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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the technical expertise and leadership skills needed to develop a collections management plan to properly care for the historical documents and artifacts that tell the story of the Hawaiian Africana early settlers and their descendants.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.
The Museum of African American History will continue to improve collections management procedures and stabilize its collection, while fostering continued institutional growth through a more comprehensive understanding of its holdings. The museum will work with consultants to catalogue, complete data entry, and otherwise manage the collections at its primary storage location, containing over 85 percent of the collections. Museum staff and interns will reconcile the resulting inventory and complete a final draft of institutional accession and deaccession policies. Museum staff will select and train two interns from local universities to assist with this work. Project activities will include the purchase of software, hardware, and materials and supplies to support the proper handling, storage, and cataloging of the objects and artifacts.
The Museum of the African Diaspora will expand its Emerging Artists Program, which provides San Francisco Bay Area artists an opportunity to present solo exhibitions of their work in a museum setting. The rotating schedule of exhibitions - highlighting art work about the history and culture of the peoples of Africa, the African American experience, and the African Diaspora - will feature the work of eight emerging artists selected by a panel of museum staff, local contemporary and fine arts experts, and community partners. In addition to planning and installing the works, each artist will present a gallery talk or performance. The program is designed to provide the artists with a deeper understanding of how to navigate arts as a career. During the two-year grant period, the museum will increase its financial and professional support for the artists, while expanding the program through partnerships with nearby organizations.
The National Blues Museum's Keeping the Blues Alive digitization project will increase the accessibility of its growing collections that document America's blues heritage. The collections include video recordings of live performances and public programs and educational presentations, as well as the Spitzer Collection of blues photographs and recordings. A digital archivist will oversee the project by identifying and purchasing equipment and supplies; developing and implementing a plan for digitization, video editing, and cataloguing the collections; and be responsible for metadata, authority control, quality control and establishing internal protocol for processing new materials. A collaborative project team will determine the specific number and types of materials to be digitized and the number of hours of video recordings to be processed. The team will also establish priorities for processing the backlog of materials. Staff training and both internal and external evaluation will be incorporated as part of the work plan.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem will catalog, reformat, and create metadata for its Harlem Speaks oral history videos, making them available for viewing to a worldwide audience. The professionally recorded videos include historic conversations with legendary figures in jazz. Working with a team of staff members and a graduate-level college intern, a moving image archivist will help the museum develop proper workflow, formatting, indexing, metadata standards, and long-term storage and maintenance guidelines. The team will convert 208 unedited videos to a non-proprietary, lossless digital format, and make them accessible through the museum's website and interactive touchscreens at its Visitors Center. A noted videographer will lend expertise to edit approximately 25 of the Harlem Speaks videos, prioritizing those in the worst condition and oldest formats, followed by those expected to attract the most public interest. The project will enable people of all ages and backgrounds to develop a deeper understanding of the musical and cultural impact of jazz.
The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission will develop a collection research and interpretation plan to reveal the still-hidden history of the early 18th century shipwreck--Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge. The famous ship was previously a French slave vessel, La Concorde, from Nantes, France - a leading slave trade port in the 18th century. A 12-week summer research fellowship will focus on reviewing, re-assessing, and identifying and analyzing artifacts already recovered that have the potential to reveal more of the ship's history. The project team will purchase equipment to enable a broader range of elements to be accurately detected. The research fellow and one staff member will travel to Nantes to study French archives regarding the ship's origins, its provisioning, and peoples, and to develop contacts with conservators, curators, archaeologists, and educators with similar research interests. Staff will enhance the ship's website and present at two public programs to share the ship's history and its interpretation from an African American perspective.
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center will create a digital collection database to allow greater public accessibility to its collection of 1,000 artifacts, sound recordings, photos, and documents relating to local and regional African American history and culture. A nine-month fellowship will provide professional museum collections and curatorial experience to a local graduate student or PhD candidate. A consultant will present a series of four workshops for the fellow and museum staff on best practices for collections acquisition; handling, preservation, and maintenance of objects; describing and cataloguing items; and capturing and scanning high quality images of objects and documents in alignment with industry standards and best practices. Additional collections storage equipment will be purchased for the museum's off-site storage facility, where staff will conduct an audit of current holdings. An external evaluator will measure the museum's success in achieving project goals.
The School Board of Marion County, Florida, will provide enhanced opportunities for area students and residents to learn more about the African American history of the region by expanding access to the collections of The Black Archives of Marion County. A special exhibition housed at the Silver River Museum and Educational Center will include key artifacts that will become a part of the center's curriculum for all fourth and fifth graders in Marion County totaling over 6,000 students. A touch screen kiosk with text, images, and video clips about significant people, places and events relating to regional Black History will be installed. The remaining collection will continue to be housed within the Howard Academy Community Center - once the first African American school in the county - allowing easier access for community members and students researching their ancestors or local history.
The Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum, in partnership with the Robert "Bob" Hicks Foundation, will locate, collect and digitize all available primary source materials related to the history of the Robert Hicks House and the 1906 Mill House and make these materials accessible to the public through an online digital archive. The houses offered safe havens to civil rights workers and functioned as medical triage centers for injured activists denied treatment at local hospitals during the Civil Rights Era and continued to play a significant role in the history of the civil rights movement in Louisiana. An advisory committee will work with the project director to coordinate activities with a variety of consultants to research the history of the houses; acquire materials for digitization; record oral histories; purchase equipment to support project activities; build and design a website; and create a series of six historical brochures to be distributed at local museums and libraries, welcome centers, and schools.
The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University will conserve four rare books identified as critically important for interpretation of its collection. Professional book conservators will conserve and rehouse the books. Two of the books are examples of published works that perpetuated stereotypical representations of African Americans: The Story of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman and Black Samson: A Narrative of Old Kentucky by Samuel Fletcher. The other two books are works by African American authors Frances E.W. Harper and Charles Spurgeon Johnson. In addition to the treatment, a facsimile will be made of Black Samson in order to minimize handling of the very fragile original while continuing to ensure access to its content. In addition to their use by students and faculty at Temple University, these books are often used in the permanent and temporary exhibits displayed at the Blockson Collection. The stabilization of these four books will significantly increase their accessibility to researchers and the public.
The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University will develop two traveling exhibits highlighting the nonviolent protests associated with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was organized to overcome unconstitutional segregation laws on public transportation. The Legacy of Rosa Parks exhibit will provide an overview of the history of the museum, the life of Mrs. Parks, the success of the boycott, and the relevance of nonviolent disobedience today. The Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott exhibit will focus on five courageous women of the boycott. The exhibits will be displayed in schools, universities, churches, public libraries, and museums. The project team will consult with local teachers to develop a supplementary K-12 curriculum and outreach programming, and create interactive learning activities that will be presented on iPads for visitors of the exhibits. Both formative and summative evaluation will guide the project and measure its success in achieving goals.
Tuskegee University's Legacy Museum will improve the stewardship of its collections by implementing the recommendations of a collections storage and environmental assessment report. The museum will purchase metal shelves and an art rack system for its collection of paintings and historic dioramas. Collections will be relocated to storage locations to facilitate the installation of the art rack system and to maximize space. Tuskegee University students will assist in reorganizing and restocking the collections onto the new shelving and art rack system - these students recently participated in a partnership program between Yale University and the Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries aimed at increasing diversity in the cultural heritage and art conservation fields. Throughout the project, the museum will continue to consult with the author of its assessment report to benchmark progress and ensure best practices.
The Withers Collection Museum and Gallery will identify and digitize its collection of sports-related images as part of an ongoing project to create a comprehensive online image database and finding aid to fulfill research requests received from writers, film makers, students and researchers. The sports collection covers several sports and represents some of the oldest work of photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers, dating back to 1948, when he began capturing images of teams in the Negro Baseball League. The collection includes images of Jackie Robinson, Samuel "The Jet" Jethroe, and Luke Easter that are unknown to public audiences. The project team will work closely with the Negro League Committee and members of the Society of Baseball Researchers to identify people and teams represented in the historic images. Other community resources and subject matter experts will be consulted, as needed, to identify people in other sports images.