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Museum Wins NEA Grant

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

Award Will Support Art Travelers Through Time School Program

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support its program Art Travelers Through Time for elementary schools.

Art Travelers is geared toward third graders in schools in diverse districts throughout Nassau County. The program is often the students’ first visit to an art museum and/or to a university campus. Participating districts and schools include Baldwin, Freeport, Hempstead, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Westbury along with Trinity Lutheran School and the Long Island School for the Gifted.

The children learn about history and culture when they visit the Hofstra University Museum and study artifacts from its permanent collections – authentic objects from six continents dating back to 5000 BC.

Director of the Hofstra University Museum Nancy Richner said, “This program centers on the power of art and artifacts to act as a catalyst, inspiring and engaging third graders in the excitement and challenges of learning about their world.”

“We are honored by the NEA’s recognition of the Museum’s contribution to our schools and our communities.  I like to think of the Hofstra University Museum as David, in David and Goliath – small but mighty.  This award from the NEA confirms that good work the Museum does as well as the need for such programs in our schools.”

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support the excellence and diversity of arts programs across the country, including organizations like the Hofstra University Museum, that make the arts accessible to children in Nassau County and further enhances the vitality of their community,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance 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.

The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country.

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