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The Association of Children's Museum administers the Museums for All program - a national, branded access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. It is open to participation by any type of museums. Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 500 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3.00, to visitors presenting their EBT card. The Association of Children's Museums will recruit individual museum participants, foster the collaboration of museums participants in a single city to better serve families, and help participating museums increase the number of visitors.
Lincoln Park Zoo will develop a platform that will enhance the care and welfare of animals housed across zoos and aquariums throughout the United States and around the world. Building on its existing platform, ZooMonitor - which provides for behavioral monitoring at a single institution - ZooMonitor One will expand the application to a collaborative platform that will facilitate data collection across institutions. A project advisory committee of zoo and aquarium experts will guide project development and ensure community support. The zoo will develop an online training resource to ensure reliable data collection by collaborating institutions and create analytics tools to leverage multi-institutional behavioral patterns into actionable insights.
Arizona State University, in partnership with the National Informal STEM Education Network, will build fieldwide capacity for sustainability by empowering professionals, engaging public audiences, and leveraging museum and community assets to help build a sustainable future for people and the planet. The project will engage 90 museum professionals in a six-month professional development program, who along with other staff at their organizations will receive support in planning, developing, and/or implementing a sustainability-related project that aligns with their museum's mission and their community's priorities. A community of practice will promote ongoing learning and sharing of experiences among program participants. Additional professionals across the museum field will benefit from an online workshop series and other resources produced by the project.
The Broad will continue to develop its Diversity Apprenticeship Program: A Model for Equity in Museum Careers - a project to create career opportunities for those who are currently underrepresented on museum staffs. The project will amplify the apprenticeship model and the work required from institutions to nurture an apprentice in order to move the museum field toward more equitable workforce strategies. The Broad will offer an art handling apprenticeship to 16 apprentices, providing them the opportunity to jumpstart their museum careers. They will provide training opportunities for museum partners and apprentices around issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and create online trainings and resources to lay a groundwork for apprenticeships to become as standard as internships have been in the museum field.
The Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo will partner with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to implement a project addressing the reproductive challenges of managing sustainable populations of tigers, snow leopards, Amur leopards, and jaguars in zoos. They will enhance the assisted reproductive technologies such as semen banking and artificial insemination to help ensure the viability of these four iconic cat species, as well as create a genome resource bank. Then they will develop an efficient, reliable method for artificial insemination to allow propagation of genetically valuable pairs that cannot breed naturally.
In partnership with the Thanksgiving Point Institute, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums will conduct a collaborative Measurement of Museum Social Impact project to measure short-term indicators that have been found to lead to long-term outcomes of strengthened relationships, improved health and wellbeing, meaningful learning and engagement, and deeper intercultural competency. They will recruit a project manager and identify and train 30 partner museums to host the study. The host museums and the project manager will recruit study subjects, collect and analyze data, and conduct formative evaluation to understand their experiences. The team will publish and broadly share the data and a toolkit through regional museum association communication channels, presentations at symposia and conferences, and professional journal publications.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - in partnership with SeaWorld, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation, and the Denver Zoo - will implement a project to improve the management of rhino populations to become genetically and demographically viable within the country's zoos. They will integrate sex-sorted artificial insemination into the population sustainability plans for African white and Asian greater one-horned rhinos. The project team will strategically bank rhino sperm samples from all species and implement a risk management approach of sample duplication among existing partners' genome resource banks. They also will establish an effective estrus synchronization protocol for the endangered African black rhino as a first step toward developing a successful artificial insemination procedure in that species. Partner zoos and conservation facilities will undergo individualized training and/or support in natural and assisted rhino breeding.
The Computer History Museum will implement a project to test the utilization of machine-learning technology to make the museum's digital collection content more accessible for patrons. The museum will use a machine-learning software to assign metadata to the content, replacing the manual process currently in use, and create a sample search portal for user testing and to explore whether the technology is ready for deployment to the field more broadly. The project has the potential to make collection content more easily searchable online, allowing it to better serve existing audiences as well as reach new ones.
The Morton Arboretum - along with partners Atlanta Botanical Garden and Montgomery Botanical Center - will implement a project to improve the conservation quality of living collections of "exceptional species" (plants that cannot be seed banked). Three taxonomically focused conservation consortia - for oaks, magnolias, and cycads - will be established, involving dozens of organizations. The project team will gather and analyze collection data to evaluate conservation quality and conduct genetic analyses. They also will develop species management plans for priority species in each consortium. The shared collections data will position consortium members for future sustainable collections management.
The Center for Plant Conservation, its network of botanic gardens, and the National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation will collaborate to ensure better stewardship of rare plants in seed collections. Seed longevity will be tested in 100 rare and endangered plant species using a new biochemical indicator. Sixteen of the country's foremost rare plant conservation experts will re-collect and/or provide stored seeds for this project. The project team will create a predictive model to estimate seed storage longevity from plant traits, geography, and climate, and synthesize the results into curation guidelines as well as a workshop to share them with seed collections experts.
The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area will implement "Making Across Montana" - a project to engage K-12 students and teachers in rural and tribal communities with making and tinkering. In collaboration with K-12 education partners in the rural Bitterroot Valley and on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the museum will develop a mobile making and tinkering exhibition and education program. The exhibition will be able to travel to K-12 schools statewide. The project team will develop a K-12 teacher professional development workshop, along with accompanying curriculum resources and supplies. The traveling program and related materials will build schools' capacity to incorporate making and tinkering - and informal STEM experiences more broadly - into their teaching.
The Museum of Science will work with the art museum community by adapting a successful collaboration among science museums to collect and analyze visitor experience data across disciplines. Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies: Art Research Team (COVES:ART) will bring art museum professionals from across the country together to discuss the value of and logistics involved in incorporating art museums into a collaborative system of collecting, analyzing, and reporting on visitor experience data. The Museum of Science will spearhead the project in conjunction with a wide range of art museums partners. Participants will focus on understanding and improving the visitor experience while supporting visitor data collection and streamlined analysis and reporting across a diverse range of museums. If successful, the resulting data will vastly increase field-wide understanding of museum visitors.
Rochester Institute of Technology will conduct a project to explore the most cost-efficient and environmentally responsible methods of preparing paper-based collection objects for transit and display while also maintaining preservation standards. The project will include both field and laboratory research. The project team will collect environmental data from multiple museums' shipping crates simultaneously. Laboratory experimentation will include testing the safety and relative humidity buffering capacity of crate packing materials and methods, and varied microenvironment-sealed frame package designs used to protect objects during transit and display. Guidelines from this project will be useful to all museums with exhibition and loan programs and have the potential to reduce the cost and material waste associated with thousands of museum objects prepared annually for transit and display.
The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) will facilitate a pilot project that will engage six regional museum associations and a technology consultant as collaborative partners to provide technological training for small museums across the nation. As many museums increase their online presence in place of in-person experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project will provide access to best practices to build capacity for digital media and information technology. AMM will present 10 live modules that include hands-on, step-by-step training by museum technology experts and fellows. Module topics will address collections digitization; learning initiatives; community engagement/audience development; and discoverability/online presence. A dedicated website will feature a resource hub including the session recordings and supplementary toolkits.