May 21, 2015
KENNEBUNK, MAINE – The Brick Store Museum has received three grants to fund its educational programs in 2015. As a nonprofit, the museum depends on the generosity of private donors, local businesses, and foundation grants to support its mission of igniting personal connections to local history and art in the Kennebunks.
Kitchen Gardeners International awarded the museum a grant of $300.00 to support the Victory Garden and outdoor learning space, in which vegetables are grown in 1940s fashion and donated to local food pantries. With the grant, seeds, seedlings and tools were able to be purchased. In addition, the museum will be giving out free seeds to all visitors to the Victory Garden to start their own gardens at home.
The Davis Family Foundation awarded the Museum $3,500.00 to support services to its visitors, including the purchase of a new point-of-sale system to track visitation and sales; the purchase of a digital video camera to produce in-depth video lectures for the museum’s website; to fund a summer intern to develop traveling programs to schools and retirement communities; and the museum’s summer concert series.
A joint grant from the Maine Arts Commission and Maine Humanities Council awarded the Museum with $950.00 to support its upcoming illustrators’ workshops for families throughout the summer.
The Museum continuously seeks help in writing grants. If you are an experienced grant writer, or are looking to get experience in the field, consider volunteering at the Brick Store Museum to secure much-needed funding. Those interested may call 207-985-4802 for more information.
# # #
The Brick Store Museum is located at 117 Main Street in Kennebunk’s historic district. For 76 years, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the region’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. Its galleries and research archives are open to the public year-round: Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 – 4:30 and Saturdays, 10 – 1. Museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $20 for families. Saturdays are half price for families! Visit www.brickstoremuseum.org or call 207-985-4802 for further information.