Skokie, IL (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a first-time grant of $315,000 to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. The new multi-year grant will help sustain the Museum's mission of preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust and teaching current generations to fight hatred, indifference and genocide in today’s world.
The Museum is among the largest cultural institutions in the Chicago region, bringing acclaimed art, historical artifacts and public programming to suburban and city residents, as well as to visitors from across the Midwest and entire United States. Situated in Skokie, where Chicago’s large Holocaust survivor community famously fought to prevent neo-Nazis from marching in the late 1970s, the Museum is a world-class institution and inspirational monument to those who perished.
Since opening in 2009, the Museum has provided educational programming for students, teachers and the general public; hosted a wide range of award-winning special exhibitions; raised awareness of global human rights issues; and worked with both long-term and new partners. Funding from the MacArthur Foundation will allow the Museum to continue to provide these forums and facilitate new community partnerships for creative programming.
“With the generous support of the MacArthur Foundation, an extraordinary institution of global import and impact, we will continue to deepen our presence among the diverse audiences we serve,” said Executive Director Rick Hirschhaut, “The Illinois Holocaust Museum is extremely grateful to the MacArthur Foundation for helping us to make a difference in our local and global communities.”
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Learn more at http://www.illinoisholocaustmuseum.org.
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. More information is at http://www.macfound.org.