MONTEREY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & RURAL LIFE MUSEUM RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GRANT FOR CHILDREN’S GARDEN COLLABORATION WITH THE EGYPTIAN AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM
The Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum is excited to announce that we have been chosen by the American Alliance of Museums to receive a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of State to participate in a international Museum Connects Program that will be in collaboration with the Egyptian Agricultural Museum (EAM) in Giza. This exciting program will be in partnership with the Community Science Network (CSN) located in Greenfield and the Monterey County’s Cooperative Extension and will be creating the “Common Ground: Connecting Communities through Gardens” program. Through this program, a community garden will be built as a part of the museum complex at San Lorenzo Park. A select group of local students will participate in this program and develop relationships with other children participants in Egypt whom will be engaged in similar projects. Both groups will work together and communicate through internet exchanges, videos and as pen pals. Students from both countries will see first-hand how the pieces of the world’s ecological puzzle interconnect, that environmental challenges are complex and cannot be understood in isolation.
Museums Connect pairs museums in the United States with museums abroad for a cross-cultural exchange that brings people, especially youth, together to open a dialogue through community projects, partnerships with local or tribal governments and schools, and local events. The mission of Museums Connect is to build global communities through partnership, collaboration and cross-cultural exchanges, linking the respective museums with communities both abroad and locally, while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals such as youth empowerment and promoting disability rights.
The $64,650 grant is awarded by the American Alliance of Museums’ Museums Connect program. Grants are awarded for innovative, museum-based exchanges that strengthen connections between museums and communities. This program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State and administered by the American Alliance of Museums.
“I applaud MCARLM’s commitment to reach beyond their local community to connect with an international audience while exploring ways in which the communities can engage with, and benefit from, the museums in your respective countries.” said Ford W. Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums. “This is a fine example of the kind of project that the Museums Connect program hopes will engender lasting ties between communities in the United States and their counterparts all over the world.”
The program between MCARLM and the EAM is 1 of 11 Museums Connect programs that have been chosen to participate in the 2013 Museum Connects cycle. This program will run from August thru June of 2014 and will include mutual visits by participating museums. The next 11 months are going to be busy and exciting for us here at MCARLM, but we couldn’t be more honored to be able to participate in this incredible opportunity that is taking our small gem of a museum international.