Museum Grants for African American History and Culture -- Resources

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African American History and Culture Forum

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Materials from the June 2013 Grantee Convening:

Presentation: Grants and Financial Management (PDF, 118KB)

Presentation: Association of African American Museums (PDF, 1.7MB)

Presentation: Social Media for AAHC Museums

Presentation: American Alliance of Museums (PDF, 640KB)

Handout: MAP Social Media Handbook (PDF, 192KB)

Toolkit: Developing Project Ideas, Part 1 (PDF, 519KB)

Toolkit: Developing Project Ideas, Part 2 (PDF, 710KB)

Presentation: Shaping Outcomes and Logic Model (PDF, 359KB)

Worksheet: Logic Model (PDF, 232KB)


Museum Grants for African American History and Culture content on the IMLS website:
Call for Applications for Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs for FY 2015

September 26, 2014 09:01 AM
IMLS will accept applications until December 1, 2014. Read More

Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

IMLS Announces Grants of $2 Million for U.S. Museums

July 10, 2014 08:58 AM
IMLS announces 37 museum grants awarded through three programs: African American History and Culture, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Read More

An aerial view of the new site.
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Facility Extention Connects Past to Present

May 16, 2013 12:28 PM
A new wing of the Weeksville Heritage Center will allow for expanded programing while connecting to a permanent exhibit in the original structure. Read More

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Preserving African American History and Expanding a Field of Study

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. 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

students use computers in the museum
February 2012: Tubman African American Museum Takes Exhibits Beyond Museum Walls

The Tubman African American Museum is giving “community outreach” a new meaning. While looking to expand its audience and provide education beyond the museum walls, the museum developed an “Arts & History Outreach Program” that is doing just that. Read More

FY14 OMS Report
Office of Museum Services Update for FY 2014

With succinct text and bold infographics, the report presents an accessible look the grant programs, strategic priorities, and the types of organizations and projects that were funded in 2014 by the Office of Museum Services. Read More

2015 Guide to Funding Programs and Opportunities

This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities. Read More

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Office of Museum Services Update: Building Capacity and Leadership

In 2013, the impact of IMLS grants was felt across the nation, in rural and urban communities, in museums both small and large. All types of museums, from art, history, and children’s museums to botanic gardens, aquaria, science and technology centers, tribal museums and zoos received support. Read More