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Museum of Art to open La Sala de Arte Community Studio

The El Paso Museum of Art officials are inviting the public to view and create art at La Sala de Arte Community Studio that opens June 8 at the museum.

The unique studio offers visitors of any age the opportunity to make or see art and visit with the museum’s artist-in-residence, Luminarias de Arte. Visitors will be able to discover something new each week.

An array of free events including live art demonstrations, workshops with guest artists, live musical performances, and more will launch the programming.

The following events are scheduled during the length of the studio that runs through September:

June 8, 2 p.m.

La Sala de Arte Celebration

Visitors can participate in art-making activities and enjoy a music performance by Los Soneros del Valle Bajo.

 

June 12 to July 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Printmaker and storyteller, Marco Sanchez, will be at the museum every Wednesday through Saturday. Visitors can discover printmaking through the magic of reversed images and can create multiple prints of their own.

 

July 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday Art Days: Red, White, & Azul

Be inspired by artist-in-residence, Laura Turón. See how she uses red, white, and blue to create optical illusions and participate in self-guided art making.

 

July 10 to July 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Multi-media artist Laura Turón will be at the museum every Wednesday through Saturday. Visitors can learn how Turón explores objects through science and technology to make art, and will discover optical illusions though drawing.

 

August 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday Art Days: Mi Musica, My Music

Bring your rhythm and make your own instruments using non-traditional materials. Visitors can also take part in self-guided art making.

Support provided by WestStar team member contributions and matching funds from WestStar Bank. Additional funding received by the Wells Fargo Foundation, Texas Gas Service, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation’s El Paso Giving Day fund.

For more information on the La Sala de Arte Community Studio, visit the El Paso Museum of Art at  online.

Renovations underway at El Paso Museum of Art; First floor will remain open during 2nd floor work

On Monday, officials with El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) announced the start of the second major phase of its renovation with the closure of its second floor galleries.

“The reimagined galleries will continue to preserve the past, embrace the present, and shape the museum’s future,” said Director of the El Paso Museum of Art Dr. Victoria Ramirez. “The EPMA seeks to remain a thriving center for the study and appreciation of art.”

Renovations include new wood flooring, freshly painted galleries, revised graphics and interpretation, and reconfigured spaces to showcase the completely reinstalled permanent collections of the museum.

During the renovation, the museum systems will be upgraded, funded by the City of El Paso. The City has dedicated approximately $450,000 for the upgrades, which will ensure the museum, continue to be a safe and secure environment for art and the public.

The reinstallation of the museum’s collection is supported by funds raised by the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, a private support organization working for the benefit of EPMA to provide long-term funding for exhibitions, education programming, and community outreach.

The Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery, the Richard and Francis Mithoff Gallery, Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery, Tom Lea Gallery, and the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery will close to the public on May 13 and will reopen on September 27, 2019.

A special preview will be held on September 26, 2019 for EPMA Members.

Throughout the renovation, the museum’s first floor will remain open and free to the public. Robust programming will take place with the La Sala/The Living Room: A Community Art Studio opening on June 8, 2019.

The Studio will welcome children and adults to enjoy art throughout the summer with an artist-in-residence, workshops and pop-up performances. Visitors can also enjoy the exhibition Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland, on view April 19 – August 7 in the Dede Rogers Gallery.

The renovation is the largest the museum has undertaken since moving into the building in 1998; second to the 2018 reinstallation of the museum’s Kress Galleries of European Art.

Located in the El Paso Arts District, the museum has amassed a collection of more than 7,000 works and hosts upwards of 12 special exhibitions annually.

Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit opens Friday at EPMA

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland that’s on view from April 19 to August 7 in the Dede Rogers Gallery of the museum.

The exhibition features paintings, illustrations, books, and materials created more than 60 years by Mexican painter and illustrator Antonio Castro. Born in 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico, Castro has lived and worked for most of his life in the El Paso/Juarez borderland.

The exhibit explores his figurative paintings characterized by religious and mythological imagery, as well as autobiographical elements and personal symbols.

“This exhibition celebrates the unique perspective of an artist who has been a member of the community for more than sixty years. Through paintings and illustrations, it offers a view of the landscape and people informed by more than half a century of history,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Kate Green.

The exhibition includes materials related to Castro’s process and some of the many illustrations made for El Paso’s longtime department store The Popular, where he began working in the 1970s. By the 1980s, Castro began illustrating books published both nationally and regionally.

Ten children’s books illustrated by Castro and published by Cinco Puntos Press that focus on the region will also be on view. Castro’s illustrations reflect his skill with composition, line, and hue and together, suggest his ability as a draftsman and his vision of life and culture in El Paso and Juarez.

In addition, an exclusive lunch with Antonio Castro and graphic designer Antonio Castro Jr., Associate Professor from The University of Texas at El Paso, will be open to members starting at noon on April 20. At 1 p.m., members and the public can then join the EPMA in a free Art Talk with the artist and Castro Jr.

For more information on the Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit, the museum’s website.

El Paso Museum of Art to Celebrate Black History Month with Lecture

As part of Black History Month, the El Paso Museum of Art welcomes the public to enjoy a lecture and reception on the life of African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence at 2 p.m. on February 23 at the museum.

The event is related to the exhibit Jacob Lawrence’s: “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution that is on view through February 27 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Galley at the museum.

The exhibit comes from the Collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley and features 15 prints that Lawrence produced from his first series about the Haitian Revolution.

Art historian, Dr. Leslie King-Hammond will lead audiences through the world of Jacob Lawrence as he chronicled the lives and exploits of African American leaders and heroes.

Dr. Leslie King-Hammond brings her experiences as an artist, curator and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art to EPMA.

Dr. King-Hammond produced many exhibitions and catalogues that include Celebration: Myth and Ritual in African American Art (Studio Museum, Harlem, 1982).

In addition, she has also contributed an essay to Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, the definitive monograph on Jacob Lawrence.

Museum visitors can discover, learn, and consider Jacob Lawrence’s skill at addressing racial inequality through image.

For more information on the lecture, visit the El Paso Museum of Art online.

Tom Lea Elementary Students Visit Museum, Engage in ‘Active Learning’

The Active Learning Framework came to life in beautiful Downtown El Paso last week when the Tom Lea Elementary School Bulls visited the El Paso Museum of Art.

The students, under the guidance of art teacher Christina Sordini, got a one-on-one lesson on ceramics from artist Philip Romero. As part of the exercise, the students even got to create their own pottery.

Sordini said students used their math and science skills to make Active Learning connections to art.

Active Learning, according to EPISD officials is where “Teachers engage students in problem based learning by designing grade appropriate challenges that allow students to explore a number of possible solutions.  As students work, teachers help them to refine their solutions as they ready for presenting their work to peers.”

The visit to the museum ended with a guided tour of the exhibits, with an emphasis on augmented reality art, impasto, African-American prints and French salon-style paintings.

Of course, the students were also thrilled to view original art from the campus’ namesake, El Paso legendary artist Tom Lea.

Original story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos courtesy of Tom Lea ES

Azul Barrientos Kicks Off Free Musical Performances at El Paso Museum of Art

Starting Friday, February 8, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to enjoy free musical performances starting at noon at the museum’s auditorium.

Mexico City musician Azul Barrientos, percussionist Nina Rodriguez, and harp player, Juan Cabrera, will perform live for an intimate curated performance on the exhibition Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art that’s on view from February 8 to May 5.

Azul Barrientos will bring her diverse influence of Latin American music and her cultural roots to EPMA audiences. Born into a musical family in Mexico City, Azul was introduced to Latin American folk songs at an early age.

Since then, she has performed internationally in Spain, France, England, and Scotland. Notably, Azul has performed for the King and Queen of Spain and alongside starts such as Lila Downs and Susana Baca.

Audiences will discover Azul’s passion in reviving lost cultural traditions and uncovering unique histories through her songs.

Azul will share the stage with Nina Rodriguez, a Grammy-winning percussionist and educator. Performing together since 2012, Nina has brought her extraordinary energy and dedication to the power of drumming to the stage.

Complimenting Azul’s jarana and guitar and Nina’s drums, Argentinian born, Paraguayan raised, harp player Juan Cabrera will add to the experience. Having recorded two albums and as a current member of Mariachi Campanas de America, Juan sounds of the Paraguayan harp to the mariachi ensemble.

Azul’s recent album, Nuestro Corazón, celebrates Latin America with a beautiful rendition of Spanish, Indigenous, and African rhythms and will also be available for purchase at the EPMA Store.

To see upcoming events at the EPMA, click here.

City Encouraging Residents to Visit Museums, Farmer’s Market During the Holidays

For the Holiday Season, the City of El Paso is inviting everyone to spend part of the winter break visiting the Downtown Art and Farmers Market or one of the City’s three museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History or the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Visitors to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology can try their hands at archery or atl-atl during Saturday morning demonstrations. Please contact the Museum for a complete schedule of archery activities. The trails around the museum are also open for family friendly hikes.

Explore the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) at your own pace with family-friendly guides. Try a new hands-on art activity each day. Learn about painting, printmaking, and collage inspired by art on view. Enjoy working together and make art to share with family and friends.

Each of the workshops are designed for visitors 4 years and older and features an art making activity tied to the Museum’s current exhibitions. Museum admission and workshops are free to the public.

  • Discover the collection and experience an augmented reality experience with the new family guide.
  • Paint and Collage: December 26 – 28, 12-3 pm. Learn about painting and collage inspired by art on view. Enjoy working as a family and make art that you can take home. 12-1 pm exclusive time for EPMA Members and their families.
  • Printmaking: January 2 – 4, 12-3 pm. Explore printmaking! Stop by each day and discover simple and fun printmaking techniques inspired by art on view. Enjoy working as a family and make art you can take home. 12-1 pm exclusive time for EPMA Members and their families.

Snap a photo in Santa’s sleigh and drop off last minute letters to the North Pole at the El Paso Museum of History. Visitors can learn about the history of the Pass of the North or discover how the banking system in the United States works in the Museum galleries

The museums will be open regular hours through the winter holidays. In observance of the City’s Christmas and New Year’s holidays, all three museums will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1.

The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will be open one last weekend this year. Stop by the market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 22 to pick up those last minute gifts. There will also be free crafts and live entertainment.

The market will be closed December 29 and January 5. It will reopen for the New Year on Saturday January 12.

EPMA Hosts Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution Exhibit

Starting October 31, the public is invited to the Museum of Art to view the new exhibit Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution.

The exhibition feature’s signature works of art by Lawrence and comes from the collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley. Fifteen silkscreen prints that trace revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture’s journey from birth to commander will be displayed.

The prints were distilled from more than 41 panels that Lawrence used to describe social injustice.

“The print series are by one of the United States most significant and revered African-American artists from the 20th-century, and in them, Lawrence examines the African Diaspora and its violent effects, an issue which is very much present today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Victoria Ramirez.

Three years after graduating from the American Artist School in New York, Lawrence commenced his most well-known series that comprised painted panels about the Great Migration.

Yet, his first series following Haiti’s fight for independence and the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a slave turned revolutionary leader, was when Lawrence developed his signature approach.

Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution is supplemented with the following programming:

  • Exhibition celebration honoring Harriet and Harmon Kelley: Saturday, December 8, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Art Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green.

The exhibit runs through February and is free and open to the public.

Support for this exhibit is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts. Educational programming for this exhibit is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.

El Paso Museum of Art’s New Exhibition ‘After Posada: Revolution’ Opens October 12

The El Paso Museum of Art invites the public to visit its newest art exhibition, After Posada: Revolution, on view from October 12, to January 20, 2019, inside the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery.

The public will have an opportunity to enjoy and explore the exhibit that contains historical and contemporary art, centering on the work of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada.

It includes more than 100 prints by Posada as they circulated during his lifetime: on broadsheets, or popular single-page newspapers illustrating political commentary, crime stories, ballads, and more.

On view are Posada’s beloved calavera (skull) illustrations, including the one he is most commonly remembered for: La Calavera Catrina (circa 1910). Posada’s imagery was key to the initial popularization of the calavera figure in Mexico.

“After Posada: Revolution, on view during Día de los Muertos, celebrates the artistic and cultural tradition of our region, while showing its influence on the ways in which artists practice today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

The exhibition is drawn mostly from the private collection of Lineaus Hooper Lorette. It also includes photographs from the period by Agustín Víctor Casasola and early twentieth-century Mexican political magazines loaned by the University of Texas at El Paso Special Collections Library.

The exhibit also features commissioned works by contemporary artists Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz.

Large-scale prints in homage to and critiquing Posada’s work will be on display by Bowers. While collages, prints and more will be on display by Ortiz.

“Both intergenerational and multi-media, the exhibition links Posada’s practice with that of contemporary artists, enlivening a seminal figure in art history and what it means to address social and political injustice in art, past and present,” said El Paso Museum of Art Curator Dr. Kate Green.

After Posada: Revolution is supplemented with the following educational programming:

• Art Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, Thursday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green, artists Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz, and collector Lineaus Hooper Lorette. Free and open to the public.
• Member Preview, El Paso Museum of Art, Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reception to follow by Taft Díaz of the Stanton House and live musical performances by Los Callejeros.
• Chalk the Block with After Posada artist Cruz Ortiz, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, October 13, 1 p.m. to – pm. Enjoy chalk stenciling, family-friendly tours, storytelling, and art-making. Free to the public.

Support for the exhibit is provided by the Chiu Family, WestStar Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation. Educational programming is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.

EPMA Hosts New Exhibit – Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition that celebrates the early art and artists of El Paso; Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home.

The exhibit centers on El Paso as a historic point of passage in the greater West Texas region and as home to prominent West Texas artists such as José Cisneros, Manuel Acosta, and Tom Lea. It features the work of more than 20 El Paso artists from the EPMA’s unrivaled permanent collection of West Texas art.

Early West Texas celebrates not only EPMA’s wide-ranging collection of West Texas art, but also the rich legacy of El Paso art, providing an in-depth view of what life was like throughout the mid-twentieth century by the artists who lived, studied, and exhibited here,” said El Paso Museum of Art exhibition curator Kevin Burns.

Through paintings, prints, and drawings, the exhibition examines the iconic West Texas landscape, with its expansive desert and purple mountains, as well as everyday life in the region as influenced by El Paso’s location on the border.

On view are rarely exhibited prints featuring El Paso’s now defunct ASARCO smoke stacks, portraits of those who have passed through and made El Paso home, as well as mural proposals for El Paso’s historic Federal Courthouse mural, Pass of the North.

The exhibit includes preserved flora and fauna from UTEP’s Biodiversity collection and Centennial Museum that provides a scientific perspective on the landscape so often depicted by West Texas artists.

The exhibit is free and will be on view through November 4.

Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home is sponsored by Travis and Annabelle Johnson, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

City Museums Host Summer Camps

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is hosting summer camps at three of its museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

“We want to encourage our young people to access and use our museums, and our summer camps are fun ways they can explore archaeology, history or art,” said Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome. “By providing opportunities like this, we can create a life-long love of our museums and help the youth in our community develop and explore their interests.”

Officials added, “each camp offers age appropriate curriculum that is both fun and educational. The camps are a great opportunity to let young El Pasoans discover what the museums have to offer.”

Activities include learning about the tools and science used by archaeologists, exploring El Paso’s history, and creating masterpieces using different artistic mediums.

The El Paso Museum of Art summer classes start June 26. The El Paso Museum of Archaeology will host two sessions the week of June 19 and July 24. The El Paso Museum of History will host camps starting the week of July 10 through the week of August 7.

Summer camp prices vary by location and activity, and members at the respective museums will receive discounted tuition.

Participants in camps and classes at the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art are also eligible to sign up for Sun Metro’s Kids on the Go program that provides free bus rides to area youth participating in cultural, educational or recreational activities during the summer.

More information on the Summer Camps is available on the events page of the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department website.

El Paso Museum of Art’s Renovated Kress Galleries Reopen

After nearly three months, the newly renovated Kress European Collection Galleries at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) are now open to the museum-going public.

Museum officials say, “This is the first major reinstallation since the museum opened its doors nearly 20 years ago in its current downtown location…all three galleries, measuring more than 3,200 square feet, underwent significant renovations.”

The galleries will display the gifts from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, alongside works from the EPMA’s permanent collection according to thematic groupings, allowing visitors to trace the evolution of iconic subjects like the Madonna and Child, the saints, and portraits and landscapes.

According to the museum’s website, the core of their European holdings is the Kress Collection, a group of fifty-seven tempera and oil paintings and two marble sculptures. The Kress Collection includes a thirteenth-century Byzantine Madonna, several outstanding Baroque pictures, and significant paintings of the 18th century.

The gift of this collection laid the foundation for the establishment of EPMA.

The project was made possible through funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the EPMA Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the City of El Paso.

EPMA Hosting Author, Illustrator of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

The El Paso Museum of Art will be hosting author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña as they discuss their work on Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide from Getty Publications.

The book is “an evocative and poetic graphic biography about renowned Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and her adventures around the world.”

Quintero and Peña will talk about collaborating, making comics and the process of bringing Graciela’s story to the page. Quintero will be reading and Peña will showcase original drawings from the process of creating Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide. There will be refreshments and a book signing after the presentation.

 

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide follows photographer Graciela Iturbide from her birth in 1942 in Mexico City, to a tragedy endured as a young mother, to her travels as a successful artist to Juchitán, Los Angeles, Frida Kahlo’s home, and many more locations. Graciela’s story excites young readers and budding photographers, inspiring them by her resolve, ability, and curiosity.

Photographic has received much acclaim and a starred review in the School Library Journal.

Isabel Quintero lives and writes in the Inland Empire of Southern California, where she was born and raised. She received her BA in English and MA in English composition from California State University, San Bernardino.

Her first novel, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, was one of School Library Journal’s and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014, and won the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award prize for a debut young-adult novel. In 2017 her second book, Ugly Cat & Pablo was published by Scholastic.

Zeke Peña is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a painter. He was born in southern New Mexico and grew up on the US–Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. He received a degree in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Peña ‘s illustrations have appeared on album and book covers, in editorials and comics, and as graphics for community organizing.

He has published work with Getty Publications, VICE.com, The Believer Magazine, The Nib, Cinco Puntos Press and a forthcoming children’s book written by Isabel Quintero published by Kokila, a Penguin Books imprint.

EVENT INFO  Thursday April 5, 2018 – 6pm – 7:30pm @ El Paso Museum of Art

Publication Information: Photographic – The Life of Graciela Iturbide  |  Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

  1. Paul Getty Museum

96 pages, 7 x 9 inches
24 duotone and 96 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-94744-000-5, hardcover
US $19.95, UK £15.00

US Publication Date:  March 6, 2018

UK Publication Date:  March 8, 2018

El Paso Museum of Art to Hold Celebration of Life for Artist John Houser on Wednesday

The XII Travelers board and the El Paso Museum of Art will host a public Celebration of Life for El Paso artist and sculptor John Houser.

Houser is the creator of the XII Travelers Memorial of the Southwest, a project that was inspired by an illustration in a book by fellow El Paso artist Tom Lea. The project was started in 1988 as a way to bring tourism and promote economic development.

The 12 memorials depict a diverse group of figures from the region’s history. Three of these memorials, Fray Garcia de San Francisco, the Equestrian and Susan Magoffin were completed during his lifetime. A fourth sculpture of Benito Juarez is in process and will be completed by Mr. Houser’s son Ethan.

For more information, visit the XII Travelers website.

Who:              The XII Travelers Board and the El Paso Museum of Art

What:             Celebration of Life for John Houser

When:            Wednesday, March 21, 12 p.m.

Where:           1 Arts Festival Plaza   

El Paso Museum of Art Selected as Finalist for National Honor

The City is pleased to announce the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

“Being one of 29 finalists is a testament to the high-quality exhibitions and programming EPMA offers to El Paso and the surrounding region,” said Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome. “This distinction is a credit to the professionalism and commitment EPMA staff shows to consistently providing an excellent experience for everyone who walks through our doors.”

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities and is awarded each year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Since its founding in 1959, the museum has been a major cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on American, European, and Mexican artwork including the second largest collection of Retablos in the world.

The EPMA provides opportunities to local and regional artists to show their work through programs like the Transborder Biennial.

Through special programming and the art school, the museum provides hands-on art experiences to visitors of different ages and abilities. It is the only accredited art museum within a 200-mile radius and welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors each year. General admission, school tours, and nearly all educational programming is free.

“EPMA’s location on the border provides us an opportunity to create a multicultural dialogue using our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions as a starting point. This focus has encouraged us as museum professionals to look at new ways to engage our audiences through programming and educational opportunities,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

For the past 24 years, the award has celebrated 182 institutions that demonstrated extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service. The EPMA was nominated for the National Medal by U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke.

“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. According to their website, their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.

Institute of Museum and Library Services’ grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov .

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