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Levine Museum Awarded $93,348 Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services


On September 18, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $93,348 to Levine Museum of the New South. This grant will enable the museum to develop concept plans and the schematic design for a new exhibition titled Where Is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race, and Rural Life.

The 1939 book, Tobe:  A Six-Year-Old Farmer, was perhaps the first children’s book to feature realistic depictions of everyday African Americans.  The exhibition centers on how this simple story opens up in rich and, often, unpredictable directions, exploring the issue of whose story gets told and who gets to tell it.  The project represents an innovative approach to storytelling in the gallery, a springboard for community-engaged programming, and an opportunity to offer visitors new ways to understand history and their place within it.  The exhibition is being curated by Dr. Benjamin Filene, Director of Public History/Associate Professor at UNC Greensboro, in partnership with Levine Museum.

“Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement, and we congratulate Levine Museum of the New South for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.

"Levine Museum is honored to receive support from IMLS. We're excited to move forward with the project and are delighted to be working with Dr. Filene," says Levine Museum President Emily Zimmern.

A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see:

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