The Allen Centennial Garden recently received a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to generate an interpretive master plan throughout the Garden. Students will be involved on the design team and as evaluators, allowing for authentic peer feedback while providing immersive learning experiences. Prior to their fabrication and installation, exhibits and displays will be prototyped and evaluated through on-site events and at off-site locations such as dorms, dining halls and libraries. The project responds to an identified need to address “plant blindness,” the inability to recognize or notice the plants in one’s environment and their importance in the biosphere and in human affairs.
IMLS is a federal agency focused on the roles that libraries and museums play in our community life.