Auburn museums awarded COVID-19 relief grants

Auburn museums awarded COVID-19 relief grants

'Explore' 2

The Cayuga Museum of History & Art in Auburn in March, with its new exhibit "Explore Your History: Nine Decades of Collecting."

Two Auburn museums have been awarded grants through the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the money will go toward maintaining staffing while the museums are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Seward House Museum was awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant of $46,532, it announced in a news release. The money will allow the South Street museum to retain its only two full-time education positions, as well as develop digital learning materials and expand public access to its digital archives.

The grant comes as the museum sees a loss of more than 30% of its earned income from admissions, programming and fundraising events due to the pandemic, Executive Director Billye Chabot said. The museum was one of 311 projects chosen out of more than 2,300 applications for CARES Act grants.

Meanwhile, the Cayuga Museum of History & Art was awarded a $2,500 grant from Humanities New York, through its CARES Emergency Relief Grants program. Funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the CARES Act.

The Genesee Street museum said in a news release that the grant money will go toward staff salaries and utilities. The museum, which has been providing weekly digital programs since closing due to the pandemic, is eyeing an early August reopening. 

"The board and staff of the Cayuga Museum would like to thank our supportive community for making the value of your history and arts known to the federal government during these trying times," the museum said.

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