GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER TO RECEIVE $80,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR NEW ‘HOT TOPICS’ EXHIBIT
September 12th, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2013) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. Great Lakes Science Center is accepting one of the 244 awards through the agency’s grant programs. The Science Center is receiving $80,579 through Museums for America, for a brand-new interactive, multimedia exhibit that features “hot topics” of Northeast Ohio.
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will present a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill, on September 18, to recognize the 2013 museum winners and to highlight successful applicants and awards. The event will showcase the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors, and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.
“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”
The new “hot-topics” exhibit at Great Lakes Science Center will provide impartial, clear facts about a controversial subject of relevance to Northeast Ohio, such as fracking. The goal is not to offer opinions, but to present the facts on fracking’s benefits, challenges, and impact, both economically and environmentally, and allow visitors to form their own conclusions. The exhibit will utilize interactive, touch screen technology to provide users with the facts about fracking and the impact on their own community.
“We appreciate the grant from IMLS, which will enable us to give our members and visitors an interactive experience that will stimulate curiosity about a hot topic such as fracking and provoke scientific discussion,” said Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and CEO, Great Lakes Science Center. “It’s an important addition to our permanent offerings at the Science Center, not only for highlighting the science behind this trending subject, but also for its relevancy to Northeast Ohio.”
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.
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About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to engage visitors through fun, interactive experiences to stimulate curiosity about and encourage understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring Cleveland Clinic OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at (216) 694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.
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