IMLS Grant Supports Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Exporting Mott Program to Kentucky, Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum was recently awarded a $147,757 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  The Museums for America grant award will support the Museum’s plans to export its collaborative program with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (Mott), Healing Through Hands-On Science, to The Creative Discovery Museum, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and The Thinkery, in Austin, Texas.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to expand our award-winning program nationally,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director. “It’s gratifying to know that the work the IMLS grant will support will help us have a positive impact on the lives of even more children and families, at a time when they need it the most. Each community impacted by this grant - Ann Arbor, Chattanooga, and Austin - will benefit from these museum-children’s hospital collaborations.”

Created in 2013, “Healing Through Hands-On Science” is a unique partnership that delivers science and health-based activities at Mott and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. The program was developed to specifically addresses the need that hospital patients and their families, and patient’s siblings in particular, for fun, distracting, and educational activities to provide relief from the stress of a hospital visit.

Over the course of the three-year grant period, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Mott will train staff from the Creative Discovery Museum and The Thinkery, who will collaborate with their children’s hospital staff. The trainings will enable the Creative Discovery Museum and The Thinkery to effectively develop and implement their own programs.

The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public—in this case, as a community anchor. IMLS promotes the role of museums as essential partners in addressing the needs of their communities by leveraging their expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, and other resources to identify and implement solutions. By strengthening museums’ capacities for civic engagement, these projects contribute to the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts over 295,000+ visitors annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world. Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.

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