The New York State Council of the Arts has awarded three separate grants totaling close to $80,000 to the , the museum announced Wednesday.
The museum said in a statement that the grants will be used to support educational folk art programs, replacement of heating equipment in the visitors' center, and general operating expenses.
“This support from NYSCA is especially welcome during challenging economic times," museum president Jackie Day said. "This funding for general operations, as well as for vital capital improvements, reflects NYSCA’s understanding of the needs facing cultural organizations today.”
The museum is currently closed through January and February, but will reopen in March with new exhibits and a fully renovated carriage museum. Upcoming exhibitions include "An Artful Life: Works from the Baker/Pisano Collection" and "Coney Island and Jones Beach: Summer Cities by the Sea."