Wabash museum receives two grants

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Museum is among 20 schools, libraries and other organizations from Gary to Evansville recently received grants from Indiana Humanities for projects ranging from a four-hour reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets to a program at an Indiana cemetery teaching fifth graders about African Americans in the Civil War.

The museum received one of 20 organizations to receive Action Grants, and was one of 12 other organizations to receive Historic Preservation Education Grants. Three INcommon Grants were presented to various organizations.

Museum President and CEO Mitch Figert told The Paper of Wabash County that the Action Grant will be used to continue our Explore Home program series which will include an onsite speaker series, expanding our Then and Now exhibit, and joint programming with the Wabash Carnegie Public Library.

Meanwhile, the Historic Preservation Education Grant and those funds will be used to update the previously printed historic walking guides into an app format and also creating additional historic tours throughout the county. 

Action Grants offer up to $3,000 to support nonprofit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as exhibitions, workshops, lectures and reading and discussion programs.

Historic Preservation Education Grants, awarded in partnership with Indiana Landmarks, fund programs that educate Indiana citizens about historic places and properties—and particularly about the need to preserve and protect them. The grants provide up to $2,500 for programs that come in a variety of formats—workshops, presentations, booklets, brochures, reading and discussion programs, exhibitions, film documentaries and more.

INcommon Grants are awarded to Indiana nonprofits to develop and implement public programs that use the humanities to look at the longer histories driving contemporary debates around immigration, gentrification, incarceration, policing, institutional racism, the legacies of segregation in housing and education, and more. The grants offer up to $5,000. The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, provides funding for programs that take place in Marion County.

Applications for Action, INcommon and Historic Preservation Education Grants are accepted throughout the year.
“We’re proud to support Indiana nonprofits in promoting the humanities across the state” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We’re always amazed at Hoosiers’ ability to create engaging and impactful public humanities programs for their communities.”

The grants were awarded between October 2019 and March 2020.

Posted on 2020 May 12