McAllen, TX- 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.

“The recipients of this year’s Museums for America grants are diverse in size, location, and discipline,” said IMLS Deputy Director Laura Huerta Migus. “However, all 218 of them demonstrate a commitment to service and excellence. I am excited to see the outcomes of their projects.”

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, designed to reduce the application burden on small museums and help them address priorities identified in their strategic plans.

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

Mexican and Latin American Folk Art
Above: IMAS Guests enjoying the Mexican and Latin American Folk Art Exhibition. Photo Courtesy of Crystal Kelly Photography

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