The Lake Placid Olympic Museum (LPOM) announces that they have been awarded a $5,000 grant from a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).

Children writing on blackboard answering the question, "What winter Olympic sport would you compete in?

As the world’s second largest collection of Winter Olympic artifacts and the chronicler of the New York Olympic Region’s history, the LPOM receives frequent requests from schools around the State for virtual field trips, and the grant funds will help LPOM staff enhance educational programming for grades three through eight.

“We are grateful for this funding to help us inspire a whole new generation with the stories of our Olympic history,” says Museum Director Alison Haas. “This support allows us to map out an engaging curriculum and invest in the technology to deliver it in the classroom in the best way possible.”

Due to the massive renewal and renovation of Lake Placid’s Olympic Center of which LPOM has been a part since 1993, the museum is currently offering only a temporary exhibit of 1980 Olympic Games displays. All new Museum spaces and exhibits are among the final pieces of the Olympic Center renovations to be opened late this fall.

Three young boys with a bobsled and luge in the Lake Placid Olympic Museum“We are very excited to bring this remarkable history into a bold new future,” says Haas. “Along with launching an awe-inspiring new museum experience, our team will kick off all new virtual field trips in the 2022/2023 school year. These learning opportunities will bring greater meaning and relevance to our region’s Olympic legacy for young people everywhere.”

The NYSCA and MANY Partnership Grant program seeks to build capacity among non-profit museums across New York State. This year 100 grants of $5,000 were awarded.