Folk Art Facts

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is honored to be one of 77 museums receiving Inspire! grant funds and one of the 218 awardees out of 568 applications for Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant programs.

IMAS will be using the grant funds to improve collection stewardship and accessibility for approximately 5,600 works of Mexican and Latin American folk art in its collection. During the project, staff will work with paid interns to photograph, catalog, and input data into a collections software database to provide internal and online access to the collection. Local and national project advisors will inform research activities and assist staff in reviewing Spanish and English text translations related to the objects.

IMAS, through this internship, partnered with UTRGV to create an undergraduate course where students are receiving course credit and a stipend for this important work in cataloging the collection and curating an exhibit which will be at UTRGV this fall.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. [IGSM-252965-OMS-2]

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UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Sus Historias Folk Art of Mexico and Latin America

August 10 – December 12, 2024

UTRGV Main Campus Library & Center for Latin American Art (CLAA)

1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 7854