21st Century Museum Professionals Program

Note to applicants: The FY 2013 National Leadership Grant program now incorporates proposals previously solicited through the 21st Century Museum Professionals program. Read FAQ on FY13 museum program changes. (PDF, 224 KB)

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Access FY 2012 21st Century Musum Professionals Grant program Guidelines Online

21st Century Museum Professionals content on the IMLS Web site:
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Dialogues on Immigration: Empowering New Voices

Immigration is a part of our national history and heritage, yet immigration issues often remain divisive and emotionally charged. Thanks to a project led by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, professionals from 20 museums across the country have united to make local museums productive and safe forums for exploring the historic context and current challenges of immigration. Read More

21st Century Skills Profile: Good to Grow Initiative

Good to Grow logo Begun in 2006, Good to Grow! is the Association of Children’s Museums’ nationwide health initiative. A key feature of Good to Grow! is the “Growing Healthy Museums” project. It benefits more than 300 children’s museums that in turn have the potential to engage millions of children and families in making healthy choices. Read More

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21st Century Skills Profile: The New York Hall of Science

The Science Career Ladder (SCL) at the New York Hall of Science is an innovative education, employment, and mentoring program that hires high school and college students. The program employs 150 students as Explainers who are trained to provide the following skills: Exhibition interpretation, Science demonstrations, Orientation, Workshop support, and Visitor interaction. Read More

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June 2009: Encouraging Family Learning in History Museums

The USS Constitution Museum in Boston is opening a new exhibit, “All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812” to bring to life a sailor's day-to-day existence aboard the world’s oldest commissioned seafaring vessel. Using grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the museum spent more than three years studying what engages school-age visitors and their parents. A Web site allows other museums to adapt the USS Constitution Museum’s experience to their needs. Read More