Mulvane Art Museum awarded prestigious grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Thanks to a $149,100 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University will expand its Outreach Visual Art Education Project to children attending area schools. 

This project will provide comprehensive arts education for 2,500 preschool through eighth-grade students per year through three programs: Art Beginning in Childhood for preschool children, Art After School for school-aged children, and Art in School, for elementary-aged children.  The programs bridge the curriculum in core content areas, investigate multicultural art forms and integrate examples from art history.  Project activities will allow students to experience art through hands-on participation in a variety of media and techniques including drawing, painting, print making, collage, working in clay and creating sculpture.  Children will have opportunities to engage in creative exploration with the museum’s artist-educators.

Vital statistics:

Number of applications received: 481

Number of awards made: 160

Total amount requested:$53,655,280

Total amount awarded: $18,777,552

Total recipient match: $32,007,711

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