You are here
Awarded Grants Search
The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will complete the development, installation, and opening of the exhibition, "Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World." The grant will support costs for the exhibition's installation, a range of educational programs for schools and the public, and an accompanying catalog, which will document the project and include brief texts by artists, curators, biologists, ecologists, and philosophers. The exhibition will explore humankind's deep connection and fascination with the plant kingdom through works from the museum's collections, as well as loaned and commissioned works. Specific themes will include artists' study of plant forms, including the mathematical underpinnings of plant morphology; historic and contemporary plant lore; art dealing with botanical aspects of ecological sustainability; and plants in a post-human world expressed by bio-mechanical plant hybrids.
WOW! Children's Museum will fabricate, install, and evaluate an inclusive exhibition, "Forest of Light," to encourage play between young children of all abilities. With guidance from occupational therapists, the exhibition will transform a room in the museum into a dark and quiet forest. Soundproofing will lower the volume in the room and provide a needed respite for families, while still providing a sensory rich environment in which children can explore and learn. The exhibition will be welcoming and engaging for both neurotypical children and those with sensory processing disorders, and will educate parents and caregivers on the benefits of sensory rich environments for child development.
In response to rapidly shifting demographics in Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center will work with community partners to sustain and expand its "Teens Programs," a nationally-recognized model for actively engaging youth with contemporary art and artists. Through recent research and program evaluations, the Walker has identified four new strategies to sustain and broaden access to these programs: The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC), providing teens with artistic development and leadership opportunities; workshops with a particular focus on developing digital artmaking skills and high school credit recovery for graduation; events and partnerships, expanding access to contemporary art and supporting a dynamic youth community; and WACTAC alumni engagement, sustaining the long-term effect of the teen programs and inspiring lifelong arts participation. Program participation and free teen admission will result in total teen attendance of more than 80,000 annually over the three-year grant period, representing 14 percent of the institution's overall audience.
The Discovery Museums will modify or rebuild 10 popular exhibition components with a goal of serving a larger and more diverse audience. "Exhibits for All: The Inclusion Project" will begin with an analysis of the current accessibility of the museum's exhibitions, using a combination of observation and visitor surveys to determine baseline levels of engagement with and interest in key exhibition content. Staff will select those exhibitions that present challenges to engagement for visitors with disabilities and modify or rebuild them to maximize opportunities for audiences of all abilities to engage with exhibitions independently, build essential skills, and play alongside peers. The museum will invite expert accessibility advisors to review and measure the effectiveness of the work, providing opportunities for remediation and continued improvement. Successful, cost-effective strategies for accessibility-based exhibition refurbishment will be disseminated as a resource for other small and mid-sized museums that wish to improve their inclusivity profile but face budgetary constraints.
The Science Center of Iowa will update its 10-year-old gallery, "What on Earth," to tell the story of how Iowa's habitats and animals are connected to each other and to humans. New exhibition components will include touch specimens, interactive elements, and an integrated storyline that connects the living specimens to the broader context of a delicate and changing ecosystem. The project will support the final phase of exhibition update, including the further development of specific content and experiences through an evaluative process, and the fabrication and installation of exhibitions, labels, and graphics. The museum will partner with the Science Museum of Minnesota to conduct a summative evaluation of the new content and experiences geared to a core audience of students in grades 3-5 and their caregivers.
The Children's Museum at La Habra's Lil' Innovators Early Childhood STEM project will increase STEM skill and engagement among early childhood preschool teachers, disadvantaged preschoolers, and their parents. Delivered in partnership with three of La Habra's Head Start and California State Preschool program schools, the project will provide 224 preschoolers and 20 teachers with a year-long program offering increased developmental skills in STEM for underserved, low-income Hispanic students who are primarily English Language Learners. Teacher outcomes will include improved strategies for teaching STEM and increased teaching quality of STEM subjects. Parent outcomes include increased belief in the importance of STEM and increased ability to support their child's STEM learning. The standards-based education project will improve the museum's ability to serve its public by creating a community of practice consisting of a network of administrators, educators, and evaluators who will work together to improve the quality of STEM education for the youngest learners in this academically-challenged community.
The STEAM Para Todos project will transform a prominent exhibit in the Marbles Kids Museum into a vibrant space that fosters culturally relevant STEAM learning and exploration for all museum visitors, particularly the growing Hispanic, dual-language learner population in Wake County, N.C. The three-year project will involve research, testing, design, installation, and evaluation. The museum will work with the school system, STEM partners, the local arts community, and organizations engaged with the Hispanic community to develop the exhibit. Guiding the project will be a community of practice, comprised of museum professionals; researchers with expertise in STEAM education, dual language learners, and culturally responsive informal learning; partners from STEM businesses; creative arts organizations; the Wake County Public School System; and stakeholders from the exhibit's intended audience. Project partners include Wake County Public School System, Que Pasa, US2020, Visual Arts Exchange, North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals, and Google Fiber.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum will expand the reach of its educational programming from students in elementary grades to include middle and high school students as well. The museum will present on-site workshops and outreach programs on history, art, and STEM topics for third through twelfth grade students for a minimum of 30 classes annually during the two-year project. Programming emphasis will be placed on New York State and Common Core curriculum and will use primary source materials and museum artifacts. The museum will also produce and publish a classroom teacher resource kit on its website with lesson plans, pre- and post- visit activities, and evaluation tools.
Mystic Aquarium will develop, fabricate, and install an interactive, multimedia and fully ADA-compliant exhibition to educate diverse audiences about Long Island Sound and its watersheds. The "Connections to Long Island Sound" exhibition will include an interactive water table, naturalistic "touch pool," digital content on kiosks and tablets, wall graphics, and a photographic gallery. Aquarium staff will work with a diverse group of partners to develop exhibition content intended to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education, and research. Surveys will be administered to primary audiences to evaluate the exhibition's ability to achieve the desired outcomes.
The Wild Center will undertake a collaborative project to enrich science learning by incorporating traditional ecological knowledge, new perspectives, and Native American culture in exhibitions and program offerings. A team of project partners includes the Six Nations Indian Museum, the Akwesasne Cultural Center, the Indigenous Education Institute,; and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The team will develop new experiences and reinterpret exhibitions at The Wild Center; present portions of these new elements at the Six Nations museum and Akwesasne Cultural Center; train and share interns; and install a traveling exhibition created by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, "Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science," that complements these efforts. Evaluators skilled in bridging western and indigenous knowledge will support the training of museum professionals and provide more inclusive, accessible learning opportunities for visitors.
The Garfield Park Conservatory will launch a new initiative to expand and improve its offerings for local students and teachers with a focus on meeting the needs of Title I schools and under-served schools on Chicago's West Side. The new Student Engagement and Educational Development (SEED) program is designed to enhance the quality of fieldtrip experiences for PreK-8 students visiting the conservatory; support teachers in planning and connecting their conservatory fieldtrips to their classroom studies; align fieldtrip content to Next Generation Science Standards; provide increased access to STEM-based fieldtrips for the city's Title I schools; and connect under-resourced schools on Chicago's West Side more deeply to the conservatory. This program will build the organization's capacity to serve more students and teachers each year, and make the conservatory more appealing to teachers, more engaging for students, and easier to access for low-income schools that struggle to provide their students fieldtrip experiences.
Boston Children's Museum will redesign and build a new PlaySpace that draws on evidence-based science and the current knowledge of early childhood development, particularly infants' and toddlers' surprisingly sophisticated understanding of the world around them. The new PlaySpace will offer visitors creative, flexible environments that address a child's developmental needs coupled with numerous observation points for parents to learn about their child's interests and the importance of their attention to their child's learning experience. The museum's resident research scientists will gain a productive space for conducting new research and the opportunity to share their findings with parents. The children's museum field will gain a new model of early learning exhibitions based on the latest research. Originally opened in 1978, PlaySpace provides a prime setting for converting theoretical research into developmentally appropriate activities and positive parenting practices. Components of the project will be disseminated and packaged as exhibition kits for use by other museums.
Ford's Theatre Society will expand the National Oratory Fellows program, a professional development program for teachers of middle and high school students nationwide. Inspired by President Abraham Lincoln's powerful oratory, the National Oratory Fellows program has developed a professional learning community to provide teachers with a range of new classroom strategies to integrate primary source analysis with oratory performance in order to enhance their students' academic achievement, foster citizen leadership, and cultivate empathy. The project will serve 40 teacher Fellows, who will teach over 4,000 students throughout the grant period. Another estimated 400-500 teachers who teach approximately 20,000 students will participate in professional development workshops. A comprehensive assessment of three fellowship cycles will be conducted to validate the program model. Additional project activities include the expansion of resources available to teachers across the country and the dissemination of findings about the program among educators and museum professionals through the museum's website and in conference presentations.
The Briar Bush Nature Center will install new exhibitions in its Griscom Bird Observatory to maximize its potential as a viable teaching space. Based on previously funded design work and input through meetings and focus groups with staff, volunteers, and members, the new exhibitions will help visitors observe and learn about birds and their importance to ecosystems and biodiversity; facilitate visitors' participation in citizen science by recording their observations; and encourage visitors to create their own backyard habitat. Refinements will be made in the exhibition's components based on pre- and post-surveys administered to visitors, school groups, and program groups.
The Habitot Children's Museum will renovate its Rocketship and Mission Control exhibition to increase functionality, making it more accessible and interactive for parents, caregivers, and children. With input from the community and a professional advisory group of museum professionals, early learning specialists, space scientists and parents, the museum will refurbish, update, and improve exhibition access for children with special needs by completing previously identified universal design requirements; adding interactive components that support young children's need for open-ended, play-based experiences to build strong STEM learning foundations; and addressing adult visitors' needs to have defined roles in exhibition spaces to better engage with their children. A customized, observation-based evaluation tool will be used to measure the identified project outcomes.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will grow its Leadership and Education Development (Teen LEAD) program to increase its effectiveness on teens, their families, and their schools. Teen LEAD includes museum tours and classroom lessons tied to Common Core Standards targeting 21st century skills development, and college and workforce readiness; a student docent program, training teens to be gallery guides for their peers visiting the museum, instilling leadership skills and modeling them for their classmates; and a youth council giving teens paraprofessional experience learning about museum practices, budgeting, marketing, and evaluation. Combined with an earlier pilot phase of the program, the museum will produce five years of data to be shared as a replicable model with other organizations seeking to engage teen audiences.
The Hands On Children's Museum will build on two of its most distinctive features-an Outdoor Discovery Center and a Young Makers program-to create a Nature Makers program. The interdisciplinary project will link nature-based learning with maker activities that use natural materials. Partnerships with Native American tribes, scientists, maker groups, and others will enrich the staff-led offerings. Nature Makers addresses two of the most significant needs in early learning-inspiring early STEM education and connecting children with the outdoors. Nature Makers will increase children's exposure to outdoor tinkering to build the foundation for STEM success in school; educate parents, caregivers, and teachers about the important role outdoor exploration plays in STEM achievement; and stimulate children's curiosity about the natural world and increase the time they spend outside. Evaluation findings will be shared internally to inform continuous improvement of program offerings, and externally to serve as a model for outdoor making activities.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will integrate unaccredited, home-based preschool care providers and the low-income families they serve into Philadelphia's initiative to increase the number of preschool education facilities and make high-quality pre-K instruction available to all children (Universal Pre-K). The project outputs include: an interdisciplinary pre-K curriculum that fosters knowledge and skill building in science, math, and literacy as well as positive social-emotional development; professional development workshops and one-on-one training with museum educators for childcare staff, followed by networking and alliance-building; and seven free Celebrate Pre-K Learning Days at the museum for families to learn about the importance of school readiness in science, math, and literacy and practice using free family learning kits that support these skills. The new citywide partnership, managed by the museum, is called Science and Literacy for Success and is supported by a robust number of partnerships with local social service and education agencies.
The Arab American National Museum will increase its educational outreach programming about Arabs, Arab Americans, and Islam to regions of southeastern Michigan. The museum will provide comprehensive educational resources and tools, underwrite fieldtrips to the museum, and offer off-site workshops to under-resourced school districts in the targeted regions of the state. Professional development and cultural competency programming will include workshops on educational approaches to culture and diversity for teachers, district leaders, and school administrators; cultural competency workshops for K-12 schools from across metro Detroit and outlying areas; and off-site half-day workshops in K-12 schools in rural and ex-urban areas of Michigan that are isolated from, but adjacent to, large immigrant and refugee communities. A new comprehensive booklet about Arabs and Arab American culture will be made available online, free of charge, to the general public and distributed as part of the museum's free educational resource material for educators.
As it embarks on opening a new facility, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo will launch the "Access From the Ground Up" project to make the new facility and exhibitions accessible to everyone, and provide science learning opportunities to children with physical and developmental disabilities. The museum and zoo will build relationships with the Inclusion Collaborative of the Santa Clara County Office of Education and other partner organizations that serve visitors with disabilities; provide seven intensive training and professional development opportunities for staff members and volunteers to heighten their knowledge about contemporary access issues; and prototype, test, build, and remediate 27 new permanent exhibitions. The project will address the lack of quality STEM experiences for the growing number of children with a variety of disabilities, and is intended to serve as a national model for inclusion for museums and zoos of all types and sizes.
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum will collaborate with the University of Illinois to evaluate and improve the experience of visitors in its Real Tools makerspace exhibition area. The project will produce a syllabus for training staff in open-ended facilitation and build staff capacity to create and use evaluations, which will ultimately affect all the museum's programming. Project activities will strengthen the museum's relationship with the University of Illinois, and provide museum staff the opportunity to learn from the university's expertise in evaluation, makerspaces, art education, and more.
The Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University (MSU) will update its exhibition space with a new display featuring its collection of meteorites, which includes seven specimens of the 10 known Michigan meteorites. Project staff will work with consultants and partners from MSU, including the MSU Museum, School of Journalism, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The exhibition will respond to visitor surveys expressing interest in content on the solar system and space travel and will expand the ways in which the planetarium educators can engage visitors with space science. The planetarium will create both tangible and media-based interactive components to engage visitors as well as a web-based version of the exhibition. A graphic designer and label writer will be hired to assist with exhibit design and installation.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West will work with advisory groups and an external exhibit design firm to renovate and reinstall the Cody Firearms Museum, a 22,500-square-foot gallery. The reinstallation will feature six thematic areas with educational interpretation and media interactives that put firearms into the larger context of history while still providing the technical information of interest to collectors. Renamed "The Tools of Our Endeavors," the new gallery will feature more than 4,500 firearms and related ephemera. The goal of the reinstallation is to attract visitors of all ages and interest levels by telling the stories of people associated with the firearms and how firearms were used through meaningful interpretation using interactive displays, video, audio, and hands-on activities. The project has been guided by a preliminary evaluation process, and summative evaluation will be conducted upon opening of the new gallery.
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) will expand its local and national strategy for teen arts programs by engaging 5,000 Boston-area teens in out-of-school programs that provide creative, safe spaces, and support teens' artistic growth, social and emotional well-being, and development of skills for life and school. The museum will also host a conference that will bring together a larger, national audience of 300 educators, advocates, scholars, artists, philanthropists, policy makers, health professionals, and youth to collectively envision a future for teen empowerment through the arts, and strengthen a network of advocates for teen arts programming. The conference will be followed by a culminating publication and online content that will be distributed widely. IMLS support will help the ICA serve high-need Boston teens, evaluate outcomes, and extend its expertise on a topic critical to local and national audiences.
The USS Constitution Museum will transform the interpretive endeavors of two separate entities through a strategic alliance with the U.S. Navy's USS Constitution. The All Aboard project will integrate experiences to take place both on board the ship and in the museum for the first time to maximize learning. Four new school and one out-of-school fieldtrip programs will be created featuring onboard and in museum experiences. Three additional family programs will be developed to engage adults and children together. The project will offer free programs and transportation for Boston students in and out of school, and provide the ship's crew members and the museum facilitators history, interpretation, and accessibility training needed to connect students and families with the story of the USS Constitution. All Aboard will offer new opportunities for diverse and underserved audiences to explore the ship through dynamic, immersive, and interactive programs informed by the museum's expertise in historical narrative and informal learning.
Zoo Knoxville will plan, design, and install a new herpetology learning exhibition to improve the educational and interpretive experience for visitors to its reptile and amphibian collection. In partnership with the Knox County School District, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Nature Conservancy, the zoo will create a Herpetology Learning Center featuring indoor, outdoor, and structured classroom spaces for interactive learning. Project activities will include qualitative and quantitative evaluation, planning and visioning, benchmarking visits to museums and conferences; while also creating design development, fabrication, and installation of the new learning experience scheduled to open in spring 2020.
The Thomas Cole Historic House will complete phase two of an interactive multimedia installation and reinvent the interpretation of the home and studios of 19th century artist Thomas Cole. The museum will create and install new innovative, permanent interpretive exhibitions that engage audiences with the issues raised by Thomas Cole's life, art, and writings. The project stems from the museum's ongoing efforts to investigate new ways to interpret historic houses by applying the creativity and interactivity used in other fields and incorporating it in the context of a 19th century environment. Through consultations with curators, historic preservationists, educators, and exhibit designers, the museum will continue testing measures to protect irreplaceable artifacts while enabling public interaction through hands-on activities at the historic site.. The proposed exhibition elements will be designed to attract a broader audience, providing insights into America's cultural history and how that history relates to present day.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will launch a large-scale mobile outreach program that will travel to public schools, libraries, and tribal communities throughout rural New Mexico. In partnership with state and local organizations, the museum will contract and train mobile museum interpreters; fabricate the modular exhibit; produce and disseminate pre-visit teacher materials; and design and perform impact surveys to measure and assess the project's educational outcomes. The mobile museum will engage up to 10,000 K-8 students annually, in all the state's 33 counties, in the arts, culture, history and science of the indigenous tribes of New Mexico. The project will prioritize elementary schools that are the lowest academic performers and those in remote and rural communities that have little or no access to museums.
The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art will produce an interpretive multimedia tour of 50 artworks from the museum's permanent collection. The guide will highlight the contributions of women as the museum's founders and the focus of much of its collecting over the last 25 years. The museum will contract with a creator of audio and multimedia museum guides to undertake all aspects of the production of the 60-minute interpretive guide. Working closely with community advisors, the museum will guide the development of a script, hire voice-over talent, record designated staff members and oversee editing of the final guide including images, music, sound effects and video. The guide will be accessible through visitors' smartphones or through multimedia devices designed specifically to deliver museum content.
The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library will expand and strengthen its Teaching Vonnegut teacher training workshop. Established in 2011 at the request of local teachers, the free workshop educates participants about how to teach Vonnegut's works effectively, and has served 75 teachers, reaching more than 10,000 students in 16 states. IMLS funding will allow the museum to improve its online education resources, recruit teachers from more low-performing schools, and double the number of participants in its annual workshop. Through these online resources, the museum will reach more than 5,000 additional teachers and students by 2020.
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden will implement a cultural arts pilot program featuring museum visits and classroom workshops for culturally underserved students from grades 4-6 in an economically depressed section of the Bronx, New York. The project will address the lack of arts teachers in local schools, the development of visual literacy, critical thinking skills, and historical empathy through the arts. The focal point of the project will be an intensive school-museum program serving an estimated 360 children. Museum staff, volunteers, and classroom teachers will participate in training prior to beginning the program. A culminating family day for parents, caregivers, and the students will provide an opportunity for students to display their art work produced during the project. An evaluation consultant will use surveys, interviews with teachers, and other tools to measure the project's success in achieving outcomes for students.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff will complete an interactive outdoor exhibition to provide relevant and science-based climate change information to its northern Arizona audience, as well as visitors from throughout the state. Project activities include the addition of three kiosks to the climate change exhibition; developing standards-based curriculum guides for educators to assist them with both onsite and classroom instruction for students in grades 6-8; and the development of new webpage interfaces designed to make data files and curriculum guides readily available. The climate change center will engage students and general audiences in the STEM components of real-time climate change research, interpretation, and mitigation.
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will maintain and expand its school fieldtrip program to meet increasing demand from schools in the region. IMLS funds will support a part-time educational assistant to work with the Curator of Education to provide a range of programming focused on preserving and promoting the traditional culture and arts of the Appalachian Mountains. Education staff members will participate in professional development opportunities at the Cherokee History and Culture Institute to learn techniques related to Native American crafts. The project also includes funding to support discounted admissions and transportation assistance for area schools visiting the center on fieldtrips.
The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho will expand its ARTworks educational outreach program for elementary school classrooms in eastern Idaho. The museum will send artist instructors into 100 third and fourth grade public school classrooms to present grade-relevant lessons aligned with the Idaho Humanities Achievement Standards. Lessons are related to current museum exhibitions and provide hands-on exploration of art processes, art history, and art appreciation as well as technical instruction. The program will deliver an additional 90 art lessons for K-6 students in rural schools that have limited access to resources in the arts. The ARTworks program also includes follow-up guided tours of the museum, free quarterly family days with hands-on art making lessons for the public, and summer professional development workshops for teachers to help them integrate art into the curriculum. The ARTworks program culminates each spring with a two-week exhibit at the museum exclusively featuring children's art from schools across the region.
The Audubon Naturalist Society will develop a Visitor Interpretive Experience Plan for its Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, Maryland. A core planning team of staff members will be trained in interpretive planning and will work collaboratively with external consultants to develop the plan. The work will include determining processes for discovery, concept development, and development of draft and final plan documents with internal and external input. The process of developing an interpretive plan will enable the center to gain a deeper understanding of the needs, interests, and motivations of its current visitors as well as identifying and targeting potential new audiences. A constructive evaluation will be used to determine any necessary modifications to the staff development aspects of the project.
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring will partner with Mid-Cumberland Head Start to launch the SPARK! Head Start program to reach under-resourced early learners, families, and teachers in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Building on its successful STEM programming that integrates science with children's books, the museum will increase connections between science and literacy skills for 132 pre-K children ages three to five, and enhance the capacity of 16 teachers and two administrators within Rutherford County. Head Start will integrate and embed literacy and science process skills through hands-on STEM activities linked to children's literature and best practices. The project will also include programming designed to increase family engagement in STEM at the museum and at partnering Head Start centers.
The McColl Center for Art + Innovation will inaugurate a new artist residency track and exhibition series called SHIFTS + LEAPS that centers on the process of transformation. The center's art residency programs are designed to increase synergy between the residency and the museum's exhibition programs, and to enhance the visitor experience by providing regular opportunities to engage with visiting artists and the creative process. IMLS funds will support the museum's winter/spring 2018 residency which will feature a multidisciplinary artist and environmental activist. All visitors will be able to see the artist's work in progress and repeat visitors will be able to witness shifts in the work or participate in its evolution. A robust program schedule, including visits from grade school and university classes, will provide avenues for critical thinking and engagement with the artist.
The Springfield Museum of Art will increase public access, knowledge, and use of the 325 prints in its permanent collection by partnering with the Dayton Printmakers Cooperative. The Print Positives: Rediscovering and Using Our Print Collection project will include study sessions and research assistance from the printmakers to enable museum staff to develop an exhibition of prints from the permanent collection. The museum's assistant curator will work with small groups of experienced printmakers to examine prints for condition issues, create high-resolution images of the entire print collection, and identify selected prints for further research. The project will also include the creation of art education programs in collaboration with the Dayton Printmakers, and the enhancement of collections records for posting to OhioLink's Digital Resource Commons, providing access to artists, scholars, and others in the museum field.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will collaborate with local and regional partners to strengthen its Museum Memories program, designed to make the museum accessible and relevant to those with dementia and their care partners. The Museum Memories team will research, plan, and implement program elements to identify the challenges in working with this population as well as evaluate successes and communicate results. The museum will contract with teaching artists to deliver the art-making portion of the program; purchase necessary supplies; and expand marketing of the program, including website updates. The project will also help to support free lifetime memberships to the museum for patients with dementia and their care partners. Through dialogue, questioning methodologies, writing, guided tours, and art-making projects, participants will access the museum's collection in a uniquely customized manner.
The Burlington County Historical Society will work with a museum education consultant and local teachers to develop and test improvements to school-group experiential learning. The museum will conduct teacher focus groups and design workshops to co-create and prototype an experience for elementary school classes in its 18th century historic house, based on the interactive exhibition, "The How Family at Home." The result will be refreshed themes, improved curriculum materials, and activities for more relevant and self-directed, student-centered learning. The project will build the museum's capacity to attract and serve a larger public school audience while also improving experiences for its public programs and walk-in visitors.
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will partner with the Elizabeth Public Schools to develop the capacity of museum educators and teachers to utilize visual art and the experience of visiting a museum to engage and empower immigrant students. The CALTA21 Professional Development Institute will provide training for museum staff and 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade English Language Learners (ELL) teachers from the Elizabeth Schools. This visual literacy approach to object-centered and museum-based education, which includes the use of personal narratives, has proven effective in developing language and when integrated with current ELL best practices. The training will enable the partners to develop plans to implement the CALTA21's Identity, Portraiture and Photography curriculum during the 2017-18 school year in support of the museum's ongoing efforts to more fully engage its underserved inner city community.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center will update its exhibition on the Yavapai-Apache Nation to better educate the public about the history and culture of these Native American people. The museum will work closely with the Yavapai-Apache Nation's cultural directors and archaeologist to determine the storyline and, content of the new exhibition, and collect historical photographs and documents. The intent of the exhibition will be to provide a better public understanding and appreciation of the ancestral and current Yavapai and Apache who have been in the Verde Valley since 2,000 B.C. With the involvement of younger groups in the project, the museum hopes to increase the pride of the Nation's youth in their history and languages.
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History will actively manage Abbott Square, a new town plaza in Santa Cruz that will address the county's need for a creative space to host community-driven, public events. During the two-year project, the museum will work with 5-10 existing collaborators and 20-30 new collaborators to support the development, production, promotion, and evaluation of more than 100 community-led festivals, events, and activities. The museum staff will create a handbook about this community-driven program model for prospective collaborators, and create a digital toolkit for colleagues managing comparable public outdoor sites.
The Da Vinci Science Center will expand its Women in Science and Engineering Network by partnering with community organizations, colleges, and universities to enhance the STEM learning and support ecosystem for women and girls in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities in eastern Pennsylvania. The museum will assess the needs of K-12 girls, undergraduate women, and women in STEM employment, and map opportunities for cross-sector collaborations to support them. The project team will identify marketing and recruitment messages that encourage STEM-interested girls and women to participate in programs and follow developmental pathways within a STEM learning ecosystem. Based on identified needs and messages, the museum will pilot and evaluate new STEM programs for girls and women, and train educators and mentors to sustain this work.
The San Diego Museum of Man will engage with the Kumeyaay Nation to build the museum's capacity to engage the federally recognized tribe as a partner in decisions about collections, exhibitions, and programs. The museum will hire a director of decolonization, and a project collections manager to implement a comprehensive series of activities including forums for community dialogue, and the development of community-driven exhibitions and programs; audience development and community outreach; audience research and evaluation; and training for staff, volunteers, and interns in community outreach and engagement. The project will engage representatives of all 12 bands of the Kumeyaay Nation to revitalize elements of their cultural heritage, control their own historic legacy, reinforce tribal sovereignty, and retain authority in decision making related to their material culture.
San Diego Zoo Global will increase the number of zoos, aquariums, and children's health care facilities throughout the United States that are partnering to benefit hospitalized children and their parents. The zoo will extend the reach of its San Diego Zoo Kids program, a 24-hour, commercial-free broadcast channel that combines video from zoos and aquariums to create educational and entertaining animal stories that children and their parents can experience during their stay in a children's hospital, pediatric facility, Ronald McDonald House, or hospice center. The zoo will expand this programming for 75 additional pediatric facilities, reaching a million additional children. The project will also forge new partnerships between zoos, aquariums, and hospitals located in close proximity to one another so they can work together to benefit their communities. Ongoing evaluation of the channel will be integrated into the project plan to provide data to be used to monitor, improve, and measure the project's effectiveness.
The Crocker Art Museum will collaborate with multiple community partners to launch Block by Block 2.0, an arts engagement project designed to help with revitalization efforts in its surrounding high-poverty urban neighborhood. Block by Block 2.0 will bring the Art Ark mobile museum to 10 locations in the community, in addition to providing pop-up art education experiences at community events; increased opportunities for jobs for local artists by highlighting them in a quarterly online magazine; and paid internships for youth with the goal of reducing the adverse childhood effects, which may include abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, experienced by young people living in the area. An Art Impact Collective team comprised of community partners will guide project activities, and evaluations will be conducted. The project will provide local residents with meaningful arts experiences that increase civic pride and cultural awareness.
The Science Museum of Minnesota will create a 450-square-foot version of its award-winning "RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibition for distribution to rural areas and communities in Minnesota, and adjacent regions in Iowa, eastern North and South Dakota, and northern Wisconsin. The museum will produce four replicas of the exhibition for museums and partner organizations, and collaborate with community groups to develop supporting programming specific to identified community needs. Programs will include facilitated reflective dialogues for groups of adults and students; a leadership institute with representatives from each host community; an educator guide for secondary school teachers; and a variety of workshops and arts presentations to extend conversations about race and racism. Like the original RACE exhibition, these condensed exhibitions will encourage visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday effects of race and racism through a combination of artifacts, historic and contemporary photography, multimedia components, and interactive activities.
Philadelphia's Asian Arts Initiative will foster the exchange of ideas and dialogue, examining the Asian American experience both from the artist and audience points of view by developing and presenting an array of programs based in the rapidly changing neighborhood of Chinatown North. The three-year project will produce nine visual art exhibitions; 30 First Friday or other public programming events; six community-engaged artist residencies; an annual Pearl Street Block Party; 15 pop-up projects; a permanent piece of public art; and additional program related collateral material such as catalogs, blogs, or essays. The multiple activities, combined with a collaborative neighborhood process including community meetings and public engagement sessions, will result in a Chinatown North Cultural Plan.
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) will expand its work engaging local residents with the arts as a catalyst for civic engagement and community transformation. The museum will address needs expressed by community members to participate in visual arts programs that delve deeper into issues relevant to their lives and their community such as health, social justice, popular culture, immigration, economic equity, and citizenship in a globalized world. The museum will provide up to 250 Latino artists with paid honoraria; provide 12 visual art exhibitions; create curatorial internship opportunities for students of color; and expand public programs designed to enhance cultural opportunities and civic engagement through the visual arts. The project will strengthen MACLA's capacity and visibility as a regional arts center with the proven ability to translate its artistic practices into successful community building strategies. The curatorial internship program will support the broader field of contemporary Latino curators.