Joseph A.W. Clayes III’s legacy names The Athenaeum’s main gallery


The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library is pleased to announce the naming of its Main Gallery as the Joseph Clayes III Gallery as a consequence of a $500,000 donation by the Joseph A. W. Clayes Charitable Trust.

Brendan Holmes, a board member of the Clayes Trust, and a longtime friend and business partner of Joseph Clayes, said: “Joseph was a lifelong lover and patron of the arts, he would be deeply touched to have this gallery, which he visited many times, named for him.”

Trulette Clayes, also a board member of the Clayes Trust and niece of Joseph Clayes said: “My uncle loved the arts, La Jolla and the Athenaeum. He particularly enjoyed music and attended many concerts, recitals and performances of all kinds throughout the state. He enjoyed listening to his friends and young musicians play his collection of grand pianos. I miss spending time with my uncle, and I am so happy that the Athenaeum has agreed to honor him in this fashion.”

“This is the third-largest donation the Athenaeum has received, and we are most grateful to the Joseph A. W. Clayes Charitable Trust. The entire donation will become part of the Athenaeum Endowment Fund and will benefit the institution for years to come through an annual allocation to the operating fund,” said Erika Torri, Athenaeum Executive Director.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in the heart of the Village of La Jolla is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. This rare cultural institution offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists’ books in Southern California. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours and special events.

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