Mystic, Conn. (January 18, 2023) – Mystic Seaport Museum has been awarded a $150,000 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities (CTH). CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants assist museums and other non-profit organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.
The Museum has identified three areas in which the funds will be used:
· Improve Technology/Online Presence
· Increase Visitation/Audience
· Grow Revenue
The Museum is committed to engaging more diverse audiences, enhancing access to our institution (both on-site and digitally), increasing visitation and revenue, hiring, retaining, and training staff, addressing climate resilience, and improving our digital infrastructure as interlocking institutional priorities meant to strengthen our capacity and sustainability.
“In the coming year, the Museum plans to improve vital elements of our digital infrastructure, including Wi-Fi enhancements, digitizing our collections, and upgrading system tools that will improve efficiency across the Museum and allow for more targeted, meaningful engagement with all of our stakeholders,” says Museum President Peter Armstrong. “We are grateful to CT Humanities for supporting our efforts to expand accessibility and create more impactful interactions with the Museum.”
The Museum was one of 725 organizations in Connecticut receiving a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant. Totaling more than $8.5 million, these grants are part of a two-year, $30.7 million investment in arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits by the Connecticut General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont.
This CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant is provided to Mystic Seaport Museum from CT Humanities with funding from the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.
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About Mystic Seaport Museum
Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org and follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.