This noncompetitive, Congressionally-directed grant in the amount of $100,000 was awarded to continue the 9/11 Living Memorial Project.
VOICES is again partnering with Southern Connecticut State University to implement the educational component of this proposal. The educational component will assess the learning outcomes of and satisfaction with the course, Development of Digital Memorials and Cultural Archives, developed under the FY 2009 Congressionally-directed grant to the Voices of September 11th. The course will educate approximately 20-40 graduate and continuing education students, over two semesters, in the theories and techniques needed to plan, create, and sustain digital archives. The graduate-level course will provide training that will enable participating citizens, communities, or organizations to help record and preserve memories of events and people. The learning modules will provide instruction in the purposeful use of such archives. This leading edge educational project will serve as the initial phase of what can ultimately be a broader postsecondary-level educational curriculum on digital archiving that could be used as continuing education components within other courses, or combined together as a specialized elective.
This grant will also ensure the sustainability of the technical needs of the memorial and cultural archive through a graduate-level course and creation of learning units focusing on the exploration of the Living Memorial content while supporting the continued collection and digitizing of content in the VOICES of 9/11 Living Memorial. The expanded 9/11 Living Memorial will further VOICES' goal of developing its digital archive for current and future generations. The added digital content will benefit the educational process because there will be more digital materials for students to work with. Continuing the project provides new students the opportunity to learn first-hand from the experienced VOICES team.
VOICES partnered with Southern Connecticut State University and the above mentioned class was held in 4Q10 as part of this grant. VOICES paid $6,000 for scholarships for six graduate students in the class. We will again align with Southern Connecticut State University, who will hold the class in 2012 - no later than summer, 2012. VOICES plans on funding $12,000 towards scholarships within the next class. Scholarship funding is and remains a key part of our budget approval by FIPSE.