New fund will help museums manage their collections

The Rasumuson Foundation has announced a new source of assistance for Alaska’s museums: the Collections Management Fund. The new fund was created by Rasmuson Foundation to help museums build capacity for managing collections through professional expertise, training, and conservation materials and supplies. It will be managed by Museums Alaska, a statewide association.

This year, $100,000 in grants will be available to museums and cultural centers in Alaska for collections management supplies and activities. The deadline to submit grant applications is Thursday, Oct. 31.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to projects that are collaborative or cooperative in nature. Emergency conservation projects will be given priority. Membership in Museums Alaska is encouraged but not required.

The new Collections Management Fund builds on the success of the Art Acquisition Fund. Since 2003, this fund has provided $1,596,045 to Alaska museums and culture centers for the purchase of 897 works by 463 Alaska artists. See an online gallery of that work here

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