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The Hampton University Museum will expand the accessibility of its African American art collection through a three-year collection management software implementation project. Building on a recently completed inventory and digital documentation project, the museum will engage a data manager to input data to its collections management system on paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and fiber arts. The collections data manager will lead training sessions for the museum's curatorial team to ensure their proficiency in using the software system and their ability to carry on the work at the end of the grant period. In each year of the project, four student interns will work with the staff to scan curatorial records including catalog cards and accession paperwork. The museum will present small, online exhibitions that will make the collections more fully accessible to scholars, educators, students, and the public.
Boston's Museum of African American History will improve the care and management of its collections associated with the African Meeting House, which is preserved as a reminder of a thriving 19th century African American community on Nantucket Island. Following the recommendations of a 2016 Museum Assessment Program (MAP) report, museum staff will work with consultants to assess the condition of the objects and archives currently in storage on the island; re-organize storage spaces; identify materials to be moved to a climate-controlled facility; and improve controls and documentation to increase accessibility of the collections for staff, visitors, and scholars. By assessing the collections and improving their storage, the museum will gain improved intellectual and physical control of the objects, thereby better serving both scholars and the general public who visit the museum's Nantucket campus.
The Preserving Black Western Legacies project will support the digitization of collections that document the lives of African Americans who settled in Denver and the American West. The project will enhance outreach and expand access to the Western Legacies Museum, located within the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, a branch of the Denver Public Library. The library will hire a project archivist to work with staff to digitize an estimated 150 linear feet of material featuring historically significant African Americans, making 14 of its most heavily used collections available online to staff, visitors, and researchers worldwide. The project team will also develop a digital exhibition using the newly digitized materials. The project archivist and senior librarians will work with local educators to create two curriculum kits that teachers can use in their classrooms to enhance the teaching of African American history.
The Freedom Rides Museum operated by the Alabama Historical Commission will fabricate and install a new exhibition to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides in 2021. Located in the historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station, the Freedom Rides Museum tells the story of the nonviolent student Freedom Riders who were attacked in 1961 by a mob as they peacefully protested segregation in interstate travel. The exhibition will feature interactive components and self-guided galleries, information on the nonviolent training received by the Freedom Riders, and a 1960s era Greyhound bus. The development of the exhibition plan, funded by the National Park Service, engaged a wide variety of partners including the Freedom Riders, civil rights historians, activists, educators, practitioners, and community leaders. The museum will employ both formative and summative evaluation methodologies to improve and refine the exhibition during its development and to measure project outcomes.
The Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Center will create a publicly accessible digital database to more broadly share the life and legacy of boxing champion and global humanitarian Muhammad Ali. The museum's archive includes photographs, negatives, boxing contracts, fight posters and print materials, personal documents, film and video tapes, and physical artifacts. A part-time digital imaging specialist will work with the collections staff and a technology company to migrate 7,000 newly digitized documents to a new collections management system. The project team will design a public-facing database, ensuring that metadata is prepared for optimal searchability. The project will enable immediate access to information that was previously only available by visiting the museum in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission will implement the next phase of its Africa to Carolina initiative, designed to recognize and interpret sites in the state where enslaved Africans disembarked directly from Africa. A graduate student will work with the commission to implement the goals of the project under the supervision of a staff team and the Africa to Carolina Advisory Board. The project employee will create a small exhibition to be housed in public facilities at seven identified disembarkation points; generate content for a website to serve as a clearinghouse for information; and assist the Commission with a convening of stakeholders to establish plans for future activities. The project team will also generate an online guide to existing tools for educators and the public about the slave trade, slave economy in North Carolina, and the legacy of enslavement.
Hinds Community College will launch the Utica Oral History Project to collect, preserve, and disseminate stories centered around the theme of southern black education in rural Mississippi. The college will establish an Oral History Center where community members can use equipment to collect their family stories, and mobile recording equipment will also be available for those unable to visit the campus. Faculty members will learn oral history best practices with a goal to incorporate their use in student coursework. The project team will lead workshops throughout the community, and work with families to catalog, digitize, and archive the recordings. Student interns will assist families in producing mini documentaries for use at family reunions and other special events. The project will result in oral history portfolios for 12 families consisting of the raw audio/video footage, transcripts, metadata, and family archival artifacts.
Tougaloo College will improve the care and management of its art collections by implementing recommendations from its participation in the Conservation Assessment for Preservation program. The college will purchase and install a custom-built lateral art rack system to support the storage of over-sized fine art works in the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center. Staff members and contractors will work with student interns to move and temporarily store the art works in a temporary secure space while the new system is being installed. The project team will evaluate the condition of objects and research and update cataloging information in the collections management database. The transfer to a new storage system will increase the ability of staff to access works safely, prevent further damage to the large works, and increase the potential for growth of the collections.
The Virginia Union University Museum of African Art will pilot a paid internship program for undergraduate students attending Virginia Union University. The program will create 24 internship positions over a three-year period in partnership with the Valentine Museum, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. Interns will lead tours, preserve and interpret primary source materials, participate in membership campaigns, and network with professionals from museums, archives, and other arts organizations. Each intern will create and develop a research project using the museum's collections that will culminate in either a public event presenting research, an exhibition, or tangible educational resources. The projects will be documented through a website, highlighting the program for the campus and surrounding community.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music will build on the recommendations of a recently completed interpretive planning process to improve the visitor experience and present a more accurate, well-rounded account of the history of Stax Records and the city of Memphis. The museum will address the content, tone, and narrative of its orientation film to create a new introduction for visitors. The project team will update didactic exhibition panels to incorporate recent developments in scholarship and better contextualize Stax Records within the history of the city for visitors of all ages. The museum will also upgrade its technical infrastructure, including its content delivery system designed to share interviews, live performances, and music to help tell the story of American soul music.
The Association of African American Museums will continue to strengthen its organizational effectiveness by expanding member services and assessing the impact of recent capacity building efforts. The association will work with two student interns to assess member services in response to a 2017 National Needs Assessment and to identify additional needs that have developed over time. A consulting firm will assess the organization's success in implementing strategic plan goals over the past three years. The project will support and train students from historically black colleges and universities in learning skills related to organizational sustainability and capacity building while gaining working knowledge in areas such as member cultivation and engagement and program development. Association members will benefit from at least three professional development webinars based on survey findings, and the organization will complete revisions to its strategic plan.
The Appalachian African American Cultural Center will improve the care of its collections, while developing the skills and capacity to sustain its work to preserve and interpret the history of an eight-county region in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia. In partnership with a regional archivist, the center will catalog and rehouse its collections. The center will create finding aids and partner with the University of Tennessee Knoxville's School of Information Sciences to digitize items, standardize project metadata, and format them for public access through an online platform. The East Tennessee History Museum will work with the center to create an exhibition and community engagement plan. Project activities will also include the creation of in-house and mobile exhibitions and educational outreach materials to interpret the collections for residents, schools, colleges, and organizations in the region.
Morgan State University will implement a comprehensive interpretive project based on archival collections documenting the life and work of Ellen Irene Diggs, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in anthropology. Multiple university departments will collaborate to organize and analyze the collections. The project team of staff and consultants will implement an internship program for more than 40 undergraduate and graduate students and volunteers, focusing on archival research, preservation, and anthropology. Project activities will include the enhancement of public access to the collections through an online exhibit, student posters, and panels as part of the 117th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. A professional development program including workshops and instructional materials will engage 90 teachers, resulting in enhanced curricula in humanities and social studies for over 400 K-12 students in each year of the project.
The Malcolm X Memorial Center will strengthen its partnership with the local school district by developing a curriculum to enhance student learning in African American history. The museum will engage a curriculum writer to develop three lesson plans for Omaha Public School District students in grades 6-12. The consultant will work with museum staff, local teachers, and professors at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Black Studies Department to reproduce relevant historical materials and incorporate them into the classroom lessons. An external evaluator and project director will oversee the collection of feedback from students and educators to measure the effectiveness of the project.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture will produce an online archive of interviews highlighting the significant achievements and everyday lives of African Americans in Maryland. The project will reactivate an oral history studio that was equipped with recording equipment when the museum first opened. Museum staff will work with two interns to research and update an existing collection of over 100 oral histories, and an Advisory Committee will help to identify new interview prospects. The project will result in the digitization of 112 oral history interviews conducted between 2001-2002 as well as 50-75 new oral histories. The museum will engage a videographer and other contractors to conduct and transcribe the interviews and to create a dedicated webpage which will serve as a repository of oral histories related to Maryland African American history.
The Studio Museum in Harlem will launch a two-year inventory project to uncover, document, and increase accessibility to its collections. The museum's collections include over 2,500 works by over 800 artists working in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance. The museum will increase its curatorial capacity by hiring a dedicated collections database administrator, who will work with collections staff, art handlers, and a consultant to implement project activities. Concurrent with the collections inventory, the project team will capture images of all objects and prepare for the first full appraisal of the collection in over a decade. The completed inventory will provide the context necessary to more efficiently and safely store works as the museum prepares for the opening exhibition in its new facility.
The Clark Atlanta University Art Museum will support its goal to be a center for the presentation and critical study of African Diaspora art by furthering its Black Optics Artist Residency program. Building on an exchange with the Musée Schoelcher, a cultural institution located in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, the museum will invite Guadeloupean installation artist Minhia Biabiany to develop an exhibition and programming that involves sharing her work and expertise with faculty and students at the university and with broader Atlanta communities. The artist's project will generate new perspectives about the museum's permanent collection, exhibition, and/or contemporary museum practices. The exhibition will then travel to Guadeloupe to be presented in the Musée Schoelcher. The residency program is designed to explore transnational exchange and alternative histories through conversations between U.S. artists of African descent and artists from the Caribbean.
Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) will create a public art program that will use art, sound, and visuals to chronicle the past and present day narratives of historic African American spaces in Biddleville and the Beatties Ford Road Corridor in Charlotte, North Carolina—home to JSCU. The project team will create four interactive, outdoor mobile “pop-up units” incorporating original soundtracks using oral histories to capture the past and present sounds of Biddleville by infusing gospel, jazz, hip-hop, and other pieces to appeal to a multi-generational audience. Project activities will also include tours and a discussion series to share the history of Biddleville and to generate dialogues about urban renewal. Materials collected for this project will become part of the JCSU digital archives, and the project may serve as a replicable model for other communities impacted by urban renewal and gentrification.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will enhance its identity as a historically black, land grant institution by improving the care and accessibility of archival collections housed in the Special Collections Department of the Frederick Douglass Library. The project director will recruit three student interns, who will receive stipends to assist with creating an inventory and cataloging priority record groups, providing library patrons access to organized archival material accompanied by finding aids. The university will purchase supplies to rehouse the materials, and the project team will create both physical and digital exhibitions on the project to support faculty and student learning. Project activities will include a workshop for faculty, a student symposium, and a faculty reading circle to further promote teaching and learning opportunities with the collections. Selected faculty will share experiences with their peers through attendance and presentations at conferences.
The Amistad Research Center will expand access and use of its archival collections by documenting the work of African American women leaders in a variety of fields, including the arts, social justice activism, labor activism, civic leadership, politics, and business. The project team will process the personal papers of 11 prominent women leaders in addition to converting the legacy finding aids for an additional five collections of women's papers to online versions. The center will use information derived from the project to create or enhance Wikipedia pages for each woman highlighted in the project. Selections from each of the 16 collections will serve as the foundation for the research, design, and installation of both a physical and online exhibition entitled "A Range of Experiences: Documenting African American Women's History and Achievements."
The Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center will implement a stakeholder-driven planning process to enhance the city's African American Landmark Tour, which highlights the history of the African American experience in South Bend and the northern Midwest. The project will integrate archival materials from the museum's collections into the tour and add technology to facilitate public discourse. The museum will link interpretive assets from its collection of oral histories, photographs, documents, and news clippings to tour sites through redesigned signage, print materials, and a dedicated website and app. A participatory "Join the Conversation" feature will invite participants to respond to relevant topics embedded within the 20 historically significant landmarks via social media. The project will engage teams of student interns who will gain skills in publishing, web design, and coding while learning about regional African American history.
The African American Civil War Museum will strengthen its educational programming for schools by engaging a greater number of teachers and designing new curriculum resources to support social studies curriculum standards. The Museum Passport to Freedom Program is designed to encourage museum visitation by students from low-income homes and provides transportation support to schools in the area. The Museum's education staff will collaborate with DC Public and Charter School curriculum administrators to develop and implement continuing education workshops for teachers designed to expand their knowledge and understanding of the American Civil War, United States Colored Troops, and African American activities during the Civil War. The project will result in teacher training curricula, exhibition guides to support student learning inside and outside of the museum, and curricula resources that will be available for download on the museum's website.
The Amistad Research Center will improve management of its digital assets in order to provide staff with easier access to the materials. The improvements will also enable them to better assist with reference inquiries and research requests. The research center will create a new digital archivist position, which will be responsible for creating standards-based policies and workflows, training staff on best practices for digital assets management, and developing and implementing procedures for the acquisition, preservation, and access of born-digital materials. The digital archivist will research and provide recommendations for a professional content management system, oversee the installation of the system, and formulate a plan for importing existing metadata and handling ongoing data entry.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will design, fabricate, and install an exhibit designed specifically for 3 to 9-year-old children and their parents and caregivers. The exhibit uses research-based teaching methods to encourage conversations about diversity and foster dialogue about the people in their community. The exhibit will feature developmentally appropriate games, interactives, books, and activities. The museum will also provide suggested dialogue for parents to use with each activity, and education department staff will assist parents during busy visitation hours. Pre- and post-visit surveys will provide meaningful feedback for museum staff. The ultimate goal of the space is to provide families of all races a place to come together, play, and have meaningful conversations.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will expand its Legacy Youth Leadership Program for high school students to 20 historic sites in the Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium. The representatives of these sites, which are located in Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma, and elsewhere in the ìBlack Beltî region, have identified a pressing need to engage young people in preserving and promoting their civil rights history. From 2019-2021, the expanded program will involve at least 20 students from each of three communities, totaling 60 per year. The project team will improve the program's curriculum by incorporating social media and training students in oral history techniques. This new curriculum will teach students about local civil rights history, African American culture, and leadership skills. Upon completion of the program, the students will serve as summer docents at specific sites.
Delaware State University will improve the long-term care and management of the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium by initiating a digitization project. With approximately 150,000 mounted specimens of vascular plants, the facility is the largest herbarium among Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The project will catalog, digitize, and geo-reference up to 30,000 specimens using commonly-adopted techniques and software. The herbarium will enlist students from a large pool of underrepresented groups to assist with the project. To increase exposure and public access, the resulting images and specimen records will be available online through the herbarium's website and other platforms, such as iDigBio and GBIF. Mid-course evaluation will identify areas for improvement to ensure the project objectives are met.
Elizabeth City State University will create a plan for the development of a Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Center. The planned center will collect, preserve, protect, and interpret the material and archival history of the university and affiliated communities. The plan will connect the mission of the center and its collections with the interests of its audiences. It will also provide the university with a unified set of interpretive themes, designs, and educational programs to guide its efforts to establish the center. The center will be housed in two historic campus buildings: the Rosenwald School, constructed in 1921, and the university's original Principal's House, constructed in 1923.
The Emmett Till Memorial Commission will produce a smartphone app to guide visitors through virtual or on-site tours of ten sites related to the 1955 murder of Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta. At each site, the Emmett Till Memory Project will provide historical and contemporary photographs, historically-accurate narration, digital access to archival documents, social media check-ins, historical documentary footage, and GPS directions. A team of students and advisors will build on an earlier prototype for the app by refining content and graphics. The project team will facilitate focus group testing and review by the Till family before its final release. This project will help discourage ongoing vandalism of these historical sites and provide users with the resources they need to critically engage with this key moment in civil rights history.
The Banneker-Douglass Museum will improve the care and management of its collections, which serve as the state of Maryland's official repository of African American material culture. The phased improvement plan will focus on structural improvements, including outfitting the fine arts storage room with museum-quality shelving, creating a workspace for museum exhibition production, and installing temperature controls. The museum will move collections currently stored at an offsite location to the new storage areas. Items that are currently being stored flat will be hung, and objects currently being stacked will be stored in individual slotted storage. All the materials will benefit from better climate controls. The project's completion will enable the museum to implement ongoing best practices in collections care.
Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum will create curriculum to help schools, museums, libraries, and other educational organizations teach tolerance and promote social justice through the lens of the African American experience in the United States since Reconstruction. The museum will bring together educational and community leaders from across the state of Michigan to assist with the development of a curriculum for middle and high school students. They will draw on primary sources from the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras. The project team will use the curriculum to create lesson plans and educational experiences for classes visiting the museum. The project will also include professional development sessions for school administrators, teachers, museum professionals, and other educators to learn how to effectively incorporate the curriculum and lesson plans.
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University will continue to digitize its collections to support research, access, and preservation. The centerpiece of the project will be the creation of the Archives of African American Architects Digital Collection, which will highlight the drawings and blueprints created by three African American architects: Albert Cassell, Hilyard Robinson, and Robert Nash. The center will continue to digitize oversize documents in its collection as part of the project. The center will also purchase a new scanner, eliminating its dependence on shared equipment and enabling faster completion of the work. Two students will assist with the project, gaining skills in document handling and digitization, and knowledge of industry standards for digitization and digital preservation.
Morgan State University's Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum will grow its capacity and develop curriculum to share and incorporate stories of local leaders in the national narrative of the freedom struggle. This will help the museum offer more educational opportunities for Baltimore's middle and high school students and teachers. A new position, a part-time education coordinator, will schedule school tours, present public programs, and lead a docent training program. In partnership with Baltimore City Schools, the Maryland Historical Society, and Baltimore Heritage, the museum will develop a curriculum that includes field studies such as walking tours through historically impactful communities, field trips to relevant sites, and using primary source documents. The curriculum is intended to foster understanding and pride in Baltimore's civil rights contributions.
The Museum of the African Diaspora will expand "MoAD in the Classroom" a visual literacy and arts outreach program offered to Title I and under-served third grade students in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the two year project, the museum will provide free classes and museum visits for more than 2,750 students. The museum will also create new standards-aligned curriculum to teach about the art and culture of the African Diaspora and develop an online portal for teachers with access to free lesson plans, podcasts and videos. The museum will also host 40 hours of art integration professional development workshops for Title I teachers. These new initiatives will draw on research that coordinated school visits to museums increase children's confidence and ability to retain knowledge while adding to their understanding of critical content areas.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will develop a new website that provides public access to its digital collections. The museum will hire a web designer to design and build the site. The project will begin with a needs assessment to explore the vision for the new website and the needs of the museum's stakeholders. The website will integrate the museum's digital asset management system, which contains its collections that document the history of jazz beginning in the early 20th century. The museum will streamline its bookkeeping and accounting by building an e-commerce solution into the site. This new platform will allow donations and purchases to take place with one merchant account. Following the launch of the new site, the museum will review user analytics to understand how the site is used and how it can be improved.
The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center will develop a history curriculum for grades 6-12 that addresses a documented need for culturally relevant teaching methods in the nation's schools. Center staff will work with a consultant curriculum writer and a team of practicing educators to develop 15 ready-to-use lesson plans around three themes: the Black Power Movement, the transatlantic slave trade, and black women's stories. Each lesson will feature a high-quality reproduction of a unique item from the Schomburg Center's collections. This provides an accessible way for teachers to use collection materials in their classrooms. These lessons will be available for free online and be used in teacher professional development programs. By piloting a selection of lesson plans, the project team will be able to incorporate student and instructor feedback as they revise the curriculum as a whole.
The Studio Museum will create and implement a new organizational culture as it doubles its staff and increases its budget to prepare for its re-opening in a new facility in 2022. To accomplish this, the museum will expand its Leadership Ladders program. This three-year professional development initiative will train current and future staff leaders and members across the whole organization. The program involves leadership training, including executive coaching, attending institutes and workshops, and technical training for specific museum departments, such as information technology, facility operations/management, finance and budgeting, and earned revenue. The museum will also train staff on broad professional development skills, such as writing and communications for internal and external audiences. The museum will hire a senior human resources specialist in learning and organization development to coordinate the program.
The Buffalo Soldiers Museum will collaborate with the Lewis Army Museum and Schools Out Washington, a local organization providing guidance for non-school programming, to design and present a summer learning program suitable for a broad range of grades and ages. The museum will hire an education program development specialist to develop a pilot museum-based program to teach students about the contributions, struggles and achievements African Americans, namely the Buffalo Soldiers, and other diverse populations made to our nation's military, security, cultural, and social fabric. The four-hour summer learning program module will include lecture guides, critical thinking exercises, videos, puzzles and games, art projects, dramatic play, and interpersonal skills development. The project will also include developing partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club, Metro Parks, United Way, and the National Park Service, and is intended to help lessen summer learning loss.
The African American Civil War Museum will boost the quality and capacity of its Museum Passport to Freedom program. Launched in 2017, the program provides field trips to pre-K through grade 12 students from low-income homes by providing transportation support when needed and an engaging museum learning experience aligned with DC Public School learning standards. Each student also receives an age appropriate book and a passport, which may be taken to different museums and stamped. During the 2018/2019 school year, three outreach fellows will develop additional resources for teachers and students and conduct outreach to 87 schools, helping the program serve 25 percent more students than in previous years. In addition to the work of expanding the program, museum staff will establish a program committee, including community partners, local teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders, to review the program and help develop a framework for continued success.
The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii will strengthen its services to the local community by building the center's capacity and professionalizing its curatorial activities. The first full-time professional director/archivist will be hired to provide the technical expertise and leadership skills needed to develop a collections management plan to properly care for the historical documents and artifacts that tell the story of the Hawaiian Africana early settlers and their descendants. The director will also lead volunteers in preparing a special exhibition to observe Martin Luther King Day and a Black History display to be installed in the City Hall Municipal Gallery. The project will include the expansion of outreach programs to increase awareness of Hawaiian Africana for youth in schools and for the community at large.
The Beck Cultural Exchange Center will inventory, catalog, and the improve accessibility of its collection related to Knoxville's urban renewal program of the mid-twentieth century. The Beck collection consists of 50,000 objects documenting 226 years of local African American history and culture, including approximately 5,000 documents, photos, materials, and audiovisual recordings about the city's urban renewal program. As recommended by the Knox County Public Library, the center will hire a full-time archivist and one part-time archivist assistant to lead the project, which will include the development and implementation of policies related to the collection. The center will develop an online searchable catalog and promote community engagement by involving volunteers in project activities. With the establishment of ongoing preservation and archival practices, the Beck will be better able to maintain its record of the people, places, and effects of urban renewal and the renewal's continuing impact on the largely African American population.
The Birmingham Black Radio Museum will implement phase two of its ongoing project to provide online accessibility to its collection. The museum director will work with student interns from the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Sciences to complete the digitizing, cataloging, and hard drive back-up of all archival materials, including photos, promotional materials, radio scripts, technical data, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera. The ephemera collection encompasses approximately ten linear feet of archival material including a large collection of transcription discs used for broadcast in the 1940s and 50s. The project team will also acquire and evaluate software for the museum's website to support a publicly usable database. The museum will continue collaborations with a robust group of consultants and organizations including the University of Alabama, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and the Carver Theatre.
The Bronzeville Children's Museum will design and open a new exhibition, "African-Americans in STEM." The exhibit will support learning about science, technology, engineering, and math for children ages 3 to 9 through an exhibit design featuring bold colors and the use of green screen interactive animation programs. It will focus on the value and importance of these critical subjects, how they impact everyday lives, and will feature African Americans who are successful role models in STEM fields. Hands-on learning experiences will engage young minds while teaching valuable skills to spark excitement. The museum will survey its staff, docents, and volunteers for their assessment of the learning impact of the STEM exhibition on the children who visit. In addition, the museum will also survey community organizations and the Chicago Public Schools for feedback on the exhibition.
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum will launch a comprehensive project to enhance educational programming, integrate technology into exhibitions, and improve the care of its collections. The museum will work with consultants to enhance its exhibits using video content, computer tablets, screens, and a guided audio tour. Local public school educators will collaborate with the museum to develop project-based learning units for students. Project activities will also include enhancements to the museum's website and the purchase of storage units for collections. A student intern will assist with documenting collections that reflect the contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers and other African American men and women who served in the U.S. military.
In partnership with the University of Miami's Special Collections and Digital Library of the Caribbean at Florida International University, the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) will preserve, digitize, and increase access to its archive focusing on artists from the Caribbean and Latin American Diaspora. The project will provide online content for scholars and the public including artist profiles, documents, sound recordings, video footage, and photographs collected during DVCAI's more than 20 years of artist incubation. Graduate students will assist staff, using partner-provided equipment to digitize more than 1,500 images, including mixed media, paintings, collages, works on paper, monoprints, lithographs, videos on VHS, exhibition loops on CDs, 16-millimeter film and photography, and over 800 catalogues. The robust project activities will also include the creation of online exhibitions and an edited volume on DVCAI's history cultivating Afro-Diasporic artists. Files will be uploaded to all of the partner websites.
The Meek-Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum (MEBA) at Florida A&M University will implement the K-20 Community Museum project as an example for small and midsize museums to quickly become relevant to schools in their area and offer tourism and programmatic development opportunities. Through the multi-faceted project, MEBA will position its programming to serve K-20 (kindergarten through post-secondary aged) audiences and the at-large community by implementing a series of community dialogue forums; aligning to state content standards thirteen galleries including, but those dealing with African-Americans in the military, medicine and science, religion and art; and creating and integrating post-secondary syllabi with access to its special collections, research center, and general archives and galleries. The project will demonstrate how a humanities-focused museum can integrate STEM and the arts, serve a broad K-20 audience, and direct community engagement. The project will use both formative and summative assessment measures.
The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center will strengthen its efforts to effectively preserve and present the history of Lincolnville, an early American free black settlement within the nation's oldest city. This capacity-building project will sustain the heritage of the Lincolnville community through the implementation of professional museum standards and practices. The project will transition a long-term member of the Board of Directors to professional executive director, while hiring and training two part time staff positions: an associate director and a communications coordinator. Two student interns will be hired to help plan, coordinate, and implement the museum's ongoing activities including exhibits, interpretive programs, oral histories, lectures and live performances. Archival consultants and cultural event planners will provide training for staff and volunteers and assist with both with audience development and the care and management of the museum's collections.
The Great Plains Black Museum and Interpretive Center will provide the greater Omaha metropolitan community with community education programs focused on the involvement of African Americans in the exploration, settlement, and development of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Twenty-four free programs will be planned and presented in cooperation with area history professors, drawing upon the archival records of the museum to help inspire youth and visitors of all backgrounds to overcome adversity to succeed in their goals and life. The programs will also be designed to provide an opportunity for participants to learn how to research their own ancestral history. The project seeks to address the lack of publicly accessible programs or collections covering the African American experience during the Homestead Act when emancipated African American families were encouraged to find freedom and free land in the Western United States as pioneer homesteaders.
The Jack Hadley Black History Museum will develop and implement the Student and Senior Engagement (SASE) program to increase its relevance as a cultural education and memory institution in southern Georgia. The program will scale up programming for the museum's identified primary audience - students and their teachers - while developing new programming for its identified secondary audience - seniors. The museum educator will work with a program consultant to expand offerings for schools, while conducting a needs assessment and developing and implementing new programs for senior citizens. In response to recommendations from its recent participation in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), the museum will hire a consultant to continue to evaluate educational programming; develop a plan for audience development; and assist staff with the development of public relations and marketing plans.
The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will continue to expand its school programming in response to a need for affordable educational resources in Queens and nearby boroughs in New York City, while building its capacity to conduct public cultural programs for adult audiences. A newly hired educational coordinator will book school trips, lead the regular tour program, organize after-school educational programs, expand outreach, assist the executive director with developing new educational initiatives, and collect data and feedback on these programs. The new coordinator will attend professional development sessions and will also help refine the curricula of existing programs and develop a new program for high school students. The addition of the new position will enable the executive director to focus on development and strengthening the board. With expanded capacity, the museum expects to build broader partnerships and reach a larger audience as it helps to strengthen the appreciation of African American history and culture in the region.
The National Civil Rights Museum will offer learning experiences for its staff and build skills of young African American students to address the lack of minorities in the museum field. Over a two-year period, the museum will offer a scholarship opportunity for its frontline staff members, allowing two individuals per year to attend the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) conference, accompanied by an administrative staff member as mentor. The museum will also re-structure its internship application process and provide twelve paid intern positions. One intern per year will attend the AAAM annual conference. Project activities will also include expanded professional development opportunities for all museum divisions. By providing networking opportunities and a variety of learning experiences, the museum hopes to inspire the longer-term pursuit of museum careers by fostering a deeper understanding of museum work, while building its own pipeline of future professionals and leaders.