Tribe awarded grant to expand cultural outreach

Wyandotte Nation’s application to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for an American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act has been selected for an award. The Nation’s Cultural Center and Museum will expand its outreach to broader communities by creating an online exhibit featuring photographs, paintings, and other Wyandotte artifacts. With $48,185 in grant funds, this one-year project will allow the museum to hire a technician who will receive instruction from the state historical society on best practices in online exhibits.

The online exhibit will allow the museum to serve Wyandotte citizens all over the country, providing them with access to its collection and related educational materials. The project will also help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing citizens to practice social distancing while creating a digital community. In addition to increasing access to Tribal heritage, the museum’s online presence will enhance connections with the Tribe and Tribal citizens nationwide.

For more information regarding IMLS and their programs, please visit https://www.imls.gov/. “IMLS is proud to announce our awards for the American Rescue Plan, which provide relief and succor in so many different ways through a vast number of institutions, patrons, and their communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “Keeping the connection of our cultural institutions to their communities digitally and through staff outreach, the preservation and presentation of collections, exhibits and direct social services, including health information and direct care, workforce preservation and development, and many, many educational activities related to the pandemic and frequently directly related to school district curriculum, makes this a unique and proud moment for IMLS in the history of service to our nation.” The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

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