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The Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art will complete the first phase of development for creating a digital app for iPads called "You Are the Artist!" for children three to six years old. This first phase of the project includes designing the pedagogy, content, look and design, and user-interface plan. Mattress Factory education and media staff will work in collaboration with the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) to research and develop content for the app, which will enable young children to engage with specific works of art in the Mattress Factory’s permanent collection.
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.
Hampton University will use grants funds to hire a registrar to make the museum archives more accessible to scholars, educators, and community members. The museum registrar will transfer the card catalogue references of the 10 million-item archive to a digital system, enabling researchers to get more direct access to rare documents such as original letters and speeches by Booker T. Washington. Additionally, the Hampton University archives will facilitate a program that pairs K-6 students and retired professionals who will use items from the archives to develop thematic presentations. The project will culminate with the presentation of 50 gallery talks over a two-year period throughout the Hampton Roads area.
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 Pueblo of Pojoaque Public Library project will focus on literacy skills for preschool children and school-age children through the third grade as well as their parents, using the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library (ECRR) program. The ECRR defines specific prereading and early reading skills that can be developed through the story time experience. The Pojoaque “Hearing Our Stories and Building Our World” project will provide story times at the library for young children and will expand to three other sites on the pueblo to ensure that as many tribal children as possible will be read to on a regular basis. Monthly workshops to encourage parents and caregivers to read to their children will be presented at the library and as outreach programs when requested by other tribal libraries.
On behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Oglala Lakota College Learning Resource Center will implement “Woksape Tipi Taniyohila Kici” (House of Wisdom for Everyone), an outreach project that will provide additional resources and services at the college’s branch libraries in the nine main communities on the Pine Ridge Reservation. To encourage the use of the Lakota language in the home and increase access to English-language materials for preschoolers, the project will provide English and Lakota materials for parents to use with their preschool children. With a van purchased for the project, a library outreach assistant will visit the branches frequently and deliver materials requested by community members. The outreach assistant will also present workshops to Early Head Start and Head Start teachers as well as parents of preschoolers on the importance of reading in English and speaking Lakota with their preschool children.
The Pueblo of Santa Clara Community Library will implement a series of activities that promotes reading readiness among children up to five years of age using the Every Child Ready to Read® program to train parents, teachers, and library tutors how to impart preliteracy skills to Tewa children at home, in school, and at the library. Staff will implement a Family Story Time Initiative in which traditional Tewa stories will be shared and elders will recount their experiences growing up in the pueblo. A poetry writing contest will be held during National Poetry Month, followed by a poetry slam with local Santa Clara poets. Library staff will partner with other intergenerational programs in the community to coordinate events and activities that will continue to engage community members of all ages.
On behalf of the Lummi Tribe, the Lummi Library at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA, will implement an early literacy project titled “The Lummi Road to Reading.” This will leverage proven methods for improving early childhood literacy through its alignment with the Raising A Reader® program, the Early Childhood Education program at Northwest Indian College (NWIC), Lummi Head Start, and Lummi Daycare. A literacy coordinator and NWIC interns will be hired to provide programming and training. The target audience is Lummi community families with children ages birth through five. The library seeks to be a catalyst for addressing literacy at its earliest stages of development, and to be a proactive agent in collaborating with other Lummi community organizations to help foster the best possible foundation for early childhood literacy.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan plans to transform its tribal library into a place where families play and learn together. An engaging children’s area with a birchbark reading house, new books, educational toys, musical instruments, and early literacy stations will be the centerpiece for activities under their Prime Time Family Reading Time® program. A teen space will be created to draw in more youth looking for an inviting place to spend time. Providing eReaders and shared subscriptions to eResources, the library will usher in a new level of access to patrons on- and off-site as a member of the Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative Digital Consortium.
The Aaniiih Nakoda College Library will administer this grant on behalf of the Fort Belknap Indian Community with the goal of supporting Native language learning among young children on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. The library will work together with the Aaniiih Nakoda Cultural Grounding Committee to translate popular children’s stories into the languages of the Aaniiih (Gros Ventre, White Clay) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) Tribes. Staff will seek translation rights from the authors and/or publishers of twenty children’s books. The Cultural Ground Committee members will translate the text, then staff will create transparent labels using special Aaniiih and Nakoda fonts and affix them to the appropriate pages of each book. Reading sessions by Native speakers at the college library and tribal community centers will introduce the bilingual books to the public. In addition, copies of the books will be placed in all of the local public and school libraries as well as Head Start programs so language learning can continue and expand in the future.