Monday, August 19, 2019
The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the VRAF Professional Development Grant program. This program offers two $1000 grants yearly. This grant can be used to support conference participation, enroll in a workshop, for an online education opportunity, or for research activities. For consideration, please submit your application by Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:59PM Pacific Time. If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, and to submit your application here: https://forms.gle/LHeYeRJFnEniJHJP9 or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org. The recipient of the 2019 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, October 4, 2019, and must be used before October 4, 2020.
The purpose of the VRAF Professional Development grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). Priority will be given to applications that include participation at a conference (giving a paper, teaching a workshop, chairing a committee, etc.); research that shows promise to lead to publication or contributes to the visual resources and cultural heritage information management community; or to applications that can demonstrate that the receiving the opportunity will have a broader benefit to an institution or region. Please note that recipients of the award are required to submit a report outlining how the award contributed to his or her professional development within 30 days following the event.
- Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.
- Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
- Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.
Acceptable Uses of Award Money:
- Transportation costs to and from the event venue
- Registration fees or tuition
- Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
- Meals – including meals in transit to and from the educational event
- Research expenses
Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs (a percentage of grant money take by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived overhead)
- A goals statement outlining the opportunity, how it will benefit your work, and any potential contributions this opportunity may allow you to make beyond your own professional development.
- A comprehensive budget and breakdown of your proposed travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses. When costs are estimated, please explain (e.g., “roundtrip airfare on United as determined via Expedia search”; my lodging costs reflect an estimate for a shared room). If your institution requires you to use a specific airline, or has set a corporate airfare rate, please note this in the comments section. Be as clear and complete as possible about other funding support you will receive or are applying for, such as from your home institution, or other grants and awards.
- Your resume/curriculum vitae
Please submit an online application to be considered for a VRAF Professional Development Grant.
Past recipients include Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to attend the 2013 American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) Legal Issues in Museum Administration course. Her attendance was crucial in the production of Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, an indispensable resource. About the grant, Anne wrote, “The Grant funded a portion of my course tuition and associated travel costs to attend the program. It is my belief that this Grant was also a contributing factor to my receiving a partial-scholarship, half of the course tuition, from ALI CLE that further supported my attendance… Without my attendance at ALI CLE’s LIMA and the VRAF’s Grant support, I would not have been able to make the vital connections to make the Handbook contributors and legal review panelists as robust as they are today.” The Handbook is now available and can be downloaded from the American Alliance of Museums website.
The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural heritage information management. The grant can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.com.
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The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting host applications for the VRAF Regional Workshop Program for 2019-20. The application deadline is now Friday, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Thanks to the continued generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this program will allow the VRAF to continue to realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management.
For the 2019-2020 program, the VRAF will support four workshops for up to $3000 each, including an instructor stipend and travel expenses, a stipend for the local organizer, catering, and other minor expenses incurred by the host institution. The VRAF will provide significant logistical support, including locating a qualified instructor and managing registration. With the VRAF Regional Workshop Grant, host institutions will be able to offer a workshop without the burden of developing it from within, and provide valuable programming not only to their local constituents, but also to their broader region. 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 digital asset management professionals, users of cultural heritage information, and the larger information community.
Applications will be accepted to host one of the following workshops:
- Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media
- Collaborating across the Institution: Creating Professional Partnerships to Support Cultural Heritage
- Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy
- Moving Images: The Basics and Beyond
- Python for Beginners
- The International Image Interoperability Framework: What Is It, and How Can I Use It?
- Something Mappy This Way Comes: An Introduction to Digital Mapping Technologies
- From Project to Product: Effective Project Management and Strategic Planning
- Managing Digital Content
- Propose Your Own Workshop!
We will also consider applications in which the host site proposes its own workshop topic. International hosts welcome to apply. Please review the description of the VRAF Regional Workshop Program as well as the VRAF Mission Statement prior to confirm that your proposed workshop fits within both the program’s parameters and the larger goals of the VRAF.
To conform to the guidelines of our Samuel H. Kress grant, workshops must be held by June 2020. For more information about the VRAF Regional Workshop Program, visit https://vrafoundation.com/regional-workshops/. To apply, visit https://vrafoundation.com/apply/. If you have additional questions about the program, please contact the Regional Workshop Implementation Team, email@example.com. The deadline for application is Friday, August 30 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
On behalf of the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team
Relevant, up-to-date training on topics related to visual resources, delivered at locations throughout the country — and you can help!
The Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshop Implementation Team works collaboratively to host workshops each year, report on each, and seek grant funding for the coming year. This workshop series reflects the VRAF mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management and is generously sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Now in its second year, the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team seeks new members for the positions of Junior Workshop Liaison and Publicity Liaison. Joining the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team offers career development over the course of three years, as you progress through the Workshop Liaison positions to Workshop Coordinator. Perfect for developing your skill set–including project management, communication, educational programming, and grant writing–and networking with visual resources professionals. The Publicity Liaison position is for one year, with an option to renew for a second. You’ll help us develop messaging and market each workshop to the fullest via listserv, email, and social media.
For full position descriptions, please see the VRAF website [https://vrafoundation.com/regional-workshops/regional-workshop-implementation-team/]. Please send resume or CV to the VRAF Regional Workshop Implementation Team, firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 10, 2019.
The Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to present the 2019 VRAF Project Grant in the amount of $3000 to Arden Kirkland, creator of the CostumeCore Toolkit, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
The CostumeCore Toolkit project will provide a toolkit to users, in order to streamline the process of setting up standards-based, interoperable metadata for collections related to the study of historic clothing. The VRAF Project Grant will allow Ms. Kirkland to update current templates in CSV/Excel formats, create plug-ins for Omeka S, templates and vocabulary for JSTOR Forum, and provide RDF extensions of VRA Core, incorporate AAT/EFT Uniform Resource Identifiers in CostumeCore, and create plugins and modules to support micro-thesauri for linked data. The CostumeCore Toolkit is currently utilized at Smith College and Vassar College, and will continue to be built-out with CostumeCore Toolkit user testing with those Colleges, Visual Resources Association members, and Costume Society of America members input and feedback. The project will allow the CC Toolkit to be available to the public under a Creative Commons BY- SA license.
In accordance with its mission to support broad access to visual information, the VRAF is pleased to support a project that extends metadata schemas and standards, and dissemination of templates about visual culture into expanded fields of inquiry.
The VRAF Project Grant Program reflects the broad mission of the VRAF to advance knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management and to provide educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to visual information in the digital age. For more information about the VRAF, the VRAF Project Grant, and other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.com.
On behalf of the VRAF Board of Directors
The purpose of the VRA Foundation’s Project Grant is to provide support for projects in the field of visual resources and image management. One grant is available in the spring 2019 cycle with up to $3,000 to be awarded. The funds may be used for 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. Of particular interest are innovative projects with results that can have a broad impact and be shared with the global community. Categories to be considered for funding would include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
- Metadata for Visual Media
- Visual Media Cataloguing Standards
- Visual Media Data Standards
- Digitization Projects of Special or Unique Collections (Educational Institutions, Libraries, Museums)
- Visual Literacy
- Technology Development for Visual Media Management and Pedagogy
- Intellectual Property Rights
The project must be completed within one year from the time the grant is formally accepted. The grant will be disbursed in two increments: $1500 at the start of the granting period, and $1500 pending the submission of a mid-project progress report. A final report, including a financial statement, on how the funds contributed to the project is due within one month of the project’s completion. Failure to complete the proposed project may result in the grantee returning the funds.
The VRA Foundation has United States Internal Revenue Service status as a 501c3 non-profit entity. All elements of a proposed project must be performed within the legal parameters of United States local, regional, and federal government requirements. International applications are welcome from institutions or individuals provided applicant institutions have the equivalent of US non-profit status and applicant individuals have a similar non-profit, educational purpose.
- Applicants should be working in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, those currently unemployed, or students.
- Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
- Other applications for funding for the same project must be disclosed.
- Former recipients of the grant are not eligible for a period of two years following their most recent award.
Grant monies may be used for:
- Salaries and labor costs
- Transportation costs
- Cost of Materials (grants generally do not fund the purchase of office and other/related equipment)
- Other appropriate expenses (as approved by VRAF)
Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions
Application and Review Cycle
For full consideration, please submit your application (https://forms.gle/wgJHo2CtvaR7FWmE9) by Friday, May 10, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time. The recipient of the VRAF Project Grant will be announced by May 24, 2019.
If you have further questions about the Project Grant Program or the application process, please contact the VRA Foundation Board of Directors at email@example.com.