Tampa, FL (Oct. 1, 2014) The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Thursday that MOSI would be awarded $149,600 to support new programming specifically for at-risk youth in East Tampa neighborhoods. The grant will bring a continuum of experiences in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields to underserved middle and high school students, as well as volunteer participants, who come from the East Tampa area.
“Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement, and we congratulate MOSI for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”
MOSI will work in collaboration with the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Tampa and use the grant money to create a youth STEAM program that will equip these students with the skills they need to make STEAM careers a viable path.
“It is an honor to receive recognition from IMLS, and this is another incredible victory for our current fundraising team here at MOSI,” says Molly Demeulenaere, interim-president/CEO of MOSI. “It’s gratifying to see the fruits of our labor and to know that it all goes to give back to the community in the form of scholarships for students who may not have the opportunity otherwise.”
This IMLS grant marks the third significant donation garnered by Demeulenaere and her fundraising team in the past two months, following Florida Hospital’s $2 million gift and the Noyce Foundation’s significant six-figure award to MOSI for being a “Bright Light” in the Tampa Bay community.
Additionally, the MOSI Board of Directors has sponsored an endowment program in honor of Wit Ostrenko to support those MOSI programs about which he was most passionate. Ostrenko recently retired from the museum after 26 successful years of leadership. A national search, inclusive of the current interim-CEO, is being conducted for Ostrenko’s replacement.
A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at www.imls.gov/2014MuseumList. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see: www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. MOSI gives away more than $3 million in free memberships each year, $250,000 in free tickets annually, and approximately 400 scholarships each year for children to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Additionally, MOSI’s education staff works closely with area teachers offering free training and support for area science educators. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation or The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone; and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.