Arizona State Museum on clock to raise money for Woven Wonders

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona holds more than 25,000 works of art stored in several buildings on campus.  Now the museum hopes to bring the collection under one roof.

The Woven Wonders display ranges from an 11,000-year-old sandal to a basket made just this last year.

The problem is, a variety of woven items the museum owns are not all in one place.

That's where the $400,000 "Save America's Treasures" grant comes into play.

"The Arizona State Museum holds collections in two buildings, and we have some of our basketry in their and some in this building in several storage areas," said Nancy Odegaard from the Arizona State Museum.

Nancy Odegaard says, care is important for these items. The plan is to construct a new exhibition space for the Woven Wonders.

"To accommodate a better air handler for climate control, make it visible to the public and new storage furnishing," said Odegaard.

As part of the grant the state museum must raise money to match the federal funding.

"We also need to raise funding donations to help construct the area," said Odegaard.

The clock is ticking, the museum must match the money within two years.