The Strong Receives Planning Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

April 10, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

The Strong Receives
Planning Grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $75,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist with the development of exhibits that explore the history, influence, and experience of electronic games. The exhibits will be the centerpiece of The Strong’s proposed museum expansion slated to open in the summer of 2020.

“This support from the NEH—which is crucial to museums and educational institutions across the nation—will help The Strong develop a first-of-its kind installation that illustrates the impact of technology on play,” says Jon-Paul Dyson, The Strong’s vice president for exhibits. “The space will include interactive experiences that bring the art and narratives of video games to life, along with rare artifacts from the museum’s collections that will encourage guests to explore the evolution of gaming technology.”

The grant was one of 199 awarded nation-wide to support projects that explore the broader human experience. Says NEH Senior Deputy Chairman Jon Parrish Peede, “These new NEH-supported projects deepen our understanding and appreciation of the traditions, values, and historical figures who have shaped our country.”

Says Dyson, “Video games are the most innovative, transformative medium of the 21st century. Just as the novel fueled imagination in the 19th century and film and television defined the cultural narratives of the 20th century, electronic games today are rapidly driving cultural and social change.”

The grant will allow an interdisciplinary team from The Strong to work with an international group of leading humanities scholars to plan, develop, evaluate, and revise an exhibit script that will guide the implementation and installation of these exhibits. For the full list of NEH grant-funded projects in the nation, visit

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: