Columbia Museum of Art receives National Endowment for the Humanities award

Photo courtesy of Drew Baron / Columbia Museum of Art.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baron / Columbia Museum of Art.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces it has been selected as a recipient of a CARES Act economic stabilization grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The $150,000 award will support public programming associated with the upcoming major exhibition Visions from India: 21st-Century Art from the Pizzuti Collection.

“I am pleased that the Columbia Museum of Art has received funding allocated through the CARES Act,” says Congressman James E. Clyburn. “The museum serves as a community center, art studio and entertainment venue. We must continue to support them as they strive to provide safe opportunities to participate in meaningful cultural experiences and connect with others.”

From October 17, 2020, through January 10, 2021, the CMA will present Visions from India, a breathtaking sweep of 21st-century painting, sculpture, and multimedia works from India and its diaspora. The museum is eager to showcase this exhibition for diverse local and regional audiences and believes it will make an important impact on the community. The NEH is generously providing support for exhibition-related activities that require retaining humanities staff to maintain and adapt critical public programs.

“NEH is pleased to be able to support the Columbia Museum of Art in retaining jobs, maintaining essential operations, and preparing new exhibitions and programs,” says NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

As a leading cultural organization in South Carolina, the CMA holds the humanities core to its mission. The CMA believes that art is meant to be experienced, not just seen — and that means infusing its work with rich connections to the humanities disciplines.

“We are thrilled and thankful for the local and national support of the CMA and the communities we serve,” says CMA Executive Director Della Watkins. “The humanities are needed now more than ever, and this grant reinforces our ability to connect audiences with art and each other this fall through the extraordinary exhibition Visions from India.”

The NEH received more than 2,300 eligible applications from cultural organizations requesting more than $370 million in funding for projects between June and December 2020. Approximately 14% of the applicants were funded. The resulting 317 grants, awarded across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, will allow cultural organizations — including the CMA — to retain staff to preserve and curate humanities collections, advance humanities research, and maintain buildings and core operations.

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