Spady Museum to Receive NEA Grant for Support During Pandemic Programming Pause

The museum was one of three Palm Beach County cultural organizations selected for a $50,000 grant.

Exterior of museum; photo by Carol Cunningham.

The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will receive a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The museum is one of three nonprofit arts organizations in Palm Beach County and one of 855 organizations nationwide to receive the pandemic relief funding.

The grant will support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs and will help offset some of the revenues that have been lost to cancellations of fundraising and programming events, due to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Boca Raton Museum of Art and Palm Beach Opera also received funding.

Executive director Charlene Farrington sits on the porch of the Williams Cottage with her mother, museum founder Vera Farrington, as they tape a virtual Juneteenth 2020 program.

In addition to the grant from the NEA, The Spady received additional funding from the CARES Act: $7,500 from Florida Humanities Council and $1,929 from Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.

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