Lehman College Art Gallery Awarded Prestigious Museums for America Grant

August 17, 2011 6:00 pm Lehman College Art Gallery
Lehman College Art Gallery

Lehman College Art Gallery

Thanks to a grant of $150,000 over the next three years from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Lehman College Art Gallery will begin a project called “Community Arts Connections” to sustain the Gallery’s existing “High School Partnerships” program and expand it to include middle schools. The program will offer a credit-bearing, teacher-training course geared toward elementary and middle-school teachers, provide extended weekend programs for families and children up to age 8, and offer a range of community outreach programs for adult visitors.

IMLS funds will support project activities such as gallery tours, art workshops, after-school workshops, a college mentor program, an intern program, a portfolio program, professional development sessions, an intensive two-week teacher-training course, bilingual (English/Spanish) weekend workshops, public art tours, and artists’ talks and demonstrations.

“The Lehman College Art Gallery is grateful to have received this grant,” said Susan Hoeltzel, Gallery director. “IMLS support will help us to continue and expand our work with local high schools, middle schools, and the entire Bronx community.”

“We are pleased to support museums through investments in high-priority, high-value activities that benefit communities throughout the U.S.,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “These museums, small and large, will help to educate and inspire the public for years to come.”

Museums for America received 481 applications and awarded grants to 160 organizations. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of Federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.