The Columbus Museum received a $50,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant came from the American Art Renewal Fund, which will help the museum acquire new technologies that will improve American art activities and initiatives.
In a statement, museum director Tom Butler said, "We are indebted to the Henry Luce Foundation for this award ... Like all museums, the Columbus Museum has needed to make difficult choices during the past three years, but this grant will enable the museum t make its database equipment and computer-related technology current. As we are moving more toward web-based communications and educational programming, these improvements will make our American art holdings and programs much more accessible." The grant will allow the museum to buy new equipment, including a new main server and computers. It will also allow for computerized upgrades in Transformations, the museum's interactive children's gallery. A new computer-driven information center will now be available in the museum's lobby to help visitors find galleries of installations, exhibits and permanent collection of American art.
The Luce Foundation developed the American Art Renewal Fund as a response to the economic downturn and to help museums across the country. The Luce Foundation normally funds research and scholarship.
Since the Luce Foundation was founded in 1982, it has awarded more than $130 million to support research and awareness of American art in 250 museums, universities and service organizations.