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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

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

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

Museums for America: National Aquarium

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
The National Aquarium in Baltimore describes its Museums for America grant to develop programs aimed at conveying practices to improve public stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay. The project crystallized a series of actionable messages that continue to frame and enhance exhibits and visitor experiences throughout the aquarium. The aquarium has made a strategic commitment to developing and understanding transformative experiences focused on bringing about behavioral change. Read More

Museums for America: Queens Museum of Art

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
The Queens Museum of Art describes how its Museums for America grant extended engagement with community members in Corona Plaza, where the museum is located. The museum used the MFA funds to inject contemporary, socially oriented art in its larger community outreach. Beyond connecting New Yorkers, program participants, museumgoers and Corona residents, the project also helped the Museum connect local residents with health and wellness services. Read More