News Release - Huntington Receives $5 Million Transformational Grant for Education and Outreach from the Rose Hills Foundation

Feb. 26, 2020

Funding will provide support for educational and public programs, digital access


SAN MARINO, Calif.—The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens has been awarded a $5 million grant over four years from The Rose Hills Foundation, targeted at one of The Huntington's strategic goals: expanding its educational and public programs and making the institution more accessible to a diverse set of audiences, including underrepresented communities.

“This grant to The Huntington provides crucial, transformational support as we strive to enhance our public mission,” said Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence. The funding supports a new initiative focused on four key principal areas: increasing audience diversity, strengthening the links between educational programming and exhibitions, broadening digital access to the collections, and augmenting online educational resources for teachers and students.

“The support also will allow us to grow our artist-in-residence program, inviting contemporary artists and writers from wide-ranging backgrounds to interpret the collections anew,” Lawrence said. Additionally, the initiative increases access to The Huntington by expanding a complimentary admission program for underserved groups, piloting a shuttle bus program to The Huntington linked to Metro’s Gold Line, and creating digital tools that provide ready online access to the collections for teachers and students alike.

“As we celebrate our Centennial and shift into our second hundred years, we are taking a more active approach to audience development, striving to engage a wider range of people who may not have felt that The Huntington was particularly relevant to them,” said Lawrence. “We want to engage communities representing the depth and breadth of cultural backgrounds across Los Angeles and encourage them to see our collections as resources ripe for discovery and to form deeper connections to The Huntington as a learning environment. We are deeply grateful to The Rose Hills Foundation for helping us fulfill our educational and public missions and propel these important priorities.”

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Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, [email protected]
Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, [email protected] 

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