Regional Workshops

In an increasingly visual world, there is a need for professionals trained in all aspects of developing, preserving, and advocating for the scholarly life cycle of cultural heritage resources. The Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop Program offers grants of up to $3000 to support localized educational and professional development opportunities in topics related to management of and instruction in visual culture. In 2016-2017, VRAF Regional Workshops were hosted by Colorado College (Colorado Spring, CO), the International Center for Photography (New York, NY), The Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), and the University of Richmond/Library of Virginia (Richmond, VA) With these grants, the host institutions were able to offer an affordable, professionally executed workshop without the burden of developing it from within, and provide valuable programming to not only their immediate constituents, but to their broader region.  The VRAF Regional Workshop Program was started in 2016, and due to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, allows the VRAF to more fully realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management.

This opportunity is open to Visual Resources Association (VRA) Chapters, VRA affiliates, related information management organizations, museums, libraries, and academic institutions. For a reasonable registration fee, the workshops will provide an immersive experience on a single topic, framed in a manner that is relevant to image management professionals, users of cultural heritage information, and the larger information community. The next application period to host a VRAF Regional Workshop will be announced in early summer, 2017.

For questions about the VRAF Regional Workshop Program, please contact Betha Whitlow, VRAF Director, bwhitlow@wustl.edu.

For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, please read about our mission, projects, and giving opportunities, or read the latest issue of our annual report at: http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/2014-15_VRAF_AnnualReport.pdf