Family program at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Courtesy Louisville Slugger Museum

*SITES is deeply grateful to the MetLife Foundation for extending its generosity far beyond the original time period for our Community Grant program. At this time, SITES is not accepting nor awarding grants, but hopes to reinstate this valuable community outreach program in the future with funding support from another source.


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Mountain Heritage Center

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Vanishing Pollinators:
Photography by Carll Goodpasture

Received $4,565.00

To create a traveling trunk program,
entitled The Appalachian Garden, for 3rd grade classes as part of Mountain Heritage Center’s educational outreach program. The trunk will tie the history of regional gardens (both Cherokee and European-influenced) with regional biodiversity, emphasizing the essential link between gardening and the natural world. In addition to supplementing the Vanishing Pollinators SITES exhibit, The Appalachian Garden trunk will become an effective outreach program available for the future.

Museum of the
Gulf Coast

Port Arthur, Texas

Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen:
Posters for a Better World

Received $5,000

To host a free two-day educational outreach event that focuses on informing local youth about the worldwide impact of native Port Arthuran Robert Rauschenberg. Workshops and family activities will introduce participants to art history and Raushchenberg’s innovative methods and techniques for making art, as well as provide interactive experiences for children and their families.

California African
American Museum

Los Angeles, California

Latin Jazz: La combinacion perfecta
Received $5,000

To assist with the production of four days of programming including: a lecture on the origin of Latin jazz and a guided tour by exhibition curator Raul Fernandez (of the University of California, Irvine); two screenings of Carlos Ortiz’s documentary film “El Ritmo Latino/The Latin Beat;”
a full afternoon of musical performances; a percussion workshop for professional and aspiring musicians; and a Latin jazz related art workshop led by a local artist.

Rensselaer County
Historical Society

Troy, New York

Doodles, Drafts, and Designs:
Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian

Received $1,750

To implement a four-session program series
entitled, It Starts with a Doodle. Using the four sub-sections of the SITES exhibit: “Working it Out,” “Convincing,” “Controlling,” and “Recording,” It Starts with a Doodle will introduce the public to the various design stages that occur before a final product is available to the public. A local architecture and industrial design professor will discuss the importance of drawing in "Working it Out.” “Convincing” will feature a screening of the documentary Tupperware! and a lecture by the film’s director Laurie Kahn-Leavitt. A panel discussion of local entrepreneurs, "Controlling” will examine the what it takes to transform an idea into reality. Finally, “Recording” will feature a lecture about three African American inventors.

Spartanburg County
Public Libraries

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Vanishing Pollinators:
Photography by Carll Goodpasture
Received $5,000

To conduct a series of 13 public programs at the central library, nine branch locations, and three historic gardens. Ten educational science programs for families are complimented by a series of three lectures and associated garden tours. Programs examine various topics related to the SITES exhibition including the role of pollinators, beneficial insects, and how people can create backyard habitats for pollinators.

Northern Indiana
Center for History

South Bend, Indiana

At the Controls: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Looks at Cockpits
Received $5,000

To provide “Days of Flight” inter-generational programs that surround the history and mechanics of flight. “Days of Flight” will incorporate the At the Controls exhibition to lead the discussion and discovery of the history of flight, the physics and mechanics of flight, and the educational requirements required in order to pursue a career in aviation and space flight. It will reveal to the community the significant corporate impact the aviation industry holds in South Bend, Indiana.

The Mitchell Gallery
at St. John's College

Annapolis, Maryland


Magic, Myth, and Minerals: Chinese Jades from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Received $5,000

To fund three interpretive programs: two festivals of Chinese culture and traditions will feature Chinese music with Duke Tang’s group from the Chinese Music Society of Greater Washington; Linda Fang’s storytelling, and Chinese Puppetry
with members of the Dragon Art Studio. One festival is geared toward adults and the other toward families. The third program is a lecture entitled, “Chinese Jade: Stories and Stones” by
Jan Stuart.

Pensecola Museum
of Art

Pensacola, Florida


Lunch Box Memories
Received $5,000

To offer a free Family Day. This educational event will include lunchbox-inspired creation stations, performances, demonstrations, viewings of sample programs represented by lunchboxes in the exhibition and a lecture.

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