The Institute of Museum and Library Services
awarded the Louisiana Children's Museum (LCM) a $148,000 Museums for America grant to fund literacy initiatives. LCM was selected from more than 400 applicants. The two-year federal grant will benefit a citywide literacy program and a campaign for school readiness in conjunction with the Head Start Program.
The Youth Rescue Initiative (YRI)
gathered 4,200 books for at-risk pre-K through eighth-grade students during its fourth annual Power Through Reading book drive. To date, the initiative has collected more than 28,000 books donated to literacy and reading programs and has partnered with the New Orleans Public Library and the Lindy Boggs National Center for Literacy at Loyola University. YRI was founded in 2008 to provide support to at-risk youth.
Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts
awarded the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane a $25,000 grant for the program "Shakespeare for a New Generation." Arts Midwest gave more than $1 million in grant funding to 42 programs in the U.S., supporting performances of the Bard's works for young audiences. The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane will provide 100 area students from public schools with show tickets and transportation.
the wife of a former NOPD cop convicted in the Danziger case, admitted she fraudulently received more than $33,000 in federal funds from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF). Barrios pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent GCCF application in her husband's name, claiming her husband was a commercial fisherman and hotel employee before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She was placed on probation and ordered to pay full restitution.