News for Wednesday, June 17, 2009

School for Advanced Research Receives Two New Grants

Moccasin SeminarMoccasin SeminarMoccasin seminar participants Pat Tenorio, Edwin Herrera, and Gary Roybal discuss moccasins with IARC director Cynthia Chavez Lamar.Moccasin SeminarMoccasin seminar participants Pat Tenorio, Edwin Herrera, and Gary Roybal discuss moccasins with IARC director Cynthia Chavez Lamar.

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is very pleased to announce two new grants from the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, a support organization established by the late philanthropist, Margaret A. Cargill.

The first grant of $153,505 will enable SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) to replace its aging collections management software with a newer system better designed for tracking Native American collections, especially those subject to tribal consultations. The generous grant provides for the purchase of new software and underwrites the database conversion and data-quality assessments. Funding through this grant also allows IARC staff to continue productive engagements with Native communities whose heritage is represented by the collections at IARC. This initiative, which was first funded through an earlier grant from the Trust, includes tribal consultations and collection reviews as well as collection documentation seminars.

The second grant of $193,366 will fund a second year of IARC’s training program for Native American museum professionals. This innovative program offers nine-month residential fellowships to two promising Native interns from museum studies and related fields, as well as to a senior Native scholar, who together will join the diverse community of researchers and artists at SAR. Textile SeminarTextile SeminarTextile seminar participant Julia Betom examines a Dineh dress in the IARC collection.Textile SeminarTextile seminar participant Julia Betom examines a Dineh dress in the IARC collection.The new program emphasizes intellectual content and museum professionalism over technical skills, and concentrates its efforts on a small number of highly qualified, post-baccalaureate applicants. Training in the setting of IARC is a central part of the program, but equally important is the full engagement of the interns as young intellectuals in the many scholarly activities that take place across the entire SAR campus.

SAR is grateful for the generous support of the Anne Ray Charitable Trust in making these important programs possible. For more information, please contact SAR at (505) 954-7200.

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