6650 E. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4750 • Fax: 989-775-4770
Open Mon. thru Sat. 10am - 6pm • Closed Sundays


Contact:
Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways
Charla Burton
989-775-4734
cburton@sagchip.org

IMLS Contact:
Jeannine Mjoseth,
202-653-4632 or
jmjoseth@imls.gov

For Immediate Release - September 14, 2010

Ziibiwing Center Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Mount Pleasant, MI - Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),
the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, through its cultural center and museum, the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, will begin the "Ziibiwing Center's Cultural Heritage & Education Project" to create formalized cultural and educational programs and delivery tools that align with Michigan Department of Education standards for curriculum and grade level. A printed and downloadable Student and Educator Program Guide will provide a resource for teachers and educators to teach a culturally relevant Anishinabe curriculum that supports the tribe's unique historic and contemporary perspective as well as its contributions to the fields of art, science, and culture. Two special consultants will aid with the development of the program. This project will further enhance the progression of the Ziibiwing Center's growth and provide another stepping stone toward American Association of Museums accreditation.The Ziibiwing Center is coordinating a Focus Group and looking for teachers that would like to join and assist in the development of the curriculum. If you are interested please contact Shannon Martin at       (989) 775-4750. 

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"Through their proposed cultural, artistic, and scientific programming, these 24 institutions will reach and inspire thousands of people today and for generations to come. IMLS is proud to support their work." 
- IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel
Program Statement
The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Grant Program funds a variety of activities and services, including those that support the educational mission of a museum; build the skills and knowledge of individuals who provide museum services; or improve museum services, such as disaster preparedness, strategic planning, improvement of technology, collections care and management, and hiring of staff.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

Vital Statistics:
Number of applications: 35
Number of awards:
24
Total amount awarded: $1,023,857

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