Garibaldi-Meucci Museum awarded $5,000 from NYSCA and MANY Partnership for Capacity Building

May 29, 2022 341

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $4,999 in grant monies from NYSCA and MANY Partnership Grants for capacity building. The museum is excited to be utilizing these funds to better it's programs and create a more enjoyable museum experience for it's visitors.

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awarded a total of $500,981 to 102 grantees to assist New York museums with capacity building. "We thank NYSCA for this partnership and this opportunity to rapidly distribute much-needed funding to New York's museums," said Erika Sanger, Executive Director, MANY.

"We're so happy to have been chosen for this grant," says Stephanie Lundegard, Chief Administrator of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum. "The museum staff and administration are so grateful to be given the opportunity to expand our operation and provide quality virtual programs to the community."

This grant partnership with NYSCA was developed in direct response to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Partners for Public Good (PPG) study "Market Analysis and Opportunity Assessment of Museum Capacity Building Programs" report published in March 2021.

Capacity Building grants were awarded in amounts up to and including $5,000 to help museums respond to pandemic-related challenges, build financial stability, strengthen board and community engagement, update technology, support leadership, and change systems to address diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and justice. Awards were made to museums of all budget sizes and disciplines.

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will be utilizing these funds for several aspects of museum life, but we're most excited to begin production for several School Program segments that will be distributed virtually outfitted with subtitles in English, Italian, and Spanish. This funding will ignite GMM's commitment to expanding its audience and eliminating barriers for the visually impaired and hearing disabled.

"The arts and culture sector is facing a multi-year recovery process after two years of unimaginable challenges," said Mara Manus, Executive Director, NYSCA. "We are grateful to MANY for their stewardship of this opportunity that will ensure New York State museums continue to grow and thrive. We send our congratulations to all grantees on their awards."
Partnership Grants for Capacity Building are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

About the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

To collect, hold, own, maintain, preserve, and exhibit historical objects and artifacts relating to the lives of General Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci; promote an understanding of Italian-American heritage and a positive image of Italian-Americans; conduct educational, cultural, and artistic programming designed to eliminate ethnic and racial prejudice for a diverse and growing audience.

About the Museum Association of New York
The Museum Association of New York is the only statewide museum service organization with more than 700 member museums, historical societies, zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums. MANY helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities. Visit and follow MANY on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedln @nysmuseums

About the New York State Council on the Arts
The Council on the Arts preserves and advances the arts and culture that make New York State an exceptional place to live, work, and visit. The Council upholds the right of all New Yorkers to experience the vital contributions the arts make to our communities, education, economic development, and quality of life. Through its core grant-making activity, the Council on the Arts awarded more than $100 million in FY 2022. NYSCA's statewide grants program supports the visual, literary, media and performing arts and includes dedicated support for arts education and underserved communities.

The Council on the Arts further advances New York's creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources. Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit, and follow NYSCA's Facebook page, Twitter @NYSCArts and Instagram @NYSCouncilontheArts

SOURCE: Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

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