Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund to support the creation of a dedicated space for its library collection and historic archives. This project will establish a comprehensive institutional facility to preserve and maintain Brookgreen’s unique collection, originally begun by Archer Milton Huntington in the early 1930s. Through the years, the collection has expanded to include books and other printed material on topics pertaining to the purposes of Brookgreen Gardens.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the Henry Luce Foundation grant award, which will allow us to advance an important element of our strategic plan by creating a central facility to house our collection in up-to-date, archivally-approved conditions,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s President and CEO. “We are most appreciative of the Henry Luce Foundation’s support over the years and of its most recent funding that will provide for the creation of this needed facility.” Previously, the Henry Luce Foundation provided grants that supported the restoration of many of the gates within Brookgreen Gardens and the national tour of the exhibition, American Masters: Sculpture from Brookgreen Gardens.
The American Art Renewal Fund was developed by the Henry Luce Foundation to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities in our nation’s museums. This short-term initiative, offered through the American Art Program, provides support for operating expenses related to American Art. The American Art Renewal Fund is a departure from the traditional focus on research and scholarship and is only in effect through 2011. Since its inception in 1982, the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program has provided more than $130 million to support scholarly studies and awareness of American art at some 250 museums, universities, and service organizations across the country and internationally.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.
For more information, consult our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 800/849-1931.