Employees of the Museum of Arts and Science had something to smile about Thursday.

The Knight Foundation gave the museum a $100,000 grant, all in effort to help the museum engage visitors in art.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences is full of eye-catching art, and after this grant, Executive Director Susan Welsh says they have some interesting plans.

"The first public use of the award will be this summer when we host the opening reception for the Macon Film Festival and we offer workshops for the general public and artistic professionals," said Welsh.

By 2018, they hope to expand the Macon Film Festival with a FullDome Festival, which means increasing artistic content, adding a different dimension to work with and ditching the flat surface.

"To help them learn how to use this projection surface for artistic presentation is very exciting for us. We've been able to expand the use of this sphere," said Welsh.

Lynn Murphey, the Program Director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, says that she's excited to see this come forth.

"I am absolutely thrilled with this grant. I think that Knight has been a significant investor in the Macon community for many, many years, and I think that this grant specific to the FullDome Movie Festival, it builds on previous Knight grants," said Murphey.

She says that they're working out the details and dates right now, but next year, they'll have film entries, more workshops, and cash prizes.

"We're really fortunate to be able to bring that national money here to Macon," said Welsh.