Dennos Museum Center Receives $20,000 Phase II Grant Award from Art Bridges

Thanks to generous financial support from Art Bridges, the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College was recently awarded a $20,000 Phase II grant to support enhanced museum store operation, marketing initiatives, and museum reopening amidst COVID-19. The Dennos Museum Center announced earlier on July 13, 2020 that it had received a $20,000 Phase I grant from Art Bridges to support virtual programming, collections care, and reopening efforts.

Art Bridges is the vision of arts patron Alice Walton. Since 2018 Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that expand access to American art in all regions across the nation. Art Bridges supports the creation of collection-based exhibitions of American art at museums of all sizes. They are also actively building a collection, acquiring works of art to be shared with regional museums as long-term loans.

The Dennos Museum Center previously partnered with the Detroit Institute of Arts to bring Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940, to Traverse City, MI. The exhibition ran from October 21, 2018 – January 20, 2019 and was included with regular museum admission for all patrons. Art Bridges provided significant financial support to underwrite the touring exhibition.

On May 6, 2020 Art Bridges announced the creation of a special funding initiative entitled “The Bridge Ahead Initiative,” to recognize the unprecedented financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and museum closures. In an effort to support its partners during these uncertain times, Art Bridges committed $5 million to help partner museums remain in touch with their audiences during this period and to prepare for reopening in the months ahead.

Generous support for reopening the Dennos Museum Center to the public on July 1, 2020 provided by Art Bridges. For the most up-to-date information on museum and store hours, along with on-site and virtual programming, please visit or