Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that its Executive Director, Hyla Crane, has been appointed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as an IMLS peer field reviewer for 2015. Crane will be responsible for reviewing grants submitted under the Museums for America grant program for Community Anchors. The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of individual museums to serve their public. To be eligible for grant consideration, the museum must be either a unit of a State or local government, or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status. It generally must be located in the United States. It must have a professional staff that is organized on a permanent basis or a public or private nonprofit agency responsible for the operation of a museum. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nations 123,000 libraries and 35,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Over 148,000,000 people over the age of18 visit a museum annually in the United States. Crane will be responsible for reviewing applications seeking financial support through the IMLS. Review will focus on the manner in which funding will assits a museum in expanding education and knowledge at the people and community it serves. Crane’s election as an IMLS peer field reviewer was based upon her experience and expertise in the arts, particularly in museums, galleries and with working artists. Her experience in budgeting limited resources to expand, outreached and education of communities served by the institutions with which she was been involved has an important factor in her selection. Her experience in those areas will allow her to better review applications from museums for grants to better serve their communities. Crane recently celebrated her one year anniversary as Executive Director of Marco Island Center for the Arts. At the Center, she is responsible for the budgeting, oversight of personnel, gallery, education and operational aspects. For further information concerning Hyla Crane or Marco Island Center for the Arts activities, classes, and upcoming exhibits, please visit marcoislandart.org.