Libraries and museums build the civic strength of their communities and providing opportunities for public engagement.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen civic/community engagement (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
National Initiative: National Medal for Museum and Library Services
The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.
Each year, select museums and libraries receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for these institutions. Beginning with the 2009 winners, personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps.
Civic/community engagement content on the IMLS Web site:
May 15, 2014 11:19 AM
The Museums for All initiative aims to make the high-quality learning experiences of children’s museums more accessible to low-income families.
May 8, 2014 03:37 PM
Michelle Obama presented medals to each winner and praised the community service and educational roles of museums and libraries.
May 7, 2014 11:12 AM
IMLS will present the third webinar in the USCIS series on June 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST.
May 6, 2014 03:13 PM
Watch the webcast of the library learning spaces discussion and join in on Twitter: #imlsfocus.
April 24, 2014 08:52 AM
Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony.