After years of planning, the City of Davenport and the Figge Art Museum have signed a new contract. Mayor Frank Klipsch and Museum Board President Cindy Carlson held a ceremonial signing Monday afternoon.
Carlson says the current agreement was set to expire in 2023, but the new agreement extends it to 2030 with automatic five-year renewals. The city's annual payment will rise from $753,000 to $800,000 starting in 2026.
"From a fundraising standpoint, donors often ask us, what is the city's commitment to the Figge and taking care of their collection. And we can say their commitment's great, we just signed an agreement that goes well into the next 20 years."
Carlson says the money is not city funding, but payment for services rendered, in this case for the care, preservation, and exhibition of Davenport's art collection.
"Citizens don't realize that the city of Davenport has been in the museum business since 1925. The city has quite an art collection that needs to be taken care of."
The museum was founded in 1925 when former Davenport Mayor Charles Ficke gave his collection of over 300 works of art to the City of Davenport.