IMLS Grants to Museums in 2013

Alabama  |  Alaska  |  Arizona  |  Arkansas  |  California  |  Colorado  |  Connecticut  |  Delaware

District of Columbia  |  Florida  |  Hawaii  |  Idaho  |  Illinois  |  Indiana  |  Iowa  |  Kansas  |  Kentucky

Louisiana  |  Maine  |   Maryland  |  Massachusetts  |  Michigan  |  Minnesota  |  Mississippi

Missouri  |  Montana  |  New Hampshire  |  New Jersey  |  New Mexico  |  New York  |  North Carolina

Ohio  |  Oklahoma  |  Oregon  |  Pennsylvania  |  Puerto Rico  |  Rhode Island  |  South Carolina

South Dakota  |  Tennessee  |  Texas  |  Vermont  |  Virginia  |  Washington  |  Wisconsin  |  Wyoming

Cooperative and Interagency Agreements


Alabama

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $190,430

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute - Birmingham, AL
Award Amount: $74,277; Matching Amount: $83,228
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Mr. Wayne Coleman
Head of Archives
(205)328-9696x218; wcoleman@bcri.org

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) will use its grant to implement the Collection Storage Improvement Project, the goal of which is to safeguard its archival and fine arts collections to ensure that they will be available for use by current and future staff, scholars, and researchers. BCRI will 1) install additional SpaceSaver shelving, tripling what's currently available; (2) install a new art storage system; (3) install environmental monitoring equipment in all collections storage spaces; and (4) promote the improved facilities and accessibility to encourage increased collection usage and donations.

 

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association - Montgomery, AL
Award Amount: $16,155; Matching Amount: $16,155
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Margaret Ausfeld
Curator of Art
(334)240-4351; mlausfeld@mmfa.org

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will restore and preserve two major sculptures that have been in disrepair for more than a decade. A conservator will evaluate and restore Edward Hendrick's 1991-IV kinetic aluminum sculpture, the artist's only marine based work. The conservator will assess cracked welds, make any needed structural repairs, and re-gild and coat the surfaces to protect them from environmental damage. The conservator will replace faulty cables in Buckminster Fuller's Twelve Degrees of Freedom sculpture, and the museum will reinstall it on its original base with a protective vitrine. More than 150,000 visitors, along with area residents and travelers, will engage with Hendricks' work in the lake outside the museum, and visitors will be able to view Fuller's work in the museum gallery for the first time since 1999.

 

University of Alabama/Alabama Museum of Natural History - Tuscaloosa, AL
Award Amount: $99,998; Matching Amount: $58,927
Grant Program: Learning Labs in Museums

Contact: Ms. Linda Watson
(205)348-6028; lwatson@bama.ua.edu

The University of Alabama Department of Geography and the Alabama Museum of Natural History are partnering to plan, design, and prototype the Discovery Learning Lab, which will give middle and high school-aged students access to "geek" mentors who will guide them in explorations of digital technologies not readily available at home or school. Goals for the project include creating formal partnerships with representatives from the entire spectrum of the local education community, planning and designing a space that will allow participants ways to connect with each other and their mentors, providing opportunities for autonomous explorations as well as structured programs, and exposing teens to STEM disciplines, skills, activities, and software at the lab and in a cyberspace environment.

 


Alaska

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $376,588

Ahtna Incorporated - Anchorage, AK
Award Amount: $50,000; Matching Amount: $20,297
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Katherine McConkey
Cultural Center Director
(907)822-3535; ahtnaheritage.kathy@gmail.com

Ahtna, Incorporated, together with Ahtna Heritage Foundation, will use its grant to hire a consultant to produce a plan of exhibits and interpretation for C'ek'aedi Hwnax Cultural Center to portray the history, culture, and language of the Ahtna Athabascan people. The consultant will use concepts and themes developed by the community, and exhibit content will be drawn from C'ek'aedi Hwnax collections and through interviews with Ahtna elders. The plan will guide Ahtna in improving its current exhibits, or fabricating new ones, and in developing interpretive text to help tell the stories that Ahtna people themselves have identified as important.

 

Museum of the North, University of Alaska - Fairbanks, AK
Award Amount: $149,999; Matching Amount: $150,052
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Angela Linn
Senior Collections Manager
(907)474-1828; ajlinn@alaska.edu

The University of Alaska Museum of the North will move data on its cultural collections (anthropological and historical cultural) from outdated databases to the museum's online, multi-disciplinary collection management system, Arctos, already used by six other museum departments. The Arctos programmer will design a user interface for cataloging cultural collections, map and prepare data in the existing databases, and transfer 800,000 accession and catalog records into Arctos. Several user groups will help evaluate and fine-tune the interface and data entry process. The museum will promote new access to its collections data, and will share project results through professional publications and conference presentations. A wide range of professional, university, and public audiences will gain searchable access to the collections, and other humanities-based collections will learn about the potential to use Arctos.

 

Chilkat Indian Village - Haines, AK
Award Amount: $48,477; Matching Amount: $6,814
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Lani Hotch
Project Director/Collection Development Planner
(907)767-5581; lanihotch@aptalaska.net

The Chilkat Indian Village will use its grant to protect clan treasures while work on the new Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center is completed. Working with partners, tribal and clan representatives will examine tribally owned objects and other clan collections to identify those with the most immediate storage needs. The project will help tribal members acquire the museum skills necessary for the successful operation of the heritage center.

 

Alaska State Museum - Juneau, AK
Award Amount: $78,439; Matching Amount: $117,724
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Scott Carrlee
Curator of Museum Services
(907)465-4806; scott.carrlee@alaska.gov

The Alaska State Museum will provide hands-on professional development for 27 staff at 12 Alaskan museums and cultural centers during the move of its 32,000-object collection. The museum will use the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Incident Command System to manage a complex move to a new storage facility. The museum will provide a one-hour project orientation and half-day training sessions for three project phases: move preparation; the move; and unpacking and rehousing. The project will prepare participants for future collection moves, while enabling the museum to safely move collections in a tight timeframe. Project updates and results will be shared through social media, online museum chats, and the museum's website and bulletin.

 

Koniag, Inc. - Kodiak, AK
Award Amount: $49,673; Matching Amount: $9,199
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Marnie Leist
Registrar
(907)486-7004; marnie@alutiiqmuseum.org

Koniag, Inc. will use its grant to enable the Alutiiq Museum to enhance the care and interpretation of the Old Karluk collection, recording Alutiiq lifeways over a 6,000-year period. Currently, the Old Karluk collection lacks a full and accurate inventory, is poorly stored and organized, and has few summary documents to assist in its interpretation. Excavators' field notes have never been turned into maps of site features, and the site's contents are largely unpublished. This project will generate an accurate, complete inventory; rehouse collections; expand an Alutiiq artifact nomenclature to encompass Old Karluk objects; create resources to aid in site interpretation, and promote public awareness of the collection.

 


Arizona

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $691,464

Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ
Award Amount: $149,998; Matching Amount: $151,300
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Elaine Hughes
Collections Manager
(928)774-5211x228; ehughes@mna.mus.az.us

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) will implement environmental improvements and assess environmental requirements to address the top priority preservation needs for a portion of its zoology holdings, including the avian osteology collection, a small bird egg and nest collection, a 400-specimen comparative osteology collection, and 300,000 invertebrate collections that include both mollusks and entomology specimens. Activities will include hiring a collections associate, purchasing and installing storage equipment, assessing the contamination level of zoological study skins, conducting a contaminant workshop for area colleagues, rehousing zoology specimens, and adding a contaminated collections section to the museum's collections management policy and procedures manual.

 

Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $150,273
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Elaine Hughes
Collections Manager
(928)774-5211x228; ehughes@mna.mus.az.us

The Museum of Northern Arizona will conduct planning, develop a digital policy and a digital procedures guide, and complete pilot rehousing projects to address preservation needs for its endangered photo archives. Most of the photographic content is primary, original, unique and irreplaceable, and comprises an import resource for scholars, staff, tribes, and the public. The museum will hire an associate archivist; pilot rehousing projects for the print collection, slides, film, and audio; and engage a photographic materials conservator to provide on-site consultation, a university lecture, and a photographic materials workshop for area colleagues. The planning process will set realistic priorities to guide photo archives preservation, allowing the museum to better allocate space, time, and funding. The pilot projects will protect master digital assets from loss and deterioration and improve the quality of images and information provided to users.

 

Desert Botanical Garden - Phoenix, AZ
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $400,754
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Elaine McGinn
Director of Planning and Exhibits
(480)481-8174; emcginn@dbg.org

The Desert Botanical Garden will develop a new interpretive master plan to guide the integration of revised interpretation with physical site improvements, programming, and collections development. To implement this project, the museum staff will engage with interpretative planning and audience research consultants, as well as an advisory committee of experts and community members. With the completion of the plan, the museum will be positioned to serve visitors as a resource for forging stronger connections with nature, understanding the relationship between plants and people, increasing appreciation for the Sonoran Desert, and taking action to conserve the natural environment.

 

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block - Tucson, AZ
Award Amount: $149,712; Matching Amount: $187,147
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Susan Dolan
Collections Manager/Registrar
(520)624-2333; sdolan@tucsonmuseumofart.org

The Tucson Museum of Art will undertake the first phase of a collections storage improvement project, "Designing Space Within," within an existing collections vault. The museum will undertake a five-day conservation consultancy with an objects conservator; reorganize select collections storage areas into a new and more compact footprint; complete a condition assessment, photography, and bar-coding of 2,836 objects; and install a high-density mobile storage system for two- and three-dimensional objects. The project will make the collection more accessible to the curatorial staff, researchers, and patrons via images on the museum's networked database, existing virtual online exhibits, and within the storage vault.

 

White Mountain Apache Tribe - Whiteriver, AZ
Award Amount: $50,000; Matching Amount: $26,151
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Dr. Karl Hoerig
Museum Director
(928)338-4625; khoerig@fortapachearizona.org

The Nohwike' Bágowa Museum of the White Mountain Apache Tribe will use its grant to digitize a collection of oral history and oral tradition reel-to-reel audiotapes; develop metadata, including finding aids for the audio recording collection along with previously digitized photographic collections and partially digitized paper archives; and install equipment to make these heritage resources available to museum visitors and researchers. The audio recording collection that is the primary focus of this project includes 525 tapes containing an estimated 788 hours of recordings that were collected between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. About half of these recordings have been transcribed and translated to English. Completion of this project will improve the long-term preservation of a collection of oral history and oral tradition recordings and will make the knowledge that they contain much more easily available for research.

 

Quechan Indian Tribe - Yuma, AZ
Award Amount: $41,754; Matching Amount: $1,443
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Barbara Levy
Program Director
(760)572-4412; b.levy@quechantribe.com

As a way of preserving linguistic variation, the Quechan Indian Tribe will produce an illustrated classroom dictionary, using the basic vocabulary spoken by the language instructors in the Quechan Indian Tribe Language Preservation Program. The dictionary will be made available for immediate use in early childhood language and literacy teaching activities. The tribe will also publish two volumes of print-ready Quechan oral stories in a bilingual format designed to serve as user-friendly language learning materials. These publications will facilitate further interest in preserving Quechan culture and an increased awareness of ongoing efforts to preserve the native language and culture.

 


Arkansas

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $31,464

University Museum, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, AR
Award Amount: $31,464; Matching Amount: $43,204
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Nancy McCartney
Curator of Zoology
(479)575-3456; nmccartn@uark.edu

The University Museum of the University of Arkansas will rehouse its collection of zoology mammal skins to ensure that the storage of these specimens meets the highest standards of care and management of natural history collections while making them more accessible to researchers and faculty. The museum will purchase 11 cabinets and acid-free materials for storage. A zoology graduate assistant and work-study student will assist staff in organizing specimens in proper taxonomical order and updating records in its collections database. The project team will generate updated inventory lists, and properly label specimens. The museum will include updated specimen data in the VertNet national database of vertebrate collections. Improved storage and access will decrease unnecessary handling of specimens, which will help make them available for future generations.

 


California

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $2,753,783

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - Berkeley, CA
Award Amount: $145,200; Matching Amount: $183,867
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Lawrence Rinder
Director
(510)642-5187; lrinder@berkeley.edu

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will hire a Family and School Programs Manager to support community demand for expanded educational programming for families and K-12 schoolchildren. The museum is preparing to move downtown, in proximity to local schools, recreational facilities, arts organizations, and public transportation. The museum anticipates that this increased access will greatly heighten demand for educational programming. A professional programs manager will create and run new programs tailored to various age groups, based on recent successful pilot projects for these audiences. The museum will target 60 class visits per year to the new location, with an average class size of 30 students. The museum will evaluate the new programming through audience surveys of students, teachers, families, and partnering community organizations.

 

Regents of the University of California (Lawrence Hall of Science) - Berkeley, CA
Award Amount: $94,884; Matching Amount: $34,146
Grant Program: Learning Labs in Museums

Contact: Ms. Gretchen Walker
Director of Community and Visitor Programs
(510)643-7653; gwalker@berkeley.edu

This project will support TechHive. The project includes an innovative learning space; a new teen program; and a set of fun, interest-driven, youth-inspired design challenges. Teens will develop and test a set of open-ended design challenges as starting points for inspiration and creativity using software, fabrication tools, STEM expertise, peer mentors, and social media. All challenges will motivate teens to develop lengthier and more challenging engineering design projects that may involve any combination of digital sketching, computer programming, engineering design, fabrication, and digital storytelling. TechHive will leverage interest in new media to build young people's 21st century STEM content knowledge, skills, and support career exploration.

 

Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California - Berkeley, CA
Award Amount: $147,088; Matching Amount: $149,964
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Ellen Blinderman
Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs
(510)643-7687; ellenb@berkeley.edu

Building on early childhood research, the Lawrence Hall of Science will develop activities to engage children ages 4-7 in "design thinking." Engineering design activities use hands-on learning to promote design thinking and 21st century skills. The project will incorporate the new activities into existing programs and train staff and volunteer educators in effective strategies to engage families and young children. The project will result in several products to be disseminated to the field, including a research-based effective practices framework for developing design experiences for young children in museums; a set of engineering design activities for early learners; a facilitator professional development program; and research and evaluation reports. Design Thinking through Play will contribute to the research and evidence base regarding the learning potential of these methodologies to nurture the habits and mindset of engineers and innovators.

 

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College - Claremont, CA
Award Amount: $58,358; Matching Amount: $68,375
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Mary MacNaughton
Director
(909)607-3517; mmacnaug@scrippscollege.edu

The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery will engage a conservator to clean, repair, and remount six historical Chinese paintings in its permanent collection. The museum will produce an educational booklet that illustrates the process, focusing on methods of cleaning and repairing silk, and returning works to their traditional Chinese hand scroll and scroll formats. To accompany an exhibition of the conserved painting, the museum will hold a conservation symposium to share little-known methods of conserving Asian art. The project will enrich learning for students in Scripps College's new Art Conservation major, and benefit scholars of Chinese paintings, who can view works that have not been exhibited in decades.

 

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions - Los Angeles, CA
Award Amount: $108,880; Matching Amount: $117,956
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Robert Crouch
Associate Director/Curator
(323)957-1777x12; robert@welcometolace.org

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) will redesign its website to be a primary location to engage new publics and expand its capacity to connect with its audiences and deepen their understanding of participatory, public artistic practices. LACE will produce six short-form documentary videos for streaming via the website. The videos will present case studies of public art works, featuring the lead artists. Each artist will invite collaborating stakeholders to create companion videos presenting their perspectives. The museum will also host and document two annual events to facilitate dialogue among artists, stakeholders, cultural producers, and theorists. The project activities are intended to provide critical learning opportunities about public, participatory artistic practices and the subject matter of their work. Audiences will learn about the skills and methodologies used for different stakeholders to collaborate and enact social change within their communities.

 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles, CA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $194,020
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Janice Schopfer
Head of Paper Conservation
(323)857-4748; jschopfer@lacma.org

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will conduct a comprehensive inventory of its photography and media collections which face accelerated collection growth and programmatic activity. The inventory will create complete and standardized data about the collections and the current conditions of dispersed, improvised storage and housing. Upon completion of the inventory, the museum will refine and institute new collections management processes across the museum's encyclopedic collections and will inform the planning and design of LACMA's Art+Film Lab, a multi-use site for presenting a wide variety of lens-/film-/time-based works of art in the context of an encyclopedic museum.

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation - Monterey, CA
Award Amount: $149,989; Matching Amount: $234,754
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Rita Bell
Director of Education Programs
(831)648-4845; rbell@mbayaq.org

The Monterey Bay Aquarium will use grant funds to support Teen Conservation Leaders, a hands-on opportunity for teens to make a contribution to their community while learning science content and practicing leadership skills. Teens will attend intensive summer training with time dedicated toward team building, natural history and ocean literacy content, customer service, interpretation and communication training, and an introduction to the aquarium's history, mission, and educational programs. After training, each teen will commit to a minimum of 75 service-learning hours per year at the aquarium. The 150 teens participating in the program will gain valuable leadership and professional skills along with science content and hands-on work experience. The project aims to encourage participant to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career pathways.

 

Computer History Museum - Mountain View, CA
Award Amount: $137,852; Matching Amount: $314,768
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Karen Kroslowitz
Senior Registrar and Collections Manager
(650)810-1022; kkroslowitz@computerhistory.org

The Computer History Museum will catalog and create access images for 10,000 computer-related artifacts representing new acquisitions and backlogged collections. The museum will recruit and train collections specialists, volunteers, and interns, and build on experience gained in a previous IMLS-supported Phase 1 project, which implemented effective cataloging processes and equipment. The project will broaden and deepen the museum's searchable online catalog to provide richer collections access for staff, visitors, educators, students, researchers, and other museums and organizations. The project will support enhanced, content-rich experiences through exhibitions, K-12 STEM-infused educational programs, and lectures. The museum will share project results through its website, annual "Core" magazine, and quarterly newsletter.

 

Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park - Oakland, CA
Award Amount: $142,135; Matching Amount: $142,385
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Holly Alonso
Executive Director
(510)527-2759; hollyalonso@earthlink.net

The Peralta Hacienda Historical Park will make the museum and its history more accessible to Spanish-speaking residents and visitors by strengthening and expanding its Community Tour Leaders Corps program. The program engages a diverse pool of neighborhood residents as interpretive specialists who understand the site's historical content, have confidence in engaging visitors, and give excellent tours of the site. IMLS funds will support a staff position to direct the program and to mentor tour leaders. The museum will translate all exhibit content into Spanish to enhance the experience of the Spanish language tours. The project will increase the number of community tour leaders, triple their training time, and enrich training with hands-on and community building activities. The project will also create a school fieldtrip for the Peralta House exhibits staffed by community tour leaders, enabling the museum to serve more fourth grade classes.

 

Chabot Space and Science Center Foundation - Oakland, CA
Award Amount: $24,964; Matching Amount: $47,034
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Ranger Melissa Rosengard
Director of Institutional Advancement
(510)336-7379; mrosengard@chabotspace.org

The Chabot Space & Science Museum will produce Random Acts of Science, a pop-up science education program for underserved neighborhoods in Oakland. Inspired by, and in partnership with, the Oakland Firefighter's Random Acts (a philanthropic outreach organization of Oakland Firefighters), the program will pair trusted and respected firefighters with astronomers and science educators, arriving by fire engine to communities whose members are least likely to come to the Science Center. Chabot will use mobile technology and equipment such as a traveling telescope, computer hookup, and large portable screen. The combination of portable astronomy equipment with the excitement of a fire engine has the potential to serve as a model for science education community outreach programs.

 

Armory Center for the Arts - Pasadena, CA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $377,724
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Lilia Hernandez
Director of Programs in the Community
(626)792-5101x111; lhernandez@armoryarts.org

Armory Center for the Arts will expand Art High to serve a broader demographic, emphasizing at-risk and in-crisis teens. The museum will deepen programming through mentoring, career guidance, portfolio development, and exhibition of teen artwork, while providing more than 700 teens with more than 1,000 hours of instruction yearly. It will build on partnerships with the Learning Works Charter School and Homeboy Industries to engage in-crisis teens, helping them gain 21st century skills and experience personal accomplishment in a supportive environment. The museum will create new evaluation techniques and tools to ensure that programming meets the needs of underserved teens and will conduct targeted outreach to diverse populations that have few opportunities for substantive arts education. The museum will share the initiative and its professional development and outreach techniques through the Teaching Artist State Collaborative and National Art Education Association Convention and will lead a 2014 regional conference.

 

San Diego Model Railroad Museum - San Diego, CA
Award Amount: $149,911; Matching Amount: $150,315
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Polly Toledo
Administrator
(619)696-0199; ptoledo@sdmrm.org

The San Diego Model Railway Museum will partner with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative and Balboa Park Learning Institute to fabricate, evaluate, and launch a Centennial Garden Railway Exhibit. The exhibit will be part of EDGE2015, a yearlong festival of technology, art, commerce, and culture honoring the historic 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The exhibit, built through traditional model techniques and 3D and laser printing, will transport visitors to Balboa Park as it appeared in 1915. Entirely solar powered, the model garden will use fewer than two gallons of water weekly, reinforcing the museum's role in promoting emerging technologies. Visitors will be able to operate model streetcars and electriquettes (wicker-bodied electric vehicles), building lights, and sound through a mobile application. The exhibit will educate visitors on Balboa Park's accomplishments over the past century, innovative transportation developed for the exposition, and entrepreneur John Spreckel's contributions to the success of Balboa Park and San Diego's railways.

 

Museum of Photographic Arts - San Diego, CA
Award Amount: $116,752; Matching Amount: $124,824
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Joaquin Ortiz
Director of Education and Public Programs
(619)238-7559; ortiz@mopa.org

The Museum of Photographic Arts will engage teens and young adults from diverse and underserved neighborhoods to develop and prototype new learning experiences that are designed to meet the changing needs of audiences. The museum is partnering with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative and Media Arts Center of San Diego to combine digital technology with traditional education models to create relevant, interactive, and learner-centric programs. The project aims to determine what the community wants and needs in learning experiences; expand opportunities for audiences to design meaningful interactivity with the arts; and provide youth a leadership role in developing new ideas for community engagement with the arts. The process will include audience and community surveys, focus groups, participation data from the Teen Exploratory Groups, user testing of prototypes, and independent project evaluation. The project will contribute to the national dialogue on how museums and educators adapt to changing learning and technology models.

 

San Diego Society of Natural History - San Diego, CA
Award Amount: $24,360; Matching Amount: $9,543
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Dr. Michael Wall
VP, Research & Public Programs
(619)255-0266; mwall@sdnhm.org

San Diego Society of Natural History will use popular technology, social software, and digitized natural history collections to reconnect the public with nature. NatureSpace addresses the challenge of making digitized natural history collections, which are traditionally not designed to be accessible to the average person, more engaging through a new user-friendly front-end interface. Working with volunteer organizations interested in interpreting three local natural areas in the San Diego region, the museum will prototype 18 user-centered tools such as scavenger hunts and interpretive walks for the NatureSpace mobile application. The final products will be openly shared with the museum community.

 

San Diego Natural History Museum - San Diego, CA
Award Amount: $148,772; Matching Amount: $181,094
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Paisley Cato
Project Manager, Exhibition Development
(619)255-0241; pcato@sdnhm.org

The San Diego Natural History Museum will design and create two interactive exhibit maps with extended content. One map will reside in a free app accessed via smartphone and take advantage of indoor mapping technologies, and the second map will be accessed on the museum's website. Both maps will encourage visitors to customize their tour of the new exhibition, Habitat Journey/Viaje por los Hábitats, and to deepen their involvement in the exhibit's content. The museum's goal is to foster and deepen a visitor's sense of place for their region through digital tools that complement the exhibit, Habitat Journey/Viaje por los Hábitats.

 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - San Francisco, CA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $474,800
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Joël Tan
Director of Community Engagement
(415)321-1359; jtan@ybca.org

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will bring the arts experience offsite, using artist-led experiential art-making sessions to connect with underserved communities and individuals who typically do not attend museums. The museum will reinforce cultural connectivity by reaching low-income audiences in their own communities, including Filipinos in San Francisco, Central Americans in San Francisco, and East Africans in Oakland. Local or international artists who are deeply connected with these communities will design a total of nine projects to take place in untraditional spaces ranging from community centers and government buildings to restaurants, parks, and low-income housing complexes. In addition to the artists, the museum will collaborate with six to ten community organizations and a variety of project advisors. The project will create a framework for accessible arts engagement, providing a transformative experience to positively change participants' lives and communities, their appreciation of the arts, and their relationship with the museum.

 

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
Award Amount: $127,940; Matching Amount: $299,188
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Renee Baldocchi
Manager of Public Programs
(415)750-7634; rbaldocchi@famsf.org

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will create the Artist Studio program to increase artist-visitor interaction, raise artist visibility, and increase visitor participation in the conversation around and creation of art. The museum will invite at least 20 artists from dance, theater, performance art, poetry, literary art, media, film, and visual art to participate in yearlong residencies. The artists will promote their work virtually on museum-hosted micro-sites for twelve months and be in residence for one month in the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum's Kimball Gallery, presenting work tied to special exhibits and/or permanent collections. The program will integrate artist-driven projects into the museum and give audiences new opportunities to experience, understand, and appreciate art. The program will also forge stronger partnerships with the local arts community and support artists with opportunities to attract new audiences and exhibit work at a major museum.

 

Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
Award Amount: $249,659; Matching Amount: $33,848
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Joshua Gutwill
Director of Visitor Research and Evaluation
(415)528-4408; jgutwill@exploratorium.edu

The Exploratorium will investigate the potential for museums to influence the lifelong science learning trajectories of "emerging adults" (ages 18-29 with no children). This research project will look at the impact of a museum visit on four related cognitive and emotional domains within emerging adults: interest in science topics and process; beliefs about the relevance of science to their lives; feelings of their own self-efficacy in science; and self-identity and its relationship to science. Results of this study will be shared with the field to better equip practitioners with the tools to attract, engage, and connect learners with science in ways that persist over time. This study is intended to lay the groundwork for in-depth future research into the most significant areas of impact.

 

San Jose Children's Discovery Museum - San Jose, CA
Award Amount: $141,000; Matching Amount: $161,808
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Jennifer Martin
Director of Education and Programs
(408)298-5437x280; jmartin@cdm.org

The San Jose Children's Discovery Museum will create the Breaking Ground initiative to promote cross-cultural understanding among diverse immigrants and help foster a positive future for immigrant children. Building on its experience in outreach to Latino and Vietnamese communities, the museum will engage South Asian, Indian, Filipino, Chinese, and Taiwanese communities to develop and pilot-test programs using food as an expression of culture to share ethnic traditions. Through community dialogues during meals, the project will identify participatory experiences and cross-cultural intersections to be presented in the museum. Platforms will include a Foodways Corner to showcase cultural food traditions in person and through video narratives; Foodways Garden Beds where community volunteers select, plant, and tend produce; and Foodways Video Narratives, virtual experiences available through social media channels.

 

Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA
Award Amount: $135,017; Matching Amount: $162,541
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. Timothy Ritchie
President
(408)795-6115; tritchie@thetech.org

The Tech Museum of Innovation is partnering with local school superintendents and education technology leaders to create the Center for Learning with Technology. The program will assist Bay Area public schools that have not yet taken full advantage of technological advances. The center will combine a 3,000-square-foot physical space with a virtual community where educators can learn about, discuss, test, and experience educational technology innovations. A series of professional development workshops will engage superintendents, principals, and department heads with deep dives into technology tools and techniques, with a focus on practical applications with the potential to transform schools and school districts. The goal is to foster 21st century STEM skills by driving at least 10 school districts to adopt new technology-enhanced strategies, protocols, programs, or tools to improve student learning.

 

Discovery Science Center of Orange County - Santa Ana, CA
Award Amount: $5,000; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: National Medal for Museum Service

Contact: Mr. L. Adams
President and CEO
(714)913-5006; jadams@discoverycube.org

Discovery Science Center (DSC) has brought science education to vast audiences over the last 25 years through its Santa Ana facility and a soon to open Los Angeles museum. With a dynamic outreach program and state-of-the-art exhibits, the DSC team has led the way in creating innovative museum exhibitions and classroom programs. By blending hands-on science activities, immersive environments, game design, and role playing, DSC is modernizing how educational content is delivered to families and students. The award-winning Eco Challenge exhibit at DSC utilizes these unique, immersive experiences to encourage environmentally responsible behavior among their community. DSC also proudly participates in the Let's Move! Museums & Gardens initiative.

 

Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, University of California,
Award Amount: $99,374; Matching Amount: $111,386
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Thorsch
Director
(805)893-2401; thorsch@ccber.ucsb.edu

The University of California, Santa Barbara's (UCSB) Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) will image 71,600 specimens in its vascular plant collection in order to improve access to the collections for UCSB faculty, students, CCBER staff, environmental consultants, and the general public and contribute to a larger effort worldwide to digitize millions of biological specimens. In addition, the project will result in improved protocols for creating databases, increased capacity for online identification of specimens, increased preservation of specimens by reducing handling over time, availability of new data sets for regional and statewide biodiversity studies, and increased learning opportunities for interns in museum studies and collections management.

 

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center - Santa Rosa, CA
Award Amount: $64,095; Matching Amount: $64,130
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mrs. Nicole Lim
Executive Director
(707)579-3004; nikkimyers@aol.com

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center staff members and youth from the center's Native Youth in Action Service Learning Program will create datasets for California Indigenous, an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based map exhibit designed to enhance K-12 instruction on California Indian history and cultures under existing curriculum standards. The grant will support a GIS consultant to train Native youth on GIS procedures to produce datasets for exhibition maps and consolidate datasets into a complete exhibit database; fund two week-long GIS Tribal Ambassador summer camps where Native GIS professionals and cultural center staff members will provide information about GIS careers and potential educational training opportunities to pursue those careers; and support a STEM college/career fair at the cultural center to present STEM educational opportunities to Native youth. The project will spark Native youth interest in STEM education and careers and build their digital media technology skills while increasing the cultural center's GIS capacity.

 

Smith River Rancheria - Smith River, CA
Award Amount: $32,553; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Mr. Russ Crabtree
Tribal Administrator
(707)487-9255; russ.crabtree@tolowa.com

The Smith River Rancheria will use its grant to create two online exhibitions focused on the story of the Tolowa people while sharing examples of their culture. The first virtual exhibition, Tolowa Dee-ni' History and Story of Resiliency, will present the tribe's history, from creation through contemporary history, and the second, Cultural Traditions of Tolowa Dee-ni, will feature tribal cultural items, songs, stores, and contemporary photographs. The online museum will make the tribe's history more accessible to members that live away from tribal lands.

 


Colorado

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $696,751

State Historical Society of Colorado - Denver, CO
Award Amount: $134,425; Matching Amount: $214,622
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. JJ Rutherford
Director of Education
(303)866-4584; jj.rutherford@state.co.us

History Colorado will design, create, pilot, and evaluate five multilevel 21st century skills-based Colorado History Digital Badges for children in fourth, seventh, and eleventh grades. Each badge will challenge students to complete various quests or activities in conjunction with the learning standards for their appropriate grade. The badges will benefit teachers who are being asked to teach new content with new standards through a variety of teacher resources and professional development opportunities across Colorado. This project will address the statewide initiative to expand the teaching of Colorado history across grade levels.

 

Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Denver, CO
Award Amount: $149,965; Matching Amount: $150,099
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jude Southward
Conservation Department Conservator/Chair
(303)370-6495; jude.southward@dmns.org

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will purchase new storage cabinets to rehouse its Asian collection of 1,130 objects, and enter collections information into its database, making images available for publication through its website. The collection illustrates the main materials, designs, and technologies used by indigenous cultures of China, Taiwan, Japan, South Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The museum will also recruit and orient volunteers; construct custom storage boxes and trays; and digitally photograph all objects prior to labeling and rehousing. The project will alleviate overcrowding, increase long-term preservation, improve access for monitoring and research, and create new public outreach opportunities.

 

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys - Denver, CO
Award Amount: $40,810; Matching Amount: $43,177
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jillian Allison
Assistant Director
(303)322-1053; education@dmmdt.org

The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys will create a digital inventory of its collection of 2,180 historic, iconic, and artisan toys. The museum will hire a full-time, temporary inventory manager to work with staff and volunteers to inventory and photograph the collection and update information in the collections database. The project will produce manuals, standardized procedures, and reports on the inventory. The museum will share project information with visitors and members through its newsletter, and incorporate newly discovered information about the collection into exhibitions and educational programs. The project will support development of a collections plan, increase staff efficiency and collections knowledge, and yield important information for long-term museum planning.

 

Animas Museum, La Plata County Historical Society - Durango, CO
Award Amount: $139,283; Matching Amount: $214,231
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Janet Postler
Curator of Collections
(970)259-2402; janpostler@animasmuseum.org

The Animas Museum will relocate objects from an environmentally unsound lower level portion of the building to a safer, more appropriate storage area. The process will include inventorying, cleaning, digitally photographing, and marking all objects with identification numbers as well as updating collections information in a searchable database. A skilled conservator will provide training to museum staff, volunteers, and interns, and the museum will invite staff and volunteers from area museums to share this training, helping improve collection care throughout the region. The project will give the public, scientists, educators, and students greater access to objects and associated information, protect at-risk items, and allow restoration of museum space that can be used for new programs, events, and exhibits.

 

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery - Fort Collins, CO
Award Amount: $138,933; Matching Amount: $186,957
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Terry Burton
Digital Media Director
(970)416-2129; tburton@fcgov.com

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will undertake a two-year community engagement project called Living with Fire: A Community Responds to tell the story of the High Park Fire of June 2012, which consumed more than 87,000 acres of woodland, burned 259 homes, forced 33,000 residents to evacuate, and claimed one life. The community is still recovering more than a year after the lightning strike that started the blaze. The museum will collect and share the stories of the people impacted by the fire; offer opportunities for collaboration, conversations, and research with other local agencies; and provide educational programs to the community in collaboration with other community organizations to share these stories and to provide information and resources.

 

City of Greeley Museums - Greeley, CO
Award Amount: $93,335; Matching Amount: $93,525
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mrs. Caroline Blackburn
City of Greeley Museums Archivist
(970)350-9219; caroline.blackburn@greeleygov.com

The City of Greeley Museums will partner with the High Plains Library District to create a new web-accessible archive of 8,378 historically important photographs of people, places, and events in Weld Country, Colorado, spanning 1870 to 1950. The "Weld on the Web!" project team will catalog images, store them using archival preservation materials and methods, and digitize and load them onto a library website (which will also be linked to the museum website) in a word-searchable database. This process will ensure the preservation and management of historical resources and greatly reduce the risk of damage or loss of original images. The project will give the public and other users optimal access to these resources by marrying the expertise of museum and library professionals adept at implementing digitally converted content for the public's benefit.

 


Connecticut

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $947,166

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Hartford, CT
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $410,325
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Burgess
Collections Manager
(860)522-9258x313; bburgess@stowecenter.org

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will purchase and install a new mechanical system, make climate and environmental control improvements, and install fire detection and protection in the 1871 Harriet Beecher Stowe House. The project will enhance the stability and lifespan of the house and collections; increase collections security; provide additional storage space; and expand access to significant historical collections for current and future generations. The collections in the Stowe home illustrate Ms. Stowe's life and impact, and the worldwide response to the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. The museum is an international heritage tourism site, program center, and research library which strives to inspire and stimulate programs and discussion emphasizing the value of civic engagement and American aspirations of freedom and equality.

 

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation - Mashantucket, CT
Award Amount: $47,393; Matching Amount: $41,047
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Dr. Kevin McBride
Director of Research
(860)396-6814; kmcbride@mptn.org

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will use its grant to carry out a series of academic and public programs in remembrance of the 375th anniversary of the Pequot War, including: an academic three-day conference titled Seventeenth Century Warfare, Diplomacy, & Society in the American Northeast, public and hands-on family programming to include a 17th-century military encampment, local "Community Conversations," and a K-12 teacher workshop. Available public resources will be an academic conference publication and an online curriculum-based resource with lessons and activities for K-12 educators. Published resources will be available online and will be placed in community and school libraries. Research presented by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and participating academics at the conference will contribute to an updated 17th-century Pequot War exhibition gallery script and provide training for museum education staff.

 

Mystic Seaport Museum - Mystic, CT
Award Amount: $80,343; Matching Amount: $85,864
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Fred Calabretta
Curator of Collections
(860)572-0711x5168; fred.calabretta@mysticseaport.org

Mystic Seaport will catalog, digitally photograph, and place a group of 4,950 objects and photographs into secure storage. The items were selected to support an online learning project for students and teachers, and programming associated with whaling and the restoration and planned voyage of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark. The museum will purchase supplies and hire a cataloger to help staff create detailed collection database records, and store the objects in its collections research center for preservation and physical access. Materials include historic painting, prints, advertising, postcards, posters, and photographs, along with a variety of three-dimensional objects, spanning more than two centuries of the American maritime experience. The records and images will be available to worldwide audiences online to support research, exhibit and program development, publications, and teacher professional development.

 

Sea Research Foundation - Mystic, CT
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $170,397
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Tracy Romano
Executive VP, Research & Zoological Operations
(860)572-5955; tromano@searesearch.org

The Sea Research Foundation's Mystic Aquarium will purchase, test, install, and train staff to operate and maintain a hydraulic lift system in its beluga whale exhibit. The system will improve veterinary care and allow the facility to house additional beluga whales. Because of dwindling populations in the wild, optimal care for captive beluga whales is a priority. By creating a moveable false bottom in the medical isolation pool, the lift will let staff access animals for transportation and for routine procedures, medical emergencies, and care for pregnant whales and calves. The system will reduce animal stress; increase animal and human safety; and conserve water, personnel, and facility resources. Enabling an increased population will foster breeding and increase genetic diversity, while enhancing research efforts. The project will further beluga conservation priorities, to sustain and expand public access to beluga whales for current and future generations.

 

Artspace - New Haven, CT
Award Amount: $99,225; Matching Amount: $102,132
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Martha Lewis
Education Director
(203)772-2709; Martha@artspacenh.org

Artspace will reinvigorate its temporary collection of art on paper, called "The Flatfile." The museum will hire a part-time education curator to fill a leadership and management role, recruit 40 additional artists to contribute to the collection, and produce a procedural manual to ensure program sustainability. The program will mix guest curators with educators and community leaders, who will be invited to organize their first art exhibition in the galleries. The collection will also become more accessible through the creation of a small, transportable, self-contained gallery unit for traveling exhibitions. The museum will schedule six onsite and six travelling exhibitions, along with free artist and curator talks, demonstrations, and workshops. Video exit interviews at offsite exhibitions will support program evaluation, along with surveys of visitors, guest curators, and website users. The museum will also create a new website for the collection, with improved design and searchability. The program will expand the Flatfile audience—including people who don't come to the gallery—to engage with art and artists and learn from the collection.

 

Connecticut Children's Museum - New Haven, CT
Award Amount: $149,475; Matching Amount: $152,409
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Sandra Malmquist
Director
(203)562-5437; creatingkids@snet.net

The Connecticut Children's Museum will partner with the Eli Whitney Museum, Yale Center for British Art, and eight community organizations to address five community challenges and needs: 1) low youth literacy levels; 2) limited out-of-school family learning opportunities; 3) educational inequality (including disparities in access to out-of-school family learning); 4) limited connection between community-based family learning programs and museums; and 5) outdated strategies to market family learning programs to underserved families. The Museum-Community Round-Trip Project will promote the museums to underserved families and encourage them to make "round trips" to the three anchor museums. Families will receive a child's guide to the museums, free passes, museum-themed children's books, and information on museum events. The project will train partner organizations to provide family programming and enhance each museum's capacity to attract and accommodate visitors through new tools and strategies, including technology to reach underserved audiences.

 

Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University - New Haven, CT
Award Amount: $121,145; Matching Amount: $122,448
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Catherine Sease
Senior Conservator
(203)432-3965; catherine.sease@yale.edu

Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History will purchase 64 museum-quality storage cabinets to rehouse its systematic mineralogy collection of 40,000 specimens to correct overcrowding and poor storage conditions and provide improved access. The museum's mineralogy collection is used by researchers worldwide, and has supported significant studies and publications including the work of James D. Dana, whose pioneering work on the systematic classification of minerals is widely used today. The collection includes a group of minerals from lost and/or permanently inaccessible localities ranging from closed 18th and 19th century European mines to sites buried under the roads and buildings of Manhattan Island.

 

Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University - New Haven, CT
Award Amount: $149,585; Matching Amount: $149,641
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. David Heiser
Head of Education and Outreach
(203)432-3777; david.heiser@yale.edu

Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History will present a free after-school program entitled EVOLUTIONS to 60 New Haven public high school students. EVOLUTIONS is an academically rigorous program focused on science literacy, college preparation, and career awareness developed to meet the expressed needs of a diverse group of high school students from the New Haven community who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. This grant will support the program for the academic years 2013-15 and will enable students to participate in career ladder internships or summer internships. The program will positively impact these students along with their peers, families, and communities.

 


Delaware

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $557,204

Delaware State University - Dover, DE
Award Amount: $145,194; Matching Amount: $146,798
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Mrs. Emily Cottle
University Archivist
(302)857-6130; ecottle@desu.edu

Delaware State University, an HBCU, will use its grant to establish an archival fellowship program in the archival unit of the William C. Jason Library. Funds will be used to hire two nine-month archival fellows, as well as two summer interns. Collection materials will be arranged, described, and made available for use by faculty, students, alumni, and the general public. The archival unit will conduct campus outreach through the creation of a historic campus walking tour.

 

Delaware Art Museum - Wilmington, DE
Award Amount: $130,000; Matching Amount: $133,245
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Margaretta Frederick
Chief Curator
(302)351-8518; mfrederick@delart.org

The Delaware Art Museum will perform a comprehensive inventory of 5,070 works on paper; digitally photograph these works; update the records in their collections database, The Museum System (TMS); and 4) place these object records online using eMuseum (the web-based software program compatible with TMS). A more complete, accurate, and efficient online presence will allow the Delaware Art Museum to carry out its core mission "to connect people to art, offering an inclusive and essential community resource that through its collections, exhibitions and programs generates creative energy that sustains, enriches, empowers and inspires."

 

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum - Winterthur, DE
Award Amount: $133,810; Matching Amount: $199,235
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mrs. Lois Price
Director of Conservation
(302)888-4633; lprice@winterthur.org

The Winterthur's project will involve treatment and analysis of the museum's highest priority Chinese export lacquer objects by a multi-disciplinary team composed of Winterthur conservators, scientists, and curators and a lacquer conservator hired for the project. It will result in significant knowledge transfer and increased capacity for Winterthur staff as well as object stabilization. As a long term benefit, Winterthur staff will use this increased capacity to stabilize the rest of the collection after the grant and enhance instruction of Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation students. As graduates, these students will carry this training to other institutions, helping to increase U.S. capacity and expertise in the treatment of Asian lacquer. Using Winterthur's collection and relevant examples from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Peabody Essex Museum, the museum's laboratory will undertake a major analytical project to characterize Chinese export lacquer to better inform treatment decisions and preventive care.

 

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum - Winterthur, DE
Award Amount: $148,200; Matching Amount: $169,590
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mrs. Ann Wagner
Associate Curator of Decorative Arts
(302)888-4913; awagner@winterthur.org

The Winterthur Museum will digitally catalog its collection of fine and decorative arts tools to inform scholars and visitors about cultural, social, technological, and economic conditions of life in the past. The collection includes about 10,800 objects used in making furniture, clocks, silver, glass, textiles, and ceramics, including the contents of two complete 18th century American craft workshops – the nation's only surviving complete workshops and tool collections of this era. The museum will hire two temporary catalogers to create detailed electronic archive records for 8,000 tools, with staff completing remaining records. The museum will share this information with students in its graduate programs, visiting scholars and guests, and with worldwide audiences through its website. The museum will use the information to develop publications, interpretation, and exhibits to share more complete understanding of these artifacts within their historic contexts and craft practices.

 


District of Columbia

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $288,578

African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $88,814; Matching Amount: $101,031
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Dawn Chitty
Education Director
(202)667-2667; dawnchitty@afroamcivilwar.org

The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum will use its grant for the training of museum staff and volunteers in the interpretation and management of historic sites. The goal of the project is to provide the necessary skills to lead tours of twelve United States Colored Troops sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Once trained, the staff and volunteers will then lead tours for local teachers, who will have the opportunity to attend a special workshop that provides a certificate of completion and continuing education credits. Project content, including video of each site, will be available to the educational community, and to the public, on the foundation's website. The training component will be sustained as a required, self-paced, web-based training program.

 

Ford's Theatre Society - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $111,400; Matching Amount: $112,412
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Paul Tetreault
Director
(202)434-9540; ptetreault@fords.org

Ford's Theatre Society will plan and pilot a nationwide effort to digitize evidence of local responses to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War. The 150th anniversary of these two seminal events in American history will occur in 2015. For the second phase of the project, the Society will invite the general public to submit local responses to the assassination through an Internet interface. The digital collection of artifacts will be made available to Ford's Theatre visitors through an online exhibition. In this way, the Society will connect visitors with digital artifacts from their own state or hometown historical societies and libraries and create capacity to build partnerships with diverse historic sites and libraries.

 

Textile Museum - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $88,364; Matching Amount: $88,723
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Thomas Goehner
Curator of Education
(202)667-0441x35; tgoehner@textilemuseum.org

The Textile Museum will design a new interactive Learning Center gallery as part of its relocation to the George Washington (GW) University campus. The Learning Center will provide hands-on and technology-enhanced interaction to promote understanding of the textile arts and their connection with world culture, history, economics, mathematics, and other disciplines. It will put the learner at the center through self-guided activities and serve as a resource for museum educators. The museum will work with an advisory group of potential users and content experts to design the Learning Center, drawing on new technology and research, and lessons learned from its existing activity gallery. The museum will engage GW museum education degree candidates to conduct front-end evaluation to help ensure it meets audience needs and engage interns from the education department, helping to train the next generation of museum professionals.

 


Florida

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $204,229

Young At Art of Broward - Davie, FL
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $170,595
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Marie Segre
ArtHouse Project Manager
(954)424-5063; msegre@youngatartmuseum.org

The Young At Art Museum will partner with the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to establish "The ArtHouse" in a renovated inner city neighborhood. The project will enable museum staff, professional artists and low-income residents of all ages to participate in a socially engaged approach in which the creation of public art, community exhibitions, events and art-based programs can transform a disengaged, low-income neighborhood into a thriving, vibrant connected community. With construction funds provided by the housing authority, the museum will renovate an abandoned duplex to create two studios for ceramics, painting, drawing, and printmaking. The museum will hire an ArtHouse manager and two museum art instructors to implement educational programming in conjunction with professional working artists from across south Florida. IMLS funds will also support the cost of equipping the space with professional studio equipment and supplies. The museum will work with residents to develop family events, teen and senior video history projects, and community events including three public art projects annually.

 

Seminole Tribe of Florida - Hollywood, FL
Award Amount: $29,229; Matching Amount: $1,872
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Rebecca Fell
Exhibits Coordinator
(863)902-1113x12251; rebeccafell@semtribe.com

The Seminole Tribe of Florida's Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will use its grant to create and install interpretive signage throughout the 60-acre museum campus. This outdoor area, beyond the main museum building, encompasses a mile-long boardwalk through a natural cypress dome that leads to several important cultural features, including a Clan Pavilion, Ceremonial Grounds, Seminole Village, and Amphitheater. The project will allow for signage to interpret all of these cultural features and support a self-guided tour and extended learning beyond the museum visit.

 

Institute for Research in Art, University of South Florida - Tampa, FL
Award Amount: $25,000; Matching Amount: $25,000
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Ms. Margaret Miller
Director
(813)974-3503; margaretm@usf.edu

Through Art in Health: Observation in Practice, the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum will address the lack of evaluation in art observation training for medical professionals and attempt to determine what influence such training partnerships have on the clinical skills of students. As well as developing documentation for an innovative art observation training program, the museum will prototype a tool to assess student skills improvement in simulated clinical settings. If transferability of skills learned at museums to external professional contexts can be established, it will encourage a societal reframing and revaluing of art museums as sites of critical skills acquisition. All training materials and research results will be posted online.

 


Hawaii

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $280,546

Friends of 'Iolani Palace - Honolulu, HI
Award Amount: $65,000; Matching Amount: $65,631
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Heather Diamond
Curator
(808)522-0834; curator@iolanipalace.org

The Friends of `Iolani Palace will undertake a two-phase interpretive planning project, culminating in the development of a master interpretive plan, and the creation of a design/concept package for a set of permanent exhibits in `Iolani Palace, a National Historic Landmark. The proposed master interpretive plan will draw on visitor learning research to provide comprehensive guidelines for enhanced interpretation of the palace and its grounds. Visitor-centered methods will also be applied to the development of a series of linked exhibits to be installed in the lower level of the palace.

 

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives - Honolulu, HI
Award Amount: $76,065; Matching Amount: $195,387
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Thomas Woods
Executive Director
(808)447-3911; twoods@missionhouses.org

The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives will digitize and place frequently used collections in an online database to make them available to students, educators, researchers, and other audiences worldwide. The project will greatly expand access to 5,200 photographs, and 81,000 pages of missionary letters that record missionary actions and intent, observations of Native Hawaiian life and culture, and the turmoil and change resulting from Western contact. Access to important primary resources has been constrained by the museum's geographic isolation, making visits difficult and expensive even for residents of neighboring islands. An enhanced museum website and availability of key holdings will increase recognition and use of the collection to broaden dialogue and understanding of the profound changes that continue to impact contemporary Hawaii. The project builds on a previous IMLS-funded project that created a digital catalog of the museum's books and digitized a portion of its photographic collection.

 

Bishop Museum - Honolulu, HI
Award Amount: $39,576; Matching Amount: $60,806
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Noelle Kahanu
Project Manager
(808)848-4190; noelle.kahanu@bishopmuseum.org

Bishop Museum will use its grant to plan an international exhibition of Hawaiian cultural treasures, many of which have been away from Hawaii for centuries. This project will establish a 12-member consultation team of Hawaiian elders, artists, and experts. Six team members and two museum staff will travel to three museums in Australia and New Zealand to consult with experts and document and exchange information in preparation for an exhibition at Bishop of approximately 40 objects.

 

Papahana Kuaola - Kaneohe, HI
Award Amount: $50,000; Matching Amount: $29,625
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Mahealani Merryman
Project Director
(808)447-7694; merryman-hawaii@hotmail.com

Through the Ma Uka to Ma Kai: Ha'iku Valley Project, Papahana Kuaola will create an exhibit with educational activities that will enable residents of and visitors to virtually explore the natural resources and cultural history of Ha'iku¯ Valley, in rural Waipao on the windward side of the island of O'ahu, from ridgeline (ma uka) to shoreline (ma kai). Only certain sections of the valley and stream are accessible to the public, thus restricting opportunities to explore the natural and cultural resources of the area. This project was developed in response to requests from educators for more visual and hands-on activities that specifically benefit visitors that are very young, older, or physically challenged who cannot cross Ha'iku¯ Stream located in the valley, or physically move safely throughout Waipao.

 

Hula Preservation Society - Kaneohe, HI
Award Amount: $49,905; Matching Amount: $64,045
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Maile Loo
Project Director
(808)247-9440; hulapres@hula.net

The Hula Preservation Society will make its archive's cultural resources accessible by developing a database prototype for its collection, establishing a Native Hawaiian college student mentorship program, developing its capacity in collections management and technology-based tools, and implementing a resource sharing plan. During the prototyping process, community elders will be paired with Native Hawaiian youth (community college students) to tap into unique skill sets. The college students, who have technical computer skills, will work alongside elders, who possess first-hand knowledge of the collections, to create digital collection records.

 


Idaho

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $60,793

Art Museum of Eastern Idaho - Idaho Falls, ID
Award Amount: $14,568; Matching Amount: $57,982
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Alexa Stanger
Education Director
(208)524-7777; astanger@theartmuseum.org

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho will continue its ARTworks art education program, which since 2003, has provided creative learning opportunities in the arts, broadened awareness of museum exhibits and programming, and built a connection to the members of the regional community. Activities will include hands-on art lessons in rural elementary school classrooms provided by teaching artists and aligned with the Idaho Humanities Standards; in-service training to elementary, junior and senior high school teachers; tours and art lessons in the museum for schools across the region; and four free family days to the public reaching more than 5,000 community members.

 

Coeur D'Alene Tribe - Plummer, ID
Award Amount: $46,225; Matching Amount: $9,237
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Sarah Carrillo-Freeburg
KWIS Program Manager
; scarrillo@cdatribe-nsn.gov

The Coeur d' Alene Tribe will use its grant to update an audio-video documentary about the history and culture of the tribe presented at the tribe's visitor center in Cataldo, Idaho. The video currently used for this purpose was made in the 1970s, and is missing the last several decades of tribal history. The new product will be narrated by a Coeur d' Alene tribe member and will include new recordings of traditional music. The project will allow guests at to the visitor center to receive more accurate and current information about the tribe.

 


Illinois

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $1,206,643

Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $25,000; Matching Amount: $64,551
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Neely
Director, Digital Information and
(312)443-3669; eneely@artic.edu

Despite considerable excitement surrounding the promise of 3D printing, the use of this technology in the museum setting is, as yet, unevaluated. The Art Institute of Chicago will experiment with innovative approaches to audience engagement using 3D technologies. Various programing will be tested on adults, families, teens, and tweens to evaluate the potential impact of 3D printing technologies on engagement with museum collections. The museum will develop guidelines and modular program "recipes" to be shared with other museums and educators.

 

John G. Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $121,316; Matching Amount: $121,316
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Michelle Parker
Senior Director, Sustainable Practices
(312)692-3191; mparker@sheddaquarium.org

Recognizing the power of community members as agents of change, the Shedd Aquarium will target three key constituencies through its Keep the Lakes Great: A Call to Action project: engaged citizens, motivated students, and environmental stewards. The Shedd will reach engaged citizens by using social media to share content and foster conversations that support its focus areas for the Great Lakes. A suite of learning programs, including immersive outdoor experiences, will be delivered to students, pre-teens, and teens. Environmental stewards will be invited to participate in direct, on-the-ground Great Lakes conservations through single-day beach sweep events; ongoing aquatic habitat restoration projects; and field research with a citizen scientist component. The project is expected to inform management plans for migratory fishes, increase access to Great Lakes science content, and support the STEM curriculum, while creating the next generation of care for a treasured freshwater ecosystem. The museum will share project results with local peer organizations and nationally through journals and via presentations at conferences and Great Lakes forums.

 

John G. Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $111,428; Matching Amount: $111,429
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Joy Kubarek-Sandor
Director, Learning Planning & Evaluation
(312)692-3126; jkuba@sheddaquarium,org

The John G. Shedd Aquarium will develop From Classroom Walls to Museum Halls: Transforming the Science Field Trip for the 21st Century Learner, a program that will use in-depth research, stakeholder input, and innovative technology to design, implement, and evaluate the next generation of impactful science fieldtrips at the museum. By aligning teacher motivation and expectations, classroom curriculum goals and fieldtrip content, these enhanced school group experiences will improve student learning outcomes. The project will serve as a template for successful student engagements at the aquarium and as a model for other institutions to develop research-based fieldtrip experiences.

 

Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $115,004; Matching Amount: $116,961
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Matt Von Konrat
Adjunct Curator, McCarter Collections Manager
(312)665-7864; mkonrat@fieldmuseum.org

The Field Museum of Natural History will digitize 75,000 fern herbarium sheets from the Americas and digitally photograph and database 7,000 fossilized ferns from North America. The museum will make the collections accessible via its KE EMu online database to the scientific and broader community worldwide and will contribute to international databasing projects (e.g., GBIF, Species 2000, the Catalogue of Life, IPNI, EOL, and TROPICOS). To deepen the engagement of students in collection-based programs at partnering universities and colleges in the Chicago area, the project will provide training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate interns to participate in the digitizing activities through an existing collaboration with the Student Center for Science Engagement at Northeastern Illinois University.

 

Chicago Children's Museum - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $142,300; Matching Amount: $142,482
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Tsivia Cohen
Associate VP, Family Learning
(312)464-7700; tsiviac@chicagochildrensmuseum.org

The Chicago Children's Museum will develop a multimedia Story Hub that allows visitors to create and share video documentaries of their museum experiences. The onsite Story Hub will allow visitors to verbalize their understanding of the meaning and value of their experience with the museum's exhibits by creating and recording a reflective narrative, accompanied by photos of different exhibits. Visitors will also be able to access these videos from the Internet after their visit. The project is based on research that shows that learning is more complete when experiences can be processed verbally, reflected upon, and shared. The videos will also provide museum staff with valuable information about the impact and perceived value of specific exhibits and activities to inform planning for the museum's expansion. The Story Hub will provide a model for other museums seeking strategies to learn how their visitors understand and value their offerings.

 

Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $137,488; Matching Amount: $408,374
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Lorelei Stewart
Director
3129966114; lorelei@uic.edu

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Gallery 400 will launch a major initiative addressing how citizens sustain themselves in today's economy. Gallery 400 will hire a community engagement manager to work with new partner groups in its Near West Side neighborhood and in other critical Chicago neighborhoods on visual arts programming that can best address the employment and economic issues facing Chicago's citizens. Individuals from these community partners will serve on an advisory board that will take an active role in the gallery's exhibition and public program planning, presentation, and evaluation processes. Gallery 400 will work with this board to develop three exhibitions and eleven public program lectures, performances, film screenings, and literary events addressing economic issues.

 

Lincoln Park Zoological Society - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $149,469; Matching Amount: $260,121
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Steven Thompson
Senior VP of Capital and Programmatic Planning
(312)742-7765; sthompson@lpzoo.org

The Lincoln Park Zoo will implement a comprehensive interpretive program for its new Japanese macaque exhibit, combining current behavioral research with live and video interpretation. The program will provide visitors with daily live interpretation, direct observation, video observation, an interpretive mobile app, a mobile learning station cart, and dynamic multi-media content shared through the zoo website. The program is intended to engage visitors and enhance education through authentic science experiences, including research projects on cognition, tool use, behavioral economics, and social dynamics. Program goals include stimulating interest in science and research, increasing understanding of non-human primates, presenting young scientists as role models, extending interpretive programs to students and others outside the zoo grounds, and expanding the visitor audience.

 

Bronzeville Children's Museum - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $65,625; Matching Amount: $68,325
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Pia Montes
Program Director
(773)721-9301; bronzville@aol.com

The Bronzeville Children's Museum (BCM) will use its grant to hire its first outreach coordinator. By having a staff member visit schools, day care centers, and community organizations to make more people aware of the resources offered by BCM, the museum will be better able to achieve its primary goal of educating and building the self-esteem of African American children aged three to nine through exhibitions that inform them about nutrition, exercise, history, and STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering). A secondary goal is to educate children and families of other races about the significant contributions that African Americans have made to Chicago and to the world.

 

Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL
Award Amount: $112,612; Matching Amount: $123,633
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Kunso Kim
Head of Collections and Curator
(630)719-2453; kkim@mortonarb.org

The Morton Arboretum will conduct a comprehensive hydrologic survey to assess subterranean drain tile systems that are impacting the health of significant plant specimens. The museum will compile historic information about the systems, and gather information from current Geographic Information System maps. A contractor will verify the location and condition of existing drain tiles, and assist in developing a detailed budget and plan for repairing and/or removing the system to improve the long-term health and usefulness of one of the most comprehensive compilations of woody plants in North America. The museum will share research and planning information widely with other professionals facing similar drainage issues in forest preserves, wilderness areas, arboreta, botanic gardens, and natural sites.

 

DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville, IL
Award Amount: $54,500; Matching Amount: $71,864
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Margaret Hanly
Director of Programs
(630)637-8000x6060; mhanly@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) will develop a professional development program for childcare providers so they may acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning activities for young children in their care; partner with parents to provide STEM learning activities in their homes; and support other providers by presenting workshops, coaching, and mentoring. This project will prepare young children from low-income families who do not have access to Preschool for All and Head Start programs for success in school. Young children who spend their early learning years in childcare settings will now be able to enter kindergarten prepared for successful STEM learning in grades K-5.

 

DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville, IL
Award Amount: $149,200; Matching Amount: $218,248
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Peter Crabbe
Director of Exhibits
(630)637-8000; pcrabbe@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

The DuPage Children's Museum will fabricate ten new air exhibits for AWEsome Air, which is part of a larger new exhibition: AWEsome Energy (Air, Water and Electricity). They will direct special attention to 7 to 10-year-olds to align their experiences with school curriculum and Common Core science standards and to offer independent, sophisticated, and complex experiences. Through a partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy, the project will develop a software application (tablet computers on-site and a mobile application to allow remote access) to expand and deepen children's and adult's science learning. AWEsome Air is designed to ignite young children's interest in science and encourage STEM careers, building a stronger future workforce.

 

Park Forest Historical Society - Park Forest, IL
Award Amount: $22,701; Matching Amount: $42,754
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jane Stover
Museum Director, Archivist
(708)481-4252; parkforesthistory1@yahoo.com

The Park Forest Historical Society will capture information in a collections management database to improve collection documentation, management, and access. The society's local collection and archive is an important source of artifacts and information about Park Forest, America's original GI town, the first fully planned post-World War II suburb and home to one of the first shopping centers in the United States. The project will improve interpretation and exhibits and make information more accessible to city planners, architects, historians, students, scholars, area residents, and museum visitors. The museum will purchase database software, a desktop computer, and a printer/scanner/copier. Staff will recruit and train volunteers and interns to complete and update accession records. The museum will share progress and discoveries at public meetings and through its newsletters, news articles, announcements to professional peers, and its website.

 


Indiana

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $525,798

Evansville Museum of Arts and Science - Evansville, IN
Award Amount: $28,113; Matching Amount: $28,528
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Mitchell Luman
Science Director
(812)425-2406x227; mluman@emuseum.org

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science will improve wayfinding and visitor services to provide visitors with a clear sense of their surroundings. This project will include customer service training for staff; fabrication and installation of new electronic and traditional signage; and technology upgrades, such as the addition of Wi-Fi-enabled content throughout the museum. These activities will help orient visitors after the completion of a major renovation and expansion.

 

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art - Indianapolis, IN
Award Amount: $120,688; Matching Amount: $131,591
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Amy McKune
Director of Museum Collections
(317)275-1358; amckune@eiteljorg.com

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will complete three critical preventive conservation improvements for its collections storage vault, in accordance with its long-range conservation plan. The museum will replace carpeting with inert flooring to prevent damage from backing material or adhesive vapors. It will improve and extend the life of its Halon fire suppression system by adding a laser smoke detection system and replacing hoses and the Halon releasing panel. The museum will optimize vault space by purchasing museum quality storage cabinets to house Native American objects, such as clothing and textiles, requiring flat storage, and add five space-saving print storage units to re-house framed artwork. This project will improve collection preservation, and increase the museum's capacity to be an effective steward of the collections it holds in the public trust.

 

Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, IN
Award Amount: $165,385; Matching Amount: $72,659
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Anne Young
Manager of Rights and Reproductions
(317)923-1331x171; ayoung@imamuseum.org

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will develop the Rights and Reproductions Handbook for Museum Professionals, the first comprehensive resource to focus solely on rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices. The IMA will lead the work of 11 partners with expertise in various aspects of rights and reproductions to , provide the cultural sector with a guide to best practices that is accurate, adaptable, and accessible. The IMA will use the OSCI Tookit software to create this digital publication.

 

Children's Museum of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Award Amount: $211,612; Matching Amount: $18,492
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. Anthony Bridgeman
Director of Community Initiatives
(317)334-4137; anthonyb@childrensmuseum.org

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Near-North neighborhood of Indianapolis, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis will follow up on the neighborhood planning process done in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and build the Extraordinary Learning Family Neighborhood Initiative. Working with community organizations, K-12, and institutions of higher education, the museum will structure an array of formal and informal education opportunities such as, quality preschool, school field trips, after-school learning opportunities, college scholarships, college credit, and scholarships for workforce development opportunities. The project will lead to: strengthened connections among the partner neighborhood organizations; strengthened relationships between neighborhood families, the museum, and partner organizations; new family learning experiences for neighborhood residents; increased opportunity for individuals to pursue academic and workforce development; and improved learning in science, art, and culture.

 


Iowa

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $100,040

Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University of Science and Technology - Ames, IA
Award Amount: $95,040; Matching Amount: $96,331
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Teresa McLaughlin
Director
(515)294-4412; tmcl@iastate.edu

The Iowa State University of Science and Technology will design a site plan for Reiman Gardens. Part of an overall master plan that will be developed for the gardens over the next two years, the site plan will lay out the long-range comprehensive vision for physical enhancements and new development that will occur over a 10- to 20-year timeframe. The project activities will include landscape design and architectural and engineering investigation. Site improvements will address programming needs and visitor experience. Designs will also address operational deficiencies, facilities and maintenance needs, and energy efficiency standards.

 

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library - Cedar Rapids, IA
Award Amount: $5,000; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: National Medal for Museum Service

Contact: Ms. Gail Naughton
President & CEO
(319)362-8500x211; gnaughton@ncsml.org

In June 2008, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library was poised to unveil the plans for an expanded facility, but Mother Nature had different plans. The worst disaster in state history – 10 square miles of Cedar Rapids was severely flooded. Thousands of homes, city buildings, and cultural institutions were damaged or destroyed, including the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. All exhibits were destroyed, library collections soaked, 15 years of records lost, and all earned revenue erased. The institution recorded $11 million in damages. A long-time source of cultural and historical education, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library led its devastated ethnic neighborhood in recovery, rebuilding, and ultimately, revitalization.

 


Kansas

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $299,950

Kansas African American Museum - Wichita, KS
Award Amount: $149,950; Matching Amount: $173,986
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Carole Branda
Curator
(316)262-7651; carole.branda@tkaamuseum.org

The purpose of the Kansas African American Museum's funded project is to (1) build the museum's capacity to provide a youth program in public history; (2) expand volunteers and docents through a new recruitment and training program; (3) upgrade the collections management system; and (4) address collection care and security needs identified in its CAP (Conservation Assessment Program) report. Specifically, the project will create a public history youth program in partnership with the University of Kansas Libraries, serving sixty youth annually; recruit and train twenty-five volunteer docents annually; implement the PastPerfect Collection Management System for much of its collections; and identify the most critical CAP recommendations and fully implement at least forty percent of them by October 2015.

 

Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University - Wichita, KS
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $319,471
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Robert Workman
Director
(316)978-3017; bob.workman@wichita.edu

The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University will complete the third year of a five-year project to save "Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People)", a large-scale mosaic by Joan Miro. The work is the largest Miro mosaic in the nation, and the only predominantly glass mosaic he ever created. Installed on the museum's exterior façade in 1978, the mosaic was in imminent danger of collapse. During this project, museum staff will re-adhere fallen tiles to the mosaic's panels, and replace missing or damaged tesserae with new pieces from the original source. Staff will remove epoxy resin and replace crumbling particleboard backing with custom-made stainless steel, adhering tiles with a time-tested adhesive after meticulous cleaning. Conserving this artwork addresses the museum's top collections care priority.

 


Kentucky

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $55,092

Living Arts and Science Center - Lexington, KY
Award Amount: $55,092; Matching Amount: $55,440
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Katherine Bullock
Discovery Education Director
(859)252-5222; kbullock@lasclex.org

The Living Arts & Science Center will purchase a new mobile planetarium, sound system, planetarium star shows, as well as upgrade its current analog projector to digital. The new equipment will allow for an expansion of the museum's outreach efforts by increasing off-site programming in Lexington-area communities and across Kentucky.

 


Louisiana

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $22,830

Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses - New Orleans, LA
Award Amount: $22,830; Matching Amount: $48,017
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Mamie Gasperecz
Executive Director
(504)274-0743; hgrimagallier@aol.com

The Hermann-Grima House and Gallier House museums will develop a plan to improve their interior environments to better conserve collections and the historical buildings from the threats of a hot and humid climate. Climate control and ventilation systems in both buildings are past their functional service life, and a prior conservation assessment identified building preservation and effective climate control as essential priorities. The museums will engage conservation experts to conduct a collections vulnerabilities assessment and preliminary assessment of current environmental management. The experts will also provide recommendations for historically appropriate improvements to the building envelopes and updates to their mechanical systems. The experts will conduct a workshop with stakeholders and the museums' board and staff to identify objectives and strategies to improve environmental management and collections conservation, incorporating the results into the final Environment Improvement Plan.

 


Maine

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $710,457

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Boothbay, ME
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $213,703
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. William Cullina
Garden and Plant Curator
(207)380-5466; wcullina@mainegardens.org

The Coastal Main Botanical Gardens will complete a new master plan to manage and schedule its development through 2035. The planning process will include staff, stakeholders, community leaders, and visitors, facilitated by a nationally recognized planning consultant. A group of leading professionals in horticulture and garden design will further advise the project. The plan will guide the creation of sustainable facilities, gardens, programs, and staff positions and investment in new ideas to keep the museum positioned to fulfill its mission. The plan will build on the strategies that have been used to develop the museum in less than a decade as a nature preserve and community anchor that serves more than 90,000 learners and brings significant tourism and revenue to the Maine economy.

 

L. C. Bates Museum - Hinckley, ME
Award Amount: $27,994; Matching Amount: $54,330
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Deborah Staber
Director
(207)238-4250; lcbates@gwh.org

The L.C. Bates Museum will collaborate with second grade teachers to bring science and art education programs to 14 schools, and offer family activities and fieldtrips for rural, mostly low-income second graders and their families. Designed to support both the schools' curriculum and enhance lifelong community learning, the initiative will provide interactive programs to increase academic success for children with diverse learning styles and special needs. The museum will bring a series of 10 educational programs to 40 classrooms each year; sponsor 16 family fieldtrips to the museum; loan four science/art literacy boxes to teachers; film and broadcast two cable television programs on the project; and develop two museum exhibits showcasing the students' work. The project will strengthen museum/school collaborations to support learning, and enable family access to the arts, museum, and outdoor activities to build understanding and stewardship of the community's natural environment.

 

L. C. Bates Museum - Hinckley, ME
Award Amount: $10,151; Matching Amount: $16,887
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Deborah Staber
Director
(207)238-4250; lcbates@gwh.org

The L.C. Bates Museum's ornithology collection will be to be preserved for the use of researchers, scientists, school groups, and museum visitors. This project will conserve and safeguard 55 unique historic and scientific ornithological taxidermy mounts and their historic case or container housing and provide related educational programming about collections care. The preserved birds–which include endangered and threatened species–will better meet audience educational and scientific research needs, and enhance museum activities that support school learning results and STEM. The museum will also present a workshop for Maine museum peers on how to care for scientific mounted collections, and write and disseminate a collections care article related to the project.

 

Pleasant Point Indian Reservation - Perry, ME
Award Amount: $22,647; Matching Amount: $20,432
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Brenda Moore-Mitchell
Museum Director
(207)853-4400; bmitchell@waponahki.com

The Pleasant Point Indian Reservation will use its grant to complete an operational plan for the Waponahki Museum and Cultural Resource Center, which serves both tribal members and the visiting public. The plan will inform decisions about cultural retention and interpretive programs, as well as cataloguing and collections care needs. In addition to the plan itself, this project will provide technical assistance to staff through partnerships with museum consultants and local museum professionals.

 

Maine Historical Society - Portland, ME
Award Amount: $499,665; Matching Amount: $519,354
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Kathy Amoroso
Director of Digital Projects
(207)774-1822; kamoroso@mainehistory.org

The Maine Historical Society (MHS), in partnership with the Maine State Library (MSL), will launch a statewide program that will encourage individuals to become active participants in the history of their places. The three-year project builds on and continues development of the Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net), a nationally recognized digital museum. Working closely with local museums, historical societies, libraries, and schools throughout Maine, MHS staff will develop and pilot tools, resources, and an outreach program that give individuals the ability to participate in and contribute to Maine Memory. Until now, only institutional partners have been able to contribute to the network.

 


Maryland

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $1,890,141

Walters Art Museum - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $160,045
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Amy Landau
Assoc. Curator of Islamic Art and Manuscripts
(410)547-9000x286; alandau@thewalters.org

The Walters Art Museum will develop a comprehensive program to foster meaningful visitor experiences and learning around the museum's collection of Islamic art. Corresponding with the special exhibition, Pearls on a String: Art and Biography in the Islamic World, being presented in the fall of 2014, the museum will use grant funds to conduct public educational programs for schools, families, and adults; develop educational and interpretive materials; and develop an interactive educational resource for visitors to use online and through a kiosk in the permanent collection galleries. These programs and resources will engage audiences with stories about people while emphasizing artistic and cultural achievements of Muslim communities, resulting in a broader understanding and connection with Islamic art and culture for visitors.

 

Walters Art Museum - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $294,062
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Meg Craft
Head of Objects Conservation
(410)547-9000x629; mcraft@thewalters.org

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore will hire a full-time contract conservator who will work with permanent museum staff to access, document, clean, and stabilize 14 key art works in its Southeast Asian collection: three manuscript cabinets, five large Buddhist sculptures, four smaller objects including a jewelry box, and two paintings. In addition, technical analyses will be conducted and a treatment protocol established for one large painted textile parade banner. In 2015, the museum will convene a group of textile and modern paintings conservators along with Southeast Asian specialists and Walters' staff for a day-long meeting at the museum to view the banner and exchange ideas and information regarding its treatment and care. In addition to helping define the treatment protocol, a report from the convening will be shared broadly through posting on the museum's website.

 

Historic Ships in Baltimore - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $180,480
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Christopher Rowsom
Executive Director
(410)539-1797x402; crowsom@historicships.org

Historic Ships in Baltimore will fabricate and install interpretive exhibits at the new USS Constellation Education and Heritage Center, a space visitors will encounter prior to visiting the ship. The exhibit will provide an introduction to the USS Constellation, specifically focusing upon its tour just prior to the Civil War as flagship of the U.S. African Squadron and as a liberator of Africans destined for slavery, and information about the lives of sailors serving aboard. With the implementation of this exhibition the museum will have an opportunity to provide an updated interpretation of the ship and associated artifacts from their collection, and visitors will gain a greater understanding of its role in American history.

 

Jewish Museum of Maryland - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $351,091
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Deborah Cardin
Assistant Director
(410)732-6400x236; dcardin@jewishmuseummd.org

The Jewish Museum of Maryland will develop a temporary interpretive exhibition exploring historical and contemporary Jewish approaches to healthcare. The exhibition will examine the cultural implications of medical training, the relationship between patient and healer, and communal responses to taking care of the sick, such as the establishment of Jewish voluntary hospitals in the nineteenth century, and promoting wellness via Jewish community centers in the twentieth. In addition to the exhibition, the project will develop a book-length catalog and a free interpretive brochure, a series of public programs, and a dedicated project website.

 

National Aquarium in Baltimore - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $120,684; Matching Amount: $120,685
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jenny-Sayre Ramberg
Exhibit Developer/Writer
(410)659-4246; jsramberg@aqua.org

The National Aquarium will digitize and archive a video library of rapidly deteriorating film and tape stock representing 30 years of aquarium history. The aquarium's video library covers a variety of topics, including animals both in exhibits and in natural settings; veterinary procedures; educational programs offered both onsite and in the community; community-based restoration activities; events for visitors; and historical documentation of the facilities. This footage is in a variety of media and formats corresponding to technological advances through the years. Digitizing the video library will preserve the footage while also providing easy access to it. A digital archivist/librarian will be hired to coordinate the project which includes the installation of new software and hardware for archiving film, necessary staff training, and the ongoing management of the archive.

 

Port Discovery Children's Museum - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $218,895
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. David Berman
Director of Exhibits
(410)864-2720; dberman@portdiscovery.org

The Port Discovery Children's Museum will design, fabricate, install, and promote a new exhibit that explores agriculture through themes of science and technology, history, local ecology, global economy, and art. The "Here We Grow" exhibit will be rich in words, ideas, images, sounds, and interactive elements to support diverse learning styles; build school readiness skills; promote self-directed and multi-generational learning; and help children develop logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the 21st century. It will link to Maryland's Social Studies and STEM curricula and help motivate students who have difficulty engaging in classroom settings. The museum will partner with Towson University to develop front-end, formative, and summative evaluation, with prototype exhibit elements being revised and finalized based on evaluation results. The museum will promote the exhibit to families and educators through a targeted marketing campaign, including public relations, social media, and outreach to schools, school districts, and teachers.

 

Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $94,850; Matching Amount: $94,924
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Rena Hoisington
Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
(443)573-1790; rhoisington@artbma.org

The Baltimore Museum of Art will create a complete inventory and catalog record for more than 15,000 prints as well as ephemera such as photographs and research materials in its George A. Lucas Collection of French 19th century art. The Lucas Collection features multiple examples of works on paper by such leading French artists as Edouard Manet and Charles-François Daubigny and by American expatriates working in France, among them Mary Cassatt and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The cataloging of prints and ephemera in the Lucas Collection will make these important art works and research materials more available for study and exhibitions.

 

Baltimore Museum of Art - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $147,000; Matching Amount: $163,695
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Anne Manning
Deputy Director for Education and Interpretation
(443)573-1817; amanning@artbma.org

The Baltimore Museum of Art will develop, implement, and evaluate a new "Go Mobile Africa" mobile website to engage visitors with its African collection. The mobile tour, accessible through personal smartphones or museum-provided iPod Touches, will include all objects in the African collection, with 25 tour stops featuring more expansive content. Visitors can explore the collection and search by artist, culture, type of object, and connecting themes. Each extended stop will include video and audio interviews with artists, curators, conservators, and African and African Diaspora thinkers and makers, and videos featuring Baltimore personalities talking about themes and ideas – along with crowd-sourcing activities and social media tools. The project will provide visitors rich contextual information and interpretive tools to learn about the diverse history, culture, and beliefs of the artists, helping them connect with art in new, interactive ways.

 

B & O Railroad Museum - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $135,232; Matching Amount: $185,880
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. David Shackelford
Chief Curator
(410)752-2490x215; chiefcurator@borail.org

The B&O Railroad Museum will restore the B&O #600 J.C. Davis locomotive that was severely damaged by a collapsed museum roof in a 2003 blizzard. It is one of only two locomotives surviving from Philadelphia's1876 Centennial Exposition. Four staff and 10 trained volunteers will restore the engine to its 1875 appearance. The team will dismantle the engine; complete historical paint analysis; perform asbestos abatement; conserve, replace, or repair damaged components; and re-assemble and paint the locomotive and tender. The museum will display the locomotive in its Roundhouse, as part of the world's most important collection of early American steam locomotives. The project will produce a report to serve as a guide for restoration of railroad equipment and other large industrial artifacts. Tours during restoration will let visitors see the inner working of the engine and observe master craftspeople at work.

 

Association of Zoos and Aquariums - Silver Spring, MD
Award Amount: $499,875; Matching Amount: $950,555
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Paul Boyle
Sr. VP for Conservation and Education
(301)562-0777x240; pboyle@aza.org

The Associations of Zoos & Aquariums will build the sustainability of its cooperatively managed Species Survival Plan® (SSP) populations. Currently, only 30 of the 500 SSP populations are genetically stable. The information needed to address this situation is currently only available in multiple, lengthy, and technical population planning documents for each SSP, This situation complicates recognition of the essential actions required, and thwarts decision making for those aiming to increase the sustainability of these vital wildlife populations. In this three-year project, AZA will distill the massive amount of related demographic and population information into a Sustainability Database to yield "Species Sustainability Reports" for all SSPs, revealing the path to build each population's sustainability.

 

Calvert Marine Museum Society - Solomons, MD
Award Amount: $142,500; Matching Amount: $317,605
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. David Moyer
Curator, Estuarine Biology
(410)326-2042x33; moyerde@co.cal.md.us

The Calvert Marine Museum will develop, fabricate, and install River to Bay: Reflections and Connections, an exhibit on the ecosystem of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The new exhibit will encompass current scientific information and include participatory, interactive, and online components. The goal of the River to Bay exhibit is to transform visitors' thoughts and actions to facilitate lifelong learning and environmental stewardship. The museum is partnering with local schools and community environmental groups to build stronger ties with action-based environmental organizations. The exhibit will be a portal into contemporary scientific concepts and feature activity centers that let visitors test water quality and compare results with data collected by scientists— encouraging repeat visits and action to protect the ecosystem.

 


Massachusetts

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $1,766,599

Discovery Museums - Acton, MA
Award Amount: $136,275; Matching Amount: $315,938
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Denise LeBlanc
Director of Learning Experiences
(978)264-4200x20; dleblanc@discoverymuseums.org

To encourage children and families to engage with nature and become active outdoors, The Discovery Museums will design and build a fully accessible tree house and other outdoor exhibits, and develop associated programming. The "Natural Connections" project is designed to counteract a decline in outdoor play, and encourage the positive impacts of nature on children's activity levels, concentration, and creativity. The museum will partner with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and EcoTarium to develop strategies to engage families outdoors. It will work with the Institutes for Human Centered Design, Children's Hospital's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, the Perkins School for the Blind, and Autism Alliance of MetroWest to make the tree house and surrounding activities accessible for children with physical, sensory, or cognitive issues. The museum will also conduct front-end audience research to develop activities that attract families and overcome barriers to outdoor participation.

 

Nichols House Museum - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $27,377; Matching Amount: $27,377
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Flavia Cigliano
Executive Director
(617)227-6993; fcigliano@nicholshousemuseum.org

The Nichols House Museum will work with Northeast Document Conservation Center to undertake conservation treatment and re-matting and re-framing of forty-two photographs, watercolors, mezzotints, photolithographs, and gravures in its permanent collection. The conservation project will protect the historically significant art and allow the museum to share more of its collection with visitors and researchers. The prints represent a significant aspect of the art of the historic home, comprising 70 percent of the Nichols family's fine art collection. The prints are an important element of the home's historic décor, and are a tool for teaching visitors about America's history through visual culture. The museum will create a special exhibit to highlight the prints and their conservation treatment during the yearlong project. It will share project information with the community through social media and local news articles and present a professional lecture on the project to provide education on best practices in collection care.

 

New England Aquarium - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $149,770; Matching Amount: $240,312
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Lace Garland
Manager, Volunteer Programs and Internships
(617)226-2150; lgarland@neaq.org

The New England Aquarium will launch a capacity building effort to reduce barriers for potential volunteers and increase leadership opportunities for some of its most capable existing volunteers. The Live Blue Service Initiative includes hands-on, engaging, episodic volunteer service opportunities; expanded community partnerships; and a volunteer leadership training program. To develop leadership among the current volunteers, aquarium staff will offer a training and engagement program for those who have exhibited the interest and capacity to become leaders. These Live Blue Service Leaders will help plan and execute the episodic service events. These will take place at the Aquarium and at partner organization sites and will include educational preparation around the environmental issues being addressed. Volunteers will share their experiences in the Aquarium, on its website and through social media, inspiring others to "live blue" to protect the oceans.

 

New England Aquarium - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $149,863; Matching Amount: $228,340
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. John Anderson
Director of Education
(617)973-0256; janderson@neaq.org

The New England Aquarium will create a program called Connecting to Oceans, which will help kindergarten through third graders develop science and literacy skills, using live animals and the exploration of outdoor habitats. Partnering with community-based organizations who are already serving these children in out-of-school programs, Connecting to Oceans will provide ocean science content with a focus on literacy skills. Each community-based organization will be matched with a dedicated aquarium educator and a teen intern from the inner city. Over the three-year grant period, more than 300 five- to-eight-year-olds will participate in an estimated 162 learning experiences during the school year and 54 summer program days.

 

Museum of Science - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $128,822; Matching Amount: $23,414
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Anna Lindgren-Streicher
Program Manager of Research and Evaluation
(617)589-4231; alstreicher@mos.org

Design-based activities in museums have proliferated in recent years reflecting an increased focus on engineering, technology, and the design process in informal education environments. While these activities are facilitated by educators, no research exists on facilitation in informal environments. The Museum of Science (MOS) will conduct a research study, using its Design Challenges program, to measure the effects of different facilitation techniques on visitor learning and attitudes toward engineering. Following the analysis of the research data, MOS will host a workshop for educators to build an understanding of which aspects of facilitation in design-based activities lead to increases in visitor learning, skills in facilitating design-based activities, and knowledge of and comfort with developing and implementing design-based activities at their own museums.

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $361,350
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Edward Saywell
Head of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs
(617)369-3431; esaywell@mfa.org

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will create an exhibition of contemporary Latin American art and related programming. The exhibition and complementary public programs will build on the successes of the MFA's new Art of the Americas Wing and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, allowing the museum to meet its artistic and audience development goals by engaging visitors across cultural boundaries. The exhibition will present approximately 25 works by artists that communicate messages about the social, cultural, and historical context of the Americas and its diaspora. It will debut work by key contemporary artists never before seen in New England. For the accompanying programming, the museum will partner with local community and cultural organizations to highlight culture from across the Americas, including music, dance, film, lectures, courses, and community outreach.

 

Gibson House Museum - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $7,081; Matching Amount: $7,081
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Wendy Swanton
Museum Curator
(781)910-3542; wendyswanton@thegibsonhouse.org

The Gibson House Museum will complete digitization of 1,356 images contained in 21 albums, making them widely available to staff and researchers. The project will scan 1,042 historical photographs and add them, with descriptive information, to a database to make them available for exhibit, research, and educational purposes without endangering the originals. The images will be used in the museum's website, newsletter, and other materials for museum visitors and virtual visitors. The family photos provide significant documentation of the historic home and of life in the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century in the Back Bay. The database will enable sorting of images by topics such as sitter, photographer, and date, and create a report that will serve as a visual catalog.

 

USS Constitution Museum - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $280,623; Matching Amount: $286,936
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Sarah Watkins
Director of Collections and Learning
(617)426-1812x126; swatkins@ussconstitutionmuseum.org

The USS Constitution Museum (USSCM) will use its grant to identify characteristics of family programming that result in active intergenerational engagement, enjoyment, and learning in museums and libraries. A rigorous, iterative prototyping process at the USSCM and in libraries across Massachusetts will be followed by broad dissemination of the findings to museum and library professionals locally and nationally. The project seeks to create a robust yet flexible set of guidelines for creating genuine intergenerational learning experiences disseminated through workshops, online resources, conferences, and publications

 

Boston Children's Museum - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $147,424; Matching Amount: $148,526
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Geraldine Robinson
Vice President, Early Childhood
(617)986-3680; robinson@bostonchildrensmuseum.org

The Boston Children's Museum will partner with the Boston Public School's Office of English Language Learners and the Building Educated Leaders for Life program to implement a Summer Club to prevent summer learning loss. The program's three-part family engagement includes: 1) informing parents about summer learning and school success opportunities at the museum and from community partners; 2) a five-week Friday night family summer camp with museum-based learning activities for immigrant children and their parents; and 3) an evaluation component of the impact of family engagement on summer learning. The museum will develop the Summer Club curriculum, train and supervise Teen Ambassadors for Summer Club students and other young visitors, and offer bilingual Parent Ambassador Hosts, guest speakers, and summer learning resources to facilitate parent learning and sharing.

 

Boston Children's Museum - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $5,000; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: National Medal for Museum Service

Contact: Carole Charnow
President and CEO
(617)426-6500; charnow@bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Boston Children's Museum is one of the oldest and largest children's museums in the world, pioneering hands-on exhibitions and visitor-focused experiences that put children in charge of their own learning. It first opened its doors in 1913. Today, the museum is partnering across the community to address school achievement gaps that disproportionately affect Boston's black and Hispanic children and strengthening STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – programming. Boston Children's Museum also proudly participates in the Let's Move! Museums & Gardens Initiative.

 

Mount Auburn Cemetery - Cambridge, MA
Award Amount: $92,000; Matching Amount: $102,297
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Gus Fraser
Director of Preservation and Facilities
(617)756-8959; gfraser@mountauburn.org

The Mount Auburn Cemetery will study and document 30 of its most significant monuments, many of which are expressions of Victorian art by major American sculptors. The project will digitize primary documents to provide historical context for the monuments, and complete condition assessments and cataloging as a baseline for conservation. The museum will conserve the Amos Binney monument, a well-known work of funerary art, as a pilot project. The museum will sponsor an online exhibition and create a film, a print publication, and website content to share information about the monuments. The museum will share project findings with conservators and art historians through monument tours and a one-day seminar on prioritizing and planning preservation for outdoor collections. These efforts will help establish standards and guidelines for the care of outdoor sculpture and monuments in a horticultural setting.

 

Historic Deerfield - Deerfield, MA
Award Amount: $71,722; Matching Amount: $72,079
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Amanda Lange
Curatorial Chair / Curator, Historic Interiors
(413)775-7206; lange@historic-deerfield.org

Historic Deerfield will conduct a general conservation survey of 18 buildings and its collections of New England furniture, Early American silver, English pottery, and related decorative arts. The survey will result in the creation of a long-range conservation plan. This project will allow the museum to re-evaluate its collections' needs in light of new standards in collections management and care, available new technologies, and new trends in sustainable collections environments, and to evaluate the present condition of the historic structures and integrate their care into the long-range conservation plan.

 

New Bedford Whaling Museum - New Bedford, MA
Award Amount: $128,422; Matching Amount: $333,313
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. Robert Rocha
Science Programs Director
(508)997-0046; rrocha@whalingmuseum.org

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will expand and enhance its Youth Apprentice Program that helps participating students graduate high school, gain professional skills, and successfully navigate college. The program is a direct response to the needs of youth who have limited opportunities for out-of-school activities or part-time jobs where they can witness the critical relationship between continuing their education and developing the skills essential to workplace success. The afterschool immersion program includes extensive training and mentoring for youth and involves apprentices in projects such as primary research, web content development, public programming, and exhibit design. The museum will use IMLS funds to expand the program with wrap-around services including a social service function for students and families; technical assistance and coaching for college entrance; and alumni services to help apprentices sustain relationships and complete college. The project will help economically disadvantaged high school students achieve academic and workplace success, and serve as leaders and peer role models.

 

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation - North Adams, MA
Award Amount: $148,050; Matching Amount: $448,170
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Laura Thompson
Director of Education and KidSpace
(413)664-4481x8154; lthompson@massmoca.org

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will implement Access Matters, a two-year project designed to expand educational programming for Pre-K – 8th grade students, teachers, and families in the Berkshires. Target audiences will have access to thematic exhibitions and related programs in its Kidspace gallery, studio space, and main galleries; artist residencies in the schools, and pre-visit classroom activities. In addition the museum will stage Art Assembly performances, establish a bus fund to offset transportation costs, and provide teacher activities guides to prepare students for their arts experiences. For families, the museum will offer free public hours at Kidspace, free biannual family guides, and scholarships for art classes and camps. For the broader community, the museum will sponsor a Free Day and partner with the Northern Berkshires Community Coalition, Pittsfield's Boys and Girls Clubs, and the YMCA to provide transportation for area residents.

 

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute - Williamstown, MA
Award Amount: $144,170; Matching Amount: $169,695
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Kathleen Morris
Marx Director of Exhibitions and Collections
(413)458-0468; kmorris@clarkart.edu

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will develop and implement a mobile interpretation system, available as an application on museum-provided devices (multimedia guides) and on visitors' own devices, which will enhance the visitor experience of the Clark's collections and campus. A new mobile interpretation system is a significant component of the Clark's plan for the reinstallation and interpretation of its collections in the Museum Building and Manton Research Center, currently under renovation and opening to the public in July 2014. The new system will provide carefully curated layers of content in multiple media to accommodate varied levels of interest, degrees of background knowledge, and preferred learning styles.

 


Michigan

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $279,620

The Henry Ford - Dearborn, MI
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $390,676
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Marilyn Zoidis
Director of Historical Resources
(313)982-6057; MarilynZ@thehenryford.org

The Henry Ford will identify, clean, treat, rehouse, and create digital catalog records for more than 1,000 communications-related artifacts related to photography, data processing, printing, telecommunications, sound communication, and visual communication. These collections include a telephone set used to open the Boston to Chicago telephone line in 1893; radio equipment used to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life during the 1920s; and telemetry systems used to record atomic testing in 1951 for Operation Greenhouse. The project will protect and preserve the objects, improve access, eliminate overcrowded storage, facilitate interpretation, and share information through multiple publicly available collections interfaces. The work will begin a planned consolidation of three large-object storage areas into a single, on-site facility. The project will also support the communications component of a Revolutions exhibition and related educational programs that will explore innovations in the industrial, agricultural, and information revolutions.

 

Michigan State University Museum - East Lansing, MI
Award Amount: $77,292; Matching Amount: $81,117
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Lynne Swanson
Collections Manager for Cultural Collections
(517)355-3304; swansonl@msu.edu

The Michigan State University Museum will purchase archivally stable storage materials, museum-quality cabinets, and a mobile storage system to create appropriate storage for an 827-box prehistoric and historic archaeological collection to ensure its safety and that of its users and to provide capacity for future collection expansion. Museum staff and one paid student position will work with student interns from the university's museum studies and anthropology programs to complete the rehousing, using methods and materials approved by a consulting conservator. The rehousing project will facilitate access by faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars who regularly use the collections.

 

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians - Peshawbestown, MI
Award Amount: $27,032; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Mrs. Cindy Winslow
Museum Director
(231)534-7764; cindy.winslow@gtbindians.com

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will use its grant to train the staff of the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center and tribal representatives in the functions and requirements of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Since the museum's opening in 2009, it has been contacted about repatriation activities, but the band has not had a staff member with NAGPRA training. This training will increase staff knowledge and understating of historic preservation laws, regulations, and issues thereby ensuring that a tribal member is able to appropriately address NAGPRA requests.

 

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Valley State University -
Award Amount: $25,296; Matching Amount: $26,637
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Melissa Ford
Archivist Marshall M. Fredericks Museum
(989)964-2006; mmford1@svsu.edu

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will digitize 815 of the artist's project drawings to make them widely available for research and education. The museum will hire and train an intern, photograph large format drawings, scan smaller drawings, and add these images to its existing digital library. The project will give art scholars, historians, students, and artists access to the drawings for research and education, enhancing understanding of the artist's artistic process and development. Digitization will also protect fragile artistic material from excessive handling and resulting deterioration. Staff will track the impact of the project by evaluating the number of researchers who access the collection in person and online.

 


Minnesota

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $569,708

J.F. Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Award Amount: $149,999; Matching Amount: $150,015
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Donald Luce
Curator
(612)624-1342; lucex001@umn.edu

The Bell Museum of Natural History will conserve its complete set of John James Audubon's The Birds of America folio. The museum will purchase and install an archival print storage system, move the collection to a secure, climate-controlled storeroom, complete conservation treatment of the folio, and electronically catalog and create high-quality digital images of all 435 prints to promote public access by scholars and others while protecting the originals.

 

Raptor Center, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $200,510
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Julia Ponder
Executive Director
(612)624-3431; ponde003@umn.edu

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota (TRC) will upgrade its outdoor enclosures for wild raptors undergoing rehabilitation and install digital video and audio equipment to allow for remote monitoring of these animals from the medical clinic and a new educational kiosk. Digital monitoring equipment will reduce handling and stress of the birds by allowing remote viewing and also create a portal for the public to watch and learn about the rehabilitation process, a previously inaccessible opportunity. The facilities will provide safe containment; reduce risks of injury, stress, and infectious diseases; create safer access for staff and volunteers; and let the public watch and learn about the rehabilitation process for the first time. The project will also develop the public's understanding of the challenges raptors face in a human-impacted environment and the role people can play in creating a healthier natural world.

 

Minnesota Children's Museum - Saint Paul, MN
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $444,735
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Barbara Hahn
Vice President for Learning Innovation
(651)225-6018; bhahn@mcm.org

The Minnesota Children's Museum will plan and prototype a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) gallery as the centerpiece of its expansion and renovation. The gallery will reflect current research on the role of play in developing 21st century skills. Play is thought to foster inquiry and problem solving among early learners by helping children learn and practice scientific skills such as observation, classification, measurement, collection, and hypothesizing. The museum will prototype and test elements relating to building, sorting, counting, and using interactive technology to explore STEM concepts within its current gallery spaces and will use evaluation results to inform the overall project. The project will expand the museum's understanding of designing playful learning experiences for children and families and support the museum's efforts to promote open-ended, child-directed playful learning.

 

Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Award Amount: $119,709; Matching Amount: $119,820
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jacqueline Hoff
Director of Collections Services
(651)221-9435; jhoff@smm.org

The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) will inventory and digitize 1,300 objects in its Plains American Indian ethnology collections. Activities include updating catalog and location information, standardizing object descriptions, creating new digital object images, augmenting catalog information through researching paper records, and improving the database lexicon and field definitions to ease searches and streamline data entry. The museum will make the object records available to the public via the museum's Collections Online website. The project will coordinate a variety of management and conservation activities regarding these collections with the goal of rendering them more accessible to a variety of museum audiences through research, new exhibits, and a searchable database.

 


Mississippi

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $5,000

Delta Blues Museum - Clarksdale, MS
Award Amount: $5,000; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: National Medal for Museum Service

Contact: Ms. Shelley Ritter
Director
(662)627-6820; shelley@deltabluesmuseum.org

The blues is a vibrant, living, and uniquely American art form with deep roots in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and masterful expression from the artists who lived there. Many consider the distinctive Delta style the most elemental blues form. The Delta Blues Museum celebrates the history, showcases live performances, and nurtures the next generation of blues musicians. Participants in the museum's popular music classes are from every segment of the community – ages five to over 60, and reflect diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds – and a travelling trunk exhibit inspires blues appreciation across the nation.

 


Missouri

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $217,395

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Kansas City, MO
Award Amount: $63,803; Matching Amount: $74,371
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Kathleen Garland
Senior Objects Conservator
(816)751-1253; kgarland@nelson-atkins.org

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will conduct a conservation survey of its East Asian textiles. Objects from this collection of 580 Chinese and 187 Japanese textiles have rarely been displayed because of condition issues. As a result, they are little known to Nelson-Atkins visitors or to scholars of Asian art. The survey will result in a prioritized conservation plan for the Japanese and Chinese textiles, which will enable curators, designers, and educators to plan for the publication, display, and interpretation of a collection that the museum rarely exhibits to the public.

 

Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum - Saint Louis, MO
Award Amount: $117,500; Matching Amount: $125,268
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Fitzgerald
President
; beth@magichouse.org( del)

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum will partner with St. Louis Children's Hospital to develop and implement Fit for All Kids, a children's health and wellness initiative. The project will establish a cohesive campaign to educate and encourage families to make positive health and lifestyle choices. It will also expand the museum's capacity to serve as a health and fitness resource in the St. Louis community, where childhood obesity is a growing problem. The museum will hire a Community Health Project Manager to lead the project and serve as a community liaison; establish a professional Health Advisory Committee; renovate current health-related exhibits; develop interpretive content and educational materials; and train staff to convey key health messages. The museum will also develop an educational outreach program and interactive tabletop exhibits for schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community settings.

 

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University - St. Louis, MO
Award Amount: $36,092; Matching Amount: $37,619
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Rachel Keith
Chief Registrar
(314)935-4216; rachel_keith@wustl.edu

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will contract the Midwest Art Conservation Center to complete a detailed condition survey of paintings in its permanent collection. Survey results will help guide the museum's long range plans for collections care and treatment, and support research and educational programs for faculty, students, scholars, and the public. The resulting conservation treatment will help the museum increase access to its paintings through public display, publications, and loans, and preserve the collection for future generations. The survey report will identify the ten objects most in need of conservation, with detailed condition reports, treatment proposals, and cost estimates.

 


Montana

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $25,685

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Inc. - Poplar, MT
Award Amount: $25,685; Matching Amount: $2,422
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Shawn Olson
Community Developement Specialist
(406)768-2341; solson@fortpecktribes.net

This project will provide training in records retention and archives management policies and procedures for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes employees, community college staff and students, community organizations and members. The project will create a processing manual for referral and future training. As a result of the project, employees and college and community organization officers will learn how to identify archival material and how to process and care for it. The project will result in an archival policies and procedures document to be adopted by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, an archival processing manual, and a cohort of individuals trained to process materials.

 


New Hampshire

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $149,445

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
Award Amount: $149,445; Matching Amount: $266,876
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Katherine Hart
Associate Director
(603)646-2957; katherine.w.hart@dartmouth.edu

The Hood Museum of Art will undertake a three-year project to digitize the museum's entire collection of Native American art and make images and information about the objects available for comment and discussion on a dedicated Native American Art at Dartmouth (NAAD) Web Forum. As part of the project, more than thirty-five hundred Native American objects in the collection will be photographed. The web forum will feature a searchable database of the collection for all online visitors, particularly those of Native heritage, to share information, stories, images, and videos, and to enter into discussions about objects in the collection. This feedback on the collections, combined with that of scholar consultants, will expand the museum's knowledge about these objects and make them available to a broad audience. The museum will also engage an educational consultant to create learning resources for Dartmouth faculty and students and K–12 teachers.

 


New Jersey

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $142,220

Newark Museum Association - Newark, NJ
Award Amount: $142,220; Matching Amount: $220,001
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Kim Robledo-Diga
Director for Innovation and Learning
(973)596-5149; kdiga@newarkmuseum.org

The Newark Museum will conceptualize and develop a new Exploration Center, a space that will engage new and traditional audiences in a process of learning enhanced through use of touchable objects, hands-on activities, and interactive interpretive approaches. The museum will design and evaluate interactive programming for these spaces that will make use of the museum's teaching collection of touchable objects, and design and fabricate a new physical 'launching point' space called the Touch Base, intended to provide visitors with resources to connect with collection objects and the rest of the museum. The results of this project will guide the museum's future programming design and establish a culture of visitor-centered learning.

 


New Mexico

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $291,924

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture - Santa Fe, NM
Award Amount: $141,924; Matching Amount: $155,025
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Mark MacKenzie
Chief Conservator, Director of Conservation
(505)476-5081; mark.mackenzie@state.nm.us

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation will hire a project conservator and an assistant conservator to treat the highest priority pieces in the museum's collection of 5,000 whole and reconstructed archaeological ceramic vessels and 4,500 historic and contemporary vessels in preparation for their transfer to the newly completed Center for New Mexico Archaeology. Focusing on the 419 vessels that have been deemed too unstable to safely handle, pack, or transport, the project will include consultations with Native American advisors and potters and two ceramics analysts/archaeologists. It will serve as a model for the holistic and collaborative stewardship of cultural archaeological collections and the engagement of communities in the preservation of ancestral heritage.

 

Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico - Taos, NM
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $210,638
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Juniper Manley
Director of Development
(575)758-9826; jmanley@unmfund.org

The Harwood Museum of Art will establish an on-site digital photo studio, photograph each object in its collection, and publish its collection catalog through searchable web pages on its website. The project will establish the technical infrastructure to support a new collection management database and integrated web-based publishing software and will transfer current collection data to the new system. The database will enable the museum to more efficiently manage its collection, process and track loans, and organize in-depth exhibitions by collaborating with other regional museums using the same software. The database will let users view, research, and use the art collection while ensuring its physical safety. The museum will use the print-quality images for future exhibitions, catalog, and image reproduction requests. The museum will evaluate the project by assessing engagement of targeted learners, including university and Taos school educators, K-12 students, families with children, lifelong learners, and researchers.

 


New York

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $3,911,828

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe - Akwesasne, NY
Award Amount: $43,624; Matching Amount: $3,120
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. SueEllen Herne
Program Coordinator
(518)358-2240; seherne@gmail.com

The St. Regis of Mohawk Tribe will use its grant to fund a short documentary film highlighting the many facets of the "fancy basket" tradition in Akwesasne. The film will feature Florence Benedict, an Akwesasne Mohawk elder and master basket maker, and will document her specialized knowledge of basketry through footage that will have future research potential. The project also includes a workshop on documentary filmmaking open to all Akwesasne Mohawk youth and adults, to provide instruction on making successful documentaries.

 

Historic Cherry Hill - Albany, NY
Award Amount: $33,427; Matching Amount: $44,514
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Deborah Emmons-Andarawis
Curator
(518)434-4791; deborah@historiccherryhill.org

Historic Cherry Hill will use IMLS funds to complete the process of moving collections from the attic of the historic 1787 Van Rensselaer family home to its Edward Frisbee Center for Collections & Research, a 3,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with appropriate environmental controls, high density shelving and fire suppression. Funds will also be used to improve management of and access to collections by upgrading the museum's collections database. This project will complete the relocation of important historical objects, manuscripts, textiles, books, and photographs from a poor and potentially damaging storage environment, and make the collections both physically and digitally accessible for staff and researchers. The collections database upgrade will lay the groundwork for future digitization projects and dramatically increase access to the Van Rensselaer household collection. The project will support the museum's efforts to serve a broadening audience of users and its transformation into a center for the study of American social, political, and economic history.

 

Adirondack Museum - Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Award Amount: $98,264; Matching Amount: $107,034
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Doreen Alessi-Holmes
Conservator & Collections Manager
(518)352-7311x164; dalessi@adkmuseum.org

The Adirondack Museum will engage the Williamstown Art Conservation Center to conduct a general conservation survey and assist in creating the museum's first long-range preservation plan. Five consulting conservators will provide discipline-specific expertise in paper, photographs, objects, textiles, and paintings. They will help prioritize short-, medium- and long-term preservation priorities and mentor museum staff to develop the skills and tools essential to updating, refining, and modifying the long-range preservation plan on an ongoing basis. This comprehensive, prioritized approach to conservation planning will provide clear direction for collection preservation into the future and serve as an in-depth planning tool for the museum to take collections care to a new level. The plan will benefit the public by assuring that collections are preserved for future exhibition, research, and education.

 

New York Botanical Garden - Bronx, NY
Award Amount: $113,167; Matching Amount: $141,682
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. James Boyer
Vice President for Children's Education
(718)817-8177; jboyer@nybg.org

The New York Botanical Garden will undertake a two-year project to develop, implement, and evaluate new edible gardening programs and to measure the effectiveness of existing programs. This project will help the garden expand its gardening initiatives, culminating in the opening of a new year-round edible gardening complex that will be known as The Edible Academy. Scheduled to open in early 2015, The Edible Academy will expand the footprint of the existing Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden through additional gardening space, new classrooms, and a greenhouse. The garden's programming will increase from six months per year to year-round, which will double the number of people served by edible gardening programs to approximately 80,000 visitors.

 

Bronx Zoo - Bronx, NY
Award Amount: $117,139; Matching Amount: $157,141
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Don Lisowy
Director of Education
(718)220-4052; dlisowy@wcs.org

The Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo will redesign, update, expand, and digitize its Pablo Python K-3 curriculum toolkit for early learners, teachers, and parents. The project will add interactive online components, and make the toolkit available across all digital platforms, including the zoo's website, social media, email, and YouTube. The zoo's new digital education resources will be designed to increase knowledge about animals and appreciation of nature, deepening audience engagement with science and conservation. The museum will collect baseline audience data; work with technology consultants to create, test, refine, and launch new digital products; and measure their impact and effectiveness. The resulting suite of digital learning products will include a microsite for digitized education resources, fieldtrip preparation kits, and videos and games for early learners. The project will bring new science and literacy learning resources to key audiences at five New York City wildlife parks.

 

Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History -
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $191,120
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Jennifer Scott
Director of Research
(718)756-5250; jennifer@weeksvillesociety.org

The Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) will use its grant to hire a resource center manager and an oral history assistant. These positions will play critical roles in operating the 5th of July Resource Center, a research center for African American, Caribbean, and African history housed in WHC's new Education and Cultural Arts Building. With the opening of the 5th of July Resource Center, WHC will be able to provide public access to its important research resources for the first time in its forty-year history.

 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation - Brooklyn, NY
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $674,702
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Tony Morosco
Director of Living Collections Management
(718)623-7211; tonymorosco@bbg.org

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will complete a "Decentralizing of Living Collections Management" project to improve plant collections management. Staff will perform a complete inventory and re-tag living collections; update data in the museum's new database; and connect the living collections system with its non-living collections system (herbarium database), plant image database, and public website. The project will give staff a baseline to care for each bed and plant; provide visitors with informative signage; and increase access and awareness of the collections. The project will expand the museum's capacity as a research hub, and its ability to provide interpretation and education around botany, urban gardening, and botanic history.

 

Hofstra University Museum - Hempstead, NY
Award Amount: $142,231; Matching Amount: $175,922
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Beth Levinthal
Executive Director
(516)463-5671; beth.e.levinthal@hofstra.edu

Hofstra University Museum will hire a part-time educator to strengthen the impact of its Art Travelers Through Time program, serving underserved third graders and their teachers. The program uses experiential study of authentic objects from the world's cultures to enrich classroom curricula, building 21st century skills in creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, visual literacy, and communication. Students receive classroom instruction from museum educators; visit the museum; create and share stories, poems, folk tales, and art; and write letters to pen pals from other Art Travelers schools. The expansion of the program will increase participation to at least 700 students annually, and provide enhanced resources and additional workshops for teachers. Family outreach will also be improved through bi-lingual communications and museum educator presentations at PTA and Board of Education meetings. Evaluation will include pre- and post-testing to assess the program's effectiveness in regard to learning objectives related to the Common Core and New York Learning Standards.

 

Niagara County History Center - Lockport, NY
Award Amount: $143,235; Matching Amount: $152,386
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Eve Berry
Project Manager
(716)604-2999; eve@eveberry.com

The History Center of Niagara Country will lead a collaborative effort with eight cultural organizations in the Buffalo-Niagara region to establish the "Penney Trail." The project will feature virtual, physical, and traveling exhibits of about 10,000 artifacts, correspondence, travel slides, photographs, art, travel journals, and other documents pertaining to Western New York history from the collections of philanthropist Dr. Rand Penney. The project will increase access to Western New York history and culture, establish a strong regional network for additional collaboration and research sharing, and increase the individual and collective technical capacity of participating organizations, particularly for mobile access and social media. The project will create thematic interpretation; a database of Penney Trail artifacts available online through the New York Heritage portal; exhibits throughout the region; publication of a print and electronic "Penney Trail Guide"; a digital gallery/website trail of exhibits; and a mobile app.

 

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, University of New York - New Paltz, NY
Award Amount: $49,585; Matching Amount: $50,704
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Sara Pasti
Director
(845)257-3846; pastis@newpaltz.edu

The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art will partner with other members of the Hudson Valley Visual Art Collections Consortium (HVVACC) to conduct planning for a regional visual arts collection study center and storage facility. Planning activities will include hiring a planning consultant; creating a conceptual and financial plan for HVVACC and key programs, including the center; establishing HVVACC as a legal entity; developing a fundraising plan; and producing a detailed guide to organizational development for HVVACC and the center, with a timetable, milestones, and expected outcomes. The project will provide a realistic, actionable roadmap for creating the study center to provide better access to collections; more efficiently use staff resources and funding; streamline collection management; encourage donations of regional art and archival material; better preserve important art objects; and enable area organizations to grow their collections for continued public benefit.

 

New York City Police Museum - New York, NY
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $846,567
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Joshua Ruff
Curator
(212)480-3100; jruff@nycpm.org

The New York City Police Museum will plan, design, and fabricate a permanent exhibition that explores the history of police work in New York City within the context of the larger history of New York. The exhibit will include artifacts, interactive elements, and a compelling storyline to help tell the story of policing as tied to the New York story of immigration, shifting neighborhoods, and the shifting fortunes of the city. The museum will hire New York history scholars to assist in exhibit development and collaborate with John Jay College students on an oral history component to interview former New York City police officers about their time on the force. This core exhibit will draw on museum holdings—the world's largest repository of artifacts and archival material documenting New York City law enforcement history—to engage and educate the museum's 90,000 annual visitors.

 

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience - New York, NY
Award Amount: $287,762; Matching Amount: $287,762
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Sarah Pharaon
Director of U.S. Programs
(646)397-4283; spharaon@sitesofconscience.org

To address the need in many communities for a safe space in which to address critical questions around immigration, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience will conduct the National Dialogues in Immigration Project to equip museum professionals with the skills and knowledge to enable their institutions to serve this role. Twenty-five museums across the country, with a broad reach of over 6 million visitors will build their capacity to provide a dynamic forum for dialogue on local community challenges and questions around immigration through partnerships with local community organizations, training, access to resources on the project website, and participation in a national summit. The National Dialogues on Immigration Project will also launch a new regional network in the Northeast and connect it with two existing regional networks to create a cohesive national dialogue program with roots in the communities of each participating museum.

 

American Folk Art Museum - New York, NY
Award Amount: $137,462; Matching Amount: $137,462
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Tanya Heinrich
Director of Publications
(212)265-1040x303; theinrich@folkartmuseum.org

The American Folk Art Museum will redesign its website and integrate new technologies into the operations of the museum in order to increase public access, promote lifelong learning, and provide a richer online experience to a larger audience. The redesigned website will increase the museum's ability to deliver audience-focused programs, while serving as a source of folk art scholarship for both the casual visitor and researcher. By creating a dynamic online and social media presence, the museum will build an engaged audience, sharing the creative and diverse human expression of folk art both in the museum and on 21stcentury screens and devices.

 

Children's Museum of Manhattan - New York, NY
Award Amount: $145,970; Matching Amount: $146,118
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. Thomas Quaranta
Director of Exhibitions and Museum Operations
(212)721-1223; tquaranta@cmom.org

The Children's Museum of Manhattan will design, fabricate, and install "The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit in partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. The project will refine a new model for exhibit creation at a lower cost and in a shorter timeframe. It will combine elements of exhibits with programs, build new partnerships, respond to community needs, and express multiple mission areas within current space constraints. The 2,000-square-foot exhibit will focus on artists Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and Romare Bearden to explore the artistic achievement of jazz culture in New York during the Harlem Renaissance. The experience will include images, archival footage, and original artifacts, along with daily performances and hands-on art and music workshops. Its aim is to cultivate children's knowledge of the art forms and cultural history, with an emphasis on providing access to low-income families with limited opportunities for arts experiences.

 

New-York Historical Society - New York, NY
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $398,336
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Louise Mirrer
President and CEO
(212)485-9273; lmirrer@nyhistory.org

The New-York Historical Society will implement school and public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibit, which chronicles the history of Chinese immigrants and their descendants. Designed in partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America, the Asia Society, the China Institute, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, educational programming will include student gallery experiences; interactive curriculum materials and workshops for teachers; and internship opportunities. The museum will also create bi-lingual audio tours of the exhibition; panel discussions and lectures; a concert featuring collaborations between major Chinese and international composers and musicians; and programs for families offered in conjunction with the DiMenna Children's History Museum. A robust evaluation plan will measure the success of the initiative in addressing critical gaps in teaching and learning social studies and successfully engaging audiences in a deeper understanding of American identity, immigration, citizenship, and diversity. Curriculum materials developed through the project will be disseminated nationally.

 

American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
Award Amount: $148,983; Matching Amount: $151,161
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Samara Rubinstein
Sr. Manager, Sackler Educational Lab
(212)769-5138; srubinstein@amnh.org

The American Museum of Natural History will develop, test, and evaluate a suite of adult learning courses on climate change through on-site and online instructional methods. The suite of courses, entitled Our Earth's Future, will focus upon three themes – Islands, Oceans, and Our Species and Others – and will be built around individual "case studies" that provide narratives about the impact of climate change to guide participants' learning. Each of these topics will be offered as a five-week on-site course and a facilitated three-week online course. These offerings will reach a total 450 adult learners over the course of the project. The project's greater goal is to deepen the understanding of engagement strategies for adult learners in the 21st century museum.

 

American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
Award Amount: $475,463; Matching Amount: $476,397
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Lisa Elkin
Conservator
(212)313-7035; lelkin@amnh.org

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and its partners will research best practices for recoloring taxidermy mounts primarily displayed in museum habitat dioramas. Deterioration and fading of taxidermy is a high-priority problem in museum displays and other types of collections worldwide, with few acceptable treatment options, as indicated by a survey AMNH recently circulated among collections care professionals. By advancing the science of taxidermy conservation, this project addresses a conservation challenge of great national and international importance.

 

Studio Museum in Harlem - New York, NY
Award Amount: $128,000; Matching Amount: $155,555
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Sheila McDaniel
Deputy Director, Finance & Operations
(718)864-4500; smcdaniel@studiomuseum.org

The Studio Museum in Harlem will use its grant to support Building Blocks, a staff development initiative that seeks to strengthen the museum's institutional capacity and impact. The project will formalize professional development programs for staff and create a mechanism that allows the museum to train, support, and provide identified skill sets for its middle management team. Building Blocks is so named because it builds on a 2008 IMLS-funded professional development initiative that showed the need for a more structured professional development program at the museum.

 

Museum of the City of New York - New York, NY
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $158,822
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Morgen Stevens-Garmon
Theater Archivist
(917)492-3380; mgarmon@mcny.org

The Museum of the City of New York will digitize and catalog 30,000 images documenting over 5,000 Broadway and Off-Broadway theatrical productions. The project will enhance stewardship and access to these holdings, which are an important resource for information on the nation's largest, most commercially successful theater district, which has greatly influenced the history of theater. The museum will secure copyright permissions as needed and upload records into a user-friendly, searchable database. It will expand public access by uploading about 80% of the images to its online collections portal, with plans to add remaining images as their copyright protection expires. The museum will publicize the collection to a wide range of academic and general audiences, and evaluate online and onsite utilization.

 

International Center of Photography - New York, NY
Award Amount: $117,696; Matching Amount: $119,990
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Cynthia Young
Curator, Capa Archive
(212)768-4688; cyoung@icp.org

The International Center of Photography will expand access to materials pertaining to the life and work of Robert Capa, one of the 20th century's most notable photojournalists, best known for his war photography. Currently, only selected images may be viewed in the museum by appointment. The museum will hire two temporary assistants to help staff catalog and digitize approximately 11,000 black-and-white prints and 5,000 contact sheets. The museum will engage a web developer to create a dedicated Capa website and database that will allow users to search digitized images by keyword, location, subject matter, and other criteria. The website will feature illustrated essays, a comprehensive bibliography, and a chronology to place Capa's life and work in historical context. Worldwide online collection access will stimulate greater discussion about Capa's work, the historical events he captured, and the role and impact of the image in the 20th century.

 

National Academy of Design - New York, NY
Award Amount: $74,000; Matching Amount: $74,230
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Lucie Kinsolving
Chief Conservator
(212)369-4880; lkinsolving@nationalacademy.org

The National Academy Museum and School will conserve 12 paintings from its permanent collection that require significant care. The museum is featuring works from its permanent collection in dedicated galleries for the first time in more than 100 years. These newly conserved works will also allow the museum to loan and exhibit a greater number of paintings. The works to be treated are part of a comprehensive chronicle of American art and architecture, including portraits, self-portraits, figural studies, and landscapes. Conservation efforts will include flattening, strip lining, treatment of severe bleaching, lining, cleaning, retouching, consolidation, and framing. The museum will photograph and document the process, with results and descriptions shared through its website, social media, and print media to serve as an informational resource for arts scholars and historians.

 

Oneida Indian Nation - Oneida, NY
Award Amount: $50,000; Matching Amount: $5,000
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Christine Todd
Research Analyst
(315)829-8384; ctodd@oneida-nation.org

The Oneida Indian Nation will use its grant to develop new exhibits and outreach based on the sport of lacrosse at the Shako:wi Cultural Center located on the Oneida Indian Nation reservation. The project will develop a documentary, prepare a new interactive exhibit, and provide outreach to local schools, lacrosse teams, and the surrounding community about lacrosse and its importance to both the history and the current culture of the Oneida people. With the new exhibits and outreach, the Oneida Indian Nation will enrich the telling of its history, convey aspects of its modern lifestyle and culture, attract new visitors to the museum, and inspire previous visitors to return.

 

Historic Hudson Valley - Pocantico Hills, NY
Award Amount: $149,837; Matching Amount: $264,744
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Karen Morse
Manager of Library and Archival Services
(914)366-6902; kwmorse@hudsonvalley.org

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) will create a state-of-the-art online database of its library holdings. HHV is the steward of one of the most significant book and manuscript collections in New York State. Its research library documents 400 years of history focusing specifically, though not exclusively, on life in the Hudson River Valley. The tangible external product of this project will be the creation of an online public access catalog with more than 23,000 records for HHV's book, manuscript, and pamphlet collections. Promoted on HHV's newly re-launched website, through social media outlets, and in connection with sister organizations, the catalog will enable HHV to bring a large body of locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally significant material to the attention of its constituents and the larger community.

 

Rochester Museum and Science Center - Rochester, NY
Award Amount: $145,085; Matching Amount: $145,085
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Kathryn Murano
Registrar
(585)271-4552x329; kathryn_murano@rmsc.org

The Rochester Museum & Science Center will consolidate multiple databases and paper records into a new, centralized database to improve collections access, preserve collections documentation, and help museum staff better care for and manage 1.2 million objects in the natural science, archeology, and history collections. The museum will purchase a high-speed scanner to digitize hard copy catalog records, migrate digital records from 26 separate catalog and collections databases, process a backlog of 3,000 digital images, reconcile records from different sources, establish a controlled vocabulary, and establish two additional on-site work stations as well as remote access in the off-site museum support facility. Data migration and curatorial consultants will work with the museum in planning and developing the database and in training staff in its use. The project will give the public, schools, partner institutions, researchers, and museum staff greatly expanded and more efficient access to information and digital representations of the museum's collections.

 

George Eastman House - Rochester, NY
Award Amount: $25,800; Matching Amount: $28,810
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Jessica Johnston
Assistant Curator of Photographs
(585)271-3361x360; jjohnston@geh.org

George Eastman House will use its grant to support the creation of nine short videos that will educate students, professionals, and lifelong learners on the history of photographic processes. Each four to six minute video will explain an important photographic process through hands-on demonstrations; behind-the-scenes footage of the museum; examination of collection objects; and conversations with curators, conservators, and historians. The addition of the new videos will supplement the existing videos and present a more complete history of photographic materials and processes.

 

Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum - Rochester, NY
Award Amount: $149,903; Matching Amount: $428,045
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Christopher Bensch
Vice President for Collections
(585)410-6340; cbensch@thestrong.org

The Strong will fabricate and install a 4,000-square-foot Figurative Play zone as one of four interpretive zones within its America at Play exhibit. This project will build on the museum's experience installing two other zones with design schemes that incorporate interactivity and chronological and thematic interpretation. It will make the museum's dolls, stuffed animals, toy soldiers, and action figures more accessible to visitors, educators, and researchers. The exhibit will showcase how figural toys have changed over time and how those changes reflect and influence American culture, helping the public learn about toys in relation to social and cultural history. The museum will enhance the zone with a range of school lessons for Pre-K to Grade 8 and add images of featured artifacts and interpretive content to existing online collections.

 

Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY
Award Amount: $240,922; Matching Amount: $117,395
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Daniel Burge
Senior Research Scientist
(585)475-5931; dmbpph@rit.edu

The Image Permanence Institute, part of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY will undertake a major research and development project aimed at creating effective disaster prevention, response, and recovery strategies for modern inkjet prints in museum collections. Inkjet prints are considerably more sensitive to water damage than traditional prints, and some inkjet print types can also significantly harm adjacent materials during water disasters. A full understanding of how these materials behave during different water damage scenarios has yet to be performed. This project will provide collection care staff with the information and tools they need to minimize risk of damage, respond efficiently during an emergency, and retrieve and stabilize exposed materials following a water emergencies.

 

Natural History Museum of the Adirondack - Tupper Lake, NY
Award Amount: $144,273; Matching Amount: $145,290
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Jen Kretser
Director of Programs
(518)359-7800x138; jkretser@wildcenter.org

The Wild Center will partner with Adirondack Museum, Cornell's Maple Program, and New York State/Northeastern New York Maple Producers Associations to build regional identity, revitalize a heritage industry, and connect people to nature through the art, story, history, and science of maple sugaring. The Northern New York Maple Project will create interpretative exhibits with ecological, historical, and economic information. The museum will develop an instructional maple sugaring video; a touch-screen story kiosk that lets visitors share stories through the exhibit and social media; a storytelling workshop for staff, project partners, and maple producers; community events and conferences; a school education program; community sugaring workshops; and educational materials, website, social media, and outreach to industry, food enthusiasts, and the business community. Regular planning meetings on goals and deliverables will track results and an outside consultant will evaluate the overall success of the project.

 


North Carolina

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $432,635

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture - Charlotte, NC
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $183,000
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Catherine McElvane
Director of Education and Outreach
(704)547-3782; catherine@ganttcenter.org

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will use its grant to strengthen its public programming. The project will involve restructuring current staff, hiring an additional employee, and studying the center's current programming and that of other museums. The Gantt Center will create systems, benchmarks, and new budgeting procedures to better deliver appropriate programming. Staff will be exposed to best practices of other organizations and receive training in dialogue facilitation.

 

Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro -
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $169,374
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Elaine Gustafson
Curator of Collections
(336)256-1454; edgustaf@uncg.edu

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will complete the second phase of renovation for its primary storage vault. To renovate the north half of the vault, the museum will install 16 moving storage screens for framed artwork, 19 metal shelving units for small sculpture, two wall-mounted screens for mixed use, a storage cabinet for oversized two-dimensional artwork, and three mobile work/examination tables. Building on work completed under a prior IMLS grant, the renovation will improve and enhance the accessibility, safety, and preservation of important art; allow for collection growth; and improve staff efficiency.

 

Friends of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences - Raleigh, NC
Award Amount: $114,187; Matching Amount: $114,187
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Julie Horvath
Director of the Microbiology & Genomics Lab
(919)707-9828; julie.horvath@naturalsciences.org

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will expand staffing and make programs more accessible and audience-focused in its Nature Research Center. Since opening, the Center has hosted 1.4 million visitors in a seven-month period, providing authentic research projects, scientific exercises, and other hands-on activities. To support this high volume while allowing visitors to experience science in action, the museum will hire a part-time Lab Outreach Coordinator for the Microbiology and Genomics lab, a part-time Educator for its Investigate Labs, and a part-time Curator of Veterinary Services for the Window on Animal Health. The museum will assess the impact of greater scientist-visitor interaction on public understanding and engagement with science. The project will also expand efforts to bring underserved K-12 students to the museum in support of the museum's mission to engage the public with science that affects their daily lives. IMLS funding will provide interim support until the museum can incorporate increased staffing costs into its annual operating budget.

 

Friends of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences - Raleigh, NC
Award Amount: $18,448; Matching Amount: $77,603
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Ms. Liani Yirka
Curator of Special Populations
(919)707-9915; liani.yirka@naturalsciences.org

In partnership with the North Carolina Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will work with a software developer to prototype a state-of-the-art software application that will enhance and make more meaningful the museum experience for visually impaired and blind visitors. The application, based on one developed for hotel environments, will provide detailed way-finding maps and enhanced exhibition interpretation. The application will be made available for other museums to adapt for their own environments.

 


Ohio

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $734,736

Center for the History of Psychology, University of Akron - Akron, OH
Award Amount: $52,454; Matching Amount: $55,038
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Cathy Faye
Assistant Director
(330)972-6096; cfaye@uakron.edu

The Center for the History of Psychology will partner with 10 local high school teachers to design, implement, and evaluate educational resources to provide meaningful, informative, and memorable fieldtrips. The teachers will attend a one-day workshop to brainstorm with the project team. The museum will develop a Teachers Resource Package with guides to the museum, exhibits, and classroom activities; lesson plans based on state standards; and an online repository of archival materials for classroom activities. The museum will also create a "Measuring the Mind" interactive exhibit for teenagers and young adults, providing access to historical materials from the collections. The implementation of written teacher, student, and staff evaluations will help other collecting institutions identify what resources are most valuable to high school teachers and what effects they have on student learning and engagement.

 

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - Cincinnati, OH
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $209,220
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Dina Bailey
Director of Musuem Experiences
(513)333-7590; dbailey@nurfc.org

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will use its grant for an apprentice program, recruiting recent talented graduates from colleges and universities across the country, with a focus on those from HBCUs. This year-round program combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction over a two-year employment experience, with the goal of providing the apprentices with the expertise and skills needed to strengthen African American museums and institutions.

 

Great Lakes Science Center - Cleveland, OH
Award Amount: $80,579; Matching Amount: $80,580
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Valence Davillier
Vice President of Exhibits
(216)696-4860; davillierv@glsc.org

The Great Lakes Science Center will develop an interactive multimedia exhibit focusing on northeast Ohio hot topics related to fresh water and the Great Lakes as part of its Great Lakes Story gallery. The exhibit will have in-depth content including topical scientific facts and balanced expert opinions and let visitors draw their own conclusions about potentially controversial issues such as hydraulic fracturing and its potential impact on the watershed that feeds the Great Lakes. The exhibit will feature touch-screen monitors, game-format activities, interviews with experts, and an interactive map. The exhibit will use current issues to provide informal STEM education rooted in real-world scientific challenges relevant to the region.

 

Ohio Historical Society - Columbus, OH
Award Amount: $24,941; Matching Amount: $27,823
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Ms. Molly Uline-Olmstead
Profect Director and Grant Writer
(614)297-2617; mulineolmstead@ohiohistory.org

The Indian Removal, a federal policy that relocated Native American tribes living east of the Mississippi River to lands west of the river, left little historical record and makes teaching and learning about both Native American history and contemporary Native American life in Ohio difficult. To address this undervalued topic, the Ohio Historical Society will implement The Oklahoma & Ohio Exchange, a collaborative project with the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Ohio K-12 teachers, and Oklahoma K-12 teachers. The project will establish protocols and models that can be translated from this project to other museum partnerships that hope to forge relationships with educators in diaspora populations.

 

COSI - Columbus, OH
Award Amount: $149,349; Matching Amount: $174,917
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Kate Storm
Director of Experience Development
(614)629-3178; KStorm@mail.COSI.org

The Center for Science & Industry (COSI), in partnership with the Columbus Idea Foundry and the Columbus Museum of Art, will increase staffing to focus on program development for COSI's Center for Innovation. The three partners will collaboratively develop and implement "maker" educational programs at STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) high schools and within their own organizations that focus on 21st century and innovation skill building. Sharing staff will spark a culture shift in each partner organization in order to more deeply understand each other and to develop programs that embody the maker values of collaboration, risk-taking, creativity, and personalized learning. The program will train staff to "educate to innovate" using outcomes-based learning tools and evaluation.

 

Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus, OH
Award Amount: $5,000; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: National Medal for Museum Service

Contact: Ms. Nannette Maciejunes
Executive Director
(614)629-0301; nvm@cmaohio.org

Columbus Museum of Art strives to redefine the art museum for the 21st century. It has earned a reputation as a model for innovative visitor engagement as well as being Central Ohio's hub for social, creative, and dynamic experiences. Every exhibit includes connectors, unique participatory elements, which invite visitors to engage with art and with each other. More than 18,000 square feet of space is dedicated to imaginative experiences for visitors of all ages, and the museum has built strong program partnerships with 30 Ohio counties as well as Columbus City Schools. Columbus Museum of Art also proudly participates in the Let's Move! Museums & Gardens Initiative.

 

Denison Museum - Granville, OH
Award Amount: $126,675; Matching Amount: $245,840
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Sherry Harlacher
Museum Director
(740)587-5713; harlachers@denison.edu

Denison University Museum will undertake Phase II of a four-phase project designed to enable accessibility and dissemination of accurate and complete information for the estimated 8,500 objects in the university's permanent collection. The museum will hire a lead data specialist and a museums systems consultant to complete a comprehensive survey of the permanent collection, reconcile inventory data with existing legacy records, and launch a robust and scalable collections database with the capacity to support online dissemination of collections information. The project will result in streamlined daily operations and more education and training opportunities for student workers who aspire to become museum professionals.

 

Toledo Zoological Society - Toledo, OH
Award Amount: $145,738; Matching Amount: $206,956
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Jay Hemdal
Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates
(419)385-5721x2002; jay.hemdal@toledozoo.org

The aquarium at the Toledo Zoo will obtain new life support systems for an interactive visitor touch tank containing invertebrates, and another holding sharks and stingrays. The exhibits provide multi-sensory experiences that connect people with animals, while the systems ensure the animals are properly cared for. The exhibits are part of a major interior renovation and revitalization for the historic aquarium, constructed with recycled materials and Works Progress Administration funding in 1937. Project goals are to provide top-quality, consistent care for an aquatic animal collection that includes threatened and endangered species, while enhancing the visitor experience with conservation education. Renovated facilities will allow the aquarium to keep more delicate and larger species than was possible with previous antiquated systems, encouraging and inspiring visitors to care for animals and conserve the natural world.

 


Oklahoma

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $99,753

Comanche Nation - Lawton, OK
Award Amount: $49,977; Matching Amount: $67,836
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Sunny Hegwood
Director of Education
(580)353-0404; shegwood@comanchemuseum.com

The Comanche Nation will conduct a yearlong project to develop and implement educational programs that present Comanche history and culture to elementary and middle-school-aged children in Texas. This project will include in-depth research, workshops, program testing, needs assessments, training, implementation, and promotion. At the conclusion of the project, the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center and its partner, the Museum of Texas Tech University, will have a set of educational programs that may be used to educate Texas schoolchildren about the roles Comanches have played in their history and continue to play today.

 

Citizen Potawatomi Nation - Shawnee, OK
Award Amount: $49,776; Matching Amount: $7,500
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Mrs. Kelli Mosteller
Director, Research Library
(405)878-5830; kelli.mosteller@potawatomi.org

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will use its grant to assess and improve the lighting of exhibits at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center (CPNCHC). This project will address three focus areas: First, power usage is a chronic problem at the Center; its power provider frequently orders usage reductions in the summer, at the CPNCHC's busiest time of year. Second, displayed objects are at risk of damage because of lighting that does not meet professional museum standards. And third, the project will help to educate those possessing important collections about lighting and provide affordable strategies for making improvements.

 


Oregon

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $292,851

Coquille Indian Tribe - North Bend, OR
Award Amount: $46,692; Matching Amount: $0
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Denni Hockema
Tribal Cultural Anthropoligist
(541)756-0904x10239; dennihockema@coquilletribe.org

The Coquille Indian Tribe will use its grant to create a public space in which to document, preserve, and share the cultural history of the Coquille people. Over the past three years, the tribe has transformed the tribal administration building's lobby into an interpretive environment through photographic displays incorporating a limited number of artifacts. The next stage of this project will complete the transformation of this space into a vibrant interpretive area by adding museum quality display cases.

 

Portland Art Museum - Portland, OR
Award Amount: $96,159; Matching Amount: $96,815
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Donald Urquhart
Director of Collections Management
(503)276-4354; don.urquhart@pam.org

The Portland Art Museum will rehouse more than 1,000 Asian and Islamic works of art to better protect them and increase access for staff and visiting scholars. The museum will purchase and install custom storage cabinetry; develop a packing plan; move and place the works; and create condition reports, an inventory, and other documentation. New storage will extend the life of artifacts and better preserve fragile objects including scrolls, panel paintings, ceramics, and lacquerware that are now threatened by light, dust, potential earthquake damage, and small fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Reorganizing and consolidating the collection in the museum's main vault will improve storage efficiency and make it easier to track and retrieve objects for study. The museum will share project results online and at professional conferences, including the Western Museums Association.

 

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - Portland, OR
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $258,363
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. Damien Francaviglia
Director of Strategic Planning & Analysis
(503)797-4609; dfrancaviglia@omsi.edu

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will purchase, customize, and implement an integrated, mobile-optimized, and user-friendly sales system. The system will replace six fragmented systems, enabling the museum to capture and analyze audience data to enhance its program offerings and communications with visitors. The system will help the museum improve its online and mobile sites, making it easier for customers to access and purchase science classes, educational camp programs, labs, demos, exhibits, films, lectures, and educational events. The mobile enhancement will particularly improve access and communications for racial and ethnic minorities who are among the highest percentage of smartphone users. The project will enhance engagement with the museum's diverse audiences and help them connect with ideas related to the themes of environment, innovation, and health.

 


Pennsylvania

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $1,397,934

Erie Art Museum - Erie, PA
Award Amount: $149,825; Matching Amount: $472,980
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Kelly Armor
Education and Folk Art Director
(814)459-5477x118; folkart@erieartmuseum.org

The Erie Art Museum will implement its Kids as Curators program, designed to reach three middle school populations (one suburban, one rural, and one inner-city) each year. The program will focus on training teachers and resident artists about the curatorial process–selecting, evaluating, interpreting, and presenting objects in exhibitions–to engage students in the basic concepts of their curriculum. The project activities include students drawing from their own collections; each school curating and designing an exhibition from the students' collections at their own institution; and the installation of each school's exhibition at the Erie Art Museum.

 

State Museum of Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, PA
Award Amount: $148,500; Matching Amount: $624,584
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Bradley Smith
Curatorial Administrator
(717)783-9904; brasmith@pa.gov

The State Museum of Pennsylvania will complete the second phase of its Collection Advancement Project to inventory and catalog its 38,000-item Community and Domestic Life collection. Automating the collections records and improving documentation on artifacts will enable the museum to more easily provide collections information to its audiences by greatly decreasing the amount of research time required to assemble artifacts for exhibitions, research, and loans. The project will reconcile artifacts to original provenance data which will enhance the interpretive value of many thousands of artifacts. Greater intellectual control over collections will result in higher-quality exhibits supported by improved scholarship.

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $160,430
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Willliam Weinstein
Director of Information Services
(215)287-6371; wweinstein@philamuseum.org

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will photograph, digitize, and publish online object records for 2,500 Indian and Himalayan works of art as an essential component in the comprehensive reinstallation of the museum's Indian and Himalayan art galleries. This project will enhance the level of arts information available to scholars, K-12 students, and the general public, while providing foundational content for an array of online and in-gallery interpretive features. It is part of the museum's plans to address every aspect of its educational and interpretive programming in order to create a more meaningful, engaging, and accessible arts experience.

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $109,243; Matching Amount: $111,039
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Behrooz Salimnejad
Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork
(215)684-7557; bsalimnejad@philamuseum.org

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will install compact storage shelving for its modern and contemporary design and craft furniture collections. Overcrowding and poor accessibility jeopardize many artifacts, and some objects are in non-outfitted storage spaces and hallways. The project will create an additional 1,344 square feet of shelving to safely store 550 furniture holdings and provide capacity for future acquisitions. The museum will place the collections in temporary storage, install the new compact storage system, and complete condition reporting and needed collections treatments. The project will ensure continued preservation of the museum's European, American, and Asian design work of the 19th and 20th centuries. Better storage will increase collections accessibility, minimize object handling, and improve collection maintenance. The museum will highlight this project on its website to share best practices in preventive conservation care.

 

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $189,099; Matching Amount: $186,731
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Laura Hortz Stanton
Director of Preservation Services
(215)545-0613; lhortzstanton@ccaha.org

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts will use its grant to lead the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PACRN), a two-year project to develop, coordinate, and consolidate regional efforts to address disaster preparedness and response needs at museums and historic sites through new programs and resources. PACRN offers an innovative, holistic approach to statewide emergency preparedness for cultural institutions, designed to be easily replicated or adapted in other states or regions. More than 300 museum and historic site professionals at sites throughout Pennsylvania are expected to show measurable gains in knowledge level and confidence as measured by pre-and post-evaluation forms in the education programs comprising the PACRN initiative.

 

Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $40,000; Matching Amount: $54,880
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Barbara Buckley
Senior Director of Conservation
(215)278-7272; bbuckley@barnesfoundation.org

The Barnes Foundation will conserve 22 works of art on paper from its permanent collection, including art by Picasso, Cezanne, Klee, Degas, and Renoir. The museum will engage the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts to complete conservation treatment and rehousing. These works were chosen for their artistic significance and vulnerability resulting from lack of ultraviolet filtering and poor-quality housing. The project will replace acidic material in existing housings, complete any needed frame treatments, and return works to their original frames. Staff will make digital images and include them with conservation documentation in the collections management database. The project will increase collection accessibility for education, research, and aesthetic appreciation; and develop a program series to inform members and general audiences about the need for conservation and environmental controls in preserving the collection.

 

Please Touch Museum - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $102,484; Matching Amount: $102,484
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mrs. Leslie Walker
Vice President of Community Learning
(215)578-5157; lwalker@pleasetouchmuseum.org

The Please Touch Museum will use its grant to develop an interactive mobile communications application and website that will serve as a tool to support families through the kindergarten transition years. The mobile application will translate existing resource literature and tools, such as a readiness checklist, activity calendar, and parent-child activities into a digital format. A website, containing the same components as the mobile application, will be created to ensure the resources reach the widest audience possible. The project will establish and work with a network of partners in the Philadelphia area to help determine which resources will best benefit users of the app and website.

 

Mattress Factory - Pittsburgh, PA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $191,664
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Michael Olijnyk
Co-Director
(412)231-3169x221; michaelo@mattress.org

The Mattress Factory will build upon a previous IMLS-funded archival digitization project, to develop educational programs and a mobile application to make this historical material accessible to a broad, diverse audience. The application will let visitors enhance their museum experiences and delve into the creative process of artists who have worked at the museum. The museum will invite visitors to incorporate their own stories into the active archive, helping staff evaluate audience needs and educational impact. The project will enhance education programs for the general public, students and teachers, scholars and researchers, museum and cultural professionals, and individuals in rural communities in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and the urban Pittsburgh community. The project will increase audience technology skills and help museum educators, teaching artists, and education staff integrate technology into museum education.

 

Carnegie Museum of Art - Pittsburgh, PA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $229,791
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Jeffrey Inscho
Web and Digital Media Manager
(412)687-8989; inschoj@carnegiemuseums.org

The Carnegie Museum of Art will conduct a prototype project to make the history and context of its collections more accessible to visitors through the use of a digital interface. The museum will transform existing collection data into a useable, accessible, portable format and publish it online. It will create dynamic and interactive visualizations of provenance data for 19th-century paintings and sculpture to enhance visitors' experiences of art. The museum will document and share the prototyping process with colleague institutions and invite a select number of museums to participate in a private prototype. Based on these efforts, it will create an online home for the project's technical framework, providing access for other institutions and developers to discuss, implement, integrate, and further develop the public interface.

 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Pittsburgh, PA
Award Amount: $149,970; Matching Amount: $225,973
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Suzanne McLaren
Collections Manager, Mammals
(412)665-2615; mclarens@carnegiemnh.org

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will migrate two of its priority collections—anthropology and malacology—to a new, robust collections management system. The proposed upgrade to will support the efforts of scientists internally and externally to use the collections for research across a wide range of contemporary topics. CMNH also plans to use existing high-resolution digital images from the anthropology collections in ways that its current database management software cannot support. Interactive kiosks and a cross-gallery cell phone tour using digital images and information from the collection databases will enrich the visitor's experience of the anthropology halls and life science exhibitions. Evaluation of visitors' use of these new platforms will inform potential replication of interactives using other portions of the museum's collections

 

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, Pennsylvania State University -
Award Amount: $58,813; Matching Amount: $61,304
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Russell Graham
Director for Exhibits
(814)865-6336; rgraham@ems.psu.edu

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery will electronically catalog and rehouse its geological collection in order to preserve, properly store, access, and use specimens in programming. The majority of 22,000 specimens moved to the museum's Center for Education Research and Collections in 2008 and have not yet been added to its electronic catalog. The museum will hire a part-time assistant, upgrade its collections management software, and purchase storage materials and supplies. The project will allow the museum to carry out space needs and specimen condition surveys, determine storage requirements, develop new exhibitions, and incorporate specimens into educational programs and outreach activities.

 


Puerto Rico

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $141,440

Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation - San Juan, PR
Award Amount: $141,440; Matching Amount: $239,448
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mrs. Soraya Serra-Collazo
Museum Director
(787)755-7979x33; sserra@flmm.org

The Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation will consolidate and rehouse 2,330 of its 5,330 collection objects in order to increase collection access, improve preventive conservation for collections in storage, and raise collection-stewardship awareness among staff and stakeholders. Project activities will include developing and delivering a workshop for project staff in museum management, conducting a full inventory of stored museum collections, installing a museum-quality storage system at the museum's new facility, designing and fabricating storage supports for objects, moving the objects to the newly constructed storage space and installing them in their new home, and updating the museum's database.

 


Rhode Island

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $32,853

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society - Kingston, RI
Award Amount: $8,825; Matching Amount: $9,320
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Lori Urso
Executive Director
(401)783-1328; washingtoncountyhistory@gmail.com

The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society will use its grant to improve and enhance the visitor experience and increase opportunities for learning at its two historic sites—the Old Washington County Jail and Hale House—through the installation of interpretive wayside signage. Typically used at historic sites and national parks to mark the presence of a significant feature and to encourage a pause, waysides combine text with graphics to interpret landscape and historic events while encouraging visitors to observe and experience the site more fully. With wayside signage, the historical society will provide information and interpretation at times when its sites are not staffed or closed.

 

Newport Art Museum and Art Association - Newport, RI
Award Amount: $24,028; Matching Amount: $24,028
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mrs. Maggie Anderson
Director of Education
(401)848-8200; manderson@newportartmuseum.org

The Newport Art Museum will use its grant to support the expansion of MUSE, a school-to-career initiative that orients high school students to the management and administration of museums and cultural institutions through hands-on and classroom learning, multiple site visits, and mentoring. Developed in partnership with community leaders, MUSE is designed to strengthen museum-community connections, inspire and educate youth about careers in arts administration and museum management, and cultivate a professional workforce. The Museum will expand the program by providing additional sections and offerings of the coursework within schools and establishing paid internships for students.

 


South Carolina

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $1,175,818

Drayton Hall, National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States - Charleston,
Award Amount: $117,894; Matching Amount: $132,692
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Carter Hudgins
Interim Director of Preservation
(843)769-2317; carter_hudgins@draytonhall.org

Drayton Hall, a National Trust Historic Site, will complete an interpretive plan so the site may enhance learning experiences that will deliver high-quality, inclusive, accessible, and audience-focused programs for lifelong learning in an informal setting. The project will follow a structured planning process to explore, evaluate, and refine methods in consultation with museum professionals, academic scholars, and community stakeholders. Staff will study comparable sites and museums, work with a team of scholars to refine the themes, identify historic resources at Drayton Hall that best express these themes, and develop appropriate interpretive methodologies.

 

EdVenture Children's Museum - Columbia, SC
Award Amount: $497,886; Matching Amount: $506,009
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Catherine Horne
President/CEO
(805)400-1140; chorne@edventure.org

EdVenture, along with the other five children's museums in South Carolina, will increase the capacity of children's museums to be community anchors in early literacy and school readiness. Together, this coalition of six museums will 1) support children's museums in their efforts to reach families with young children living in poverty, 2) provide pop-up early literacy exhibits for each partner for community outreach, 3) evaluate the effectiveness of this model in order to promote replication by other children's museums nationally, and 4) disseminate strategies, techniques, tools, and findings to the museum field.

 

EdVenture - Columbia, SC
Award Amount: $149,957; Matching Amount: $153,296
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Mr. Marc Drews
Educational Initiatives Manager
(803)400-1150; mdrews@edventure.org

EdVenture will implement the "Yes, Every Child" program to improve museum accessibility and engagement for Hispanic/Latino families in the Columbia metropolitan area. The museum will build internal capacity including facility, staff/ staff skills, and community networks to better connect with and respond to the rapidly growing Hispanic/Latino community. The program will equip the museum to develop new and additional learning experiences for non-English speaking audiences. The museum will form an advisory group of trusted leaders within the Hispanic/Latino community to serve as cultural brokers. The advisory group will help guide efforts to develop focused outreach to and build relationships with Hispanic/Latino families with young children. These efforts will focus on developing programs to engage and sustain participation, enhance civic engagement, provide cultural and educational opportunities, and enable families to be full participants in their local community.

 

Columbia Museum of Art - Columbia, SC
Award Amount: $97,982; Matching Amount: $193,073
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mrs. Joelle Ryan-Cook
Deputy Director
(803)343-2211; jcook@columbiamuseum.org

The Columbia Museum of Art will partner with the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging, Capital Senior Center, and Agape Senior to provide new participatory arts activities for seniors aged 70+ in a four-county region. An array of new programs will be designed to engage the mind and enrich the spirit for older visitors. Art participation programs will focus on helping seniors hone cognitive abilities, and enhance their quality of life through social interaction, positive self-image, and increased connection to the world around them – encouraging sociability and lifelong learning. The museum will improve visitor accessibility through modest facility and visitor amenity upgrades, with a goal of increasing senior general admissions and group tours by 10 percent and attracting 1,200 Creative Age participants. The museum will also develop and electronically disseminate a scalable and replicable comprehensive program toolkit for small to mid-sized art institutions nationwide.

 

McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
Award Amount: $77,685; Matching Amount: $79,333
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jill Koverman
Chief Curator of Collections & Research
(803)777-3708; koverman@mailbox.sc.edu

The McKissick Museum will inventory and catalog 5,000 mineral and fossil specimens uncovered during an earlier IMLS-funded collections management project, including specimens collected during the 19th century. The museum will also address safety concerns associated with caring for and managing a sizeable collection of more than 600 radioactive specimens. The collection is important both for its scientific value and its historic role in early college and university science education. Museum staff will work with an advisory committee to plan research, collaborative projects, and methods of sharing information through educational programs, exhibits, and web-based programs.

 

South Carolina State University - Orangeburg, SC
Award Amount: $149,956; Matching Amount: $153,002
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Ellen Zisholtz
Museum Director
(803)536-7174; ezisholt@scsu.edu

South Carolina State University, an HBCU, will use its grant to provide a variety of learning experiences at its I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium. To accomplish this goal, the museum will hire an education assistant; a team will develop a pilot project to integrate the museum into curricula; and consultants will provide training to strengthen knowledge, skills, and creativity in all aspects of educational museums, including educational outreach, cross-disciplinary thinking, innovation, visitor diversity, and lifelong learning.

 

York W. Bailey Museum - St. Helena Island, SC
Award Amount: $84,458; Matching Amount: $84,810
Grant Program: Museum Grants African American History and Culture

Contact: Ms. Victoria Smalls
Interim Director of History and Culture
(843)838-8552; vsmalls@penncenter.com

Penn Center's York W. Bailey Museum will use its grant to provide professional development and education to current staff, develop a user-friendly self-guided tour map of the historic grounds, and create a customer survey to assist in assessing and enhancing the visitor's experience. The museum will plan and conduct a docent and volunteer training program, hire a collections registrar, purchase equipment and software, expand resources to support current staff, and make site visits to view the Penn Center's collections at the Wilson Library, UNC at Chapel Hill.

 


South Dakota

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $203,524

South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota State University - Brookings, SD
Award Amount: $54,496; Matching Amount: $54,533
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Lisa Scholten
Coordinator-Curator of Collections
(605)688-6702; lisa.scholten@sdstate.edu

The South Dakota Art Museum will engage the Midwest Art Conservation Center to conduct a detailed conservation survey of 1,317 works on paper to safeguard the works and provide improved access for learning, research, and enjoyment. The project will assess the health of the collection; identify and prioritize collection care needs, including priorities for treatment and preventive preservation; develop guidelines for storage, use and handling; strengthen staff expertise in preserving works on paper; and improve the collection's storage and housing.

 

Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - Rapid City, SD
Award Amount: $149,028; Matching Amount: $150,000
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Laurie Anderson
Director, Head, Professor
(605)394-1212; Laurie.Anderson@sdsmt.edu

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology'Museum of Geology will digitize its Western Interior Seaway (WIS) paleontological collections, which comprise approximately 40,000 lots and provides a record of ancient ecosystems, dynamic environmental history, and scientific exploration dating to the late 19th century. The project will create an integrated digital catalog, linking critical field information with collections data. The project will also link data to the University of California PaleoPortal Collection Search, update a local partner museum's (the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SD) WIS exhibit, and build a virtual field trip accessible online and at the museum. Increased accessibility and interpretation of data will support research, teaching, and public education. The project will pave the way to digitize key specimens and georeference collections with geographical information system tools to inform public policy on global climate change.

 


Tennessee

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $253,849

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring - Murfreesboro, TN
Award Amount: $103,849; Matching Amount: $104,230
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Tara MacDougall
CEO
(615)890-2300; tmacdougall@discoverycenteronline.org

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring will use its grant to convert a retired school bus into a mobile science classroom. The Mobile Super Science Bus, manned by the museum's Super Science team and volunteer guest scientists, will be used throughout middle Tennessee for outreach visits that feature hands-on discovery-based programs tailored to Tennessee state science curriculum standards. This project addresses the need for substantive informal science education for elementary school students in middle Tennessee and provides an innovative solution to the lack of time and funding for students to visit museums during the school day.

 

Country Music Hall of Fame - Nashville, TN
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $196,887
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Patricia Boulie
Curator of Special Collections
(615)291-8423; lboulie@countrymusichalloffame.org

The Country Music Foundation (CMF) will launch phase two of its digitization initiative, creating the infrastructure and a model for preserving and increasing access to its unparalleled collection, which is integral to the history of country music in America. Over the past year, CMF completed Phase One of its initiative: assessing need, identifying best practices, developing workflows and metadata templates, and reviewing and selecting a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system. Phase Two will result in the purchase and installation of the DAM system and creation of a model to digitize other rare, fragile, and highly requested assets in the collection, ensuring their long-term preservation and creating access for researchers and the public.

 


Texas

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $1,924,361

Dallas Museum of Art - Dallas, TX
Award Amount: $94,681; Matching Amount: $52,077
Grant Program: Learning Labs in Museums

Contact: Nicole Stutzman
Director of Learning Partnerships
(214)922-1313; nstutzman@dallasmuseumofart.org

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), in partnership with the Museum of Nature and Science (MNS), will plan and design a Learning Lab focused on the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) learning. The proposed lab will allow youth to explore how the experimental work of artists and scientists overlap and encourage creativity and communication skills. The DMA and the MNS will share equal responsibility for staffing the Learning Lab, with a "home base" location at the DMA's Tech Lab. As the project develops, a satellite location at the MNS may be added.

 

Dallas Museum of Art - Dallas, TX
Award Amount: $458,336; Matching Amount: $674,682
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Robert Stein
Deputy Director
(214)922-1232; rstein@dma.org

Visitor engagement is a key challenge facing museums today. The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) – in partnership with the Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art – will create a more effective system for compiling and analyzing data about visitor participation to increase the efficacy of museums in responding to the emergence of participatory culture and the desire for deeper engagement and long-term relationships with visitors. The partners will each pilot a version of the DMA Friends program, develop a detailed dataset of participation, and design methods of reporting and analysis to enable each museum to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The results of the project will be widely disseminated to benefit all museums seeking to increase participation and deepen engagement of among their visitors.

 

Holocaust Museum Houston - Houston, TX
Award Amount: $149,325; Matching Amount: $403,259
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Monica Rose
Director of Library and Archives
(713)942-8000x110; mrose@hmh.org

The Holocaust Museum Houston will partner with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation to digitize, preserve, and provide widespread access to its collection of Holocaust testimony audio-visual recordings. Dating to as early as 1985, the recordings capture the stories of 282 Houston-area Holocaust survivors, political prisoners, liberators, and witnesses, providing invaluable information for study and understanding of Holocaust and Houston history, immigration, race and ethnicity, cultural studies, geography, religion, and memory. The master tapes are in danger of degradation and data loss. The museum will preserve the testimonies through digitization and a perpetual copying system. The museum will catalog and index each history for minute-by-minute searchability and provide free web access to the recordings for scholars, researchers, teachers, students, and the public.

 

Children's Museum of Houston - Houston, TX
Award Amount: $472,101; Matching Amount: $472,214
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Keith Ostfeld
Director of Educational Technology
(713)535-7228; kostfeld@cmhouston.org

The Children's Museum of Houston and four partner museums will develop a product to enable family visitors to extend and customize their learning by combining the interactive components of a given exhibit with additional resources provided through any form of personal computer technology from smartphone to tablet to desktop computer. The goal is three-fold: (1) to design an effective system for museums to use in providing family visitors with mobile access to digital media content at specific exhibits; (2) to evaluate visitor outcomes related to the experience that these exhibits afford as compared to the experience without the additions; and (3) to make these enhancements available to other museums. The result will be an open source and copyright free system, backed by extensive testing, which will be available to all museums.

 

Houston Zoo - Houston, TX
Award Amount: $459,147; Matching Amount: $474,450
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Dr. Lauren Howard
Associate Veterinarian
(713)533-6630; lhoward@houstonzoo.org

The Houston Zoo and its partners will conduct a research project to deepen the zoo community's understanding of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV), an enigmatic virus that killed six Asian elephants at the zoo over a 10-year period. EEHV causes severe bleeding in internal organs, including the heart, and has killed more than 50 percent of Asian elephants in North America born after 1980. The research will determine whether any of the currently available anti-herpesvirus drugs have efficacy against EEHV, develop sensitive tests to evaluate specific immune responses to EEHV, and continue attempts to grow the virus in the laboratory. The results of this project will be treatments for elephants with EEHV and a better understanding of elephant immunity which will inform future vaccine development.

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston, TX
Award Amount: $149,938; Matching Amount: $366,757
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Marcia Stein
Photographic and Imaging Services Manager
(713)639-7525; mstein@mfah.org

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will use its grant to create high quality digital images of approximately 29,300 works on paper, link them to the museum's collection management system, and make the images and select object information globally accessible via the museum's website, ARTstor Digital Library, and the Art Project powered by Google. Critical evaluation of each stage of the project will result in a set of written procedures to guide future MFAH digitization projects. The project will advance the institution's long-range goals by increasing access to its collections, delivering on its commitment to education and research, and ensuring the stewardship of its collections.

 

San Antonio Children's Museum - San Antonio, TX
Award Amount: $140,833; Matching Amount: $142,331
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Robin Voight
Education Director
(210)212-4453x1322; robin@sakids.org

The San Antonio Children's Museum is partnering with the San Antonio Public Library and Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center to create early literacy interactive learning activities for children ages 5-10 years. The Imagination Studio will include interactive components and digital learning tools for reading books and stories, recording and archiving personal book reviews, and spontaneously creating and telling stories. The project is designed to promote core skills in young readers and writers, and to help bridge the literacy loss young readers experience during summer break. Imagination Studio components will be housed at the museum and two branch libraries, and prototypes will be tested extensively through visitor interactions in these settings. The museum and its partners will share project results with peers through local, regional, and national conferences to spur innovative, literacy-focused settings in children's museums and more playful experiences in library settings.

 


Vermont

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $211,587

ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center - Burlington, VT
Award Amount: $147,934; Matching Amount: $150,738
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Molly Loomis
Director of Education
802-864-1848; mloomis@echovermont.org

ECHO will partner with the Greater Burlington YMCA, Vermont's largest childcare service provider, to provide environmental education resources and programs to high need, culturally diverse preschool children and their caregivers. The "Science Play" project will create an immersive watershed resource and activity area to support preschool children and caregivers in exploring their watershed community. It will expand the museum's preschool programming to reach an additional 500 preschoolers and 1,000 caregivers through drop-in programs, class field trips, family visits, and professional development for teacher-caregivers. The project will provide caregivers with tools and resources to support early science learning and environmental stewardship, and help YMCA and ECHO educators improve their knowledge and skills to support developmentally appropriate science education. The museum will use outcome-based assessments with children and caregivers; surveys and informal feedback from visitors; and quarterly Advisory Team Meetings to review progress and results.

 

Shelburne Museum - Shelburne, VT
Award Amount: $63,653; Matching Amount: $63,677
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. Richard Kerschner
Director of Preservation and Conservation
(802)985-3346x3361; rkerschner@shelburnemuseum.org

The Shelburne Museum will hire a textile conservator to work with two staff conservators to stabilize and restore 37 of its floor covers in greatest need of conservation treatment, as identified through a previous IMLS-funded condition survey. The museum will also improve floor cover storage – replacing wooden poles with metal pipe to support the weight of large rolled rugs, and creating shelving for flat storage of 80 smaller rugs. The project will improve preservation of important textiles, make more rugs available for exhibition, and improve access and reduce handling for about one quarter of the collection in storage. The museum will share lessons learned with professionals through presentations and articles, and with the public through exhibitions at the museum and online.

 


Virginia

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $523,681

Jefferson's Poplar Forest - Forest, VA
Award Amount: $79,018; Matching Amount: $79,019
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. Wayne Gannaway
Capital Improvements Grants Coordinator
(434)534-8129; wayne@poplarforest.org

Poplar Forest will develop a comprehensive interpretive plan to guide its evolution from a historic preservation and rescue project to an audience-focused museum. The aim is to link Jefferson the man, the cultural and natural features of his plantation, and the concerns of the museum's audience. Drawing upon an IMLS-funded Museum Assessment Program (MAP) survey and a subsequent strategic planning process, Poplar Forest's interpretive plan will focus on delivering engaging learning experiences that encourage civic literacy. The interpretive planning process will include an independent, outcome-based evaluation plan with logic modeling, front-end and formative audience research, and community outreach meetings. The plan will enable the museum to make the plantation more physically and intellectually accessible and more impactful to a broader audience.

 

Science Museum of Virginia Foundation - Richmond, VA
Award Amount: $98,896; Matching Amount: $92,573
Grant Program: Learning Labs in Museums

Contact: Mr. Charles English
Director of Special Initiatives
(804)864-1430; cenglish@smv.org

The Science Museum of Virginia will integrate its Innovation Studio digital media hub with a network of out-of-school time STEM Outposts—for example, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H programs, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Funding will support increases and improvements in staff and technology. It will better enable youth to learn problem solving, communications, and global awareness. The project equips volunteer mentors to facilitate learning around a series of STEM challenges. It will also result in a sustainable operating plan that fully engages the museum, youth participants, out-of-school time partners, and the broader community in a dynamic connected learning network.

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, VA
Award Amount: $132,320; Matching Amount: $132,320
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Jennie Runnels
Senior Assistant Registrar
(804)340-1553; jennie.runnels@vmfa.museum

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will relocate and renovate two adjacent art storage rooms from the basement of the museum to a higher level. These rooms housing textiles, unframed Tibetan thangkas, Asian screens and scroll paintings are subject to rising moisture through the concrete slab due to the height of the water table. To address this problem the museum will refurbish an existing space previously used for staff offices; equip the new space with a compact (SpaceSaver) rail system; relocate the existing storage furniture (Delta cabinets) specifically purchased with IMS funds in 1999; purchase a limited quantity of new storage furniture based upon the recent growth of the collection; contract with a textile conservator to conduct a detailed survey of approximately 100 works acquired since the last survey in 1999, and; physically move the collection. Properly housing these objects and assessing future conservation needs will ensure that the collections can be shared with generations to come, helping educate audience about the world history of art.

 

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - Williamsburg, VA
Award Amount: $213,447; Matching Amount: $101,045
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Emily Williams
Conservator of Archaeological Materials
(757)220-7079; ewilliams@cwf.org

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will undertake a three-year research project examining the effects of fire extinguishing agents on cultural heritage materials. The long-term effects of exposure to the extinguishing agents will be assessed along with the ability to remove the extinguishing materials from the surfaces of cultural property. This project is intended to quantify the impact of discharging portable fire extinguisher agents on cultural resource materials and establish a scientific method for this assessment. The project results will be proposed for adoption by the National Fire Protection Association, the world's leading advocate of fire protection and an authoritative source on public fire safety.

 


Washington

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $816,066

Bellevue Botanical Garden Society - Bellevue, WA
Award Amount: $149,600; Matching Amount: $153,716
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Ms. Nancy Kartes
Bellevue Botanical Garden Manager
(425)452-2749; nkartes@bellevuewa.gov

The Bellevue Botanical Garden will expand and enhance their existing interpretive programs to include a number of new tools. Building upon a previous IMLS-funded project, the garden will produce a new interactive visitor map, install interactive touchscreens in the new visitor orientation room, and develop an application for use on mobile devices. The garden will also design a project evaluation program so the staff can understand and respond to changing visitor interests and demographics over time. Designed to be intuitive and visually engaging, these new tools will pique the visitors' curiosity and encourage them to be plant explorers and lifelong learners.

 

Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $353,316
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Sandra Jackson-Dumont
Deputy Director of Education & Public Programs
(206)332-1336; sandraj@seattleartmuseum.org

The Seattle Art Museum will test new strategies in programming, research, and community-building to broaden and deepen participation by young adults ages 18-35. Based on lessons learned from prior research and a pilot engagement project, the museum will integrate social and interactive experiences with artists and community leaders into several traditional programs. The museum will pilot and evaluate a rewards/participation card to help it evaluate young adult participation patterns to better serve and communicate with them. The project will also include an expansion of the museum's community partners program, which involves cultural/creative/civic partners in using museum events to share their work more broadly. IMLS funds will be used to support key staff; honoraria for the artists involved in programming; and the development of the reward/engagement card. While targeting young adults for increased participation and membership, the program will also benefit the public at large with a dynamic roster of museum experiences and better awareness of the city's cultural and civic organizations.

 

Seattle Aquarium Society - Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $103,821; Matching Amount: $103,829
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Mr. James Wharton
Director of Education & Conservation
(206)386-4343; J.wharton@seattleaquarium.org

The Seattle Aquarium will design, implement, and evaluate an aquarium classroom program, giving middle school students opportunities to experience how science is actually done. The project is designed to increase science and ocean literacy and STEM performance, and improve attitudes towards animal conservation. The museum will develop the program content in cooperation with practicing scientists, emphasizing the process by which scientists arrive at their conclusions. The project will include two introductory science-process inquiry activities and two content modules based on sea otter research conducted at the aquarium and ocean acidification research by a leading government researcher. The project deliverables will also include one kit based on each research module for interpretation in the aquarium galleries; one for community outreach programming; and one each for the outreach activities conducted by the researchers' labs. The final product will be a set of guidelines for creating a research-based inquiry activity in cooperation with an active scientist.

 

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience - Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $167,269
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Cassandra Chinn
Deputy Executive Director
(206)623-5124x131; cchinn@wingluke.org

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience will produce a newly designed tour program to empower the Asian Pacific American community to share their stories, help stimulate the local economy, and promote the historic and cultural vibrancy of the district. The Chinatown International District, on the National Register of Historic Places, is Seattle's lowest-income neighborhood, struggling with multiple issues that threaten its preservation. The revision of the tour program will emphasize community storytelling and audience engagement. A volunteer docent program will serve as a starting place for community member involvement, and technology capabilities will be improved to better analyze data and grow audiences. The project will provide staff and volunteer professional development and increase visitorship to the museum and the neighborhood.

 

Center for Wooden Boats - Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $24,748; Matching Amount: $1,302
Grant Program: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Contact: Mr. Andrew Washburn
Cama Beach and Historical Projects Manager
(206)382-2628; awashburn@cwb.org

The collection, storage, and care of large objects present ongoing challenges for museums of all sizes. The Center for Wooden Boats will test photogrammetry on large collection items, or macro-artifacts, to measure size and monitor changes over time. Changes in dimension can help alert collections managers to the need for active or preventative conservation treatment. The project team will develop, test, and refine a procedure for using photogrammetry to monitor dimensional stability on a variety of watercraft and other maritime macro-artifacts, resulting in procedures that will ultimately be usable in vastly different museum environments and subject areas.

 

Pacific Science Center Foundation - Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $117,340; Matching Amount: $120,619
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Ellen Lettvin
Vice President for Science and Education
(206)443-3641; elettvin@pacsci.org

Pacific Science Center will implement Exploring Earth System Science, a two-year project designed to increase visitors' literacy of Earth system science through the delivery of programming on Science On a Sphere, a global display system using computers and video projectors to display planetary data on a six-foot-diameter sphere. Museum staff will develop nine content strands covering topics such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and ocean science, with an emphasis on issues related to climate change. A rapid response framework for presentations about emerging natural disasters will be developed so that staff will be prepared to interpret data when a natural disaster occurs. As a result of the project, staff and volunteers will be prepared to provide an enhanced Science on a Sphere experience for community members who visit the museum.

 

Burke Museum Association, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
Award Amount: $120,557; Matching Amount: $121,201
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Learning Experiences

Contact: Dr. Julie Stein
Executive Director
(206)543-2874; jkstein@uw.edu

The University of Washington's Burke Museum will redesign its website to more effectively serve its visitors and support the museum's mission, vision, and strategic goals. This project will draw on state-of-the-art user-experience research and proven approaches to design and create a new website that will incorporate visitor-centered technologies that are now commonly used by the news media. The result will be a website inspired by the vision and goals of the museum that meet the needs and expectations of its audience, draws people to the site through their own passions, curiosities, and interests, and more effectively fosters learning.

 


Wisconsin

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $445,993

Chippewa Valley Museum - Eau Claire, WI
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $162,492
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Community Anchors

Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Reuter
Community Programs Manager
(715)834-7871; l.reuter@cvmuseum.com

In 2009, the Chippewa Valley Museum in partnership with local government and other community organizations produced the study, The Good Life: A Cultural Direction for Eau Claire County, which focused on the community's cultural identity and made recommendations for its future. The museum is now leading an effort to act on the report's recommendations working with the community to increase the visibility of local history and culture and building a sense of place tied to the county's rivers and water heritage. The project will develop publications, websites, and new digital programs; create resources that serve residents and attract visitors; and study issues of access identified in the Good Life study.

 

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin - Keshena, WI
Award Amount: $49,398; Matching Amount: $44,963
Grant Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Contact: Ms. Betty Jo Wozniak
Tribal Administrator
(715)799-5154; bwozniak@mitw.org

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will use its grant to train essential staff in the area of collections management and digitization of museum collections. The tribe will purchase collections management software and related equipment and hire a training consultant and one or more temporary collections assistants and interns. Following training, and working with Menominee elders, staff will process the collections and catalogue information. This comprehensive processing and cataloging of the museum's collections, combined with a digitized inventory, will improve the accuracy of collections records and create a safer, more publicly accessible space. Tribal members, museum visitors, professors, researchers, students, and the general public will benefit from these activities.

 

Madison Children's Museum - Madison, WI
Award Amount: $96,595; Matching Amount: $45,772
Grant Program: Learning Labs in Museums

Contact: Ms. Brenda Baker
Director of Exhibits
(608)256-6445x545; bbaker@madisonchildrensmuseum.org

Madison Children's Museum's KidShare project creates digitally based experiences to promote scientific and cultural literacy for middle school and high school audiences. KidShare includes a Mobile Media Lab that will travel into neighborhoods and help youth create digital stories; a Digital Design Workshop where youth can "hang out,mess around, and geek out"; and Neighborhood Lens, a prototype digital interactive exhibit focusing on local stories, collected and designed by children, including a website for off-site engagement. MCM will collaborate with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Filament Games. The project is being developed in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, and youth will be involved in every aspect of its planning and design.

 

Milwaukee Art Museum - Milwaukee, WI
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $174,300
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Mr. James DeYoung
Senior Conservator
(414)224-3269; Jim.DeYoung@mam.org

The Milwaukee Art Museum will implement Phase One of its plan to improve and expand its central paintings vault. When completed, this project will double the storage capacity of the paintings vault and improve access to the museum's collection for visitors, students, researchers, and staff. The installation of 66 painting storage screens will improve accessibility to the collection during reinstallation and beyond, and reduce the risks to the collection from offsite travel and storage and will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in offsite storage costs.

 


Wyoming

Total IMLS funds to museums in this state in 2013: $149,958

Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Cody, WY
Award Amount: $149,958; Matching Amount: $153,004
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Mary Robinson
Housel Director, McCracken Research Library
(307)578-4063; maryr@bbhc.org

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center will complete a two-year Picturing Buffalo Bill project to digitize 6,000 photographs in its McCracken Research Library related to the life and career of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Staff will scan, catalog, and upload images to expand the "Buffalo Bill Online Archive" on the museum's website, along with subject headings and descriptive metadata. The project will improve access; protect original images from further handling; and give scholars, students, teachers, museum staff, and online visitors a more complete, searchable online representation of the photographic collection. The expanded resource will help staff produce exhibitions and displays, and support numerous outreach and educational programs.


Cooperative and Interagency Agreements

Total IMLS funds for cooperative and interagency agreements in 2013: $1,862,624

American Alliance of Museums - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $414,117;
Program: Museum Assessment Program
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American Alliance of Museums - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $231,324;
Program: State Museum Association Study

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries - Easton, PA
Award Amount: $60,000;
Program: Academic Museum Leadership Seminars

Heritage Preservation - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $722,906;
Program: Conservation Assessment Program
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Heritage Preservation - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $169,277;
Program: Heritage Health Index
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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - New York, NY
Award Amount: $50,000;
Program: STEM Video Game Challenge
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President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities - Washington, DC
Award Amount: $50,000;
Program: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
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StoryCorps - Brooklyn, NY
Award Amount: $125,000;
Program: National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Sundance Institute - Los Angeles, CA
Award Amount: $40,000;
Program: Film Forward
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