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:
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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

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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

Michelle McKinney, assistant archivist, working on her first processed collection to the storage area.
February 2010: Newly Reorganized Archives Benefits Museum, Community

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, holds a collection of more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Read More

The Afro-American Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville, FL
September 2008: Florida African American Museum Exchange Builds Alliance to Preserve History

The Florida African American Museum Exchange (FAAME) is building a robust alliance of African American museums throughout the state of Florida to preserve and present historically significant documents, photos, artifacts, and buildings. Read More