Museums en Regional Museums: From Toothpick Ships to Grace Kelley Exhibits <p>Combat the polar vortex and set your sights toward some fantastic regional museums.</p><p>Spend a day or a weekend and catch Elaine Labalme's fab five traveling and permanent exhibits, just a short drive away.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:20:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23238 at Regional Museums: From Toothpick Ships to Grace Kelley Exhibits Lawmakers Propose Dedicated State Funding for Museums <p>Two Pennsylvania senators, one Democrat and one Republican, are trying to dig up some new funding for local museums across the commonwealth.</p><p>Over the last eight years, state aid to the museums has dropped from $29 million to $2 million for fiscal year 2013-14.</p><p>Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) have authored legislation to dedicate 3 percent of the state’s Realty Transfer Tax, about $8 million to $9 million. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14975 at Report Says Libraries, Museums Support Early Learning Efforts <p></p><p>In case you had doubts that buildings full of borrow-able books and artwork are a good thing, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reporting has released a report that says they are.&nbsp;</p><p>Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners was released on Thursday and discusses ways libraries and museums are supporting children.</p><p>Study author Mimi Howard said the goal of this paper was to focus on the development of early literacy skills by using these public resources.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:37:28 +0000 Erika Beras 11748 at