Thursday, December 10, 2020

Lilly Endowment Grants of $43 Million Will Help Museums Nationwide Explore Religion

By Domenica Bongiovanni 

INDIANA – Over the next few years, four museums in Indiana will build exhibits and programming that focus on religion's role today and in the past. They'll explore the ways that people worship, how religion has played into the history of Indiana and the American West, and how faith practices are expressed through art. The Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative comprises 18 grants worth more than $43 million that the endowment gave to cultural institutions across the country. Most received between $500,000 and $2.5 million. [More]
This is a detail of Jose Rafael Aragon's Ponderosa pine, gesso, and water-based paints piece called "Retablo of San Jose," ca 1835, seen in the revamped galleries at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis

Lilly Endowment Press Release
  • The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Artur M. Sackler Gallery), located in Washington, D.C., which will develop a series of exhibitions that help visitors understand the diversity of pre-modern and contemporary Muslim, Buddhist, Zen and Hindu traditions. 
  • The National World War I Museum and Memorial, located in Kansas City, which will establish an endowed curator position on faith and religion, strengthen public programming on religion in a time of war and enhance gallery and virtual exhibitions. 
  • The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which will develop an exhibition that explores universal experiences of mortality alongside distinctive ways that religious beliefs and practices help communities respond to death. T
  • The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, which will establish an endowment to make religion a central component of the museum’s work, incorporate religion into the re-installation of its Native American Gallery, and help with the development and mounting of an exhibition focused on religion and the American West. 
A complete list of grants can be found here.