The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $460,000 grant to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to support the redesign and reinstallation of the east-side Santa Fe museum’s permanent exhibition Here, Now and Always.
The award is the maximum amount given in the competitive Public Humanities Project category, the museum said in a news release Thursday.
“This visual narrative tells the story of the Indigenous peoples of the Southwest through often never before seen items from the museum’s extraordinary collections of some 75,000 cultural objects and more than eight million anthropological artifacts,” the statement said. “Among the 800 objects to be displayed are ceramics, basketry, lithics, textiles, jewelry, two-dimensional art, sculpture, documents, clothing and more.”
The museum said it has been a national leader in tribal community collaboration for the design and development of interpretive programming and exhibits, noting that the core exhibit’s content and design was developed in collaboration with more than 75 tribal community members including tribal leaders, artists, historians and scholars.
The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2020.