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The Fabric Workshop Museum (FWM) will digitize, catalog, and back up 37 years of visual media documenting residencies and subsequent works created by 800 important contemporary artists into a Digital Asset Management System. Activities will include digitizing and cataloging 2,850 video files and 20,000 analog photographs; adding interpretive text to digital media files in CatDV; integrating and cross referencing the CatDV catalog with EmbARK 9.1, the collections management database; publishing 220 video clips and 550 collection photos to a new website feature, "From the Vault"; and making the full contents of the digital media archive easily accessible to museum visitors and researchers through new onsite Learning Stations. The resulting database will improve the museum's capacity to manage its collections and support the core mission of FWM to inspire artists, students, apprentices, and the general public by cultivating experimentation with new materials and new media. To measure the project's success in reaching its goals, museum staff will conduct two participant surveys, track site use through Google Analytics, and track onsite visitation through logs and zip codes.
Natural History museums have identified a need to transform their traditional spaces into vital forces for science education. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will implement “Seeing as a Scientist,” a design-based research initiative to develop and test gallery interventions that have the potential to increase scientific observation skills for family groups. Working with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE), CMNH will pilot a series of quick changes and additions to dioramas and outline expectations for each. Visitors will be observed to measure the degree of engagement in scientific observation (deliberate looking in order to understand visual evidence)--an essential skill for learning across scientific disciplines. The four most promising interventions will be evaluated to determine which are most successful in providing the necessary support for families to establish shared focus and two-way, science-based conversation. The project will include a blog to share information and to disseminate the results to other museums.
The UC Davis Arboretum will address the challenge of effectively managing increasingly complex museum projects that involve multiple teams, communities and outside partners through a project to rapidly prototype, test, and evaluate the use of low-cost cloud-based collaborative tools that can help museum staff reduce the stress of managing their inboxes while improving efficiency and effectiveness. Museums across the U.S. are in the midst of transforming their institutions to support 21st century skills, yet their own back of house operations often rely on outdated technical tools; many museums still use email as the primary tool for managing tasks, collaborating on documents, making and tracking group decisions, coordinating schedules, communicating ideas and idea development, and for overall project management. Although individual museums will need to devise their own strategic approach to collaborating online, UC Davis will produce a roadmap and white paper as a valuable resource to guide the museum field along the first steps toward replacing emails with online collaborative workspaces.
The American Jazz Museum will hire a registrar to enhance the accessibility of the museum’s collections and create four semester-long paid internship positions focusing on collections and education. The registrar will be tasked with responsibilities related to collections care and management of special projects in the collections department, including ensuring safe and proper handling, transportation, exhibition, storage, and documentation of permanent collections and loans. To ensure the success of each intern, the museum will develop a sound, three-way partnership between the museum, the students, and the colleges or universities they attend. The interns will be recruited from University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Kansas, and Kansas State University and will work on projects that increase the accessibility of the museum’s collections and offer valuable job experiences to the students.
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture will hire an education associate to help build the organization’s staff capacity in order to sustain, expand, and enrich interpretive, educational, and its community engagement programs. The newly hired education associate will develop visitor-centered interpretive programs using the museum’s collections and exhibition scholarship, as well as manage educational programs for adults and children based on the art and culture of people of African descent. An evaluation consultant will help identify the museum’s audiences, assess current programs, and incorporate evaluative systems into new initiatives to inform program development and decision-making.
The Evansville African American Museum will partner with university, library, and non-profit community service organizations to make its museum exhibits and programming more accessible and engaging for diverse audiences by focusing on community engagement and outreach efforts. The museum will develop four exhibits and five traveling trunk exhibits for schools and community groups. Project activities will include staff and volunteer professional development in the areas of diversity and inclusion best practices, leadership skills, and museum operations. Staff will create policies and written procedures for program planning and development, audience development and tracking, communications, resource development, and evaluation tools and assessment procedures. Staff and volunteers will benefit from professional development and training, and the general public will benefit from increased access to museum resources and the museum’s further development as a community anchor for the city of Evansville, Indiana.
The John Gilmore Riley Center and Museum will coach African American heritage and culture organizations in four states (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia) to focus on assessment, training, technology integration, intergenerational exchange, development of emerging leaders, and strategies that promote sustainability. The partnering organizations include: the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network; the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; and Virginia Africana: The Network of Museum, History and Preservation Professionals. The project includes six multi-state meetings in each of the three target states over a two-year period to provide on-site training and technical assistance. The four partner organizations will develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to serve as an education and training resource in their respective states, develop more global knowledge of diverse museums and cultural organizations, and learn how to identify and emulate successful models.
The Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) will undertake a two-year project to develop a traveling exhibit and public programs to illuminate cultural traditions of giving in African American communities and the history of black philanthropy through artful photography and insightful first-person narratives. The library staff at JCSU will begin working with key local partners to design, curate and fabricate the exhibition as well as create collateral educational and marketing materials in print and online. The exhibition’s touring schedule at college campuses and cultural museums and institutions, primarily throughout the South, will include robust community programming during each four to six week exhibition period.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture will hire a curatorial graduate student intern, create a postdoctoral fellowship in African American history, and establish a professional development fund that will allow staff at all levels to take advantage of training programs relevant to their work as museum professionals. In collaboration with the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the postdoctoral fellow will experience hands-on learning in curatorial practice and collections; research and write articles that focus on topics in African American history, museum collections research, and upcoming exhibitions; and host two public talks that highlight civic and cultural engagement as related to his or her museum research. The graduate student intern and postdoctoral fellow will develop valuable career skills, and the professional development fund will enhance the ability of the museum staff to present information about the lives of African Americans in Maryland.
The Museum of African American History will use IMLS funds to build upon past collections initiatives; strengthen its institutional collections and interpretation capacity; increase its presence as an incubator for African American professionals in the field; and increase access to its collections among schools, educators, researchers, and the public. The project supports the recruitment and hiring of a director of collections and exhibitions who will provide the skills needed for the assessment, documentation, and preservation of the museum’s collection while guiding the professional development of the staff. The newly hired director will also expand the museum’s Collections Internship Program into a year-round experience that will provide the opportunity for graduates to become museum professionals who will increase the capacity and visibility of the African American historical and cultural institutions in the nation.
The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa will provide 26 four-hour long training sessions for staff on the development, design, and management of exhibitions. This training will educate staff on professional museum practice in order to utilize exhibit spaces located in 11 tribal buildings. During the training, participants will develop an exhibit management plan; conduct an inventory of existing exhibit materials in tribal facilities; and develop an exhibit. As a result, the project will strengthen the museum staff’s skills in developing and managing exhibits both during and beyond the grant period.
Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria will research, design, and create educational materials by translating and transforming two traditional Wiyot stories into children's storybooks. To provide youth greater access to tribal languages, the books will be written in Wiyot and English, have an accompanying CD, and feature illustrations by community youth. The books will be printed and made available in PDF format to provide greater access to this important component of traditional culture. In addition to the language and early literacy benefits of the project, telling these traditional stories will help to reconnect youth and their families with aspects of tribal history.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Oconaluftee Indian Village will re-create a living history experience of a blacksmith’s studio to educate visitors about a traditional Cherokee art form. Project activities include conducting research to expand educational programs; designing and creating an authentic blacksmith studio on-site; providing training for village staff; writing a script for village workers; and creating signage to explain these Cherokee traditions. The project will expand community engagement in Cherokee culture by presenting history, arts and crafts, and language through this new interpretive experience.
The Gila River Indian Community’s Huhugam Heritage Center will document the tradition of basket weaving through video recording and oral history interviews with tribal members and their families. The knowledge of basket weaving has declined over the past 50 years and there are few weavers left with the proper expertise in this tradition. This project will compile the materials, processes, and techniques associated with basketry into a guide that will increase accessibility to this traditional craft to researchers and community members. The videos and the guide enhance the ability to teach this custom and will inform the tribe’s future education, collection, and outreach programs.
The Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources houses a collection of archival materials, including over 8,500 photographs, 2,500 texts (reports, papers), and 10,000 artifacts/samples that are available for research but generally unknown to the community. IMLS funds will be used to train interns on the process of scanning archival documents, labeling digital files, and applying proper archival standards for storage of these items. This information will be organized into a searchable database that will be accessible to researchers and the community via a pilot online museum portal, and a series of outreach events will introduce the community to the available online resources. The overarching goal of the project is to sustain Hawaiian heritage, culture, and knowledge for future generations through collections stewardship and educational outreach.
The Kaw Nation’s Kanza Museum will create a virtual museum to share the story and culture of the Kanza people. IMLS funds will be used to create three online modules linked directly to the Kaw Nation website, including a virtual timeline of Kanza history; an exhibition featuring tribal cultural objects, regalia, songs, stories, and photographs; and an interactive language feature that will promote learning the Kaw language and illustrate how Native elders teach youth through storytelling. Additionally, an interactive mobile application will be developed to teach Kaw Nation members the Kaw language.
The Muscogee Creek Nation Museum, Archives, and Cultural Center will develop a comprehensive collections management program, purchase archival supplies, and enhance the museum’s digital infrastructure. Project activities will support the preservation of collections and improve access to more than 3,000 objects, photographs, and archival materials. This project will facilitate the ongoing care of current artifacts, serve as a foundation for future curatorial endeavors, enable the museum to acquire new items, and allow for a systematic organization of the collection. As a result, the museum will be able to increase accessibility for Muscogee tribal citizens and the public and better serve its mission to advance the presentation and knowledge of Muscogee culture—past, present, and future.
Papahana Kuaola will teach students and teachers the Hawaiian cultural and historic legacy of the Ko’olau district on O’ahu. A culturally rooted Hawaiian approach to place-based learning will be used in developing and testing a full-day, nine-stop field trip to significant Ko'olau sites with the goal of increasing students’ exposure to cultural experiences. Field trips will include the use of site-based activities and student worksheets; take-home materials will also be developed to encourage students to share what they learn with their families. At least 500 students and teachers engaged during the project’s first year will have opportunities to increase their understanding of the connection between the land and Hawaiian culture, traditions, and practices.
The Tonkawa Tribe will conduct a yearlong project to preserve the Tonkawa language through outreach to youth. With only a few Tonkawa native language speakers alive, this project is focused on teaching the language to children by developing a coloring book with simple pictures and Tonkawa words, a pronunciation guide, and an audio CD with words pronounced by a Tonkawa native language speaker. These materials will be delivered to caregivers at Tonkawa home daycares, Tonkawa Elementary Public School students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and students in the Tonkawa tribal afterschool program. The project will expose tribal members and non-tribal members to Tonkawa language and culture to help preserve the Tonkawa language for future generations.
The Yurok Tribe will design and fabricate the central exhibit for the opening of the Yurok Visitor Center. This exhibit will display historic Yurok items, including baskets, dresses, nets, canoes, and other artifacts currently not available for public viewing. The project will utilize informational panels, sculptures, photo murals, banners, and multimedia displays to share the history and accomplishments of the Yurok people and the natural beauty of their environment. Through this exhibit, the public and the community will learn about the Yurok people, their cultural values, and tribal ways of life.
The Magic House will research, develop, fabricate, and assess a new early childhood STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) exhibit for children ages two through six. The museum will create a new guided field trip program and a professional development workshop to support early childhood educators in STEM instruction, in addition to a 1,500-square-foot learning environment that will present age-appropriate STEM learning experiences, content, and programming that align with state and national educational standards for science and math. Through interaction with the exhibit, young children will be engaged in self-directed activities that promote STEM exploration and learning, teachers will find support and inspiration for their instruction of STEM, and parents, caregivers, and other adults will be provided with the tools and resources to foster children's STEM learning.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will complete one phase of a larger project to create a Photography Interpretive Gallery within its new Photography Center. The museum will create content, develop software, install hardware, and evaluate visitor experience of the gallery. The gallery will offer visitors opportunities for engaged participation, increase accessibility of photography, and will use digital interfaces to provide new ways for visitors to learn about photography. By interacting with the gallery, visitors will be able to better understand how and why certain photographs have been made and how such images become imbued with meaning by makers and viewers alike.
The Clay Center for Arts and Sciences of West Virginia will create professional learning communities of teachers and after-school staff serving 7th grade students at seven partner schools using digital storytelling as a tool to explore energy-related topics impacting their communities. West Virginia's role as a leading coal producer and the impact of natural gas drilling served as strong influencing factors in the creation of this STEAM project, titled emPOWERed Stories. Students will create an exhibit that incorporates these digital stories. The results will inform the broader field on ways to better blend formal and informal education experiences to become more potent learning environments.
American Museum of the Moving Image will plan, design, fabricate, develop, and install "Jim Henson: The Exhibition," a long-term exhibition showcasing the work of the legendary puppeteer, performer, director, and producer. Organized into sections based on the type of film or television programming, including Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and Saturday Night Live sketches, the exhibition will feature Henson's artifacts, sketches, storyboards, and moving image content. The museum will also develop and implement related education and public programs and conduct preliminary planning for a traveling exhibition. Through this project, audiences will have the opportunity to learn about Henson's work, cultural impact, and creative innovations.
The National Building Museum will create a comprehensive visitor center and orientation experience for museum guests to improve way-finding, streamline ticketing, explain its mission as the nation's building museum, and set visitors on their way toward a positive learning experience. The new center will comprise three distinct areas: admissions and information, an object-based exhibition, and an immersive multi-media experience. The visitor center will be moved from the large Great Hall to an enclosed area where admission desks and information kiosks will be located. The orientation experience will give visitors an overview of the exhibitions and educational programs before learning more about architecture, engineering, construction, urban planning, historic preservation, design and landscape architecture. Together, the visitor center and orientation experience will create a more visitor-centric museum environment.
The Children's Museum of Denver will create two dynamic and hands-on, STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Math) exhibits to engage visitors in learning. The "ENERGY" exhibit will inspire the next generation of energy innovators by allowing children to observe and interact with wind, solar and other fuel resources. The "WATER" exhibit will take children's natural fascination with this life-giving substance and extend it to scientific inquiry into the physical and sensorial properties of water. Through the exhibits, the museum will support the development of 21st century skills, build confidence, and increase the likelihood children will pursue further STEM education and careers.
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) will expand its volunteer docent training program to double its docent corps and enhance its ability to encourage experiential-based art discovery among museum visitors through guided tours. GFS will conduct four docent training courses comprised of five training sessions and an educational field trip; trainings will include conceptual analysis of Visual Thinking Strategies and Learning Theories, hands-on art workshops, and in-depth consideration of the GFS collection and history. This project will provide an inclusive artistic enrichment opportunity that is singular in the economically strained Trenton area, so that docents may, in turn, have a positive impact GFS education outreach efforts.
Rochester Art Center will implement "Cross Cultures + Multimedia," a program targeting teens from public and private school systems in Rochester, MN, to share and communicate about Rochester's diverse cultures—primarily local African-American, Hispanic, Cambodian, Somali, and Sudanese communities. Participants will use photography, film, video, and oral and written narration in project activities to discover and share experiences unique to their cultures, learn to document and give voice to their involvement with one another and the community through a variety of media, and exhibit their individual and group observations to the community at-large. The project will deepen engagement of families through innovative creative expressions and create a replicable art education project that encourages investment from and ownership by the participating teens.
The Florida Aquarium will create a Gulf-focused seafood education program that will deliver current information on seafood choices that help ensure abundant future populations of fish. The aquarium will form an advisory council to provide ongoing Gulf seafood recommendations, produce a pocket-sized "Gulf Seafood Guide," refine and expand its Restaurant Partner Program, create a Commercial Partner Program for non-restaurant businesses, increase the sustainable seafood educational content on its website, and host World Oceans Day/Seafood Now Awareness Days to reach an even broader audience. The combination of educational products and events will enable the aquarium to reach the public with current information and allow consumers to take a positive role in helping preserve the Gulf through their purchases.
Maymont will complete the first phase of a comprehensive window conservation and museum environment improvement project for the Maymont Mansion, built in 1893 by James and Sallie Dooley. The project will include fabricating and installing exterior-mounted secondary glazing at all windows, using laminated glass with ultraviolet and visible light filtering properties. The project will reduce air, moisture, damaging light, particulate, pest infiltration and energy consumption and ensure the protection of the original windows from further deterioration. The improvements will also ensure that the mansion will remain intact and continue to be used as an historic and educational resource.
Oakes Museum of Natural History will install an space-saving mobile storage system to provide an optimal environment for its most vulnerable collections: Native American, oology (bird eggs and nests), and botany. The new storage system will help to stabilize the condition of the artifacts and allow museum curators and educators to access the collections in a safer and easier manner. In addition, the new storage system will allow access to stored collection for education purposes offering preschool through college level students, researchers, and community members increased opportunities to learn and appreciate the culture and practices of Native Americans in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History will develop dedicated and secure storage for the most important component of its vertebrate paleontology collection of 462 specimens, a valuable resource for paleontologists worldwide. Staff will create dedicated storage space for the collection, significantly improve mounts, enhance security, mitigate environmental concerns, and update collection data in preparation for a new collections management database. Ultimately, the project will enable the institute to make its invaluable vertebrate paleontology type specimen collection and related data more widely available and better known.
The Joseph Moore Museum will catalog, inventory, data enter, and improve research and educational access to the museum's mammal, ornithology, herpetology, and teaching collections. The museum will also make the collections available online through research portals, adding materials to existing international biodiversity databases for students, faculty, researchers, and community members. The database will include information from nearly 12,000 specimens—some information dating back to the 1870s—into a searchable research database. Through the ease of access to the research materials, the museum will encourage use of the collections for teaching and scholarly research.
Des Moines Art Center will conserve and preserve an environmental sculpture, "Greenwood Pond Double Site" (1989-1996) by the American artist Mary Miss. Part of a phased effort, activities include restoring the overhang wood walkway pier and the overhang wood walkway beams. When the project is finished, visitors will be able to safely view and experience the piece as a science lab outside the classroom, which represents the artist's original intent.
Michigan State University Museum will improve the storage environment for 28,527 vertebrate specimens that are presently housed in substandard or unsafe conditions. The specimens include both fluid-preserved and dry collection items, many of which are currently difficult to access. The museum will purchase cabinetry and archival supplies; transfer fluid-preserved specimens to approved flammable liquid cabinets; install archival boxes and drawer liners for dry collections; rehouse the dry specimens into new museum-quality cabinets; produce shelf, drawer, and cabinet labels for the rehoused specimens; update the storage locations of rehoused specimens in the collections database; install a temporary public display featuring the collections stewardship activities; disseminate information about the project; and evaluate the overall effort. This will rectify the current substandard conditions, mitigate risks of deterioration to specimens, and improve access to and management of the collection.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History will hire a full-time Collections Specialist to work with existing collections staff to catalog, photograph, and digitize object records for 1,079 artifacts on exhibit at the Eudora Welty House and 10,260 artifacts stored at the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building. Staff will write detailed descriptions, take measurements, perform condition reports, conduct curatorial research, and take high-resolution digital photographs of all artifacts to create new and updated digital object records with all relevant data, image files, and metadata. Collections staff will use the enhanced database to manage the collection more effectively in preparation for the opening of two new museums-- the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. This project will pave the way for the development and public launch of the digital collections portal, which will support a new level of public engagement with the collection.
The Flagler Museum will conserve twelve pieces of furniture original to the Music Room of Whitehall. The room, which is on exhibit daily, will remain open during the conservation treatment. Docents and signage will explain to visitors that the objects urgently need treatment due to deterioration from past environmental conditions, excessive wear from daily use, and physical damage in order to prevent further deterioration. Following the furniture's reinstallation, the museum will present a public lecture, "Furniture Collecting in the Gilded Age (1865-1929)," and publish an article about the conservation in its member magazine.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology will document approximately 20,000 object records and digital images from its anthropological collections in its collections database. Metadata and digital images will, in turn, be made accessible via the museum's searchable Collections Online website to students, faculty and staff of Harvard University, the global academic community, independent scholars, and Native American and descendant communities. This project will help the museum expand its role as a teaching and research institution, as well as strengthen its collections care practices.
In order to determine ideal collection protocols for the Caribbean cycad plant species, Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) will use its grant for a one-year mission-based collections planning research project on the species. The Montgomery Botanical Center plans to continue and further the research on its collection planning in order to ensure genetic diversity in the collection, which has only been done once previously. The botanical center plans to use Bay Rush, a Caribbean island cycad species that is different from the other cycads and palms that have been studied and that is expected to have the best biological and geographic features, for this project. The findings will be disseminated through the website, tours, programming, conferences, publications, reports, and articles.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will inventory, arrange, describe, digitize, and make publicly accessible four audiovisual recording collections from their archives. The public will be able to access, for the first time, audiovisual documentation of the Guggenheim's history of performances, public programs, artist interactions, and exhibitions from the 1960s to the present. The project will ensure the responsible stewardship of culturally important audiovisual collections that may otherwise be lost or unknown, while also significantly increasing the ease of access to and discovery of these collections through the use of digital technology.
The Morton Arboretum will complete the development of a mobile app to collect data on living collections and herbarium data at the arboretum and migrate the information to the Botanical Research and Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS) plant database. After the field data is entered, the arboretum will develop modules in BRAHMS for plant propagation, conservation, and new plant development. Though the BRAHMS database is widely used by botanical research institutions across the globe, Morton Arboretum would be the first US-based institution to employ the database. The new system will enhance the ability to manage and share plant information between institutions on topics such as monitoring pests and diseases or evaluating the performance of collections in response to climate changes. It will also facilitate collaboration with other botanical institutions and herbaria.
The Pratt Museum will inventory its collections and re-house a portion of its cultural and natural history objects to prepare for their safe handling during a move to a new facility in 2017. The project will provide long-term preservation and enhanced public access to these resources. As a result, the museum will have final inventory reports and an updated searchable collections database, which will promote a clearer understanding of collections objects and provide the museum with a solid foundation for enhanced public collections access, both in person and online.
The American Museum of Natural History will re-house and treat top priority items in its Siberian collections and share the results with the museum field and source communities from which they originated. The museum will enhance collections records with information on the presence of pesticide residues to ensure safe handling, consult with native Siberians, increase access through digital preservation, and broadly disseminate results through multiple channels. The project will result in increased and safer accessibility to collections for all who seek to examine, understand, and work with these artifacts, and ensure that these Siberian collections are preserved and accessible for scholars, indigenous communities, and visitors everywhere for generations to come.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will digitize significant volumes from the Julius S. Held Collection of Rare Books, in the Clark Library, and make these materials available through the library's digital collections interface, the Internet Archive, the Getty Research Portal, the Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth, and the Digital Public Library of America. The museum will digitize 185 of the collection's 283 volumes and enhance cataloging and metadata for the more than 107,000 images in the collection, including a significant number of rare titles and unique volumes dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. The project fulfills the museum's goal of collections stewardship by allowing access to these exceedingly rare volumes, ensuring their physical preservation while facilitating access and knowledge.
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art will use the grant for its project Connecting to Exhibitions, making over fifty years of the museum's exhibition history available to the public through a searchable, publicly-accessible online database of cross-referenced information for approximately 650 exhibitions. The exhibitions include photography, paintings, sculpture, watercolors, drawings, and costumery. Beginning in November 2014, the museum plans to digitize over 10,000 records and installation photographs from museum archives; repurpose records and images; and create online access with cross-referenced exhibition, object, and artist records. This online database will serve as a valuable resource in the study of American art, museum education, and local history available to public audiences, students, scholars, and educational and cultural institutions.
The Museum of the City of New York will acquire and implement a new collections management system to improve stewardship of and access to the more than 750,000 objects and images in its New York history-focused collections. After conducting an audit of the legacy system and creating a detailed report of desired functionalities for the new system, the museum will migrate 462,000 records, beta test the new system, train staff on it, and evaluate it. The new system will enhance collections discoverability, improve internal collections management processes, and streamline information input and reporting. In addition, staff members expect improved accuracy of cross-field mapping with the museum's Collections Portal (www.mcny.org) platform, which will facilitate research by external users, such as scholars, writers, curators, filmmakers, and students.
The Museum of the City of New York will catalog and digitize its 2,000 object American silver collection and upload these high-resolution images to a user-friendly collections portal where they may be studied by curators, art historians, scholars, students, and enthusiasts. High-resolution images will make available details such as engravings and makers marks that may enable scholars to further identify production methods and increase understanding of less-known aspects of silver making. This project will enhance access to this collection and enable scholars to better study American decorative arts.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will move, store, and improve access to the museum's frequently used archaeological comparative and type collections, which are stored in a building lacking full environmental controls and a fire suppression system. Relocating these artifacts and samples to a new LEED-certified, state-of-the-art facility will centralize artifacts and samples and improve management and control of the collections. This project will enhance access to the collections by providing an improved environment for these artifacts to ensure their preservation and accessibility for research, exhibits and public.
University of California Museum of Paleontology will move, rehouse, and digitally catalog Pleistocene fossil vertebrates, plants and insects, and their ancillary data from its important McKittrick and Maricopa tarpit fossil collections to make them accessible for research, education, and outreach. This little known fossil collection spans a key climatic transition near the Pleistocene-Holocene boundary, the transition from the last glacial period to our current inter-glacial period, and also the time at which humans arrived in this part of North America. The museum will move, clean, catalogue, and transfer the collection to new storage cabinets. New images of the fossils and their records will be used to develop web content that will be of value for scientific research and teaching on and off campus, and for public education and outreach.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will complete the second phase of a tapestry conservation project that will result in the treatment and reinstallation of eight 16th-century Flemish tapestries that visually dominate the museum's Tapestry Room. In addition to cleaning, structural stabilization, and the attachment of new backing support and hanging systems, the museum will introduce a display rotation schedule and newly designed wall attachment systems, as well as a new pulley attachment system to improve future handling of the tapestries. The conservation of the tapestries and the preservation of theTapestry Room installation will be an essential component of the museum's ongoing commitment to preserve and maintain the collection "for the education and enjoyment of the public forever."