The Roswell Museum and Art Center has been awarded a $7,500 CARES grant for humanities and cultural organizations across New Mexico facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus.
This and other grants were created in the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act.
“RMAC is grateful for the support and funds of the National Endowment for the Humanities and New Mexico Humanities Council as the museum staff works to prepare for reopening when it is determined to be safe and appropriate,” a news release indicated.
Grant funds will be used specifically for reopening costs associated with the purchase of extra personal protective equipment, physical barriers and sanitation supplies to help keep staff and visitors safe.
The museum was founded in 1935 through an agreement between the city of Roswell, Works Progress Administration (WPA), Federal Art Project, Chaves County Archaeological and Historical Society, and the Roswell Friends of Art. The museum opened in 1937, deriving its initial support from the WPA as part of a Depression-era project to promote public art centers nationwide.
“From the outset, the Roswell Museum and Art Center established itself as a cultural and educational focus for the community. The mission of the facility is to inspire discovery and creativity along with cultural understanding of the American Southwest and the greater community,” the news release indicated.
The museum is located at 1011 N. Richardson Ave., just north of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.