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The B.B. King Museum will expand its main exhibit to cover the final eight years of Mr. King's life and legacy. This includes development of a new film and design of new spaces to include artifacts and materials recently acquired by the museum. Activities will include design development, content planning, and developing a conceptual framework for the new exhibit. In addition, grant funds will support the B.B. King All Stars music ensemble, helping to grow a successful pilot program that identifies and nurtures the musical talent of local students in grade 6-12.
The Bennett College Wilbur Steele Art Museum will digitize and make accessible the architectural plans for the College's buildings, structures, and site development during the period 1926 to 1968. The project will result in an online digital collection accessible to students, staff, faculty, and researchers. The Bennett College campus was designated a Historic District by the National Park Service in 1992 naming twelve buildings, six structures and the quadrangle to the National Register of Historic Places. These original architectural plans serve to provide a history of the campus's development and to highlight the significance of each building and structure. They document the legacy of the administrators, donors, architects and the community and the establishment of Bennett College as a college for women in 1926.
Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will launch a capacity-building program to improve the quality of services provided by the Bethune-Cookman University Archives, which preserves collections dating to 1904. An archivist will work with a team of two interns from the Public History Department to process collections. The project will reflect a robust partnership between three Bethune-Cookman University departments: Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation-National Historic Landmark, B-CU Archives and the B-CU Public History Division of the History Department. The project will provide needed assistance and valuable experiences for students and researchers by allowing the facility to be accessible on a regular schedule.
The Birmingham Black Radio Museum (BBRM) project will complete digitization and access to the museum's collection of oral histories and interviews of radio personalities, civil rights leaders, authors, and entertainers. Only 10 percent of the oral history collection is currently available for the public at www.thebbrm.org. With IMLS funding, the museum will digitize 100 percent of these resources, while creating a blog for public discussion, questions and donation requests. The project will allow the director to devote additional time to post-editing and supervising the continued digitization of the archival materials, all of which reflect a direct connection to the history of Birmingham, Alabama. The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Sciences will provide student intern digitizers and transcribers to assist with this work and the historic Carver Theatre will provide work space in support of the project.
In honor of its 15th year anniversary celebration, the Broward Public Library Foundation/African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will install a Harlem Renaissance Exhibit that will feature three distinct virtual reality experiences as well as murals, artifacts, and other related materials. The project will also include the creation of a virtual reality traveling exhibit that will be displayed in five different museums within the state of Florida. The goal of the project is to combine digital humanities and technology innovation to educate, inform and excite visitors. The exhibition is based on "Virtual Harlem," an established digital humanities project by Bryan Carter, an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, who specializes in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and digital culture.
Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History will develop and present the "Exploration of African American Physicians and Surgeons" project with an overall goal to expose young people in the community to the opportunities and benefits of STEM education. Project components will include educational programming, lectures, and an historical exhibition revolving around African American contributions and achievements within the world of medicine. The exhibition will focus on work of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the founder of Chicago's Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the United States. Dr. Williams was the first general surgeon to perform a documented and successful pericardium surgical procedure to repair a wound. The project's educational programming will explore the ways in which other African American doctors broke down racial barriers within the field of medicine.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will work with an experienced museum education consultant to develop five new K-12 education programs. These programs will complement the museum's two existing K-12 education programs and provide sequential, differentiated instruction for thousands of students who participate in annual fieldtrips to its visitors center in Harlem. In addition to developing curricula for each program, the museum will create learning kits, pre-visit lesson plans and listening guides for teachers; online content for its website; and teaching notes and demonstration videos that will train teaching artists to lead these programs. Through these new education programs, students will develop a deeper understanding of the musical and cultural impact of jazz in Harlem and beyond.
The John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture (JGRCM) will collaborate with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), through its Meek Eaton Black Archives and Museum, to establish an effective, efficient administrative and management support system for the JGRCM. A task force of staff from both institutions will be established to draft an MOU and framework for cooperation between the two historically successful entities to strengthen the museum's role in the community and the capacity of its partners to adapt to internal and external changes. The project will also support a full-time site coordinator for JGCRM and is intended to strengthen JGRCM and its partners' capacity to retain and acquire staff with strong professional skills in supervision and operations management with the expertise to carry out their missions. The project will produce a documented model to support similar collaborative efforts by other museums.
The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will develop a more cohesive education program that reflects both the museum's resources and the needs of local schools. The museum's deputy director and Tinkering Lab educator will work together to design a curriculum that meets current New York State and city standards, enabling the museum to more effectively serve schools in the community with object-based learning experiences. Packets of educational materials will be developed and made available for school teachers to download and use in their classrooms prior to and following visits to the museum. Target schools will be actively involved in the process of testing and utilizing the products. Project results will be shared with internal and external stakeholders to sustain long-term improvement and enhance institutional capacity.
The City of Miami will promote the significance of its Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, an 82-acre indoor/outdoor open air museum. The collection holdings of the site will be archived, preserved, conserved, and digitally cataloged and placed online to ensure their survival and availability. Physical archival materials will be scanned and digitized to be added to a searchable database. Existing interview recordings will also be digitized and broken into segments with attached metadata. Because the holdings are currently neither categorized, nor archived, nor accessible electronically, it is difficult to locate information within them. The grantee will raise awareness about the availability of these resources, and they will track catalog visitors to measure the use of these historic resources.