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The University of Washington Information School, in partnership with the state library, King County Library System, and Echo Glen Children's Center for Juvenile Rehabilitation in Snoqualmie, will develop a three-part digital arts education program for youth in juvenile rehabilitation. The project aims to provide leadership opportunities to incarcerated youth by providing them access to the digital arts and virtual reality industry. The project team will begin building a coalition and mapping community assets to identify key figures in the community who can work with incarcerated youth and facilitate digital arts education. For the second part of the project, the team will co-design and present a workshop for youth to create concept art and stories for virtual reality. Finally, the team will co-curate an exhibition of the art for display in Echo Glen and in the nearby public library, enabling community dialog and further strengthening the coalition. Research data will be collected throughout the project.
The National Public Housing Museum will advance the work of its Entrepreneurship Hub, an innovative creative placemaking initiative that invests in the assets of Chicago's public housing communities. It will support the Hub's Social Justice Business School; its drop-in pro-bono business services feature providing support for HR, finance, marketing, web development, graphic design, and more; the resident-owned cooperative museum store, and its storytelling workshops. The Hub aims to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs within it public housing communities, leverage the power of the city's creative class, innovate new models of museum-community collaboration, and transform the public perception of public housing by empowering its inhabitants to tell their own stories, while engaging in workforce development and job creation for marginalized communities. By addressing the challenges of these communities through oral history, storytelling, and design thinking, the Hub works to reignite and support a legacy of creativity, self-sufficiency, and community wealth.
As part of its larger effort to open an Early Childhood Education Professional Learning Center, the Tennessee Aquarium will launch a community planning project to identify its community's needs around early childhood educator (ECE) professional development (PD). The Aquarium, in partnership with the Creative Discovery Museum and the City of Chattanooga, will explore the ideal, financially sustainable model for accessible, high-quality, community informed ECE PD to benefit the community's educators and young children. The project team will first bring together a planning group of community ladders to conduct a needs assessment to understand where gaps, needs, and opportunities lie. Using a collective impact approach, they will seek input from diverse groups of stakeholders from across the county and will use these findings to inform a draft model of the professional learning center's program delivery method. The team will use data walks to inform stakeholders and use their feedback to inform the center's curriculum. Finally, with the buy-in and support from the community stakeholder and partners, the plan to launch The Professional Learning Center's calendar of professional development opportunities and share it with the entire community.
The Portland Art Museums, will launch the Building Community-Centered Practices project, an institution-wide initiative to build capacities for expanded community engagement. In recent years, Portland has experience sudden demographic changes, rapid gentrification, a widespread housing crisis and a state of emergency' on homelessness, and a significant increase in hate crimes against immigrants and communities of color. Partnering with the Pomegranate Center, museum staff and community partners will receive intensive training and mentorship on the Pomegranate Method, a community facilitation method that empowers people to come together, become change-makers, and achieve constructive outcomes. The training will focus on community engagement skills such as meeting facilitation, design thinking, and how to develop an early success project. Building on previous work at the Museum related to inclusion and accessibility, the project's goal is to expand community-centered practices that can meaningfully involve community voices to shape the design of spaces, programs, and exhibitions.
The Mississippi Children's will provide an avenue for community members, organizations, and businesses to collaborate on a project to improve health outcomes for children in Jackson. In the first year of the project, partners representing medical, social and emotional health fields, childhood development organizations, and other community organizations will participate in forums and roundtables to define an approach and specific topics to be addressed during a hands-on program for children and their families. The team will then develop, pilot, and launch programming for children and their caregivers catered to the needs of the Jackson community identified through these preliminary discussions. The project aims to present a holistic view of healthy family living addressing: body systems; health and nutrition; physical habits, such as exercise, sleep, and hygiene; and social and emotional wellbeing. An external evaluator will help museum staff observe children and caregivers as they participate in the project activities to gather information, and to document progress using a variety of techniques.
The Athens-Clarke County Library and the University of Georgia School Of Social Work will partner to place student interns in the library to identify specific needs of at-risk community members, and to share information about social services while advocating for those who have difficulties accessing services. The partnership aims to address issues of societal disenfranchisement and female childhood trauma, by establishing a two-pronged project that will empower young girls, while moving the Library toward a trauma-informed environment. The project will also include a year-long after-school program that teaches leadership skills to teen girls, including written and oral communication, relationship building, conflict resolution, and teamwork. Establishing a peer-mentoring program at the Library will help address some of the issues at-risk young women face, before social disenfranchisement becomes entrenched into adulthood. By creating a trauma-informed staff, the library hopes to create a safe and welcoming space where society's most fragile can become empowered to connect.
The Children's Museum of Houston, Houston Health Department and collaborators including the Houston Public Library, will advance the vision of two Houston collective impact initiatives with the project "Houston Basics Complete Communities." The collaborators will establish demonstration projects supporting parents in two low-income neighborhoods with early learning strategies they can use with their children during the first three years of life. There is currently no community-wide collective effort to provide parents of children aged three and under strategies to advance literacy development. The two demonstration projects will be fully active for one year, with six months of advance planning and six months of reporting and sharing at completion. The project will change iteratively as determined through community and partner input, resulting in an expansion model for replication and will be shared with other LAMs.
As experienced providers of informal education, libraries and museums have tremendous opportunity to shape learning outcomes for youth. The Nashville Public Library's Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) initiative will convene community stakeholders to develop an outcomes framework for youth in informal education settings. With key collaborators Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, Every Hour Counts, and Boston After School and Beyond, the project team will develop a framework, associated measurement and tracking tools, professional development, and other support services. The project's larger effort is to improve the readiness of youth-serving professionals to design learning experiences that help youth acquire the life skills they need to thrive. The framework development process will be adaptable, enabling scaling to reach other communities that are intentional about what they seek to help youth learn in informal education settings, places where youth spend a majority of their time.
The University of Virginia's Library and its Institute for the Redress of Inequity through Community Engaged Scholarship will partner with the city of Charlottesville to develop a collaborative Regional Equity Atlas. With the help of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area, Adiuvans Foundations, this project team will develop a data and policy tool to promote an equitable community empowered through collective vision and joint ownership. A collaborative Regional Equity Atlas will enable access to evidence and education, policy advocacy and creation, and inter-regional cooperation in the redress of inequity. Project activities will be focused on determining and prioritizing the data needs of community organization related to regional inequity and evaluating tools that can empower nonprofits to gather, use, and share equity data more effectively. This will enhance these capacity for these organization to gather, analyze and share data essential to redressing inequity while exposing data that currently exists but is hard to access. These activities will lead to an open data culture among Charlottesville equity advocates, datasets and research around regional equity, and increased organizational capacity for sharing data within the local nonprofit community. In the wake of the tragic events of August 2017 white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally, this atlas will help this community face the challenge of examining what it means to rededicate itself to equity and diversity.
The Free Library of Philadelphia and its partners will build on its current collective impact project, the Paschalville Partnership, by hiring local residents to conduct extensive community outreach among their neighbors, allowing the Partnership to better understand local needs and priorities and shape the evolution of this successful program. This initiative will enable the Free Library to achieve more authentic community engagement and evaluate its role as an effective community organization in catalyzing social change, and serve as a model for the library field. While local participation in job seeker programs and services has increased over the course of the Partnership, it has not increased at rates commensurate with community need. To address this disconnect, the Library will reassess its methodology and recast its work through an equity lens. Through Catalyzing a Community-Led Future initiative, the Partnership will spearhead a participatory, community-driven needs assessment of residents and small business owners in Southwest Philadelphia. The Partnership will hire local residents to help design the needs assessment process, guide the selection of research tools that they believe will work best in their community, and conduct extensive community outreach among their neighbors. This community outreach process will allow the Partnership to plan its future work around the needs, interests, and priorities identified by those that live and work in the area surrounding the Paschalville Library.
Through its Empowering Maptivists project, the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center (LMEC), in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Library, will teach high school students to use maps and spatial data as tools for advocacy and change. The project team hopes also empower teachers and youth community leaders by teaching them to use Geographic Information Systems and maps to help students understand how their communities have changed over time, and how the past impacts the present and future. Many Boston students experience the impact of blight, inequity, gentrification, and barriers these realities daily, but may have a hard time seeing what is happening in their city as a whole and thinking about themselves as part of the solution. Using its collection of maps from the 15th century to the present to connect school children, researchers, and the general public with its maps as tools for analyzing the issues of the past through the lens of today. The end result will be the creation of a model program and curriculum that can be used in schools and other youth-serving organizations to help students create and use maps and data visualizations in order to make informed arguments about public policies and understand historical and modern topics. At the end of the program, students' products created through project-based learning assignments and their presentation of these projects to the larger community at neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library
EdVenture will act as a backbone collective impact organization in a two year community-centered effort to identify local assets, bring together a unique cross-section of city stakeholders, and develop a locally-driven plan that addresses the pressing and interrelated issues of youth development and gang activity in Hartsville. As part of its growing relationship with the City of Hartsville, South Carolina, the project team hopes to successfully implement a social impact model to design a collective youth development and anti-gang strategy in Hartsville and a plan for youth development and anti-gang programs that embraces collective impact approaches, including collectively derived data, outcomes, and reporting. This initiative would also uniquely involve youth themselves: while supporting the workgroup, EdVenture will simultaneously lead its Future Leaders after school program at Hartsville Middle School and include the participants' voices in the development of the collective impact plan. EdVenture will be using the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model - a cross-sector and tiered-work model of action that, like a collective impact framework, utilizes a central leadership group and mutual goals to address youth gang activity. EdVenture's participation in this effort underscores the important role libraries and museums - especially those in rural towns - can play in bringing together diverse community leaders and organizations to define collective goals and develop mutual strategies around key community issues, especially those involving children and families.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library will partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work to implement the Social Worker in the Library program. This project will promote public libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement and economic vitality and will demonstrate how urban public libraries can better serve the changing needs of their customers. The project will provide access to much-needed services to low-income Baltimoreans in communities throughout the city, thereby helping stabilize neighborhoods. Free programs designed to help customers cope with poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, and addiction will be offered at several Pratt locations throughout the two-year grant period. The Social Worker in the Library project will prepare library staff to better handle crisis situations and convert the library's existing patchwork of partnerships and programs to a consistent array of services. The Pratt will gather empirical and anecdotal data through intake charting and evaluations to track progress and outcomes.
The Ohio Historical Society will partner with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and several community organizations to cultivate the leadership and advocacy skills of emerging leaders in the immigrant and New American community. The Emerging New American Community Team (ENACT) will empower aspiring leaders by connecting them with established community resources and fundamental civic education in order to strengthen their skills as advocates. A collective impact model will connect ENACT participants to community resources in the areas of safety, libraries, civic engagement, parks and recreation, health and housing; increase ENACT participants' understanding and engagement in civic processes; foster cultural exchange and awareness of the challenges confronted by ENACT participants and their community partners; and increase participants' sense of belonging in Central Ohio. The learnings and outcomes from the ENACT program will be shared with the museum and library fields to advance best practices and offer a useable approach in outreach and community engagement with New American populations.
The Woodland Park Zoological Society will partner with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Aquarium, and several other community organizations to support and engage youth to develop local action plans on climate. This project builds upon a pilot partnership that empowered teens to address climate change and generated interest from a diverse set of stakeholders from outside the museum. Utilizing the collective connections and knowledge of this group, the project team will use community mapping to identify other potential partners to invite to the project, map community assets and needs, and design project activities to align with the data that they gather. The toolkit and results of the project will be shared widely with museums, libraries, and community organizations interested in forming similar networks in other regions.
The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Inc. will partner with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Watersheds United Vermont, Vermont Interfaith Power & Light, and We All Belong on a project to create a culture of clean water. The project aims to develop a model for museums and libraries to engage communities in solving their most pressing challenges by engaging underserved and nontraditional populations, the business community, communities of faith and in-state, regional watershed organizations. By hosting community listening sessions, conducing collective impact training sessions, and through regional and statewide asset mapping, this project will generate an adaptable model for museums, archives, and libraries to leverage their roles as community brokers and conveners to support local efforts to improve and sustain a community's environmental health.
The Riveredge Nature Center will partner with local community nonprofits to support the Community Rivers Project. Riveredge will develop and build water-based interpretive exhibits to enhance its role as a hub for watershed education, while also creating an interactive digital experience that would allow educators, families, and community members to utilize the tools in their daily lives. They will provide water resource education to communities that fall within the Upper Milwaukee River Watershed. Key community partners that are representative of non-traditional audiences will have several opportunities to inform the initiative. By providing opportunities to hear from community members, the CRP initiative will allow individuals to take ownership of resources in their communities and encourage positive changes among friends and neighbors about their roles in sustaining a healthy community.
The Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) will partner with the Walmart Foundation, Unite US, Inc., Buncombe County Public Libraries, and VAYA Health, Inc. to scale the institute's AmericaServes community impact model for the western region of North Carolina. AmericaServes works to help the military-connected community to navigate benefits and services provided for them in civilian life. With this project, they will engage and encourage libraries to play a more central role in the expansion of this initiative in and around the city of Asheville, NC, where they can serve both as "learning hubs" and "service providers." The project will work to centralize community development and service coordination in the community's libraries and to develop the library as a central focal point for community relations and discussions, as well as for learning.
The Explora Science Center & Children's Museum will partner with the New Mexico State Library, Central New Mexico Community College, the University of New Mexico Cario Toy Lending Library, the New Mexico Public Broadcasting Station, and the Bernalillo County Early Childhood Accountability Partnership (ECAP) to create and support STEM Charging Stations for Young Children & Families. The project will address a critical community issue: the achievement gap between low-income children and their more economically advantaged peers. The partners will frame their work around parent-child engagement in early STEM learning and provide increased opportunities for young children (birth through age four), parents and caregivers, and a variety of early childhood service providers to engage in STEM learning at existing community venues already serving low-income families. This will turn these sites into access points for STEM learning and exploration and will improve access for low-income families to multi-generational, science-rich learning experiences in community settings.
Milwaukee community members will join the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, artist Mary Miss, and the City as Living Laboratory (CALL) in creating a collective vision for environmental sustainability by exploring the water systems supporting their community. Key community stakeholders will investigate how art museums, artists, and citizens can become essential partners to the economic, academic, and civic entities shaping the future of Milwaukee. The project team will produce a series of eight programming activities to catalyze interdisciplinary conversations about water research, pairing artists and designers with scientists, engineers, ecologists, sociologists, and historians for public dialogs, on-site conversations, and in-depth workshops. The project will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to identify water issues and to call attention to things that they wish to celebrate, such as green roofs and rain barrels. These programs will also offer a platform for community members to share personal water stories and will lead to increased "water literacy" among Milwaukee's residents.
Triton College, the Oak Park Public Library, and Oak Park based Equity Team Inc. will develop and implement a program to increase college and career readiness for at-risk youth. Project activities will include coaching, advocacy, and academic support for youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and their families. College and career-ready coaching and mentoring will be offered to 100 families with high-school students and an additional 100 families with children in local middle schools. Local educators, administrators, youth advocates, parents, students, school board members, college professors, social workers, and community members as well as local community college students will serve as mentors. The project is based on the Dual-Capacity Building Framework and aligns with the community's aspirations , which were determined through a public dialog between the Oak Park Public Library and community stakeholders. The project is intended to address the community's aspirations to increase literacy, enhance educational outcomes, and value diversity, inclusion, and equity while providing a safe and healthy environment.
The Rose Library at Emory University will partner with the Equality Foundation of Georgia, Inc., the Emory University Centers for AIDS research, and the Southern Christian Leadership Coalition Women's Organizational Movement for Equality Now (SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.) on a community-based project to address the rise in rates of HIV/AIDS in metropolitan Atlanta. The project team will activate the connections among the medical, academic, social service, religious, advocacy, and artistic communities currently combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They will develop a framework by which cultural institutions can deploy their resources to educate and empower communities; serve as a bridge between past efforts and current advocacy; and connect the diverse stories of divergent groups. The project will enhance awareness of the spread of HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, including the historical and societal reasons for disparities in testing, diagnosis, and care. The project will highlight to service groups the benefits of collaborating with libraries and museums as resources to address community needs and contemporary issues.
The Lincoln Community Foundation will partner with the Lincoln Children's Museum, Lincoln City Libraries, Midwestern African Museum of Art, Nebraska History Museum, and the University of Nebraska State Museum to offer the Lincoln Reads Aloud Program, a community-wide reading aloud initiative. The project will coordinate and expand current successful reading efforts so that their purposes are aligned and their impact is multiplied. The foundation and its partners will support area museums and libraries as they take a central and highly visible role with the Read Aloud program. The project will promote reading aloud to Lincoln's overall population and will target a downtown adjacent neighborhood with extreme poverty for intensive focus. The program will provide museums and libraries with the resources they need to extend their reach through reading-oriented complements to exhibits and events and will help build awareness of these institutions among first-time users and new audiences.
The Illinois Joining forces Foundation will partner with the Illinois Library Association, DePaul University's Egan Center, and the University of Illinois - Springfield's GIS Lab to identify the organic assets within the seven most veteran-populated regions in Illinois, and identify gaps in services to the community of active duty service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). The project will develop a process for conducting asset mapping within a community of available resources that serve veterans, and will leverage existing museum, library, and community assets to support partners as they help to connect with veterans seeking services. The partners plan to establish a veteran support community that is fully connected and integrated into a statewide network of veteran service providers, libraries, archives, museums, and community veteran service organizations and to share this model and their findings with the museum, library and community development fields