[Source: Phoenix Business Journal]
The Heard Museum is undergoing renovations and is using a recent Piper grant to help pay for the work.
The $300,000 project will include a coffee bar, shop and bookstore with a $150,000 from the Virginia G. Piper Trust helping to finance the renovation, said Heard spokeswoman Deb Krol.
The project will relocate and expand the museum’s bookstore and create a coffee bar and cantina, which will offer up drinks and food in a casual atmosphere. The Heard Museum Cafe will continue its operations as a full-service sit-down venue.
As part of the project, space will be created for live artist demonstrations, while the store will be able to feature more works from Native American artists.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year with the new area to open in 2011.
In addition to this project, the Heard’s auditorium is getting a head-to-toe renovation that will includes audio visual upgrades. A confidential financial gift from the late Marjorie Blum is financing that work, said Krol.