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Civic/Community Engagement

Libraries and museums build the civic strength of their communities and providing opportunities for public engagement.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen civic/community engagement (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

National Initiative: National Medal for Museum and Library Services
The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Partnership:
StoryCorps
Each year, select museums and libraries receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for these institutions. Beginning with the 2009 winners,  personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps.

Civic/community engagement content on the IMLS Web site:
Girl holding cabbage at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Blog Post: Museums and Gardens Across the Country Join the Let’s Move! Initiative

March 24, 2015 03:08 PM
IMLS celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Let’s Move! with a look back on Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Read More

 
IMLS Focus Dir Message 2015
Blog Post: Training our Focus

March 18, 2015 02:37 PM
We will host a new round of IMLS Focus convenings this spring and a new IMLS annual conference, November 16-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More

 
Susan Crawford interviewing Tim Berners Lee
Blog Post: #NetGain: #NetGain: The Role of Libraries on the Web as a Public Good

March 2, 2015 10:42 AM
At the kick-off event for the NetGain Challenge, created to ensure that the web of the future is one that supports a broad public good, discussion often focused on the key central, civic, and social role of libraries. Read More

 
Heather Stephenson and Jeanne White
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Children's Museum of Indianapolis

February 6, 2015 11:01 AM
Ryan White was one of the first children to be diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, which he contracted from a medicine used to treat his hemophilia. At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a permanent exhibit—Ryan’s childhood room—educates visitors about Ryan’s life and AIDS. We hear from Ryan’s mom and close friend in this StoryCorps interview. Read More

 
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell

January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More