Contribute to the Future of Nova Scotia's Past
Museums in Nova Scotia work together to launch MuseFund
The Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM) announces the launch of MuseFund, a new endowment fund created to build a sustainable and vibrant future for our museums in Nova Scotia.
MuseFund aims to provide a stable future for museums in the province to help preserve our history. It will be a source of sustainable, long-term funding that will encourage donors to support museums across the province through a simplified process. Only accredited museums in Nova Scotia will be eligible to apply for funding.
‘History and family origins are important in Nova Scotia. A sense of community and belonging are part of the culture. Our museums express this and showcase what makes us who we are. We play an important role in our communities as employers, educators and economic developers. However, our funding levels have not kept up with inflation and rising costs so we need to find a way to sustain our culture and heritage before it is too late. MuseFund will allow us to create a future for museums that all Nova Scotians and visitors to the Province can engage in’.
- Anita Price, Executive Director of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums
The launch of the Fund is timely with Canada 150. Many of the museums were established to mark Canada’s centenary celebrations in 1967 and 50 years on need to be revitalized.
MuseFund is expected to raise an initial $2.5 million over the next five years and the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia will manage the funds raised. The interest will be used to support four pillars of funding: Engagement – increasing access to collections through programming, technology and education; Stewardship – caring for the objects in the museums’ keeping through collection management, preservation, conservation and appropriate storage; Investment - for repairs and maintenance and Growth – providing training and expertise needed to sustain social, industrial and natural heritage.
This fund will also encourage Nova Scotians to engage with the museum community, thereby providing a great opportunity to recognize the importance of our local museums as a collective resource, and storehouse of cultural heritage.
To find out more about MuseFund visit www.musefund.ca or contact:
Director of Fund Development
902 300 2945 or 902 423 4677