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The African American Museum of Iowa will improve the management of its collections and public access to its historical resources through technology upgrades, staff training and the development of a written collections management procedures manual. The project plan includes acquiring equipment to support the work of the collections department; enhancing the knowledge and technical skills of staff; developing comprehensive policies and procedures; updating existing catalog records; creating digital images and scans; uploading the entire catalog to the museum website; establishing a computer kiosk in the museum library; and training two interns to assist with the work. After implementation, staff will be able to more fully use a well-cataloged collection for exhibitions, research, and programs and over 9,000 catalog records will be accessible to the public.
Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida will address a need for trained, local archival staff by enhancing the professional and technical skills of current staff and implementing an immersive college and university internship program to introduce a new generation of students to the field of archival management. Grant funds will support the hiring of an assistant archivist and the establishment of an archival management team, which will allow expanded public access to the holdings of the Black Archives. Greater accessibility will sustain the Black Archives as an enduring public resource that educates and enriches the community.
Black Archives of Mid-America will develop and implement an audio component for its permanent exhibition, "With My Eyes No Longer Blind," allowing all visitors to experience the supplemental educational information typically provided by a tour guide. Meeting the demand of personal, guided tours is a challenge for the professional staff of four, and the audio guide will allow the museum to devote more time to engaging its growing audiences through community engagement activities and educational programming. The audio guide will provide visitors with interactive and entertaining elements using scripted narrative and factual historical data and information. Project evaluation will involve the creation, administration, and evaluation of a visitor assessment tool that will be used to determine the degree to which the audio tool enhanced the educational component of the exhibition and overall visitor satisfaction.
The Eartha M. M. White Historical Museum will undertake a collections management project based upon Conservation Assessment Program recommendations to organize and catalog more than 10,000 primary and secondary source documents and photographs dating from 1896 to 1974. Grant funds will be used to engage a full time Research Center Director and a part time Research Center Assistant, whose duties will be to identify, research, and catalog historic documents in the archives, in addition to setting up the research center, caring for, and expanding the archives, and increasing awareness about the research center in the community. When completed, the archival and research center will serve the needs of higher education, professional researchers, and the general public in providing access to its collection of historical documents and artifacts relative to African American history in Northeast Florida.
The Goldsboro Westside Historical Museum will expand the "Goldsboro Heritage & Art Garden" program by using the recent gift of a half-acre of land to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the community and work with a greater number of at-risk youth and young adult volunteers. The area surrounding the museum is known as a food desert and the garden program brings organic produce to a neighborhood lacking in options for fresh fruits and vegetables. The museum will hire a volunteer coordinator and a STEM instructor to develop a curriculum and manage the anticipated increase in the number of youth volunteers. The curriculum will provide training for at-risk youth and young adults to increase their involvement in their community. Once crops are harvested, the volunteers will share them with the community through the local Boys and Girls Club and the local farmers market.
The Jack Hadley Black History Museum (JHBHM) will hire a museum educator to develop an education and outreach program to better serve its community. The museum will develop an education and interpretive plan by engaging consultants to conduct formative evaluation and to obtain feedback from teachers and visitors to better understand their needs. Based on the plan, JHBHM will develop and deliver standards-based lesson plans using object-based learning for the area schools. The museum will also refine existing programs, develop a training manual, and train volunteers to deliver improved guided tours. A pilot program for general audiences will also be implemented and all programs will be evaluated to measure the achievement of project goals.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will create a customized digital asset management system and web interface design for managing the museum's digital assets and sharing the museum's curated digital content. The museum's digital assets include audio, video, photographs, manuscripts and sheet music. This system will enable on-site visitors to learn about and experience jazz and its rich history in Harlem by using new interactive touchscreens in the visitors center with curated digital content that complements the exhibition. The system will also provide a global audience with online access to the museum's collections via mobile and web applications. The digital content will significantly improve the museum experience for on-site and off-site visitors, enhancing their knowledge of jazz and its rich history in Harlem.
The Kansas African American Museum will collaborate with ten sites in a statewide partnership to establish a Kansas African American History Trail. A project manager will be hired to coordinate activities, which include providing signage at each historic site; establishing a responsive design website for use with mobile devices; creating marketing materials; and organizing a year of events at each site. The project will also include a pilot two-day youth fieldtrip touring the trail. This project will expand the museum's reach and mission to every region of the state, build a statewide partnership with other institutions for mutual benefit, and grow the market of potential visitors, members, and donors. The establishment of a partnership of Kansas African American historic and cultural organizations will strengthen the partner organizations, while raising public awareness about the historic contributions of African Americans, creating a sense of shared history with Kansans of every race.
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art (JELMA) will create an incubator program for producing students with specialized knowledge in the digitization of art objects. The museum staff will train six interns on best practices and digitization standards for art objects, as well as website development to support sharing of the collection. This project will provide practical workplace skills for six future museum professionals and will help digitize JELMA's collection of art objects to make it available to students, researchers, and the public.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) will research, design, and implement Digital MoCADA, a multimedia initiative intended to increase access to and understanding of black contemporary art and its social and political context for all of its audiences, regardless of ability, location, or educational background. The three-year project will result in interpretive audio tools for people with disabilities, with an emphasis on blind visitors; video companions to exhibitions, including curatorial context, artist interviews, and interpretation of key works; in-gallery supplementary academic and data-driven digital content related to key works; and exhibition-related digital programming available online. Digital MoCADA will enable the museum to better serve its audience through online programming, while responding to two key community needs to provide additional interpretive materials with exhibitions and to build a tighter connection between the visual arts and relevant social justice issues.
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will continue its highly successful Emerging Artists Program, designed to give local artists museum exposure and a chance to hone their skills, while providing visitors with opportunities to learn of the artists' transformation and adaptation that occurred as a result of the African Diaspora. A panel consisting of MoAD staff, local arts experts, and community partners will select four local artists, whose work will be displayed at the museum. A rotating schedule of exhibitions and complementary programming will offer museum audiences a chance to engage with the artists and explore the history and culture of the peoples in Africa, the African American experience, and the African Diaspora.
The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center of the Ohio History Connection, will purchase new collections management software and hire an archivist and two archival interns to address a backlog of approximately 360 linear feet of materials that remain unprocessed and therefore inaccessible to the public. These archival materials, some of which date to the 18th century, are of local, regional, national, and even international significance and complement the focus areas of the museum's artifact collection. Through this project, the museum will reestablish intellectual control over its archives, provide improved public access to researchers, visitors and museum and archive professionals, and will be able to increase usage for exhibitions, loans, and research purposes.
Shorefront will support its mission to collect, preserve, and educate people about black history on Chicago's suburban North Shore by further solidifying key collaborations, helping grow and process its collections, and launching a publishing presence in its community. The Building Capacity in Community Archiving project will expand relationships with partner organizations to help the institution enhance and broaden community outreach and better serve as a resource for researchers and educators. Project activities include establishing Shorefront as a destination for students to learn and practice archival skills; assisting in the organization of two new collections with a focus on Jamaican and Haitian communities; recruiting representatives from collaborating organizations for Shorefront's advisory board and board of directors; and producing a catalog of publications related to the history of the black experience in Chicago's suburban North Shore.
The Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency will partner with Florida International University (FIU) to hire a museum director for the City of Miami Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum. FIU will organize a hiring and planning committee and then work with the new museum director and graduate student interns to produce a comprehensive institutional assessment and strategic plan that will address all museum functions, including operations, programming, community engagement, technology, and collections acquisition and management. The goal of the project is to build capacity and advance the long-term sustainability of the museum.
The Tubman museum will build institutional capacity and effectiveness by hiring and training an education coordinator to assist the director of education and outreach to meet the growing demand for onsite tours and educational offerings. The May 2015 opening of a long-awaited new museum building in downtown Macon, along with growing partnerships with schools, colleges, and community organizations, has resulted in an increase in demand for tours and value-added offerings. The education coordinator will assist with promoting, booking, and conducting group tours; recruiting and training volunteer docents to lead tours; and scheduling value-added activities by Tubman outreach teachers including drumming, art workshops, and creative movement. The Center for Program Evaluation and Development at Georgia College will conduct an external evaluative assessment of the project that will serve as the basis for future planning.
The World Beat Cultural Center will augment and improve its African American Heritage exhibition to increase the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of African American culture in the region. The exhibition will grow from a small gallery comprising 600 square feet into a multifaceted interactive permanent exhibition with three galleries consisting of a total of 16,000 square feet. Grant funds will support exhibition planning, curatorial research, hiring of new personnel, video development and production, exhibition development and installation, evaluation, visitor evaluation, and the design and implementation of a docent program. The expanded exhibition will become the cornerstone of a newly rebranded World Beat Cultural Center and African American Heritage and Diaspora Museum.
The Amistad Research Center will digitize over 200 objects in its fine arts collection and produce the first comprehensive internal collections database for the institution. The project will support the hiring of a fine arts administrator and a photographer, as well as the purchase of photography and digitization equipment to create hi-resolution, archival-quality images of selected objects. By entering data into a collections management software program, the center will be able to manage its art holdings in a more systematic and centralized way, streamline access to materials, and enable staff to provide improved assistance to researchers and the public. Staff and consultants will discuss, evaluate, and document processes, resulting in standard practices for future digitization projects.