Traverse City’s Dennos Museum wins two grants to help preserve and protect art collection

What’s happening: The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City recently received two federal grants that will further efforts to preserve and protect artworks on display at the Smithsonian-affiliated museum. A total of $20,110 will go toward better shielding irreplaceable paintings and sculptures from the elements.

Who they are: The Dennos Museum Center is located on the Northwestern Michigan College campus in Traverse City. The museum, which first opened in 1991, is especially known for its Inuit art of the Canadian Arctic collection, which the museum touts as one of the largest such collections in the United States.

What they’re doing: The museum received a $10,110 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of their Inspire! Grants for Small Museums program. Dennos staff will work with a professional conservator to evaluate and address environmental damage to their outdoor sculpture collection, and develop a long-term object-by-object maintenance and repair plan.

Dennos also received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their Preservation Assistance Grant program. The museum will use the funds to install 1,400 sq. ft. of window tint in their promenade wing to protect light-sensitive works including photographs, organic materials, and more.

What they’re saying: “It is a delight to announce the Museums for America grants for 2023 to an extraordinary group of Museums, Gardens, Zoos, and Aquariums. These funds will in turn put the riches of our cultural institutions in reach of so many of our communities,” says IMLS Director Crosby Kemper about this year’s cohort of grantees.

Coming up: The Dennos Museum Center is hosting a Car Trivia night at the museum on Thursday, Aug. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. The car-themed trivia event includes three rounds of trivia, pizza, and a scavenger hunt. The event is free and registration is available online.

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