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Tuesday, Jul 25, 2006

Hyde Receives $127,500 to Support Collections Management, Technology, and Accessibility

Hyde Receives $127,500 to Support
Collections Management, Technology, and Accessibility

The Hyde Collection recently received at total of $127,500 from four sources to support several critical components of the Museum’s Strategic Plan. These projects include the photographic digitization and re-cataloging of the entire permanent collection; the purchase and installation of a new state-of-the-art collections database system; and re-housing the permanent collection within the expanded art storage facility. Hyde Director Randall Suffolk stated, "This funding is essential to the development and implementation of the Museum’s most pressing strategic initiatives. Once completed they will vastly improve accessibility and enable our visitors to become creative users of the artistic resources the Museum has to offer."

The largest award in the amount of $50,000 was secured by Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R,I,C – Willsboro) from the NYS Office of Technology. "Today’s cultural institutions face the challenge of maintaining a viable presence in their communities. I am pleased to be able to support The Hyde Collection in this challenge. The new database system will be an indispensable tool for individuals to visit the collection and to learn of the interaction among artists in the context of their own times as well as their relevance to today’s society. In this way The Hyde will reach beyond our North Country region and will take an important place among art collections around the world," Sayward stated.

In addition, the Museum was selected to receive a prestigious 2006 Museums for America Grant in the amount of $37,500 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Hyde’s project was one of 448 applications received by IMLS and one of only 177 chosen for funding. U.S. Representative John E. Sweeney (R-Clifton Park), who assisted with securing this grant stated, "The Hyde Collection is among the finest art institutions in New York State and a highly regarded leader within the arts community of my district. It is vital that we maintain strong support for the arts to provide interesting and educational cultural opportunities."

Two very generous supporters whom wish to remain anonymous have also stepped forward with an additional $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. The Hyde will continue to seek additional funding to assist with the costs associated with these initiatives.

For more information contact Stacey Mattison, Communications Manager, The Hyde Collection: 518-792-1761, or smattison@hydecollection.org.

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