Thanks to a $296,000 CARES grant from the National Endowment Fund for the Humanities, MoMI will be able to expand its footprint online with museum doors remaining closed as a result of the pandemic.
Not only will the funding allow MoMI to broaden its audience worldwide and develop new digital content, but it will also support existing online projects, including “The Silent and Early Film Era Collection,” “The Astoria Studio,” “The Living Room Candidate,” “The Pinewood Dialogues” and “Reverse Shot.”
The award will also help the Museum retain and rehire staff affected by the COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare for the safe reopening of the building.
“We are excited and grateful for this recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said executive director Carl Goodman in a statement. “This will allow us to continue serving a diverse audience with humanities-rich content related to the study and appreciation of the moving image from an historical and contemporary perspective.
“Further,” he added, “it will sustainably extend our reach beyond our physical facility to an unprecedented degree.”
In addition to enhancing the museum’s curatorial efforts, grant funds will be used to improve technical infrastructure.
A revamp of the institution’s website will provide remote access to on-site exhibitions, live-streamed events in MoMI’s theaters and museum tours that are part of education and community engagement programs.