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George Lucas, wife give $25 million for Chicago kids' art center

George Lucas, wife give $25 million for Chicago kids' art center

George Lucas and his wife, Chicago investment fund chief Mellody Hobson, are giving $25 million to build a deluxe arts center for a private grade school and high school on the University of Chicago’s campus -- to be named for Gordon Parks, the celebrated photojournalist and film director who in 1969 became the first black director of a major studio film.

The gift, reported by the Chicago Tribune, will cover more than half the cost of the $43.7-million Gordon Parks Arts Hall, expected to open next year, housing a gallery and studios for...

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