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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Grand Canyon river heritage museum

In conjunction with GCA, the park did a feasibility study for conversion of the park’s old Laundry Building into the Grand Canyon River Heritage Museum. Park staff met with GCA, boating community representatives and the Grand Canyon River Heritage Museum Coalition to develop and accomplish the next steps to make the museum a reality. GCA plans to begin raising funds for the museum project in 2012.

Grand Canyon art museum

Grand Canyon has major artworks in permanent museum collections that are never seen by visitors except in special exhibits, usually outside the park. GCA aims to raise funds for a permanent art museum in Grand Canyon Village to preserve and display this spectacular, but seldom- seen collection of historic and contemporary paintings owned by the park and GCA. Such a museum will ensure that future park visitors can experience Grand Canyon art at its finest. In 2010, GCA and the NPS studied three different park buildings as potential locations for a museum.

In 2009, GCA put on the first Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, a week- long series of art-related activities meant to become an annual event. Visitors viewed and purchased works of prominent artists who sought to capture the beauty of the canyon’s timeless landscape. The second annual celebration, in 2010, improved on its success. Proceeds go toward the future, permanent museum.

Possible venue for future art museum. NPS photo

A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size; 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. NPS photo


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