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Thursday, Feb 1, 2007

NYSCA AWARDS THE HYDE $72,600

 

 

CONTACT: Stacey Mattison, Communications Manager, 518-792-1761 x 20, smattison@hydecollection.org
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NYSCA AWARDS THE HYDE $72,600

GLENS FALLS, NY - The Hyde Collection has been awarded two grants from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) totaling $72,600. These grants will support the Museum’s Collections Management Project and improve the main entrance to the Museum; both of which are components of the Museum’s Strategic Plan.

A $55,000 NYSCA Digitization Grant will support the Collections Management Project, which includes the photographic digitization and re-cataloging of the entire permanent collection, purchase and installation of a new state-of-the-art collections database system (TMS Light), and the re-housing of the permanent collection within the expanded art storage facility. The project will result in improved collections care as well as greater public access to the Museum’s collection. The Hyde plans to reach current and new audiences across the globe with a new collections database search function on the Museum’s Web site. Ultimately, the searchable database will offer images and descriptions for most of the nearly 3,000 objects in the permanent collection. This function will further the Museum’s mission by offering greater access to its holdings and expanding the resources available to educators and students, scholars, and the general public. The Web component is scheduled to launch Spring, 2008. These efforts will lay the foundation for additional technological advances to enhance the on-site visitors’ experience throughout the Museum. Of the more than $200,000 it will cost to complete the Collections Management Project, the Museum has raised $182,500 to date.

NYSCA also awarded a Capital Projects Grant in the amount of $17,600 to improve the Museum’s main entrance focusing on accessibility and safety. The Museum’s existing slate walkway will be replaced with reinforced, slip-resistant, stamped concrete. Lighter, hydraulic, dual-swing doors featuring a push-button option for automated entry will take the place of the current double doors. Accessibility for the physically challenged will be vastly improved as a result of this project. Construction is scheduled for Spring/Summer, 2007.

The Collections Management Project and main entrance project are not yet fully funded. The Hyde continues to seek support to offset remaining expenses. If you would like information on how to support these important initiatives, contact the Development Department at 518-792-1761, ext. 36 or email lshanks@hydecollection.org.

The New York State Council on the Arts awards over 2,700 grants each year to arts organizations in every arts discipline throughout the state. NYSCA’s goal is to bring high-quality artistic programs to the citizens of the state through supporting the activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

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The Hyde Collection, an historic house (1912) and modern art museum complex (1989 & 2004) combines the heritage of the Adirondack Region with a world-class permanent collection consisting of works by European old, modern masters, and American artists, important decorative arts and antique furnishings. In addition, the Museum presents temporary exhibitions in four gallery spaces, lectures, concerts, family activities, and school programming as well as a Museum Store. Admission is FREE with suggested donations. The Hyde Collection is a publicly supported institution located at 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, New York. Open year-round Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm, and Sunday noon - 5pm., Closed Mondays and national holidays. For information, call 518-792-1761 or visit www.hydecollection.org.


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