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VRA Foundation Awards Two Fall 2012 Project Grants

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Visual Resources Association Foundation Announces Fall 2012 Project Grant Winners

Leslie Cade, of the Cleveland Museum of Art, for her project:  “CMA:  Analog Master Negatives Digitization Project” and Meghan Petersen, of the Currier Museum of Art, for her project:  “Currier Bulletins Digitization Project”

The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation is pleased to announce the two awards for its Fall 2012 VRAF Project Grant. One award is to Leslie Cade, of the Cleveland Museum of Art, for her project “CMA:  Analog Master Negatives Digitization Project.”  The other award is to Meghan Petersen, of the Currier Museum of Art, for her project “Currier Bulletins Digitization Project.”  The amount of both awards is $1500.00.

The project from the Cleveland Museum of Art will focus on digitizing the museum’s collection of over 100,000 individual negatives taken by the museum’s photographers from 1915 to the introduction of digital photography. The collection includes nitrate, acetate, 35 mm, and glass plate negatives.  The first phase of the project is to compile an accurate count of each type and size of negative in order to determine the length of time needed to digitize the entire collection and to accurately assess associated costs of the overall project.  The VRAF Project Grant will be used to hire an intern to complete this first phase of the project.

The project from the Currier Museum of Art will focus on improving access the museum’s Bulletin, a content-rich periodical that was published by the museum from 1929 to 1996.  The Bulletin contains expertly researched articles on objects within the collection and serves to document the museum over time.  The project will use the open source tool, Omeka, to create a searchable, full-color, digital library of the publication.  Additionally, Bulletins that reference specific works in the collection will contain permalinks to the corresponding object pages in the collections database, an online tool that contains basic descriptive information and object photography for over 12,000 objects in the collection.  The VRAF Grant Project will be used to hire a digitization specialist to scan the Bulletin and it load into their Omeka site:  DigitalCurrier.

On behalf of the Visual Resources Association Foundation, Chairperson Christine Hilker commented, “We are very happy to support such worthwhile projects that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management.  The VRAF Board found the archival benefits of both to be historically important to each institution and the community it serves.” 

The VRAF Project Grant is awarded once 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 encouraged. 

Project proposals may be submitted at any time during the year. The Foundation reviews and selects projects for funding once a year in December. Guidelines and Application Form can be found at http://www.vrafoundation.org/

The next deadline will be in October 2013.

For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, its mission and projects and giving opportunities, please visit us at: www.vrafoundation.org, or read the latest issue of our annual report at:  http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/2012_Annual_Report.pdf.

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