PALO ALTO, CA– The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $88,000 to the Palo Alto Art Center to develop a collaborative and innovative program with the Palo Alto Junior Museum.
The grant will be used to support the Creative Ecology: Exploring Our Environment with Art, Science, and the Community project. This 18-month project will comprise a series of four artist residencies, each with an artist who explores the natural world in his or her artwork. Each artist and a group of community participants will explore the natural world around Palo Alto, and the artist will then create and exhibit a culminating artwork in the Palo Alto Art Center’s Glass Gallery.
Creative Ecology: Exploring Our Environment with Art, Science, and the Community is intended to provide real-world opportunities for children and adults to apply both artistic and scientific concepts, adopting habits of mind that will provide benefits for a lifetime. The project also offers a chance for greater public understanding and awareness of the environment and opportunities for the community to gain access to practicing artists and their processes.
”The Palo Alto Art Center is honored to receive this grant to support Creative Ecology,” said Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “We look forward to reinforcing the strong partnership between the Art Center and the Junior Museum and Zoo with this project. By integrating art and science learning, we are confident that this project will provide a replicable model of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education for other museums throughout the country.”
IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen communities, care for collections, and provide broad public access.
“Our grants are highly competitive,” said IMLS director Susan H. Hildreth. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding. Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement, and we congratulate the Palo Alto Art Center for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”
A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS at www.imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.
About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 70,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.
The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.
About the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo:
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto has an 80-year legacy of inspiring a passion for science, an appreciation for nature and a love of exploration. The JMZ experience can change children’s lives by introduction them to science and nature at a formative state. We provide enhanced experiences for children, from birth to middle school, offering direct access to nature and science through undirected plan and exploration
The JMZ currently serves as a primary resource for science and environmental learning for 8 of 12 Palo Alto elementary schools and for Willow Oaks School and Brentwood Academy in the Ravenswood School District. By using a trained staff of science educators who provide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, in-depth hands-on programs reach 16,700 students each year. Educators travel to elementary classrooms in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Mateo and throughout the region to provide core science classes that complement school district curriculum.
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 35,000 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 http://www.imls.gov/ and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.