Grant provides ‘Many Faces, One Community’ programming opportunities at Midway Village

• $45,331 grant to assist exhibit in generating ongoing interest, deeper understanding of the Rockford community

Staff Report

Midway Village Museum has been awarded a grant of $45,331 by the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The purpose of the grant is for a three-year programming plan for the newly-completed “Many Faces, One Community” exhibit.

Midway Village Museum’s goal with the “Many Faces, One Community” exhibit is to generate ongoing interest and a deeper understanding of the Rockford community and its diversity.

Illinois museums continue to rank among the top three family vacation destinations each year. The Illinois Association of Museums also notes that cultural and heritage activities account for more than 23 percent of all domestic trips recorded by tour and travel industry professionals.

The grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will give us the additional resources to plan programming in the newly-completed ‘Many Faces, One Community’ exhibit,” said Deb Nau, director of development for the museum. “Our agency has developed many ongoing community collaborations in the last several years who will be featured in the ‘Many Faces, One Community’ exhibit.”

CFNIL will present a check to Midway Village Museum at its upcoming Members Event at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 24, in the new exhibit at the museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford.

Midway Village Museum is positioned to make a greater impact on the economic climate of the community and generate a deeper tolerance among diverse groups who call Rockford home with the “Many Faces, One Community” exhibit.

Midway Village Museum will be the primary institution where Rockford’s diverse citizens gather to understand their community’s past and to discuss the challenges of the future. Midway Village Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The CFNIL is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of northern Illinois.

For more details about the “Many Faces, One Community” exhibit, call (815) 397-9112. Education tours for school groups and general tours of the public are available. Visit

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

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