Connecticut

The Greenwich Historical Society has launched an ambitious Capital Campaign to Reimagine its Campus. The $18.5 million campaign will enable it to advance its mission by making a greater contribution to the cultural life of Greenwich and surrounding areas, while ensuring preservation of its historic buildings and grounds for the future. Award-winning preservation architect David Scott Parker, founder of Southport, Conn.’s David Scott Parker Architects, is the visionary behind the plan, which will transform the campus of the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, expand its facilities, improve access and enrich education and preservation programs. Expected to be completed in 2018, the newly imagined campus will recreate the once thriving streetscape as it was at the height of the American Impressionist art colony era, when Bush-Holley House was a gathering place for artists who lived, studied, taught and painted there. Many became icons of American Impressionism, including John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, Theodore Robinson and Childe Hassam.


The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion's Education Program has been awarded a $7,500 competitive grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. LMMM’s Education Program is a tool for teachers and students looking for an inspiring, hands-on approach to learning American history, arts, and culture of the Civil War, Victorian, and Edwardian eras. The Education Program has also been awarded a $10,000 grant from GE Capital. With this very generous support, the museum plans to serve a greater population of students and continue to offer this National Historic Landmark as a site where students can learn, in stimulating and engaging ways, mid-to-late 19th century history, art, architecture, and technology.

Reps. Russ Morin (D-Wethersfield) and Tony Guerrera (D-Newington/Rocky Hill/Wethersfield) applauded the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $1.7 million grant for the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. The funding will be used to construct a new education and visitor center, which will provide education, exhibition and meeting space, they said. The bonding will ensure the project’s completion, supplementing the $6 million in funding secured by the museum, they said.

Mold is threatening thousands of artifacts in the Mark Twain House & Museum. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2l7JoJP) the house is undergoing an extensive remediation effort to clean the damage. The mold was first discovered in 2015 and impacts at least 5,000 of the museum's 16,000 artifacts, including furniture and some first editions of Twain's works. The problem was blamed on a faulty HVAC system and leaky roof that have since been repaired. The roughly $1 million project has been largely paid for using taxpayer money. The mold-removal work begins Feb. 13 and should last three to four months.

Maine

At a December 15 meeting, the Maine Maritime Museum Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of the historic schooner Mary E, believed to be the oldest Bath-built wooden vessel still afloat. She is also the oldest fishing schooner built in the state of Maine that is still sailing. Built in Bath in 1906 by shipbuilder Thomas E. Hagan (in a shipyard located where Bath Iron Works stands today), and restored in Bath in 1965 by William R. Donnell II (on the grounds of what is now Maine Maritime Museum), Mary E is a two-masted clipper schooner with a sparred length of 73 feet. This is the last of 69 vessels built by Hagan and representative of the type of vessel that would have been seen all over the coast of Maine in the 1900s.

Woodlawn is pleased to announce that it has received a $1 million matching gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, in support of its Campaign for Woodlawn, a fundraising effort to fund a multi-purpose facility on the 180 acre estate. This gift is in addition to a $4 million matching grant from a private foundation that Woodlawn received in September 2015. The building project will provide spaces for Woodlawn’s educational and recreational programs, visitor services, event, exhibition and organizational support spaces. It will also provide the community with needed space for gatherings, meetings and functions.

The Brick Store Museum recently completed work on a new smartphone app. The museum teamed with local design firm Dietz Associates to produce the “History Hopper,” a map-based app in which users can learn about historical events, people and places based on their location. Nearly 100 points of interest have been loaded onto the app, containing text, digitized archival materials, photos of museum objects, and short videos. The museum offers the app for free.

The Colby College Museum of Art has received a gift worth more than $100 million from longtime Colby benefactors Peter and Paula Lunder, including nearly 1,150 artworks and funds to establish the Lunder Institute for American Art. College officials said the transformative gift will make Colby unique among liberal arts colleges, offering what they describe as a world-class art museum and an international research center for the study of American art. The gift to the art museum, the largest in Maine, includes works dating from 1501 to 2014 by more than 150 artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Albrecht Dürer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg, James McNeill Whistler, Ai Weiwei, Jasper Johns, and Mary Cassatt.

Massachusetts

The Nichols House Museum has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

The Discovery Museums has announced renewed funding support by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems for the museums’ Military Appreciation Program. This is the fifth year of program funding by Raytheon. The cornerstone of the Military Appreciation program is free museum admission for active duty military personnel and up to three family members, September through May; during the summer months, up to five additional family members are admitted for free. Military family visits to the museums increased 27% through the first half of 2016. Additional program benefits include free Field Trips to the Science Discovery Museum for 4th and 5th grade students from Hanscom Air Force base, which include math-oriented activities and workshops. Raytheon also underwrites STEM programming at the museum during National Engineer’s Week.

The Discovery Museums was a recipient of a 2017 Commonwealth Award from The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). Presented every two years, the awards honor exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The Awards was presented on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 during a Massachusetts State House ceremony. The museums are the only winner in the Access category, which recognizes exceptional initiatives or programs that make arts and culture accessible and inclusive for older adults, persons with disabilities, and other underserved populations. Specifically, the museums are being honored for, “… breaking down barriers and accommodating all visitors, including those on the autism spectrum, or who are deaf or blind, through its new Discovery Woods, a fully-accessible nature playscape designed around a 550-square foot treehouse.”

The Concord Museum’s Board of Governors recently voted to build a new education building and renovate the museum. The $13 million project is the result of a five-year strategic and campus master planning process. Construction will begin on a new 12,900-square-foot education building in late winter or early spring 2017, museum officials said, with completion slated for early 2018. In addition to serving student programs, the new building will also be used for adult and family programs, teacher workshops, and community meetings. The first floor of the new building will house new classrooms and public program space, including a lyceum that can seat up to 110 people. The second floor will be reserved for storage — the museum currently rents storage space offsite for its expanding collection — and the third floor will contain staff offices. Part-time staff now work staggered hours because the museum does not have enough work space.

The Massachusetts state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a charter for the proposed Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School. James E. Donahue, president and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, submitted a prospectus to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School, an Expeditionary Learning school working in partnership with OSV. The charter school plans to open in September. Mr. Donahue said the two essential design elements of the proposed Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School are that it would be located inside the living history museum and that it would have a partnership with Expeditionary Learning. He said those two elements would make it a unique learning experience.

The Keep Homestead Museum has had a busy year of major maintenance. They received two Mass Community Preservation grants totaling $60,000, to make its cellar dry. The first section of the house was built in 1749 and the foundation was stacked stone. As additions were built, in 1820 and 1863, the stacked stones were continued. Water came in between the stones and puddled on the dirt floor. The water table is very high and water came up from below. There’s a hand-dug well in the 1749 section that almost always has water in it (except for this dry summer) – it was used by the Keep family until Town water came up the road.The work was completed in three phases.1. A crew was hired to cement around each stone.2. A stone mason hand dug to the bottom of the foundation on the outside, put a rubber membrane against the foundation and put in drains to direct water away.3. A company was hired to remove about 3” of dirt, level the floor, put pebbles and a plastic liner over the floor and pour concrete. They also put in “French” drains around the perimeter and a sump pump and dehumidifier. As that was completed, they discovered that the south wall of the barn was in danger of collapsing. They have hired a contractor who stabilized the wall and will be making the full repair soon.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! recently received a Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts grant for $10,000 in renewed funding to continue and expand Learning Studio: Early Literacy through the Arts, an interactive arts experience which provides ABE/ESOL parents and caregivers experiences that engage parents in their children's learning and foster literacy.

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has announced a community partnership with Mass General Cancer Center during the run of the museum’s WOW® World of WearableArt exhibition, on view February 18 through June 11. ‘The Scarf Project | Nurturing the Tie Between Art & Healing’ brings together a leading art museum and a top ranked cancer care provider to illuminate the healing elements of art and help patients maintain strength, dignity and beauty during the physically and emotionally challenging times. Designed by Massachusetts artist and cancer survivor Bonnie Ashmore, each scarf transforms the molecular structure of chemotherapeutic agents into a vibrant and empowering motif. For each scarf purchased, another will be donated to a patient at the Mass General Cancer Center. The scarves will be sold for $60 at the PEM Shop, Images Boutique at the Mass General Cancer Center in Boston and at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. The scarves will also be given to patients at a makeover and scarf tying workshop hosted by PEM and run by Kathleen Gill Bazazi, general manager of Images Boutique, and David Nicholas, an internationally renowned makeup industry expert.

The Boston Children’s Museum recently announced the lead gift to support the enhancement of the museum’s seminal PlaySpace exhibit. The gift, from Sonya Kurzweil, will launch the initial development, fabrication, and installation of new exhibit features. The first stage of the PlaySpace project, concept development, has been completed. This stage involved meetings and interviews with noted child development researchers and experts, development of an overall conceptual framework, and a design charrette bringing together designers, Boston Children’s Museum team members, and architects from the noted Boston firm Howler and Yoon, to work an overall design direction for the space. The result is a dramatic new architectural concept that will provide flexible and engaging activity areas, and more efficient utilization of the available space.

The Fitchburg Historical Society has been awarded a planning grant of $24,250 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund for the continued development of its Main Street headquarters, which are located in an historic H.M. Francis building that the Historical Society purchased and renovated over the last decade. The grant funding is a matching grant, and the Fitchburg Historical Society has received generous matching funds of $15,000 from the Douglas and Isabelle Crocker Foundation, $9,000 from the Rollstone Foundation, and $1,000 from Historic New England. The funding will be used to create concept plans for the further development of the Phoenix Building for collections storage, program facilities and exhibition spaces. Since its grand opening in 2012, the Crocker Family Center for the Study of Fitchburg History has attracted a growing audience to Fitchburg’s downtown for historical exhibitions, educational talks, films and conferences presented by the Fitchburg Historical Society.

The Worcester Art Museum has been awarded a three-year grant of $825,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a series of projects focused on the museum's collection of pre-contemporary American art. The funds will support a new series of installations and rotating exhibitions that will highlight less frequently seen works.

The Falmouth Museums on the Green, owned and operated by the Falmouth Historical Society, received a $ 3,000 grant from Mass Humanities to produces a series of Women’s History programs. Entitled “Why Didn’t I Know About This?” these lectures and programs are designed to highlight nearly-forgotten episodes in United States history featuring women doing remarkable activities. The Museums on the Green is proud to announce that the work done to renovate and restore its 1730 Conant House is completed. The final fundraising for the $ 1.3 million project is continuing but the project, done by Cape Associates of Yarmouth, came in on time and on budget. The 1730 Conant House is the oldest remaining structure on the Falmouth Town Green, and it is used by the Museums on the Green as a research library, exhibition space and office space. The official ribbon cutting for the building, along with a new exhibit featuring a timeline of Falmouth’s past, is set for June 3, 2017.

The Museums on the Green also unveiled a new logo, showing off its 2-acre campus:

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University celebrated its 150th anniversary on October 8, 2016. This spring the year-long Race, Representation, and Museums free public series continues with talks on the Piltdown Man hoax, anxieties of race in Egyptology, and presenting anthropology at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The series is co-sponsored with the Departments of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. Other special anniversary events will include the new exhibition opening April 22, All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. Unveiled within a beautifully restored 4th floor gallery, this new exhibition will feature an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, many on display for the very first time. Together they will be woven into a compelling narrative tracing the early history of the museum’s collections and the birth of American anthropology as envisioned and shaped by the museum’s second director Frederic W. Putnam.

Harvard University has been awarded a $506,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for use by the Harvard Art Museums to establish a new Summer Institute for Technical Studies in Art (SITSA). The program, designed for graduate students from art history programs across North America who are interested in broadening their experience with object-focused technical inquiry, methodologies, and instruction, will begin in June 2017. It builds on the accomplishments of the Summer Institute in Technical Art History (SITAH), developed by and conducted at New York University over the past five years. The new Institute will emphasize holistic interdisciplinary training by providing access to the robust collections of the Harvard Art Museums and neighboring institutions’ collections, as well as the expertise of curatorial and conservation staff, faculty, living artists and others whose knowledge may be relevant to specific themes of the workshop. The curriculum is designed to reveal the intrinsic power of art—through close looking at art works in local collections, a variety of demonstrations and hands-on experimentation with artistic materials and techniques, lectures and discussions, and visits to artists’ workshops.

The Harvard Art Museums have received a $1 million gift from Harvard Business School alumnus Ken Hakuta (M.B.A. ’77) to establish the Hakuta Family Endowment Fund, enabling the creation of the Nam June Paik Fellowship at the Harvard Art Museums. Hakuta is the nephew of major mid-20th-century artist Nam June Paik, a pioneer in video art. The two-year fellowship will expand knowledge about the artist, his work, and influences. The scholarship and research undertaken by Nam June Paik Fellows will examine Paik’s pivotal contributions to the ideas and language of visual expression and how they profoundly influenced generations of artists worldwide, including Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus group, with whom the artist engaged deeply and whose work is strongly represented in the Harvard Art Museums collections.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and the Peabody Essex Museum recently received a Barr Foundation grant.  Norman B. Leventhal Map Center received $25,000 to include Climate Ready Boston maps in the Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate through History exhibit. The Peabody Essex Museum received $130,000 to develop workable strategies, applying neuroscience principles to art museum experiences, by connecting museum staff with scientist advisors, building on research the museum has already conducted.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum recently announced that it has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new multi-disciplinary initiative that re-imagines the museum’s historic spaces and collections in connection with the contemporary arts practice of living artists. The museum said the grant will support new strategies to and engage audiences, including the creation of two new positions: a visiting curator for the performing arts position, inaugurated in January by musician, composer, and producer George Steel, and a dancer/choreographer-in-residence position.

New Hampshire

The New England Air Museum is in the process of building public mezzanines in both the Civilian Aviation and B-29 Hangars complete with elevators and grand staircases. These mezzanines will provide lofty new vistas of our aircraft collections and unique settings for new exhibits. We are also installing full HVAC in all three public hangars. In addition, all current fluorescent lighting in the museum will be replaced with LED lighting. On the exhibits front we are creating new graphic panels for all of our aircraft and engines to more clearly tell their stories and explain how they fit into New England’s aviation legacy. Finally, on the exterior of the building we will be updating the road signs to include our new VS-44 logo and colors and will be installing a new museum signage at the Main Entrance. There is a lot of work to be done over the next six months but in the spring we will “re-launch” the museum as a more versatile, welcoming and dynamic public attraction and educational facility. The museum will remain open during the renovations.

The Currier Museum of Art has been awarded a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the upcoming exhibition, Soo Sunny Park: BioLath. The exhibition will be on view at the museum from February 25 through August 6, 2017. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

After temporarily closing its doors Oct. 17 in order to undergo renovations that would make it more accessible for individuals with physical handicaps, the UNH Museum of Art in the Paul Creative Arts Center (PCAC) is set to hold its opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 2. The event will also serve as the premiere of two new exhibits. The addition of a LULA elevator was among the changes that took place during the revamping of the museum, which also included a new staircase, a gallery attendant desk and a coatroom.

Rhode Island

The Newport Historical Society has been awarded a $1 million grant, the largest single grant the society has ever received since it was chartered in 1854. The Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust awarded the grant under the condition the society raise another $1 million to match the grant. Once that challenge is completed, the society’s total endowment fund will reach the goal of $5 million. The ongoing interest payments from the endowment will ensure that curatorial and education staff are available to present the history embodied in the society’s collections to the public. The staff does that through print, exhibitions, lectures, events and in various digital formats. The funding also will allow more research to move forward.

The Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University will be closed permanently to the public as of February 27. The space on Harborside Boulevard will be for university use only at the conclusion of the winter term in February. The museum opened in 1989, and its holdings include more than 200,000 pieces.The artifacts, and the stories of the menus, machines and memorabilia from restaurants and homes, were special things that brought long-gone experiences alive for visitors. It was one of the nation's only museums of its kind. It will merge with the university's libraries and continue to be a resource for JWU students, faculty and staff. Since 2014, the museum has hosted a Teaching Lab, a learning area for student and faculty scholarship with a hands-on experience that connects the culinary arts with other academic disciplines.

In November 2016, the Travel Channel visited the National Museum of American Illustration to videotape a segment for their popular show, “Mysteries at the Museum”. The segment premiered on February 2, and will be repeated. The television show focused on an exhibition on loan to the Museum, “Secrets Behind the Wall.”

Just two weeks after receiving $6,259 from the Heritage Harbor Foundation, the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association received a $46,475 awarded Jan. 19 by the State Council on the Arts and R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. While the smaller foundation money will pay for buying and installing advanced touch-screen displays for inside the museum, the new matching grant will go toward fixing up the outside of the lighthouse, site of the third oldest in the nation.

The East Providence Historical Society, now celebrating its 50th year, announces that it is the recipient of a 2016 Champlin grant in the amount of $42,650 for repairs to the 18th century John Hunt House Museum which the Society maintains at Hunt’s Mills in the Rumford section. The Society was the recipient of a larger Champlin grant 25 years ago to restore the house as a headquarters and museum. The EPHS has been a force for preservation education at the site since 1989 and is also currently renovating, with a matching grant from the RI State Council for the Arts, the 1895 Hunt’s Mills Amusement Park manager’s cottage for use as their new handicapped accessible Education Center.

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission has awarded six grants totaling $57,900 to local historic preservation programs. The City of Newport will delegate a $13,600 grant to the Preservation Society of Newport County in partnership with Preserve Rhode Island to fund a study of the economic impacts of historic preservation. This grant is in addition to funding already secured from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. PlaceEconomics, a nationally recognized expert, has been hired to conduct a statewide study of how historic preservation activities impact the economy. The study will kick-off at the Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Westerly and Charlestown where Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics, will present the keynote. PlaceEconomics specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures.

One of nine recipients of funding from the Heritage Harbor Foundation, the Lippitt House Museum will expand a program for English-language learners piloted in 2016. Collaborating with the Providence Public Library's Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative, the museum developed a three part program exploring the importance of objects in personal narrative. The program begins with a visit with students in their classroom to talk about Lippitt House and how its history and objects connect to students' lives. Then students take a tour of the museum where they practice their English in a new setting as they explore themes of industrialization and immigration. Finally, during a visit back to the class students bring in objects related to their own histories, especially their own immigration narratives, and write about them. Objects and stories from the pilot project were posted on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum's website Your Story, Our Story.

The National Park Service (NPS) announced on January 13, a $49,557.76 grant to the Rhode Island Historical Society, working in partnership with the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (RIBHS) and Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), for the purposes of a multi-phase project focusing on African Americans' struggle for Civil Rights in Rhode Island during the 20th century.

Vermont

The National Life Group and the Vermont Historical Society have partnered to preserve and protect the mural Salute to Vermont (1961) by prominent artist and Dartmouth College instructor Paul Sample. The massive painting, which measures 50 feet across and eight feet high, depicts three-and-a-half centuries of Vermont history, from Samuel de Champlain’s arrival in the Champlain Valley in 1609 to the development of Vermont’s ski industry in the late 1950s. It was gifted to VHS last fall by the National Life Group and recently reinstalled in a new, custom-designed orientation space at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier as part of a larger renovation and exhibition update project.

Every year the Vermont Historical Society presents the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums Achievement Awards. These awards recognize the exceptional work being done by individuals and community heritage organizations throughout the state to collect, preserve and share Vermont’s rich history. Four awards were presented this year in conjunction with the League of Local Historical Societies and Museums Annual Meeting on October 15, 2016 in Castleton, VT. A Group Achievement Award went to the outstanding group of volunteers from the Saint Albans Museum – Ron Anstey, Barb Duval, Louise Haynes, AJ McDonald, Charlotte Pedersen, Patty Rainville, and Jill Snap. They were honored for their efforts to create a new women’s history exhibit at the Museum for its 50th Anniversary. The team performed a complete overhaul of an exhibit area that had not been updated for well over a decade and performed an exhaustive search of collections storage, to ensure that the new objects and images to be displayed would provide a fresh perspective on the history of women in the context of their community.

The Rokeby Museum has received a $18,200 grant from IMLS (Museums for America) for an aspirating smoke detection system in the historic house; $9,000 from the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation for upgrades to the museum's new Education Center; $5,500 from the State Cultural Facilities Program for a smoke/intrusion alarm system in the Education Center; $3,000 from the Walter Cerf Community Fund for the 2017 seasonal exhibit, "Yours in the Cause"; and $3,000 from the Vermont Humanities Council for seasonal programs.

New England

Congratulations to the following NEMA members on receiving an Arts Work grant from the National Endowment for the Arts:

Berkshire Museum, $20,000
To support "In the Spirit," a series of installations by contemporary artists in the museum's Art Deco Crane room. In the Spirit will feature three artists-Yusuke Asai, Karin Giusti, and Meredith Woolnough-whose sitespecific work will explore the intersection of art and natural science. Each artist will interpret the natural world from a different perspective: farm and woodlands, a landscape of the imagination, and life in a coral reef. Public programs will engage audiences with the artists' installation process, their use of techniques and materials.

Currier Museum of Art, $15,000
To support "Soo Sunny Park: BioLath." Artist Soo Sunny Park (b. 1975) will create a large-scale, site-specific installation out of Plexiglas and metal to investigate light, color, and visual perceptions. Installed in the Currier's large, light-filled gallery, Park will make more than 50 self-standing, organic forms that take on natural associations, such as human organs or boulders. Park will lead a workshop for children and will receive assistance from local college students on the installation. Tours, hands-on activities for families, and a small, free exhibition catalogue will complement the exhibition.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Inc., $35,000
To support an artist-in-residence program. Artists working in a range of disciplines, including painters, sculptors, composers, poets, storytellers, media artists, and writers, are invited to live on-site at the Gardner. Artists are given a stipend, a private living space, and studio space for the creation of new work, inspired by the museum and its collection.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, $30,000
To support the exhibition, accompanying catalogue, and public programming for "Matisse in the Studio." The exhibition will showcase the variety and diversity of Matisse's (1869-1954) collection of objects, which were both the subjects of his work and the catalyst for his extended creative process. The exhibition will showcase these objects-more than 40 pots, vases, containers, and textiles-alongside approximately 31 paintings, 9 sculptures, and 43 works on paper by the artist. Docent-led tours, in-gallery interactive discussions, lectures, and courses led by curators, an audio guide, a free teacher workshop, and a family guide highlighting particular works and objects will engage children and families.

Norman Rockwell Museum, $35,000
To support development of a traveling exhibition "Freedom-an Enduring Ideal: Rockwell, Roosevelt, and the Four Freedoms." The multi-faceted project will explore the historic address by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Congress in 1941, and Norman Rockwell's subsequent visual response, along with other artists of the time such as Meade Schaeffer, Al Parker, Arthur Szyk, Ben Shahn, Boris Artsybasheff, and Jean Carlu. The project also will include a call to artists for contemporary interpretation of the four concepts-Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Other project components will include the development of a catalogue, website, curriculum, digital tour, gallery interactive activities, symposia, and a social media campaign.

Portland Museum of Art, $20,000
To support the exhibition, "A New American Sculpture: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach." Co-organized with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the exhibition will explore the relationship between early 20thcentury modernism, classicism, and popular taste in American art. Specifically, the exhibition will explore how a circle of European-born artists-Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach-became preeminent figures of modernist sculpture in the United States.

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, $30,000
To support the exhibition, "A Suite for Piano: Alma-Tadema and the Artistic Interior," and accompanying catalogue. The exhibition will feature furniture, paintings, sculpture, and antiquities from the Gilded Age music room designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912). One of the most eminent and highly paid artists of the time, Alma-Tadema specialized in archaeologically exact paintings evoking classical antiquity. Public lectures, a free family day, academic programs, gallery talks, audio tours, and other related events will help engage the audience.

Wadsworth Atheneum, $20,000
To support "MATRIX," an exhibition series for emerging and under-represented artists. Each MATRIX exhibition features work by a contemporary artist and is accompanied by a free, 16-page color "artist sheet" with an essay by the curator, images, exhibition checklist, and the artists' curriculum vitae. Artists are selected by the museum's curator of contemporary art, who then presents them to the entire curatorial department. Participating artists will include Sam Messer, Valeska Soares, and Mika Tajima. Public programs will focus on artist participation, including artist lectures and gallery talks.