(Sept. 2014) U.S. Representative Richard Hanna recently announced federal funding for the Oneida Indian Nation and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The IMLS chose both the Oneida Indian Nation and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute for Museums for America and National Leadership grants.
Museums for America (MFA) 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 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.
National Leadership Grants (NLG) for museums support projects that address current and future needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public.
“These grants will allow libraries and museums in our community to address their needs to deliver services to the public and serve as educational resources,” Rep. Hanna said. “We can never discount the role these institutions play in our community and to the nation as a whole. Congratulations to both the Oneida Indian Nation and Munson Williams for these awards.”
ABOUT THE GRANTS
Program: Native American Library Services
Institution: Oneida Indian Nation
Award Amount: $6,000
Project Title: Oneida Nation Library Operations and Services
Program: Museums for America
Institution: Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute
Award Amount: $100,029
Matching Amount: $129,558
Project Title: The Core Collections Digitization & Dissemination Project
Project Description: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will make 3,000 images of permanent collection artworks available online as an educational resource for the widest possible audience. The institute will create 2,000 new digital images of artworks to supplement approximately 1,000 existing high-quality digital images, install and integrate the industry standard eMuseum System with its website, and author didactic texts for object records that will provide context, interpretation, relationship to other artworks, and historical data. This project will enhance the collection’s usage as a teaching tool by expanding accessibility of major works and nationally significant objects to educators, researchers, and the general public.