Art Barn restoration project receives $500k grant

Efforts to restore Utah State University’s historic Art Barn and to re-locate the Museum of Anthropology from its cramped headquarters in Old Main recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.The restoration project was one of only 20 nationwide selected to receive an NEH Challenge Grant of the magnitude in 2010. Bonnie Pitbaldo, museum director and associate professor of anthropology, says the grant proposal was vetted by the nation’s best museum professionals and other humanists.The project includes $3.9 million earmarked for the brick-and-mortar renovation of the barn to serve as the new home of the Museum of Anthropology and USU Welcome Center. Built originally to house USU’s horses, the barn eventually hosted the largest fine arts program in the western United State before falling out of safety code.

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