Grant awarded for workshop, encourages development of web-based exhibits

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture has been awarded $9,415.20 by the Arkansas Community Foundation‘s Bridge Fund grant program to lead the workshop, “Teaching a Web of Arkansas History,” which will be open to museums, libraries, archives, and secondary education teachers in Arkansas. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions from a professional archivist on creating a web-based exhibit with historical images.

The Center will offer this all-day workshop three times in 2016. Participants will receive hands-on training by creating a mock web exhibit about the Arkansan political cartoonist, Jon Kennedy. During the workshop, participants will learn professional standards for caring for and digitizing photographs, and how to use Omeka, a free web-publishing platform. The workshop will also teach how to write descriptions for digitized materials to optimize their findability on the Internet.

The workshop will be held in Little Rock, however, the program will be open to participants from across the state.

About the Bridge Fund grant program:

The Bridge Fund Endowment was created at Arkansas Community Foundation in 1993 to serve as a bridge between Arkansas’s past and future by supporting education, libraries and the teaching/promotion of Arkansas history. Grants from the endowment are made throughout Arkansas for schools, archives, local county and state historical societies and museums for projects to provide training for teachers of Arkansas history; to facilitate teaching and learning of state and local history; and to increase the knowledge and understanding of Arkansas history, especially through research and publication.

About Arkansas Community Foundation:logo for the Arkansas Community Foundation

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $120 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

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