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Children's Museum Receives Additional Institute of Museum and Library Services Funding

Museums Awarded $1,837,369 by IMLS



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Washington (September 18, 2014)—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced grants for fourteen museum projects in Pennsylvania, totaling $1,837,369. The institutions receiving the grants are, the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, the Tyler Arboretum, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Nurture Nature Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the Oakes Museum of Natural History, La Salle University, Mercer Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which received two grants.

The grants are among the 263 museum awards made in 2014 by IMLS totaling more than $30 million. A list of the grant recipients is available on the IMLS website.

“Pennsylvania’s museums support the public by providing resources for lifelong learning, serving as stewards of the state’s collections, and addressing specific community needs,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “These federal investments will ultimately help museums deliver enhanced learning experiences, improve collections care, and address community needs.”

Museums will use these funds to support learning experiences, engage community members, make rich collections more accessible, and safeguard the state’s cultural and scientific heritage represented by the collections.  Grants support a wide variety of projects, including exhibits; onsite and offsite arts and education programming; projects to digitize collections; partnerships to reach underserved neighborhoods and to address community needs; projects for people with disabilities and underserved populations; conservation of threatened or fragile collections, including living collections in zoos and botanical gardens; creative physical spaces for hands-on learning; internships; makerspaces and STEM-based learning projects; and much more.

Click here for information about IMLS museum grant programs.

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