About Us - Partnerships

National Initiative and Partnership Archive

The Big Read
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) offered in partnership with IMLS and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, The Big Read was designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The program offered grants to organizations in local communities to engage citizens in the reading of literature by exploring and discussing a single book within their communities.

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Engaging America's Youth
Engaging America’s Youth looked at the contributions IMLS grants have made to positive outcomes for youth aged 9–19, with four key goals: to examine what works, to share best practices, to encourage effective programming, and to build bridges with policy makers.

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Future of Museums and Libraries
UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki was a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, and inform the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide.

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Noyce Foundation Leadership Institute
Starting in 2007, IMLS partnered with the Noyce Foundation and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to plan and implement the Noyce Leadership Institute.

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Picturing America
IMLS partnered with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association for the NEH's Picturing America program. This initiative brings masterpieces of American art into libraries and classrooms nationwide to help teach American history, social studies, history, writing, literature, geography, civics, and other subjects.

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Preserve America
Preserve America is a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.

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Save America's Treasures
Administered by the National Park Service in collaboration with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Save America’s Treasures involves other federal agency partners, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been the program’s principal private partner since its inception. 

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Salzburg Global Seminar
On October 19-23, 2011, IMLS will host a seminar of the topic, Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture, in partnership with the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. The seminar will convene international leaders in libraries and museums to explore and debate the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums in society.

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Vogel 50x50
The Vogel 50x50 Web site brings together 2,500 contemporary artworks that were distributed throughout the nation as part of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States gift. Receiving institutions have published their works on the site, and more are continuously being added. IMLS supported this joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with the additional support of the National Endowment for the Arts.