DEER ISLE, Maine — The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was selected to receive a $125,000 grant from the federal competitive Save America’s Treasures grant program awarded by the National Park Service and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Haystack was the only Maine organization to receive one of the grants, according to this week’s news release from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants, totaling $14.3 million for 61 recipients, are made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Save America’s Treasures’ private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Haystack has influenced generations of American architects. Built from local materials with little impact on the natural landscape, the school features walkways and structures that float above the ground on concrete piers. Grant funds will be used to replace the rotted carrying timbers, supporting posts and piers, as well as repair roofs and windows.
“These Save America’s Treasures grants will preserve the physical fabric of our history and the rich diversity of America’s story, as told by its artists, scholars and other notable figures. These awards also honor the hundreds of volunteers, organizations and communities whose energy and investment are ensuring that this national legacy endures for generations to come,” First Lady Michelle Obama stated in the release.
From fiscal year 1999 to fiscal year 2010, 1,287 Save America’s Treasures grants (646 earmarks and 641 competitive grants) have been awarded to preserve nationally significant and endangered historic structures, places, collections, artifacts and artistic works. To date, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Midway Island have received grants.