ROCHESTER, NY, June 22, 2020– The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) will receive an Art Works award of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The award will be used to commission artists to create original artworks that will enhance and diversify the visual representation in the institution’s upcoming exhibition, The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World.
NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for the 2020 fiscal year. This is one of 1,015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.
“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Carter. “We celebrate organizations like the RMSC for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
The Changemakers: Rochester Women Who Changed the World is a large-scale exhibition inspired by the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the women’s suffrage movement. Through compelling, authentic, and untold narratives, this groundbreaking exhibition will celebrate historical and contemporary women visionaries, trailblazers, inventors, social innovators, and entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds from the Rochester Region and sovereign Haudenosaunee Confederacy, which covers a wider geographical and territorial range.
The RMSC will partner with two artists who have demonstrated an authentic lens and perspective on African American, Latina, Haudenosaunee, and/or Asian/Pacific Islander communities to ensure authentic representation in artistically interpreting the stories of individuals, groups, or movements that will be featured in the exhibition.
“This support from the NEA enables the RMSC to partner with artists to create new works that celebrate the changemakers highlighted in the exhibition and inspire others to make change happen,” said Calvin Uzelmeier, Director of Featured Content, Exhibition Support & Special Projects. “These partnerships will not only enhance the quality and authenticity of the exhibition but will also help the RMSC continue to build relationships within our community.”
This component of the exhibition is being funded entirely by the Art Works award and would not be possible without this financial support.
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.