Friday, September 3, 2010

Quimby Family Foundation Makes $40,000 Grant to OMAA

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art has received a $40,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation of Portland, Maine.
In applying for grant funding, Museum Director Ron Crusan noted that the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, with its location between greater Boston and Portland, is the only art museum that serves the population from northern Massachusetts through southern New Hampshire and southern Maine. The application further detailed efforts the Museum has made in achieving the goals of its Board’s 2008 strategic plan. These include efforts to increase the number of members, corporate partners and visitors, to raise awareness of the museum in the community and surrounding region and to enhance the visitors’ experience and programs.
The Quimby Family Foundation has agreed to fund the Museum’s efforts to improve the visitor experience, beginning with the development of a master plan for the OMAA building, grounds and parking. Funds may also be used for implementing that plan, particularly in the area of outdoor parking, lighting and signage and interior guest amenities including the replacement of the front desk and gallery benches.
In making the announcement, Hannah Quimby, member of the Board of the Quimby Family Foundation said, “Our board members have spent the last few months reviewing applications and making some very difficult decisions. Each year the grant cycle becomes more challenging as the amount of proposals increase and the economic climate remains challenging. The Ogunquit Museum of Art was selected to receive funding because your goals and mission most closely align with our foundation’s funding goals. We are truly inspired by the work that you have been doing in the state of Maine.”
Director Ron Crusan said, “We want to thank the Quimby Family Foundation for their foresight in helping the Ogunquit Museum of American Art achieve its goals. Broadening support through increased grant funding is essential for the future of the Museum, as is the actual planning for the future. This award helps the Board and the Museum do both.”