WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman John Larson (D-CT), and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) has awarded federal grants totaling more than $650,000 to five Connecticut institutions.
The following institutions will receive grants:
- Hartford, CT – Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – $150,000
- Hartford, CT – Antiquarian and Landmarks Society – $149,643
- Harford, CT – Connecticut Science Center – $99,750
- New Haven, CT – Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History – $148,050
- Old Lyme, CT – Lyme Historical Society – $126,386
A description of how each institution plans to use these grants can be found here.
"Museums and historical societies play a vital role in our communities," Senator Lieberman said. "These valuable institutions deepen our understanding of our state's rich cultural heritage and also serve as an important educational resource for the people of Connecticut.”
“These grants powerfully promote tourism and attract visitors, as well as enhance education in math and science and preserve Connecticut’s rich history in institutions that are state treasures,” said Senator Blumenthal. “Support for these unique museums and historical societies enriches and enlivens the entire region. Such funding is a solid investment in these museums and historical societies, which enhance our communities, and educate future generations about Connecticut’s fascinating heritage.”
“Connecticut has a rich history, deeply rooted in the arts and sciences,” Congressman Larson said. “This funding will strengthen our museums and knowledge centers ability to attract tourism and provide an interactive learning experience to all residents. I am very pleased to see the IMLS recognize the role these museums and centers have in our communities, and I look forward to seeing them continue their dynamic work across the state.”
“The Yale Peabody Museum is a great resource that has an impressive dedication to innovative educational programs. Today’s grant is great news for the Museum and will help bring together teachers and students to learn about ecology and environmental science. This award will help about 1,500 students, along with their families and communities become better versed in science. I look forward to seeing the results of this award and how the program positively impacts our communities and, most importantly, our students,” said Congresswoman DeLauro.
Museums for America is the Institute’s largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums’ capacity to serve their communities. These grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals. Funds can be used for a wide variety of projects, including research, planning, new programs, and activities that support the efforts of museums to upgrade and integrate new technologies.