The Museum of Russian Art Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

July 19, 2010

Minneapolis – Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The Museum of Russian Art will transform the Museum’s web site from a basic, static space into a content-rich, interactive destination that fosters ongoing engagement with TMORA’s exhibitions and resources. The new web site, “ a Virtual Portal to the World of Russian Art” (, will be designed to readily accommodate expansion and integration of the museum’s dynamic succession of installations and programming. It will first showcase four exhibitions and associated programming from TMORA’s ongoing series of installations that explore Russian/Soviet culture and its connections to the American experience through different artistic media. Through its twenty-first century strategies and connective tools, the new will offer a vibrant virtual museum experience that can continually grow, evolve, and serve both the Museum’s existing community and new online audiences.

“The grant from IMLS provides TMORA the opportunity to enhance its educational outreach through a newly restructured web site.  The new web platform will provide access to TMORA’s original educational materials to a broad audience of people who are interested in learning more about Russian art, culture and history. I anticipate that the virtual museum experience offered through the new web site will also attract new patrons to the museum as they learn about this extraordinary and unique venue, located in the heart of the Midwest.”  - Judi H. Dutcher, Director of The Museum of Russian Art

“This year’s MFA grant recipients are truly an exciting and diverse group of museums, representing the remarkable ways that large and small institutions are serving communities. Funded projects support digitization and collections management plans, enhanced accessibility, environmental literacy, and much more. The work of these institutions will educate and inspire citizens of all ages. IMLS is pleased to support museums as they engage their communities through programming tailored to their specific needs, and this round of MFA grants furthers this work.”  – Marsha L. Semmel, Acting Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Museums for America is the Institute’s largest grant program for museums, providing more than $19 million in grants to support the role of museums in American society to sustain cultural heritage, to support lifelong learning; and to be centers of community engagement. Museums for America grants strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals.

Museums for America funding support projects and activities, designed by the institution, that strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning and key players in the establishment of livable communities.

About The Museum of Russian Art

The Museum of Russian Art, a non-profit, educational institution, is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the preservation and exhibition of Russian art and artifacts. TMORA is located in an award-winning exhibition facility at 5500 Stevens Ave. S. (intersection of I-35W and Diamond Lake Road) in Minneapolis. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Wednesday, Friday), 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Thursday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday) and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). Admission is $7 for adults. To learn more about the Museum’s upcoming exhibitions and events, to view selections from the Museum store, or to schedule an event at the Museum, call 612-821-9045 or visit


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