We are happy to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has chosen the Cleveland Museum of Art as a recipient of a $500,000 endowment challenge grant! NEH grants are extremely competitive, and our selection for this high honor is a testament to the museum’s commitment to increase art accessibility through innovative means.
In order to receive this grant money in full, we must match the generous $500,000 award 3:1 with $1.5 million from other sources who wish to make a lasting impact on the cultural advancement of Northeast Ohio. The aggregate $2 million will form a permanent endowment to fund our interpretation program, which offers museum goers a variety of humanities-based analytical tools to connect with artwork on exhibit in inventive ways and therein develop a deeper understanding of it. Specifically, the endowment will support the salary of the Director of Interpretation, as well as costs associated with interpretive aids, such as interactive technology and audio and video segments.
The NEH will release the $500,000 grant in installments over a five year period, from 2013 to 2017. Receipt of these annual awards is contingent upon the museum independently fundraising prescribed amounts each year. Over the past year, we were asked to raise $300,000 for the endowment, a challenge that we met thanks to the dedication of several supporters of education and the arts. The museum staff would like to recognize the generous donors who have helped us achieve this first milestone:
- Harold C. Schott Foundation
- The Corinne L. Dodero Foundation for the Arts and Sciences
- Howard J. Freedman and Rita Montlack, Marian K. Freedman Fund
- Amanda Ford Morris
If you have any interest in contributing to this challenge, please contact Diane Strachan, CFRE by phone at 216-707-2585 or by email at dstrachan [at] clevelandart.org to discuss opportunities to become involved in this exciting initiative.