Sponsorships & Grants

Support from corporate, government, and foundation sources is essential to fulfilling our central goal of encouraging an appreciation of Emily Dickinson's unparalleled poetry.

Sponsor "Tell it Slant"

In honor of the Emily Dickinson Museum, and the presentation of the third annual “Tell It Slant” Award, we invite you to become one of our Sponsor and Business Partners for a fascinating evening program on Monday, April 13, 2015.

We appreciate the support of our business partners in bringing these programs to the public and strengthening one of this country's unique cultural sites. Call 413-542-5084 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Emily Dickinson is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest poets who spent virtually her whole life in Amherst in her home on Main Street. Garrison Keillor called the Homestead “the most wonderful author’s house anywhere in America.” The Emily Dickinson Museum is dedicated to preserving her poetic voice and legacy, and has seen rapid growth in visibility, attendance, educational outreach, and tours and programs for the public.

The Chamber of Commerce reports that the Museum is the most requested attraction in the Amherst area, and TripAdvisor ranks it as the number one attraction in Amherst – all showing the relevance of Dickinson’s impact on people from around the world. The Museum not only draws people to the area, but also attracts tens of thousands of connections through its extensive website, EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org.

The Tell It Slant Award: The Award, presented annually by the Emily Dickinson Museum Board of Governors, honors individuals whose work, in any field, is imbued with the creative spirit of America's greatest poet, Emily Dickinson.

About This Year’s Honoree: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Tell It Slant Award. Mr. Burns formed Florentine Films shortly after earning his BA at Hampshire College. Dissatisfied with dry, scholarly historical documentaries, Burns wanted his films to "live." To that end, he adopted the signature technique of cutting rapidly from one still picture to another in a fluid, linear fashion, with the imagery joined by "first hand" narration gleaned from contemporary writings and recited by top stage and screen actors. From early success with Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981 to his latest work, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Burns has produced projects on a range of American experiences and historic figures.

In learning of the award, Burns said “I am so honored by this. Emily Dickinson has played a recurring and significant role in my life and it is so satisfying - and humbling - that it's all come full circle."

The Event: Admission to the Award Ceremony and public program at 7:30 p.m. on April 13 at Amherst College’s Kirby Theater is free. We expect an audience of 300-400 guests.

Immediately preceding the public program, there will be an exclusive buffet supper with Ken Burns at the home of Amherst College President Biddy Martin. We expect the supper to sell out quickly. Tickets are $100 each/$175 couple. We can accommodate a maximum of 125 guests at the supper. Tickets can be purchased through the Museum’s website or by calling 413.542.2034.

Details of sponsor and business partner opportunities can be downloaded here. We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful program to partner with us!


Sponsor Other Museum Programs and Events

The Emily Dickinson Museum offers a membership and corporate sponsorship program that provides a unique set of benefits that allows businesses to invest in their community.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is eager to share our region’s rich historic and literary traditions with business partners of any size. Corporate membership with the Emily Dickinson Museum offers numerous unique opportunities to share with employees and clients, starting at $100.

Corporate sponsorship levels begin at $500. Corporate sponsorship provides opportunities to sponsor specific Museum programs that benefit the community, cross-promotion and marketing, as well as benefits for your employees and clients. These may include discounted or complimentary tour admission, discounted tickets to events and programs, discounted facility rentals, VIP access, and more. By partnering with the Emily Dickinson Museum on educational signature programs, exhibits, or special events, Sponsors have the benefit of being associated with one of the country’s most important literary sites while gaining community and national visibility.

Please contact  development@EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org or 413.542.5084 for additional information. Thank you for your consideration of the Emily Dickinson Museum.


Grant Support

The Emily Dickinson Museum is grateful for grant support from government agencies and foundations.

These grants have enabled us to launch new initiatives and develop new programs with the ulimate goal of encouraging an ever more informed appreciation of Emily Dickinson's work.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

With the help of a $105,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Emily Dickinson Museum has created an audio tour of the Dickinson grounds and completed a Furnishings and Exhibit Plan for the two historic homes.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH supported "Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Person, and Place," a two-week professional development workshop in July 2009 for 80 educators from all over the United States who teach at Kindergarten through twelfth grade levels.


Massachusetts Cultural Council

A portion of the Emily Dickinson Museum's operating funds is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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National Endowment for the Arts

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Read all about The Big Read at www.neabigread.org.

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Poetry Foundation

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation provided Reader's Guides and Teacher's Guides for the launch of The Big Read: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Spring 2009. The Big Read: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson is part of a pilot initiative created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, to celebrate great American poets and the nation's historic poetry locales.