Rochester, N.Y. – More than $560,000 in new federal grants will be going to four local museums and cultural organizations.
“Rochester has a proud history and a rich culture, and I'm glad to support these institutions that showcase our city to the world,” said U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter in a press release Friday. “These grant recipients are vital educators in our community, and this funding will help spark imagination, innovation, and new ideas in young children and adults alike, helping to grow our city and region both economically and intellectually.”
The George Eastman House was awarded $25,800 and will use its grant to support the creation of nine short videos that will share the history of photographic processes.
The Strong Museum was given $149,903 to pay for the fabrication and installation of a 4,000-square-foot Figurative Play zone as one of four interpretive zones within its America at Play exhibit.
The Rochester Institute of Technology was given $240,922 to research effective disaster prevention, response, and recovery strategies for modern inkjet prints in museum collections. Inkjet prints are considerably more sensitive to water damage than traditional prints, and some inkjet print types can also significantly harm adjacent materials during water disasters. A full understanding of how these materials behave during different water damage scenarios has yet to be performed.
The Rochester Museum and Science will use $145,085 to digitize and consolidate multiple databases and paper records into a new, centralized database to improve collections access, preserve collections documentation, and help museum staff better care for and manage 1.2 million objects in the natural science, archeology, and history collections.