Fairbanks museum to get nearly $400,000 grant

Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks has received a nearly $400,000 technology grant to give students in the city and outlying areas access to the museum's programs.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce and will bring the museum's art collection into the classroom as part of an online curriculum.

Museum director Aldona Jonaitis said Monday that the grant and the Internet are truly making the museum a ''museum without walls.''

''I'm excited that children in Fairbanks -- and across the state -- will be able to use the museum's collections over the Internet to enhance their understanding of the world we live in,'' she said in a news release.

Museum officials also are exploring the feasibility of broadcasting live demonstrations with artists and other cultural events with the new technology.

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