Children’s Discovery Museum gets NEA grant to help with pandemic recovery – The Mercury News
The Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose is set to receive a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the US bailout, created to help the arts and culture sector recover from the pandemic .
This is the first NEA award for the museum, which will use the funding to restore an arts specialist position for the museum’s visual and interpretive arts programs for young children.
“Young children have suffered during this pandemic, and the arts provide a way for young people to make sense of the world by expressing themselves through their own innate creativity,” Marilee Jennings, the museum’s executive director, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that this award is helping us rebuild our visual and performing arts for our smaller artists where the programs were before the pandemic.”
NEA President Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson said funding from the grant will help the museum and other arts organizations rebuild and reopen.
“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jackson added. “The arts are crucial to helping American communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”
The museum uses a three-pronged approach in its visual and performing arts programming:
Young children observe professional artists, witness the work of their peers and are invited to participate in artistic creation themselves. Programming reflects the local multicultural community and also introduces children to traditional art forms like professional ballet, opera, and Broadway musicals. Visual arts programming includes painting, sculpture, drawing and working with clay.
The US bailout was signed into law in March 2021 when the NEA received $135 million for the arts sector. The grant for the Children’s Discovery Museum is part of the plan’s third round of funding.
The NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Washington, DC. Organizations can use this funding to fund jobs, operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts.