Michigan museums awarded $414,905 by Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced grants for five museum projects in Michigan, totaling $414,905. The institutions receiving the grants are the Detroit Zoological Society, Michigan State University Museum, the Detroit Historical Society, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
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.
“Michigan’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.
For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see: www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.
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