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Your Neighborhood Museum

Your Neighborhood Museum, an organization devoted to making cultural preservation more accessible, is excited to announce it has received a $550,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest supporter of the arts and humanities in the U.S., to create a repatriation and cultural heritage care support program with California tribes.

Today, hundreds of thousands of cultural items belonging to Native American tribes in California sit in museums making them inaccessible. Your Neighborhood Museum believes that access to one’s cultural heritage is a human right and seeks to support tribes in their repatriation goals while also assisting their efforts to fortify the infrastructure needed to receive and maintain them. This cultural patrimony is essential for the well-being of Indigenous communities.

Your Neighborhood Museum (YNM), a project of Community Partners, is incredibly grateful to the Mellon Foundation for this 2.5-year grant. This generous grant will fund participants from tribal communities through Caring for and Repatriating Everything (CARE), a seminar and workshop series that recognizes and supports the expertise that already exists in Native communities. All participants will be provided full funding to attend, supply stipends, and access to a network of professionals working in the fields of repatriation and cultural heritage care. 

About Your Neighborhood Museum, a project of Community Partners

Your Neighborhood Museum works with communities to develop programs that materially support the heritage preservation goals of BIPOC communities. We are a collective of heritage care specialists with decades of cumulative experience in social justice organizing and cultural heritage care both within and outside of traditional institutional structures. We personally understand and appreciate the role of cultural heritage care in the larger work for justice.

Your Neighborhood Museum seeks to make cultural heritage preservation accessible to our communities that have been under-resourced and under-recognized by traditional art institutions. We are active in our communities. We center community expertise and leverage our skills, networks, and experience to provide support for community led projects. We believe in the power of solidarity. Our approach to preservation is rooted in action.

Your Neighborhood Museum  is fiscally sponsored by Community Partners, a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Community Partners offers expert guidance, essential services, and a strong dose of passion to help foster, launch, and grow creative solutions to community challenges.

https://communitypartners.org

About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.