BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Museum announced it is the recipient of grants adding up to almost $50,000.
The museum, a nonprofit institution, is set to receive $42,000 grant for general operating support for 2012 from the state Council on the Arts. The state agency is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens.
The New York Council for the Humanities has awarded the museum $3,000, which supported the museum's Cabin Fever Sunday winter lecture series throughout the Adirondack region. The council is a nonprofit that strives to help New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in their communities.
The Wal-Mart Foundation gave the museum a gift of $1,000 to purchase educational supplies for children's activities for public programs and special events. Through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in four main focus areas: education, workforce development/economic opportunity, environmental sustainability and health and wellness.
The museum also received a $2,000 grant from the International Paper Found-ation, which will be used to cover the costs of materials and supplies for the museum's Exhibit Master Plan process, which museum staff plan to embark on this year. They plan to update some existing long-term exhibits, introduce additional long-term exhibits and identify topics for changing exhibits, which museum officials say will position the museum to better serve both current and future visitors.
The Stewart's Holiday Match program awarded the museum $500 for its educational programs. The museum offers exhibit-based classes, field trip opportunities, outreach programs and online research opportunities, with more than 8,000 students visiting each year from the Adirondack region and beyond.
The Museumwise GO! Grant program has provided the museum with $750 to cover the costs for two museum staff members to attend the 2012 Museums in Conservation Conference in Albany.
"The Adirondack Mus-eum is thankful for the generosity of New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Council for the Humanities, Wal-Mart Foundation, International Paper Foundation, Museum-wise and Stewart's Holiday Match Program for their support of the Adirondack Museum," museum Exec-utive Director David M. Kahn said in a press release.