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DC Supports Proposal to Preserve Corcoran Art and School in DC

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Office of the DC Attorney General (OAG) has filed in the DC Superior Court comments in support of a proposal by the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design regarding the future of the institutions, DC Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan announced today.  OAG has also filed in court copies of comments received from the public on the proposal. 

The two filings were made late yesterday in advance of a hearing which Superior Court Judge Robert Okun has scheduled on the matter for Friday, July 18, at 2:30 pm.

The public comments were compiled by OAG and the Corcoran and presented to the Court under an agreement on the handling of the Corcoran’s petition, filed last month, for court approval of the proposal.  The petition would permit the Corcoran’s Trustees to implement agreements reached with the National Gallery of Art and The George Washington University, concerning the assets and operations of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design, which will allow the Corcoran's art to remain in the District to the extent practical and the 17th Street building to continue to be used for the display of art.

The DC Attorney General is charged by statute with responsibility to oversee restrictions on charitable trusts administered in the District and to represent the public interest when a court considers whether to modify such restrictions based on changed circumstances. 

The comments can be viewed by selecting the links below.