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:
March 26, 2014 12:50 PM
During a spring break program, San Antonio residents participated in family activities that stimulated exploration in home gardening, organic farming, and nutrition at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
March 14, 2014 01:05 PM
The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training.
December 3, 2013 08:38 AM
To kick off the 2014 Film Forward season, the Sundance Institute hosted filmmakers and federal partners to engage in conversations around the films that showcase the universal themes of communities in conflict, overcoming adversity, and the transformative power of art.
November 26, 2013 09:19 AM
With help from an IMLS grant, the National WWII Museum was able to provide better access to their oral history collection online for researchers and students of all ages.
September 20, 2013 10:32 AM
With a Native American Library Enhancement grant from IMLS, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library created an online display of their public collections, including photos, documents, audio, and artifacts.
September 9, 2013 10:38 AM
During a live webcast from the North Carolina Museum of History, you can get a behind the scenes look at their textile conservation lab and see how they conserve Civil War uniforms.
September 5, 2013 08:34 AM
Programming at the Miami Children’s Museum provides children with learning experiences that encourages movement and an active lifestyle.
September 4, 2013 12:39 PM
Sandy Tharp-Thee was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. With Tharp-Thee as Library Director of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the library evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.”
August 21, 2013 09:59 AM
Jennifer Manley was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Manley is part of the leadership team for the Queens Borough Public Library, one of the busiest in the nation where thousands of immigrants learn English, learn about citizenship, and become full participants in democratic society.
August 20, 2013 01:39 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library President and CEO Gail Naugton and Community Member Bob Schaffer explain how the museum and the Czech Village worked together to revitalize the cultural community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
August 13, 2013 08:34 AM
Marshalltown Public Library Director Sarah Rosenblum and community member Veronica Guevara describe how the Marshalltown Public Library adapts to serve the changing demographics of the community and provide resources for new immigrants.
August 7, 2013 08:56 AM
Homa Naficy was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At the Hartford Public Library she designed and directs The American Place (TAP), program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees. TAP has become a magnet for new arrivals seeking immigration information, resources for learning English, and preparing for United States citizenship.
July 30, 2013 09:42 AM
Delta Blues Museum Executive Director Shelly Ritter and Community Member Travis Calvin talk about the uniquely American art form of the Blues and how the Arts Education program keeps kids engaged.
July 24, 2013 10:52 AM
Gloria Tibbs was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At University of Missouri-Kansas City Tibbs develops programming opportunities to enhance cultural understanding and celebrate diversity.
July 18, 2013 06:16 AM
The Haitian Heritage Museum has been a steward of Haitian art exhibitions, dance performances, and educational programming in Southeastern Florida and is increasing programming within the facility, schools, colleges, and the greater community.
July 11, 2013 12:38 PM
A new format at the 2013 convening of IMLS African American History and Culture grantees brought people together who share a common passion, interest, or experience in the AAHC field.
July 11, 2013 12:34 PM
Newer and smaller institutions may face challenges in collections management and an overwhelming ratio of items to staff. Registrar Tracey Berg-Fulton describes collections care resources that provide guidance for museums.
July 9, 2013 09:27 AM
Grantees from the IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program gathered at Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, to learn about each other’s projects, share their experiences, and meet one another in person.
July 3, 2013 03:45 PM
IMLS partners with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide public libraries with immigration and citizenship resources and training.
June 20, 2013 03:10 PM
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth reflects on the Museum and Library Champions of Change. On June 11, the White House honored twelve museum and library professionals who are strengthening educational, civic and cultural life in American communities.
April 25, 2013 02:27 PM
Journalist turned museum director connects Kansans to their state’s historical DNA.