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VRA Foundation Awards the First 2011 Project Grant

Thursday, June 09, 2011

June 9, 2011

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation announces the award of its first VRAF Project Grant to the American Craft Council (ACC) in support of its Newsletter Digitization Project. The amount of the award is $1,500.

The Newsletter Digitization project will create an online collection of approximately 150 ACC newsletters (1957-1976), made searchable with the application of image metadata and OCR technology. The newsletters document the history of the ACC – including important exhibitions, craft fairs, individual artists, Council leaders and publications. The newsletters compliment a collection of slides currently being digitized with the support of a NEA grant.

The project is designed to meet the needs of both scholars and the general public looking for information on the ACC and the contemporary craft movement in the United States. ACC Librarian Jessica Shaykett said that 60% of the craft history research inquiries in the library could be answered by looking within the newsletter collection.

Shaykett commented that they were "very excited by the award of the VRAF grant and how it would help strengthen our digital collections and enhance our ability to serve those interested in contemporary American craft history worldwide. This content will be a tremendous addition to the slide and photograph collection we are currently in the process of digitizing."

On behalf of the Visual Resources Association Foundation, President Elisa Lanzi commented that members of the review committee were impressed by the ACC's clear and attainable project goals, its commitment to broad access to visual resource material and its evaluation procedures.

The VRAF Project Grant is awarded twice a year. Its purpose is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management that are consonant with the VRA Foundation mission. Up to $1,500 will be awarded per grant. The funds may be used for small, stand-alone projects, pilots or start-up financing for larger projects, or for a component of a larger project. Collaborative projects and those proposed by groups, whether or not affiliated with an organization or institution, are favored.

Project proposals may be submitted at any time during the year. The Foundation reviews and selects projects for funding twice a year, in April and November.

Elisa Lanzi, Chair
VRA Foundation


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