Western PA Museums, Theaters Benefit From $20 Million COVID-19 Relief Funding

Four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Photo credit Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A number of western Pennsylvania museums and theaters will be receiving relief funds to help make up for lost revenue due to mandated closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wolf administration announced that $20 million in funding will be distributed to venues throughout the state. The money will come from the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Gran Program.

“Pennsylvania’s museums and cultural organizations provide education, entertainment, and meaningful experiences to both residents and travelers alike, and the COVID-19 pandemic severely inhibited their ability to fulfill their cultural mission,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will be used to offset the impact the pandemic had on these organizations and will help them move forward in their recovery efforts as they begin to welcome visitors back in their doors.”

Below is a list of western Pennsylvania venues that will receive a portion of the funding. See the full list here.

Bradford House Historical AssociationCarnegie Library of HomesteadCarnegie Museum of ArtCarnegie Museum of Natural HistoryCarnegie Science CenterChildren's Museum of PittsburghCity Theater CompanyFrick Art & Historical centerGreater Union Heritage ConsortiumLincoln Park Performing Arts CenterMeadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic VillageNational AviaryPennsylvania Trolley MuseumPhipps Conservatory and Botanical GardensPittsburg Musical TheaterPittsburgh Ballet TheaterPittsburgh Botanic GardenPittsburgh CLOPittsburgh OperaPittsburgh Public TheaterPittsburgh Zoo & PPG AquariumRivers of Steel Heritage CorporationSoldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum TrustStage RightThe Andy Warhol MuseumThe Holocaust Center of PittsburghThe Mattress FactoryWestmoreland County Historical SocietyWestmoreland Museum of American Art

In March, non-life-sustaining businesses were ordered by the Wolf administration to close in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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