Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List honors ASTC community

The ASTC community is well represented among the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List 2021. This includes ASTC’s immediate past chair Larry Dubinski (President & CEO, The Franklin Institute) who is named to the “Power 10” list, with his service as chair of the ASTC Board of Directors among the achievements highlighted. Larry Dubinski – Power …

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A year of data on science center attendance and operations provides signs of hope

In response to the continuing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on science centers and museums, ASTC has been conducting a Weekly Attendance and Operations Survey since June 2020. This ongoing survey project contains a data-benchmarking tool for members to collect and report on their visitor attendance and operational status. We have now completed analysis …

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DMNS receives Save America’s Treasures grant

Congratulations to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) for receiving a $206,933 grant from the Save America’s Treasures program, one of 49 projects sharing $15.5 million in the current round of funding. According to a news release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the grant will enable DMNS to inventory, …

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Six ASTC members receive FY 2021 NEH grants

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced the recipients of its fiscal year 2021 grants. Among the list of 239 funded projects are six ASTC-member institutions. The announcement includes $28.4 million in grants in 14 different categories, including preservation assistance, sustaining cultural heritage collections, collaborative research, digital humanities advancement, and more. Created …

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IMLS awards ASTC members more than $7 million in Museums for America program

The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of nearly $30 million in its largest competitive grants program, Museums for America, and its two special initiatives, Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. Included are 42 ASTC-member institutions who have received 45 awards for a total of more than $7.3 million.

IMLS awards 2021 National Leadership Grants for Museums

Five ASTC members will receive more than $2.1 million from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, among the 17 organizations receiving fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Leadership Grants for Museums. In total, 15 projects were selected from 74 applications to share almost $6.4 million in Federal grants, which are supplemented by more than …

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ASTC calls for including museums in infrastructure investments

ASTC joined with our fellow museums associations to call for including museums in infrastructure legislation. In a letter sent to the bipartisan House and Senate leadership earlier this month, the associations argued that our members’ institutions have infrastructure needs that align with the goals of the emerging Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework while our museums are key …

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Mississippi Children’s Museum honored with 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Congratulations to the Mississippi Children’s Museum (Jackson, Mississippi) for being named as one of six recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! This award, which is bestowed by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is considered the nation’s highest honor given to libraries and museums that make significant …

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Smithsonian-led Vaccines & US Initiative launches

Earlier today, a new Smithsonian-led nationwide initiative was launched to activate museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions in supporting efforts to provide Americans with accessible and trustworthy resources related to COVID-19 vaccination: “Vaccines & US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health.” The new VaccinesAndUS.org website includes free resources that cultural organizations can use to help their …

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ASTC members receive nearly $1 million from National Endowment for the Humanities

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including four awards worth nearly $1 million to ASTC member institutions. The announcement includes grants in a number of areas, including the preservation of historical and cultural collections, the creation of exhibitions and public …

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National Endowment for the Humanities offers emergency relief grants

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has released details of a new funding program as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These emergency relief grants will provide direct grants to individual institutions, designed to help the humanities community—broadly defined—recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. (A separate …

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ASTC members named finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Five ASTC members have been announced as finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. In the past 15 years, …

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American Rescue Plan includes provisions helpful for museums

Later today, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve the version of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 which recently passed the Senate on a party-line vote. House approval will send the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 recovery bill for President Biden’s signature. While much of the media has focused on the direct payments …

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Three ASTC members receive $100k COVID relief grants from the Mass Cultural Council

Last week, the Mass Cultural Council announced the recipients of its Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grant Program. The program is part of Massachusetts’ economic recovery plan in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release, Karyn Polito, Lt. Governor of the state, said “these grants will bring relief to many of our cultural institutions …

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Additional provisions in the December COVID relief and appropriations bill

ASTC is reading through the text of the almost 5,600-page omnibus spending and COVID relief bill for provisions relevant to the ASTC community. This is the third in a series of blog posts about the legislation in which we highlight other COVID relief provisions beyond changes to the Paycheck Protection Program including the opportunity for …

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