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Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
Webinars for Prospective Applicants Rescheduled; National Medal for Museum and Library Service Deadline Extended

October 18, 2013 02:31 PM
IMLS has rescheduled five live webinars for people considering applying for IMLS grants and extended the deadline for its National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
“Chantecler” theater still, 1911. From the Theater Collection. Museum of the City of New York, 48.367.65.
Blog Post: Chantecler, a Barnyard Fantasy

August 5, 2014 01:54 PM
An IMLS grant to the Museum of the City of New York gives us a look into rare photographs of 20th century theatre production. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Priority to Create More Inclusive Outdoor Experiences, Boosted with IMLS Support

July 22, 2014 08:18 AM
The Massachusetts Audubon Society created better experiences for visitors with a wide range of vision, hearing, and mobility levels by adding sensory elements to eight ADA trails. Read More

 
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Teacher Institutes for Science Education and Ocean Conservation at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


The Monterey Bay Aquarium offered expanded professional development programs for teachers through a teacher institute project, providing 450 teachers with new tools, skills, and support through 15 year-long, grade-appropriate teacher institutes over 3 years. Participating teachers were better able to engage and inspire students to develop a connection to their local environment and gain the basic ocean science and critical thinking skills necessary to be effective citizens and ocean stewards. Read More

 
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Using History to Transform a Community: Peralta Hacienda Historical Park


Peralta Hacienda Historical Park strengthened its relationship with its surrounding community by involving local residents as exhibit developers, tour leaders, oral history subjects, audience, and staff. The project empowered community members to lead historical tours using their own stories. Read More

 
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Open-Ended Exploration: "Making" Endless Possibilities in STEM


The New York Hall of Science, in partnership with the Queens Museum of Art, created "Queens Makes," a program to foster invention, experimental problem solving, design, and building for young tinkerers and their families. Read More

 
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2015 Guide to Funding Programs and Opportunities


This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities. Read More

 
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2014 Office of Museum Services Update: Building Capacity and Leadership


In 2013, the impact of IMLS grants was felt across the nation, in rural and urban communities, in museums both small and large. All types of museums, from art, history, and children’s museums to botanic gardens, aquaria, science and technology centers, tribal museums and zoos received support. Read More

 
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Supporting Museums – Serving Communities: An Evaluation of the Museums for America Program (Executive Summary)


Museums for America (MFA) is the largest IMLS grant program for museums. In 2009 and 2010, RMC Research Corporation carried out an independent evaluation of the program and found that it has had an immediate and sustained impact on museum users. Read More

 
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Museums for America: Johnson County Museum

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
The Johnson County Museum, a half-century old history museum in suburban Kansas describes how an MFA grant helped to expand their presence from a small building to the online environment. Working with the Johnson County Library, they created a web-accessible archive containing more than 22,000 photographs from the mid-1850s to the present, as well as historic atlases, and aerial and architectural photographs. Read More

 
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Museums for America: Chicago Botanic Garden

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
Chicago Botanic Garden describes how it used an MFA grant to establish the North Lawndale Green Youth Farm, a program serving high school youth in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The project allowed the Chicago Botanic Garden to extend their community garden work into a deeper commitment to communities, more extensive opportunities for youth education and explicit connections between gardening and food systems. Read More

 
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Museums for America: Pratt Museum

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
The Pratt Museum describes its Museums for America grant for The Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place, which aligned educational programming to a new focus and deepened relationships with the local community. The project also initiated new activities and conversations with Native youth and elders focused on engaging youth members. The museum had several partners, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local science and arts organizations. Read More