital gallery-tour accessible from mobile devices.

Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt called it a "truly transformational grant."

The museum said in a statement dated Sept. 29 that Lucas is an avid collector of Rockwell pieces and shares in the museum's belief that the illustrator's art transcends generations and cultures, communicating universal ideals related to community, family, and human rights.


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