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The Living Arts & Science Center to receive federal award for educational planetarium and programming

The Living Arts & Science Center (Lexington) is receiving $55,092 through the Museums for America grant program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency. The grant award will support the purchase of a new mobile digital planetarium and multi-media astronomy and space science programming.

The new mobile planetarium will become part of the Living Arts & Science Center’s Wonders on Wheels (WOW) program that provides hands-on arts and science programs for schools and libraries across the state. The programs will also be utilized in the Living Arts & Science Center’s new planetarium that will be part of their building expansion, scheduled for ground breaking in Spring, 2014.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. The Living Arts & Science Center was the only Kentucky organization to receive an IMLS award.

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth will present a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill, on September 18, to recognize the 2013 museum winners and to highlight successful applicants and awards. The event will showcase the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors, and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.

“IMLS recognizes three valuable roles museums have in their communities: putting the learner at the center, serving as community anchors, and serving as stewards of cultural and scientific collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles. I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning, and community engagement.”

“Planetariums are a major tool in increasing science literacy, and for inspiring and educating people of all ages about our surroundings,” said Living Arts & Science Center Executive Director, Heather Lyons. “We know that Planetariums are often a place in which young people become enthused to follow a scientific career and we are so pleased that the Living Arts and Science Center will be able to increase our educational offerings and provide such a dynamic entry point for developing and inspiring students of science and life-long learners.”
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter
About the Living Arts & Science Center.

Now celebrating their 45th year, The Living Arts & Science Center is a not-for-profit organization that serves over 40,000 children and adults through creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences. Art and science galleries, field trip programs, professional development for teachers, in-school and after-school programs, and arts and science classes and workshops are provided year-round for children and adults of all ages. In addition, the Living Arts and Science Center partners with community agencies and organizations to provide free programs and services to at-risk, special needs and underserved children and adults.

The Living Arts & Science Center’s $5,000,000 renovation and facility expansion is scheduled for groundbreaking in Spring, 2014. A Planetarium, new classrooms, interactive exhibit spaces, a Digital Media Studio, a Teaching Kitchen, and expanded urban green space will present year-round programming for all ages.

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