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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)

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Blog Post: Surveying the Present

July 11, 2014 03:26 PM
Maria Raviele describes how she employs her training as an anthropological archaeologist almost daily as an evaluation officer at IMLS. Read More

 
Actors on stage for the Penumbra Theatre production photo of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Blog Post: The African American Theater History Project: Bringing Together African American Theater and Cultural History from Libraries Around the Country

June 6, 2014 09:02 AM
The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater. Read More

 
ITC docents present interpretations of historic agriculture in Texas.
Blog Post: Pioneer Sunday at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

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. Read More

 
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Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

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. Read More

 
Film Forward staff and federal partners after a panel discussion.
Blog Post: Film Forward: Furthering Cultural Understanding

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. Read More

 
WWII Survivor being interviewed.
Blog Post: Bringing Oral Histories to Life at the National WWII Museum

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. Read More

 
Adze in hand
Blog Post: Chipping Away at It

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. Read More

 
The frock coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin
Blog Post: See Civil War Uniforms in the Conservation Process in a Live Webcast

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. Read More

 
Children practicing yoga in a museum.
Blog Post: Our Moving is Our Learning: The Power of Kinesthetic Learning and Programming in Children’s Museums

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. Read More

 
Photo of Sandy Tharp-Thee, Champions of Change
Blog Post: Library Programs Tailored for a Tribal Community

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.” Read More

 
Headshot of Jennifer Manley
Blog Post: Empowering New Americans

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Emerging from the Flood

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Mentoring the Immigrant Community

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Tackling Digital Citizenship

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. Read More