We are thrilled to announce that the Asheville https://www.imls.gov/Art Museum has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its partnership with the National Park Service, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The award of $196,935 will be used to support the conservation of the Museum’s Black Mountain College Collection. This nationally and internationally significant Collection features historical materials and creative works by students and teachers who attended Black Mountain College (BMC) during its operation from 1933 to 1957.
“Through these competitive matching grants, the National Park Service and our federal, state, tribal, local government, and nonprofit partners are helping communities preserve some of our nation’s most important historic places and collections,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “By doing so we are saving these sites and stories for future generations.”
ABOUT BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
BMC opened its doors during a politically and economically volatile time in American and European history and became one of the most noteworthy experiments in the history of American art and education. BMC attracted some of the most influential artists of the 20th century including Josef and Anni Albers, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Ruth Asawa, Cy Twombly, Buckminster Fuller, and many more.
ABOUT THE GRANT
The Museum’s goals for this project include:
1) Restoring the physical integrity of endangered BMC materials through conservation
2) Stabilizing and preserve the BMC Collection for future exhibitions and research
3) Increasing public understanding and accessibility through digitization and exhibitions
To read more from the Save America’s Treasures Grant announcement, click here.
ABOUT THE ASHEVILLE ART MUSEUM
The Asheville Art Museum’s mission is to transform lives through art. Located: Downtown Asheville at 2 South Pack Square. General admission: $15. Open from 11am-6pm daily, except Tuesdays. Late night on Thursdays until 9pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Standard Museum hours and operations will begin Thursday, November 14, 2019. Visit ashevilleart.org for more information.
The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Cultural Resources; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and media sponsors Citizen Times, WNC Magazine, and Blue Ridge Public Radio.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.