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Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (Asheville, NC 28801-2916)
Jeff Arnal (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
Piloting an online collections platform for historic Black Mountain College resources

A plan for metadata standards, accessibility, user needs, and long-term strategic planning and sustainability for Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center’s collections, as well as the pilot implementation of a digital collections management system and online collections portal with approximately 1,000 digital items.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center requests $50,000 to develop a pilot project creating online access to a part of its permanent collection. This will be an invaluable resource for scholars studying Black Mountain College’s history and legacy as it includes the creative output of groundbreaking figures in American culture from 1933 to the present, across visual, performing, and literary arts. Outputs for this planning period will include development and population of the back-end and front-end of a new collections management system, and documents detailing strategies and standards for future implementation. An earlier related phase, funded by the Luce and Windgate Foundations, involved the digitization of BMCM+AC resources which will be used as pilot data and media for the online collections portal. The project will take place from June 2021-September 2022. Full implementation at a later date will entail digitizing and adding the rest of the collection.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 9/30/2022