Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff on National Arts & Humanities Month
In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month 2021, here's Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff on why we need the arts and the humanities more than ever. 
Throughout October the nation’s cultural agencies—IMLS, NEA, and NEHhave been sharing the vital roles that arts and humanities play in American society. Read more about the 35th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month.
The study found the presence and usage of public libraries and museums to be positively associated with community health, school effectiveness, institutional connection, and cultural opportunity.
The funds will support the work of museums and libraries in assisting communities across the nation with pandemic recovery.

Missouri State Librarian, Robin Westphal talks about how American Rescue Plan funding from IMLS helped rural libraries provide connectivity and health and wellness services to their communities. 
Grants Management Specialist (Senior Program Officer) in the Office of Museum Services. Applications due November 4. 
The National Medals program recognizes outstanding libraries and museums of all types and sizes that deeply impact their communities.
The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program (AAHC program) is designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.
The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grant program supports Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship.
The Museums for America program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines to undertake projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. 
The Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program that supports projects that use the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes.
The National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public.
The Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program that supports small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation.
Conversations with Crosby
Watch the video recording of IMLS Director Crosby Kemper's discussion with Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch about the depth and diversity of American stories, what being a custodian of cultural heritage means today, and how museums and libraries can help strengthen the fabric of our communities at a critical point in the nation’s history.

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IMLS "On the Road"
Nov 1 – 2: 2021 National Medal Recipient Memphis Public Libraries – IMLS Director Crosby Kemper
Nov 1 – 4: Digital Library Federation’s DLF Forum and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2021 (virtual) – Ashley Sands and Erin Barsan.
Nov 4 – 7: REFORMA National Conference (virtual) – Deputy Director OLS Cyndee Landrum, Sarah Fuller, and Laura McKenzie.
Nov 4 – 5: Kansas Museums Association Annual Conference – Chief Administrator Chris Reich will present the keynote: “Strengthening Museums: How museums leaders can focus their resources to build resilient organizations” on Thursday, Nov. 4 and the session: “IMLS Grants: Tips and Techniques for Success” on Friday, Nov. 5. 
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

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