The Springfield Museums have been awarded a highly competitive Museums for America grant of $150,000 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) toward the creation and installation of “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss,” an interactive, literacy-based exhibit for children.
The 3,200-square-foot, bilingual exhibition is designed to instill a love of reading and introduce children and their families to the stories of Springfield-born author Theodor Seuss Geisel. “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss” will provide opportunities to explore new vocabulary, play rhyming games, invent stories, and engage in activities that encourage teamwork and creative thinking. Upgrades to a companion website, www.catinthehat.org, will provide interactive games for children as well as educational resources for teachers.
When fundraising for the project has been completed, the new exhibit will be installed on the first floor of the Pynchon Building, formerly the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The grants are awarded through competitive peer review. Out of 470 applicants to the Museums for America program, fewer than one third were funded.
“The projects selected represent a wide spectrum of activities that will help museums serve their communities better through exhibitions and community outreach programs, collections management activities, and behind-the-scenes projects,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth.