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MSU Museum Receives $40,000 in National Endowment for the Arts Grant

More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide
Includes $40,000 awarded to the MSU Museum

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $40,000 to the MSU Museum to help support the Michigan Traditional Arts Program. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the MSU Museum in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“These funds will enable the Michigan State University Museum’s Michigan Traditional Arts Program (a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs) to continue documenting the state’s traditional artists who are the backbone of our unique cultural heritage, especially in regions of Michigan where these artistic traditions have not been well documented. The NEA funds will also support the development of digital resources that will tap this documentation to increase public awareness of these rich and varied cultural treasures of the state,” said Marsha MacDowell, MSU Museum curator of folk arts and director of the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program.

The MSU Museum received NEA funding in the Folk and Traditional Arts category. Other grants were awarded in the areas of arts education, dance, design, literature, theater and visual arts.

The MSU Museum -- accredited by the American Association of Museums -- collects, preserves, studies and interprets cultural artifacts and natural history specimens, with collections numbering more than 1 million in four buildings on the MSU campus. The MSU Museum is committed to education, exhibitions, research and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship to the Great Lakes and the world beyond.

In addition to year-round research, exhibitions, collections and programs, the MSU Museum will share a sampling of traditional arts apprenticeships and the Michigan Heritage Awards, honoring the state's top tradition-bearers, at its Great Lakes Folk Festival, Aug. 11-13, in downtown East Lansing. Learn more at: museum.msu.edu.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA website.