IMLS Calls for Comments on New Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Grant Program

August 19, 2004
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Eileen Maxwell emaxwell@imls.gov
Mamie Bittner mbittner@imls.gov

WASHINGTON, DC - The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is soliciting comments on the draft guidelines for its new Native American/Native Hawaiian Museums Services grant program.

The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Grant (NANH) program provides new opportunities for improved museum services. This new program enables Native American tribes and organizations that primarily serve native Hawaiians to benefit their communities and audiences through strengthened museum services.

"IMLS' new grant program will support exhibits, research, educational resources, professional development, strategic planning, heritage preservation, improved technology, hiring, and more to help preserve and interpret the rich history and cultural achievements of America's indigenous peoples," said Dr. Robert Martin, Director of the IMLS. "This call for comments is an opportunity for the field to help shape the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museums Services grant program."

The draft guidelines are available on the IMLS Web site at http://www.imls.gov/grants/museum/pdf/ntams05.pdf. Please send your comments by September 14, 2004, to Barbara Smith, Technology Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 223, Washington, DC 20506. Ms. Smith can also be reached by telephone at 202-606-5254, by fax at 202-606-0395, or by e-mail at bsmith@imls.gov.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities. The Institute fosters leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's 15,000 museums and 122,000 libraries. The Institute also encourages partnerships to expand the educational benefit of libraries and museums. To learn more about the Institute, please log on to http://www.imls.gov

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