The Kansas Museums Association received many exceptional applications for our 2015 grants, reflecting the dedication and excellence seen every day in our Kansas Museums. We are very pleased to announce the following winners of the 2015 KMA grants:
Mahaffie Stagecoach and Stop: Leisurely Sundays on the Farm
Beginning in 2016, Sunday’s living history program will include a special interpretive activity related to leisure in the 19th century. These games, puzzles and other activities will not only connect guests to frontier life, but will link guests to each other. KMA funds will be used to purchase supplies, reproduction sets, games and other activities to engage visitors in a fun, living history experience.
Mid-America All Indian Center: Walk a Mile in Our Moccasins, Rehousing Project
Forty-two pairs of moccasins, dating from the late 19th century to the mid-twentieth century, are housed in the permanent collection of the Mid-America All Indian Center. This project will provide permanent, archival-quality housing for the collection through the purchase of archival boxes, tissue, and supplies, in an effort to preserve them for research, educational and display purposes.
Spencer Museum of Art: Art Museum Stories: Introduction to the Art Museum
KMA funds will be designated to support outreach programming, which takes place while the museum is under renovation. Specifically, funds will be used to purchase supplies for educational classroom activities, which introduce all third-grade students in the Lawrence Unified School District to museums and the visual arts. This programming will teach students ways that museums, exhibitions and works of art tell stories by using trading cards featuring images of works of art from the SMA collection.