Posted: Tuesday May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013
The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Washington, D.C., awarded a $14,649 grant in June of 2011 to the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College to develop a “Woven Into History” program for elementary students.
The grant has assisted gallery staff members in developing, marketing, implementing and evaluating a new history-based program designed for children in grades 1 to 6.
The new program will provide a gateway into mid-19th-century America for students who visit the McCarl Gallery and learn history through creative, hands-on experiences.
The Gallery will host its first group of 100 third grade students from Mountain View Elementary School on May 21.
Students will participate in weaving, crafts and other activities as they learn about the history and makeup of coverlets and experience the local history of their community first-hand.
The McCarl Gallery grant was among 160 projects selected to receive funding totaling more than $18 million. There were 481 applications to the IMLS, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.
Lauren M. Churilla is curator of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery.
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