Kudos Affiliates!! May 2022
Kudos to these Affiliates on their recent accomplishments! Do you have kudos to share? Please send potential entries to Aaron Glavas, GlavasC@si.edu.
Kenosha Public Museum (Kenosha, WI) received a $1,000 Creativity by Kids Small Grant from the Kenosha Community Foundation. The funding will support its Artsy Afternoons program for children.
Putnam Museum and Science Center (Davenport, IA) was the largest grant recipient by the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation for the 2022 grant cycle. The museum will receive $140,000 per year over five years to continue a reimagining of the museum, including a long-planned regional history update. Some of the Hubbell-Waterman funds will go to match a $245,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for an ongoing community collaboration exploring regional history.
Science Museum Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK) was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation through its Community Grant program. The grant will assist in developing capacity at the public libraries in Checotah and Westville to deliver educational hands-on science programming.
Amesite, Inc, a leading artificial intelligence software company, is partnering with Conner Prairie (Fishers, IN) to deliver an online Learning Community Environment™ system offering K-12 programs for teachers, parents, life-long learners, and students.
A new project “Equitable Access to the Night Sky” created by Springfield Science Museum, part of Springfield Museums (Springfield, MA), has been approved for a $750,000 federal earmark. The funds will create a full-dome, digital projection system with state-of-the-art software for the planetarium to augment the historical star ball.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (Baltimore, MD) will received $650,000 as part of the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation. The funds will support the work of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission and construct a permanent exhibit and memorial to educate about these extrajudicial vigilante killings and honor the memories of those whose lives were taken.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters named the Science of Grief podcast the winner of the Best Use of New Media award for Public Radio Group 2 during its 2021 Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony. The Science of Grief podcast is a collaboration between WDET-FM, Detroit’s NPR Station, and Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, MI). The Broadcast Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in broadcasting by commercial and public television and radio stations in Michigan each year.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) announced reaccreditation awards to the following Affiliates:
- Cincinnati Museum Center: Museums at Union Terminal and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH)
- Lyman Museum (Hilo, HI)
- Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA)
- Science Museum Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, OK)
USA Today announced the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, featuring the following Affiliates in the respective categories:
Winners of Best Science Museum
- Michigan Science Center (Detroit, MI)
- Tellus Science Museum (Cartersville, GA)
- Saint Louis Science Center (St. Louis, MO)
Winners of Best History Museum
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH)
- USS Constitution Museum (Boston, MA)
Winners of Best Pop Culture Museum
- Birthplace of Country Music Museum (Bristol, VA)
Winners of Best Art Museum
- Booth Western Art Museum (Cartersville, GA)
- Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ)