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National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC 20005-3970)
Judy L. Larson (Project Director: November 2005 to March 2008)
Susan F. Sterling (Project Director: March 2008 to November 2011)

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Totals (matching):
$635,000 (approved)
$635,000 (offered)
$635,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 7/31/2011

From Rediscovery to Relevance

Endowment for scholarship on women artists and the museum's Library and Research Center.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) requests an $800,000 NEH Challenge Grant, to be matched by $2.4 Million in non-federal funds to support a transformative institutional initiative entitled, From Rediscovery to Relevance. This endowment initiatve places a strong focus on humanities-based scholarship as well as new and innovative interpretations of art history. NEH funding for From Rediscovery to Relevance will support two ventures: First, to create a fund for humanities-based scholarship that places women artists in context, including cutting-edge exhibition interpretation and publications, education and outreach programming, and interactive outreach activities through our website,; and second, to strengthen the Library and Research Center (LRC) by endowing the position of Librarian to engage and retain the highest level of professional excellence, and by increasing the LRC's visibility through outreach programming and a pro-active plan. As the museum moves forward From Rediscovery to Relevance, we will provide increased depth and content to women's stories. The museum will be able to bring to the foreground the larger relationship between women and art, history, and society; put into public practice important ideas that have already been researched in academic circles; and be posed for wider dissemination and broader outreach. Using an indepth inquiry we call 360° Thinking as our methodology for moving From Redisocovery to Relevance, NMWA will support the museum's primary goal of transforming public perception beyond thinking of talended women as "exceptions," and initiating a greater appreciation of women as equals.