OGDEN -- The Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum has received a $74,470 Museums for America grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to do even more of what we already do well," Treehouse Museum Director Lynn Goodwin said.
The Treehouse was one of 481 applicants competing for 160 grants. The institute distributed $18,777,552 to help fund art, history and natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, nature centers and historical homes across the country.
The grant will go toward funding a variety of theater arts programs, Goodwin said, including a project that allows teens to work with internationally acclaimed puppeteers to produce three puppet programs. It also will help support the Treehouse Troupe professional acting group that performs before families and school groups.
This year marks the sixth time the Treehouse, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in February 2012, has received a Museums for America grant.
The grant is the Institute of Museum and Library Services' largest program for supporting projects and ongoing activities. The funds can be used for new or ongoing museums activities and programs.
Along with a formal application, the Treehouse underwent a peer review from museum officials from all over the country who focus on a variety of disciplines.
"That makes it really exciting to be funded because it shows that you're exemplary at what you do," Goodwin said.
Along with grants, the Treehouse relies on funds from memberships, donations, and admissions for its programs and exhibits, which promote family literacy, children's literature and the arts.
"We wanted the community to celebrate with us," Goodwin said. "It's so lucky to have such community support."
For more information about the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, visit www.treehousemuseum.org or call 801-394-9663.