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Cultural Heritage/Sustainability

Libraries and museums are keystones sustaining communities' sense of place and cultural identity.

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

Cultural heritage/sustainability content on the IMLS Web site:
Multimedia Story Project Gives Voice to Teens and Extends a Hand to Refugee Community

Supported by the IMLS Grants to States program, Salt Lake County Library Services partnered with nonprofit Spy Hop to teach a free six-week course called Speak Up!, to teach local refugee youth how to use digital media to tell their stories. Read More

When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project
When Tradition Met Technology: The Chilkat Valley Fingerprints Project

The Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association worked together on a project to share Native cultural knowledge and to offer basic literacy and technology programs to help the members of their rural, isolated community. The results: new energy and programs that empower residents with a solid foundation of traditional life skills to weather hard times, technical literacy for twenty-first century success, and mutual understanding and respect. Read More

Marion McGee, the assistant director, and Althemese Barnes, the founder of the John G. Riley House and Museum.
December 2012: Multiplying Multiculturalism: One Museum Plots a Course to Promote Cultural Preservation Statewide

As a small museum grew into a multi-dimensional center of historic and cultural preservation, it faced a challenge. The museum’s founder needed to expand professional capacity and put in place a leader to succeed her. Read More

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August 2012: Keeping Oral History Alive in a Digital World

Recorders and preservers of oral history are benefiting from the wealth of resources offered by Michigan State University’s “Oral History in the Digital Age” project, which assists practitioners and addresses core issues influencing the field in the 21st century. Read More

Two girls play and learn in the Vietnamese Round Boat at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
October 2010: Attracting a Vietnamese Audience

When Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, California, set a goal to boost its overall attendance in a way that matched local demographics, it knew it had to attract a lot more Vietnamese visitors. That’s because San Jose has the largest urban Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. During the museum’s three-year initiative, the staff learned a lot about the Vietnamese community and its internal divisions. Read More