Bringing Art to the Masses

artFor those who love the art but simply cannot afford to enjoy it as much as they would like, Evelyn Danzig Haas was someone they should have gotten to know.  Along with her husband, Walter A. Haas Jr., back in the day she helped raise the $95 million that was needed to build the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s facility which thereafter opened its doors to the public in 1995.

In addition, Haas played a key role in the San Francisco Symphony for over four decades, ultimately becoming a Life Governor there.  Under the auspices of her foundation – the Haas, Jr. Fund –  $10 million was donated which led to the creation of the Keeping Score initiative, bolstered by a PBS TV show which sought to “bring the power and joy of classical music” to millions of US homes and schools.  The foundation – that was established by Evelyn and her husband in 1953 in order to create a society whereby “all people can live, work and raise their families with dignity – “strives to be a voice of hope and a force for positive change.”

Other contributions Haas made in her lifetime included being the force behind the transformation of former military base Crissy Field into a 100-acre urban national park. She also advocated strongly for the Season of Sharing Fund, initially established by Walter in conjunction with the San Francisco Chronicle.

As well, the Evelyn Danzig Haas ’39 Visiting Artists Program and Arts in the City the (which has been active since 2003) was set up to enable artists to present lectures on campus, while working with exhibitions and students in faculty.

Indeed, throughout her life, Evelyn Danzig Haas spent decades making noteworthy contributions to the arts, quality of life and education.


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