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Hofstra University Museum Receives Competitive Federal Grant to Expand LI School Outreach Program

Art Travelers
A visiting school participates in the Art Travelers program at the Hofstra University Museum.

The Hofstra University Museum is one of 186 museums around the country and the only Long Island arts institution to receive a highly competitive grant from the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). HUM will use the $142,231 three-year grant to sustain and expand its Art Travelers Through Time: Literacy and History Through Art program, which is targeted to third graders and their teachers from underserved schools.  The Art Travelers program uses experiential study of authentic objects from the world’s cultures to enrich classroom curricula, building 21st century skills in creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, visual literacy, and communication.

“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth.  “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles.”

Through the HUM Art Travelers program, local students receive classroom instruction from museum educators; visit the museum; create and share stories, poems, folk tales, and art; and write letters to pen pals from other participating schools. The IMLS grant will allow HUM to increase participation to at least 1,200 students annually, and provide enhanced resources and additional workshops for teachers. Family outreach will also be improved through bi-lingual communications and museum educator presentations at PTA and Board of Education meetings. Evaluation will include pre- and post-testing to assess the program’s effectiveness in regard to learning objectives related to the Common Core and New York Learning Standards.

HUM Executive Director Beth Levinthal said, “The Hofstra University Museum is honored to receive funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services that will support the expansion of Art Travelers through Time: Literacy and History through the Arts. The Museum’s essential mission and commitment to our community is strengthened through this outstanding award.  Third grade students and educators in school districts including Freeport, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Uniondale and Westbury will be positively impacted as a result of this funding. ”

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.


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