The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the museum one of the 2011 Museums for America Grants to support the museum in its efforts to raise the profile of and provide visibility for the Prendergast artworks and archives. Museums for America is the Institute’s largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums’ capacity to serve their communities. The three-year project will include digitally photographing the entire Prendergast collection of fine art and archives, including paintings, works on paper, hand-carved frames, sketchbooks, decorative arts, letters, documents, ephemera, and carving tools. The project will create new database records and link new high-resolution images to the museum’s collection management system. The new digital images and records will be made available to the public via the museum’s web site and the Prendergast Archive and Study Center web pages.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more, please visit the Institute of Museum and Library Services website.