LCRA, City of Brenham award $1,528 grant to Brenham Heritage Museum
Museum to get rolling window shades and carpet for Bus Depot Gallery
Nov. 10, 2020
BRENHAM, Texas – The Brenham Heritage Museum will purchase seven rolling window shades and 750 square feet of carpet tiles for the Bus Depot Gallery, thanks to a $1,528 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Brenham.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $2,292 in matching funds, will help purchase and install the window shades and carpet tiles to better regulate summer and winter temperatures inside the Bus Depot Gallery, enabling visitors to enjoy the building year-round regardless of outdoor weather conditions and protecting displays from direct sunlight.
“These buildings were built in the 1940s, so there’s a lot of concrete,” said Mike Vance, content coordinator for the Brenham Heritage Museum. “We’ve had guests comment on the conditions inside of the gallery on various occasions.”
In addition to making the building difficult to heat or cool, large windows around the building create harsh lighting inside the gallery that can damage photographs and exhibits, requiring the museum team to be careful about where exhibits are placed to make sure they are not damaged by the natural light.
“We want to be able to display exhibits outside of our collection,” Vance said. “By expanding our reach, we can expose residents and visitors to different works of art as well as different history.”
The carpet tiles will help with acoustics in the building.
The Bus Depot Gallery is the starting and stopping point for local parades and participants in art walks, music and cultural events throughout the year. The gallery also provides computers and restrooms for visitors in downtown Brenham, and is available to rent for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and meetings for non-profit organizations.
The Bus Depot Gallery is providing space for the Brenham Heritage Museum while the museum space at the main Post Office is closed for renovations.
The community grant is one of 27 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Brenham is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in January. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.