On September 6, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced an award of $138,933 to Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) in support of the development and implementation of a two-year project highlighting the High Park Fire.
FCMoD will work with partner agencies across Colorado to complete a two-year community engagement project called Living with Fire: A Community Responds. Through this project, the museum will collect and share the stories of the people impacted by the fire; offer opportunities for collaboration, conversations and research with other local agencies; and provide educational programs to the community in collaboration with other agencies to share these stories and to provide information and resources.
Opportunities made available through this grant include collaborative programs highlighting: wildfire prevention and mitigation; burn scar restoration efforts; the impact of wildfire on wildlife; climate considerations and forest management; and a call for items from the community and businesses related to the High Park Fire for donation and exhibition, among many other opportunities.
Project Director Terry Burton stated, “Two things really excite me about this grant. First, it’s an opportunity for the museum to do what we always dream of doing, which is to tell the important stories of our community. But maybe even better than that is the chance we will have to work with and learn from all the local agencies and groups who played such a huge role in handling the fire and its aftermath.”
The two-year Living with Fire: A Community Responds project will begin on October 1. Exhibits, programs, web materials and more will be offered through September 30, 2015. All materials compiled during the course of the project will be incorporated into FCMoD collections and will be made available to the public during the project and after its completion.
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