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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces More Than $460,000 Grants for Local Museums

September 11, 2015
Press Release
The George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and The Strong are Recipients

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, announced that more than $462,000 has been awarded to four local museums by the federally funded Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and The Strong are recipients of this funding. Congresswoman Slaughter has worked to ensure robust support for IMLS, the source of today’s announcement.

“Tourism in Monroe County contributes more than one billion dollars annually into our economy and that is thanks in large part to the rich variety, robust and internationally renowned museum attractions in our community. Think of how blessed we are to grow up with these amazing institutions that people travel so far to visit. I am proud to continue my strong support of our local museums as they grow and strengthen the programs, services, and resources they provide to our community and the world,” said Rep. Slaughter.

Today’s grants are awarded through IMLS’s Museums for America (MFA) grant program. MFA is the IMLS’s largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums' capacity to serve our communities. These grants strengthen a museum's ability to advance life-long learning, build strong communities through civic engagement and cultural opportunities as well as facilitate the discovery of knowledge through exemplary museum stewardship. This year IMLS received 521 applications for Museums for America program but only 202 projects were awarded.

In March, Congresswoman Slaughter urged robust funding for the IMLS. As co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Slaughter cited the facts that museums and libraries are filling the gaps left by the strained resources of schools.

George Eastman House was awarded nearly $150,000 for archival work to secure and increase accessibility of approximately 215 linear feet of archival materials in the special collections vault of the museum's library and to expand the collections to include the institutional archives of George Eastman House. This project will advance the preservation of and access to special collections materials held in the museum's library for the benefit of scholarly researchers and the general public.

Memorial Art Gallery was awarded $12,500 to conduct a detailed conservation survey of the approximately 40 historic European embroidered textiles in its permanent collection.

Rochester Museum and Science Center was awarded $150,000 to preserve the critical and major zoology collection, including approximately 12,000 geology and paleontology items. This will result in better long-term preservation and management for all RMSC zoology collections.

The Strong was awarded nearly $150,000 to fabricate and install the "Overview Zone" exhibition that explores the history of play in America. The installation of the "Overview Zone" will enable the public to view these artifacts in a more visually appealing way, enjoy related interactive experiences, and learn about the history of play in America. The zone will be enhanced by a range of school lessons for Pre-K to grade 3 and hundreds of the images and play concepts featured will be added to The Strong's online collections of more than 60,000 artifacts, making the already robust online collection even more valuable.