Hastings Museum gets large grant through CARES Act
The National Endowment for the Humanities is helping boost the economy with grants to help humanities programs in many states. Here in Nebraska, the Hastings Museum got a major grant through the CARES Act to help them with operation costs and a new project.
The funding through the CARES Act is to help cultural organizations recover from the impact of the pandemic. Nebraska was awarded $800,000 with a big portion ending up in Hastings organizations. The grant to the museum is for over $130,000. The museum will be using the funding to cover staff salaries and operations as they work on a big project on the second floor.
“We have a collections aspect of it for new collection storage and then an exhibit aspect for the NAD,” Museum Director Rebecca Matticks said. “So we've been raising the money, been doing our research, we've been working with our collections and now it's time to get this exhibit design firm in to help us plan the second floor.”
The project has been in the works for years already and the next steps were to begin in March.
“We were just right at the beginning of working with our exhibit design group, RLR from Indianapolis, and then COVID hit,” Matticks said. “We don't want to stop what we're doing and so to make sure those staff members are here and working with that exhibit firm is priceless really.”
They have been using the down time to make improvements to the museum and start the smaller changes to the exhibit upstairs. The exhibit firm will begin helping them plan the design of the space to make the subjects flow together.
The Hastings Museum is part of the just 14% of organizations who were approved for CARES Act funding. They are very excited to have these funds and will be able to plan for it as they balance their budget with the city. People will already be able to see some of the changes some of the money has gone towards on the second floor. Members will be able to come inside the museum starting on June 30.