NewsSeptember 1, 2020
Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) Receives $540,000 Grant From Anonymous Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) has received a $540,000 grant from an Anonymous Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. The grant will be awarded over 12 months ($45,000 per month) to support the Museum’s mission and operations.
In a letter recently sent to the Museum, John Eberle, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, wrote, “We are impressed with your efforts to develop traveling exhibits that advance your mission and promise opportunities for future funding. It is an honor to support the transformative programs and innovative exhibits that inspire exploration and discovery in science, technology, engineering, math (and more), and we commend you for your work in shaping the hearts and minds of young people.”
“Over the past several years, miSci has focused on bringing science exhibitions to the Capital Region, not only those that travel nationally but those that are curated by miSci staff and volunteers,” says Dr. Gina C. Gould, President of miSci. “We are delighted to be sharing the story and history of Schenectady County and the surrounding region. We take for granted the innovations our predecessors invented here in the Capital Region that changed the world. There were many! And many of us have no idea about the innovations happening here every day. We are proud to tell those stories and extremely honored to be a recipient of a grant from an Anonymous Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Thank you, whoever you are!”
miSci opened Insatiable: Cooking Up Innovation, the first exhibition of its traveling exhibition program, last fall. Three additional exhibitions are currently underway, with one slated to be released in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Educational programming, in-person and digital, has been woven into each of these exhibitions. These are offered in association with miSci’s existing digital programming, which has become a vital resource for teachers, parents, and students due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. These funds will support the Museum’s traveling exhibition program and the development and implementation of digital programming and outreach opportunities to support STEAM education.