$112,500 grant to Jewish Museum

September 26, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has been awarded a $112,500 grant - its third in as many years - by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

It was among 178 museum grants, including two in Maryland, announced yesterday by the independent federal agency.

More than 800 had applied for the competitive grants, whose recipients are free to use the money in any way they choose for improving overall service.

The other Maryland grant, also $112,500, was awarded to Historic St. Mary's City in southern Maryland.

The Jewish Museum is at 15 Lloyd St., east of downtown Baltimore. Its director, Avi Y. Decter, said the grants have enabled the museum to double its budget, staff and services.

"We've used the money exactly the way we said we would, and that's why we probably won again," he said. "We are honored. "It's not the kind of thing you wave a wand and get."

Decter said the museum receives about 10,000 visitors a year, and that it also operates a speakers' bureau and presents programs in schools.

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