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The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) will partner with the AmeriCorps VISTA program to establish the ASTC VISTA Volunteer Community STEM Initiative. The program is designed to strengthen local networks of community-based STEM programs and to offer new youth development activities specifically targeted at inspiring a future STEM workforce. AmeriCorps VISTA members will be placed in strategically selected science centers and museums to serve as coordinators and facilitators of these community-based activities. The seven science centers and museums involved in the project are Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA; Discovery Cube, Los Angeles, CA; Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA; Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA; California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA; New York Hall of Science, Queen, NY; and Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Together with local library and academic partners, the Palau Ministry of Education will enhance local library collections and make continuing education opportunities available to library staff. It will use grant funds to purchase newer recreational and educational reading materials and deliver them to outlying communities through its bookmobile. With an emphasis on community reading, the project will also encompass a one-week workshop on readers advisory training for library workers and library science students. Participants will gain exposure to literature circles/book clubs and learn about various reading genres, which will enhance programming for local communities. Grant funds will also support Palau’s contribution to the Information Literacy Consortium, which supports regional access to EBSCOHost databases.
Chilkat Indian Village’s Klukwan Community and School Library project “Cultivating Traditional Practices” will focus on learning and innovation, media literacy, and life and career skills. Cultural and skill-building programs for all ages will be taught by elders, other tradition bearers, and visiting presenters. They will feature traditional knowledge such as subsistence practices, preparation of traditional foods and medicines, and Northwest Coast art and design. Seven locally produced videos will document this knowledge for future generations, including two that will be planned and produced by high school students, to be shown in a film premier event as a part of Klukwan’s Culture Days. In addition, the tribal archive will be enriched by donations of private collections, and staff will learn skills necessary for organizing and making these valuable resources available to the community.
On behalf of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the Iowa Tribal Library will establish an afterschool library youth program called “Gathering Hope” with the goal of improving educational performance while also instilling traditional Iowa cultural values in youth as a point of reference for balance and harmony in their lives. The program will follow the school calendar and provide consistent and structured afterschool programming during the week, including fall, summer, and spring break. A part-time assistant librarian and summer youth assistant will work to improve family literacy and offer traditional cultural activities, while a professional tutor will provide afterschool assistance to help maintain and improve grades. Project staff expects that half of the “Gathering Hope” students will commit to attending college, making them eligible to apply for the Oklahoma’s Promise program, which supports college tuition costs.
On behalf of the Makah Nation, the Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC) will undertake a multifaceted project that will include the research and development of lectures, information kits, a booklet, a traveling photo exhibit, and instructional videos documenting the important annual cultural celebration called Makah Days. It will also include a lecture series on Makah genealogy to assist tribal members in understanding their personal and family history and how they fit into the fabric of the tribe. The ongoing community need for enhanced technology skills will be addressed with a series of computer classes in partnership with the local high school that will be free to community members. Honors students will provide one-on-one mentoring alongside the instructor. Collections policy and preservation plans will also be developed for the ever-expanding manuscripts collection in the MCRC.
The White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe will establish a new full-service library—the Maamigin Achigaade, or “Gathering Place.” Building on the Readmobile services that have delivered literacy materials to thousands of children since 2007, and the nation’s strong partnership with Northern Lights Library Network, the new library will provide a central place for community members of all ages to finally access full library services without traveling long distances. Print and digital resources and public computers will complement the new Smart Play Spot designation awarded by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The Gathering Place will serve as a learning and meeting hub for the community. Staff will incorporate Ojibwe language and storytelling into all programming to facilitate language revitalization on the reservation, a vital goal for the people of the White Earth Nation.
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community’s Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library and Museum will work with tribal members in a series of six hands-on participatory genealogy workshops exploring Mohican family history in order to gain a deeper understanding of how tribal members have worked together to sustain their nation. The workshops will teach genealogy research techniques, engage participants in the examination of archival and personal photographs and documents, and provide opportunities for sharing oral and written family stories. Participants will help create a photographic history book that tells tribal history by highlighting accomplishments and daily life from early ancestors to contemporary tribal members. The library’s archival collection will increase with the addition of photographs, family trees, and stories collected during the project, adding new tribal perspectives to the rich history of the Stockbridge Munsee Community.
The Suquamish Tribe will provide programs, instruction, and resources that will foster positive relationships between the generations—youth and elders, students and teachers, and the community at large. The “Connections: Relationships, Resources & Reading Project” will bring together a team from the Suquamish Tribal Library, Chief Kitsap Academy, Tribal Education Department, Suquamish Museum, Elders Council, and Youth Council as well as the North Kitsap School District, to engage students with culturally relevant learning styles and rigorous academic curricula. An important component of the project will pair students with elders in a reciprocal mentoring program in which elders will share their cultural knowledge with students who will digitally record their stories and, in turn, share their technological expertise with the elders. The new resources developed with this grant will provide fresh and accurate materials for the new “Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State” statewide curriculum.
The Missouri Botanical Garden and partners at Harvard University, Cornell University, and New York Botanical Garden will test new means of crowdsourcing to support the enhancement of content in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). The BHL is an international consortium of the world’s leading natural history libraries that have collaborated to digitize the public domain literature documenting the world’s biological diversity, resulting in the single, largest, open-licensed source of biodiversity literature. The project will demonstrate whether or not digital games are an effective tool for analyzing and improving digital outputs from optical character recognition and transcription. The anticipated benefits of gaming include improved access to content by providing richer and more accurate data; an extension of limited staff resources; and exposure of library content to communities who may not know about the collections otherwise.
The Folger Library will create a free, searchable database of the transcriptions of 10,700 unbound and 1,050 bound early modern (1500-1700) English manuscripts, encompassing a spectrum of genres, formats, and subject matter. The project addresses the need to provide a complete cross-section of English society in this period. The Folger Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) interface will provide tools for others to continue this work in a sustainable way. This will support a virtual community of transcribers and eventually those—including amateur scholars and students in post-secondary classrooms—who wish to acquire paleographical skills and to research Folger manuscripts of all time periods and languages. The resource will be shared with other institutions or projects devoted to accurate transcriptions of texts, particularly those written in early modern scripts.
The University of North Texas, in collaboration with the Shenzhen Library in China and Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, will use its grant to investigate and evaluate the effective and efficient application of Machine Translation (MT) technologies for providing multilingual information access (MLIA) to digital collections. Currently, multilingual digital collections rely primarily on human translation to convert metadata records, which is both time consuming and expensive. The project will produce an MLIA model and an open source multiengine machine translation system able to provide Chinese and Spanish translation of English metadata records. In an increasingly global knowledge society, machine translation is a promising tool for information sharing and knowledge discovery.
Howard University’s Moorland Spingarn Research Center, with project partners, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at New York Public Library, OCLC, the Washington Research Library Consortium, and the Social Networks and Archival Context Project, will develop the “Portal to the Black Experience. This will better support the needs of researchers interested in the cultural heritage of diverse and under-represented communities by providing enhanced metadata, beyond what is traditionally supplied in bibliographic catalogs. As a model, this will demonstrate the potential of new metadata practices and technologies as the means to search across collections held by different institutions.
This award to the College of Menominee Nation (CMN, together with an additional award of $92,466 to the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison (SLIS), will support a collaborative project to address early learning. SLIS is has deep knowledge of early learning research and CMS has deep expertise in knowing what works best for people who are impoverished and have low literacy. As partners, they will build on this foundation to develop a model for early literacy programs, especially for rural, Native American communities.
Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority and the Center for Educational Pathways, will implement “Read! Write! Create!,” a literacy program focused on comic book creation, which targets families with children between the ages five and nine who reside in three public housing developments and the surrounding low-income neighborhoods. The program, which supports the goals of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading and addresses literacy skills in New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards, will reach 600 children and their caregivers over two years through a series of drop-in workshops. Dissemination to the profession will extend the project’s benefits to additional communities.
To address the needs of the underserved population of Providence, Providence Public Library will use its grant to create “Adult Lifelong Learning Access (ALLACCESS),” which will spur stakeholders across the state of Rhode Island to implement models for increasing access to digital literacy, adult education, and workforce services at two of the state’s leading public libraries. The two libraries and their statewide partners will demonstrate methods for integrating library, adult education, and workforce services to support adults with low education attainment; low English literacy, disabilities, or low digital literacy. This will clearly establish the important role of community libraries in serving these four key populations whose needs cannot be met by the current workforce and adult education systems alone.
The Howard County Library System (HCLS), in partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, will use this grant to enhance the teen digital media lab at the Savage Branch Library by adding science, technology, engineering, and math projects and implementing that same STEM-focused model in three other libraries. The “Hi Tech Academy: The Road to a STEM Career” project will address the increasing demand for workers with STEM-related skills as the number of college graduates in these fields decreases. This program will create a model to be replicated at other libraries, bring awareness of how to best teach these skills, increase interest in STEM for youth, and address the demand for these skills in the community.
Providence Community Library will partner with Ready to Learn Providence on “Ready for K!,” a school readiness program designed to reduce the achievement gap for children who are entering kindergarten and have not participated in formal early learning programs. Major project components include professional development for children’s librarians and family literacy programming, including the creation of literacy kits with books and activities. The project will help ensure that students enter kindergarten ready to learn and will demonstrate the library’s important role as a partner in meeting this essential community need.
Westchester Library System, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, ALA’s Public Programs Office, and AARP Foundation, will improve, expand, and sustain creative aging programs in public libraries and position libraries as community cornerstones for positive aging. Built on Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building model, this initiative reflects new scholarship on the benefits of social engagement and creative expression for healthy aging, employs nationally recognized best practices in arts education, and promotes partnerships between librarians and arts and community organizations. Through the new Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, up to 150 librarians will participate in in-depth training, receive ongoing technical assistance, participate in a national peer network, and receive support to implement programs in their communities. The program will provide a practical, replicable, and sustainable approach for transforming library services for older adults to align with new knowledge, societal priorities, and collaborative practice.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with partner the Rockefeller University will undertake initial planning for a proposed shared bioscience information resource center. The planning will include collaboration with university leadership and faculty to conduct surveys, form a committee, and organize discussions about the proposed center, resulting in a pilot program. This proposed digital center will bring together collections and content and will promote policies that allow access for others throughout the scientific community. Strong collaborations are a critical need when planning the future of science libraries at academic research institutions. The collaborations within this grant will generate new models, strategies, and relationships in order to best serve the changing need for access to information at science libraries.
The Hartford Public Library, in collaboration with Hartford Public Schools and other community partners, will conduct two surveys and eight focus groups with teachers, parents, and caregivers to study why many families do not engage in summer learning. The information collected from these activities will create the framework for the “Summer Learning! Family Engagement Continuum.” The Hartford Public Library will analyze data to better understand the current landscape, identify potential solutions, and seek training to address identified challenges. The framework created through this planning grant will be a summer learning model, and the final report will be distributed to maximize community awareness of this need in the community. The final project will offer comprehensive summer learning services to the community in addition to year-round resources that will help facilitate families learning together.
The Free Library Foundation and its partners will use its planning grant to create a detailed service plan to address the need for the improvement of adult literacy and job training programs in southwest Philadelphia. Project activities will include creating an advisory council of community organizations, assessing current services and the gaps in programming; creating a communication plan to outline how to share data, and making recommendations for implementation. The overall outcome will inform decisions about resources and services provided while strengthening the role of the library as a tool for connecting resources in a community.
The American Association of School Libraries will host a national forum to determine if a causal relationship exists between strong school library programs and student academic achievement. The forum will lead to the creation of an interdisciplinary, networked community of researchers focused on causal research in school libraries that meet the rigorous criteria for scientifically based empirical research. While past studies have suggested a correlation between school libraries staffed by professional school librarians and containing adequate resources to increased student achievement, further progress requires the more rigorous experimental design of causal studies. Fifty invited scholars from the school library and related research fields will participate in the forum, which will lead to the publication of a white paper that will guide further inquiry on this topic.
The University of Rhode Island will use its grant to create a plan for a national conference and a yearlong community outreach program that will highlight the best strategies for using children’s film and digital media to increase literacy. The program will bring together the Providence Children’s Film Festival, the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services, the American Center for Children and Media, and the Children’s Media Association. This diverse audience will address current needs such as filling in the knowledge gaps of children’s librarians and fostering collaboration between librarians and media professionals and between schools and libraries. The program will also be an experiential learning opportunity for those library and information sciences graduate students that will help their professional development of leadership and communication skills.
The University of Maine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library and College of Education and Human Development, with the Old Town Elementary School and Old Town Public Library, will use this grant to support the planning of three informational text kit sets (20 – 30 kits per set) that will become long-term support for early literacy in Maine. This planning grant will evaluate and develop how libraries can work together to support literacy from birth to age eight and address the challenges of school readiness and summer reading loss. Once created, the kits will act as a model for other libraries to address early literacy challenges. The project will support training on the kits, early literacy knowledge, promoting their use with parents, and the criteria for crafting new kits in the future.
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, will create National Guidelines and Best Practices for Financial Literacy Education (FLE) in libraries nationwide. Both guidelines and best practices guides will be located and freely available on the RUSA website. Guidelines will consolidate and standardize best practices, innovative thinking, and successful service delivery models for library-based FLE, offering an essential framework for interventions to help patrons gain financial knowledge, literacy, and even fluency. The guidelines and best practices will spark substantial improvements in how and how many libraries offer appropriately tailored FLE services, filling a substantial nationwide service gap. Documents will be complemented by single- and three-session FLE webinars to help prepare librarians and library staff.
The Sprouting Green Weeding Practices in Libraries: Web-Based Training project, developed by the Austin Public Library, will offer libraries across the nation an opportunity to engage citizens and raise awareness of carbon neutral reuse options for books and materials being weeded and discarded from library collections. Austin’s partner, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas along with other libraries and subject experts from Materials Management, Solid Waste Services, the Office of Sustainability and the public, will draw upon their collective experiences to develop content and disseminate an online training tool. The project will promote examination of collection management policies and workflows and the development of meaningful measurements to communicate success, inspiring the community to become engaged with the library to keep materials out of landfills.
The Claremont Colleges Library’s Visual Curriculum Mapping (VCM) project focuses on visualizing the interconnected learning communities of Claremont McKenna College, Claremont Graduate University, Harvey Mudd College, Keck Graduate Institute, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College (the 7Cs). The project addresses the rapidly shifting landscape of libraries and higher education and will result in production and archiving of web-based interactive maps. This work will support information literacy across the curriculum and explore opportunities for library community and capacity building at the 7Cs. The maps will provide a foundation for an annual bird’s-eye snapshot of how the 7Cs coincide academically, highlighting strategic points for library intervention among students and faculty and providing the diverse academic communities with a value-added means of identifying shared opportunities and challenges.
Towson University’s Center for GIS (CGIS), in partnership with the Eastern Shore Regional Library and Towson University’s Cook Library, will conduct a needs assessment and then develop, implement, and evaluate a geographic information system (GIS) for libraries. GIS promotes efficient, information-based organizational planning and analysis by spatially integrating datasets into graphic displays of relationships, patterns, and trends. CGIS will integrate raw data collected by Eastern Shore libraries with other datasets to create a map- and market-driven picture of library users and their preferences. The goal is to identify and offer more programs and services that are pertinent to more people. With the ability to visualize the relationships of disparate data sets, library administrators can understand better which services and resources address community needs.
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library (CPPL) will create the Innovation Studio, an innovative physical space and model for patron-driven programming in response to a rapidly growing and changing community. The project includes designing and outfitting a designated space with furnishings and equipment and creating a programming model and digital application for members of the community to propose ideas for use, vote on submitted ideas, and reserve the use of the studio. Offering a program or class will be based on appeal to participants, using the basic idea behind crowd sourcing. The project team will reach out to and meet the social, cultural, and educational needs of new residents; help new residents learn about and understand the Southwest Louisiana region; and facilitate cooperation and collaboration between traditional and new populations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.