KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Museums recently was awarded a $18,900 grant from the Museums Alaska Art Acquisition Fund to commission a local artist to create a visual art installation for the Tongass Historical Museum.
The Tongass Historical Museum is one of 13 cultural organizations that received funding from Museums Alaska's Art Acquisition Fund, which "awards money for museums to acquire artworks that will improve their collections," according to a press release from the organization.
The $18,900 grant will be used to commission local artist Terry Leberman to create five "Tiffany-style" stained glass windows for the entryway of the Tongass Historical Museum, according to the release.
"The windows will depict scenes of Ketchikan Creek featuring the seasons and moods of the creek and the creatures that depend on it," the information noted.
According to the announcement, other museums in Southeast Alaska that received awards from both the Art Acquisition Fund and the Collections Management Fund — also managed by Museums Alaska included:
• The Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau received $3,700 to commission an "Octopus Bag" from Jill Kaasteen Meserve.
• The Alaska State Museum in Juneau was awarded $17,000 for the commission of a traditional spruce root hat made by Delores Churchill.
• The Alaska State Museum also received another $7,000 to obtain a diorama project called "Out Late Again, I See" created by Juneau's Mitch Watley.
• The Sitka Historical Society received $6,250 for the acquisition of an Aleut hunting visor and dart set.
• The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines received $8,500 to obtain a "nautical-themed guitar" named "Troller," created by Rob Goldberg. Another $8,149 was awarded to reorganize archival photo collections regarding Alaska Native boarding facilities in the Haines area.
"This is my second time administering the grant programs, and it's my favorite part of the job," said Museums Alaska Director Dixie Clough. "There is nothing better than providing funding for amazing projects at museums and cultural centers across the state."