The Musée des Arts receives a grant
The Arkansas Art Gallery will receive a relief grant of nearly $ 200,000 for Covid 19 that will help retain five curatorial and collection staff, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced Monday.
The $ 195,374 price tag is part of a nationally announced $ 87.8 million bailout grant, money from $ 1.9 trillion federal legislation signed on March 11 by President Joe Biden.
In the only other Arkansas grant in this cycle, the city of Little Rock received $ 82,474 to retain a full-time staff member and support the researchers who maintain The Arkansas Encyclopedia.
The Museum of the Arts, located in MacArthur Park in Little Rock, is the subject of a $ 142 million expansion and renovation project expected to be completed in about a year. The grant will support staff members tasked with “planning and implementing” the first exhibits of the remodeled museum.
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Executive Director Victoria Ramirez said Monday officials were “especially grateful” for funding for covid relief over the past year – in which the economic effects pandemic were superimposed on money-making opportunities already curtailed during the project overhaul.
Speaking at the museum’s annual meeting, Ramirez said government aid represented 18% of the museum’s $ 4.4 million revenue in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
The museum received nearly $ 250,000 in covid-related grants in the last fiscal year, according to information subsequently provided by Devin Hancock, the museum’s foundation relations and grants manager.
These sources included the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.
The awards announced on Monday were part of a larger relief campaign overseen by the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency tasked with distributing $ 135 million in total US bailout grants to cultural institutions affected by the covid pandemic. -19.
In June, the agency awarded a grant of $ 759,297 to the Arkansas Humanities Council, which offers awards of up to $ 25,000 to museums, libraries and other cultural institutions in the state.