CANTON – The Canton Museum of Art will receive a $150,000 American Rescue Plan grant through the federal government to save jobs and fund operations.
The art museum said in a news release Thursday that it's been approved for the grant through the National Endowment for the Arts as part of funding meant to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the negative impact of the pandemic.
The museum will use NEA funding to partially support key staff positions over the course of two years, as well as for curatorial and educational operations, the news release said.
Funding also could be used to purchase health and safety supplies and for marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation, the museum said.
Those areas were identified by museum staff and the board "as critical to our mission (of) enriching lives and engaging diverse audiences and communities through dynamic exhibitions, education, and artistic programs that . . . make art accessible to all," the release said.
The NEA will award grants totaling $57.75 million to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, DC. Funds comprise a third installment of American Rescue Plan dollars totaling $135 million for the arts sector.
Max Barton II, the Canton Museum of Art's executive director and CEO, expressed appreciation to be among the arts organizations being funded "in this tremendous effort to rebuild arts and culture after an unprecedented impact from COVID.
"The Canton Museum of Art never wavered in its commitment to bring art and inspiration to our community and to millions beyond, through both virtual content and in-person, when it was safe," Barton said in the statement. "Our curatorial, education, marketing, and art therapy teams delivered creative, innovative programming, and we never canceled an exhibition."
After the museum closed to the public during the onset of the pandemic, it reopened in June 2020.
For more information about the NEA's American Rescue Plan grants, visit www.arts.gov/COVID-19/the-american-rescue-plan.
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