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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.