Federal funds to help local museums and organizations

05:00 AM, Sep 08, 2013

The George Eastman House is among the recent recipients of federal grant funds. (Photo courtesy of George Eastman House)/


Written By Staff reports

Local museums and cultural organizations will receive more than $560,000 in new federal grant funding.

Grant recipients include the George Eastman House ($25,800), The Strong museum ($149,903), Rochester Institute of Technology’s Image Permanence Institute ($240,922), and the Rochester Museum & Science Center ($145,085).

Each institution will utilize matching grants of various amounts to further projects.

• The George Eastman House plans to expand the Teaching Museum by producing nine videos on the history of photographic processes.

• The Strong museumwill fabricate and install a 4,000-square-foot Figurative Play zone as one of four interpretive zones within its America at Play exhibit.

RIT’s Image Permanence Institute will undertake a research and development project aimed at creating disaster prevention, response and recovery strategies for modern inkjet prints in museum collections.

• RMSCwill consolidate multiple databases and paper records into a new, centralized database to improve collections access, preserve collections documentation, and help museum staff better care for and manage 1.2 million objects in the natural science, archeology and history collections.

The competitive grants are made possible through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are part of its Museums for America and National Leadership Grants program.

The grants were announced by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus.