Congratulations Affiliates on your spring accomplishments!
Birthplace of Country Music MuseumÂ (Bristol, TN) announced a $100,000 gift by Bank of Tennessee as part of the museumâ€™s â€œName Your Seatâ€ fundraising campaign.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a partnership with Mystic SeaportÂ (Mystic, CT) to support the upcoming journey of the Charles W. Morgan, which will sail the New England coast this summer to promote conservation strategies. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will work with the museum to develop science and outreach activities around the voyage.
Russell Ebeid, a Michigan businessman and philanthropist has made a $2-million bequest to the Arab American National MuseumÂ (Dearborn, MI) to endow the museumâ€™s community archive. Ebeidâ€™s gift will support oral histories, photographs, artifacts, books, newspapers and ephemera that highlight Arab-American contributions and places their immigrant experience within the larger context of American history.
The National Endowment for the Arts announced itâ€™s awarding of $74.85 million in grants for the second half of the fiscal year for a wide variety of projects, from the avant-garde to traditional folk art including the following Affiliate projects:
- Heard MuseumÂ (Phoenix, AZ) Â – $10,000
To support Free Summer Sundays, a multidisciplinary program featuring Native American visual and performing artists. Economically disadvantaged residents will receive free admission to the museum on Sundays.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignÂ (Champaign, IL) Â – $10,000
To support the publication and promotion of the journal “Ninth Letter,” as well as a chapbook and issues on a forthcoming iPad app. Each digital edition is centered around a theme; past themes include Midwestern literature, women’s writing, and international literature in translation.
- American Jazz MuseumÂ (Kansas City, MO) – $15,000
To support the 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival, a one-day indoor and outdoor festival that will include Ramsey Lewis, Geri Allen and Arturo Sandoval.
ACHIEVEMENTS and RECOGNITION
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of ScienceÂ (Miami, FL) received a Britweek Business Innovation Award for Innovation in Sustainability by the British Consulate-General, Florida and UK Trade and Investment for the new museum, to open in 2015.
The American Alliance of Museums has announced that the National Canal MuseumÂ (Easton, PA)Â was one of four museums that earned re-accreditation at the February meeting of the Accreditation Commission.
The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau presented the Antique Automobile Club of America MuseumÂ (Hershey, PA) with the Platinum Award for “Excellence in Programming”.
The Board of Directors of the Perot Museum of Nature and ScienceÂ (Dallas, TX) appointed Colleen Walker as the Museum’s Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2014.
Janis Rowe was named Associate Director of Hubbard Museum of the American West (Ruidoso Downs, NM).