The Wiregrass Museum of Art was one of 167 Museums to receive federal funding in the amount of $62,080 from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences from the Museums for America grant.
The MFA grant will allow WMA to create ART24, an interactive series of six visual arts experiences targeting a wide range of audiences.
Each experience will feature a different artist, medium, subject matter, and collection of participant activities, which will take place both inside and outside the museum.
Each experience will engage people in intensive and action-filled ways. ART 24 will also result in a community gallery and a community advisory team that will continue to connect with and guide the museum regarding future collections, programs, and exhibits.
“By making it their mission to provide the public with top-notch programming and knowledgeable staff, the 2009 MFA grantees have demonstrated that they know what is important to their communities,” said Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS.
Referencing IMLS’s report, InterConnections, Radice added, “In 2006, 156 million U.S. adults visited museums 1.2 billion times, in person and remotely. These numbers prove that museums, like this year’s MFA recipients, are vital institutions that play a significant role in people’s lives.”
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded $19,176,000 in Museums for America (MFA) grants for 167 museums in 46 states and Puerto Rico.
These museums were chosen from 433 applicants across the United States.
Grants will support high-priority activities that advance the museums’ missions and strategic goals, helping them to serve the public more effectively.
WMA is the only MFA Alabama recipient for 2009.
"This award will direct a year-long, major program of service to our community and strengthen all areas of museums operations,” said WMA Executive Director Susan Robertson. “We are honored that our peers in the industry support and believe in our ability to inspire our audiences."
The first ART24 experience will bring multi-media artist Randy Gachet to Dothan on December 3, 2009.