June 7, 2021
The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to present the 2021 VRAF Project Grant in the amount of $3000 to Jaime Fogel, Director, Arthur Vining Davis Library & Archives at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida.
The funds from the project grant will allow for documentation and evaluation of nearly 1500 films in a variety for formats. The top 75 assets — those of greatest historical value and those most at risk of degradation — will be selected for digitization. Three films that have already been identified as top assets include oral history interviews with Mote’s founding director, Dr. Eugenie Clark; marine science pioneer and former Mote director, Dr. Sylvia Earle; and philanthropist and patron, William Mote. Once digitized, the films will be made available on Mote’s new digital collections site and freely accessible to the public.
In accordance with the VRAF Project Grant Program and VRAF mission to support broad access to visual and cultural information, the VRAF is pleased to support a project that extends dissemination of accessibility features and supports inclusivity in collections, while also providing documentation about social justice and cultural heritage.
For more information about VRAF, the VRAF Project Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.org.
On behalf of the VRA Foundation Board of Directors