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Columbia Museum of Art receives $150,000 grant

Staff Report //August 11, 2020//

Columbia Museum of Art receives $150,000 grant

Staff Report //August 11, 2020//

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The Columbia Museum of Art has received a $150,000 coronavirus relief economic stabilization grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The award will support public programming associated with the museum’s upcoming exhibition “Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection.”

“I am pleased that the Columbia Museum of Art has received funding allocated through the CARES Act,” Congressman James Clyburn said in a news release from the museum. “The museum serves as a community center, art studio and entertainment venue. We must continue to support them as they strive to provide safe opportunities to participate in meaningful cultural experiences and connect with others.”

The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 17 through Jan. 10, 2021. It features paintings, sculpture and multimedia works. The NEH grant will support museum staff needed to maintain and adapt public programs related to the exhibit.  

“We are thrilled and thankful for the local and national support of the CMA and the communities we serve,” Della Watkins, CMA executive director, said. “The humanities are needed now more than ever, and this grant reinforces our ability to connect audiences with art and each other this fall through the extraordinary exhibition ‘Visions from India.’ ”

The NEH received more than 2,300 applications from cultural organizations requesting more than $370 million in funding for projects between June and December 2020. Approximately 14% of the projects were funded through 317 nationwide grants, according to the release.

“NEH is pleased to be able to support the Columbia Museum of Art in retaining jobs, maintaining essential operations, and preparing new exhibitions and programs,” Jon Parrish Peede, NEH chairman, said.