RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Four North Carolina museums will receive more than $430,000 in federal funding for new projects, including one to develop a software application that helps blind visitors experience the exhibits more fully.
The grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services include $150,000 each for the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte and the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC-Greensboro. There's more than $114,000 going to the Friends of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh for one project and more than $18,000 to the museum's project to help the blind and visually impaired.
The museum included more than $77,600 in matching funds for that project, which also involves the N.C. Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. The groups will work with a developer to create software that provides detailed way-finding maps and enhanced exhibition interpretation.
The Gantt Center will use its grant, along with a match of $183,000 to strengthen its public programming. The Weatherspoon Art Museum is adding more than $169,000 in matching funds to its grant to complete the second phase of renovation for its primary storage vault. And the Museum of Natural Sciences will use its larger grant, along with a match of more than $114,000, to expand staffing and make programs in its Nature Research Center more accessible and audience-focused.
The institute director will honor the recipients at a workshop and ceremony Sept. 18 in Washington.