Lehigh University Art Galleries is one of 18 institutions in the United States to receive a prestigious federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The “Museums Empowered” grant will support the museum’s work over the next two years to create and implement a strategic plan; train staff in outcomes-based, visitor-centered practices; and bring guest experts to Lehigh. Staff, who will collaborate with an external consultant, will also meet with colleagues at peer institutions in New York City and Philadelphia and share the art museum’s work at a national conference.
The aim, LUAG Director William B. Crow said, is to build capacity, increase impact and better serve the galleries’ diverse audiences, which include college students, faculty and staff; PK-12 students and educators; and the greater Lehigh Valley community.
The Lehigh University Art Galleries holds a collection of more than 16,000 works of art from diverse cultures and time periods, in a wide range of media from photography and painting to video and sculpture. It generates more than a dozen exhibitions annually, produces scholarly publications and serves thousands of visitors a year.
LUAG was notified in September that it had received the competitive $65,598 grant from IMLS, the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. It will begin to implement tools and strategies immediately, Crow said.