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New School (New York, NY 10011-8871)
Anne Balsamo (Project Director: February 2014 to June 2019)
Dale Macdonald (Co Project Director: July 2014 to June 2019)

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Digital Humanities

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$321,872 (approved)
$306,238 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017

AIDS Quilt Touch: Empowering Communities to Share and Preserve Cultural Heritage through Digital Storytelling

The development of a media platform that will allow for visualization tools for exploring large collections of humanities images, means for collecting tags and metadata about the images, increased search capabilities, and the documentation of strategies for community participation, using the AIDS Memorial Quilt Digital Archive and the Quilt Index at Michigan State University as the test cases.

The proposed implementation project ultimately aims to: explore how digital technologies might assist the transformation of communities of interest into communities of participation, enhance practices of cultural memory, and contribute to innovation in modes of archiving works of cultural heritage. Specifically, “AIDS Quilt Touch” will expand and enhance the digital archives of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to enable public engagement with this important work of cultural heritage for the purposes of cultural storytelling, historical archiving, and contemporary health awareness of issues pertaining to HIV-AIDS.