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:
The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland used an IMLS grant to begin documenting Professor David C. Driskell’s one-of-a-kind archive consisting of an estimated 50,000 objects. The center hired an archivist, graduate student interns, and a consulting archivist to develop procedures for inventorying and making the collection available online.
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.
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.
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.
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.