Call for Projects for the
Reading the Museum
The CANADIAN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION (CMA) welcomes applications for
demonstration projects that use a museum as a resource for literacy learners.
Successful applicants will receive up to a maximum of $7 500 to cover project
costs. A project should involve adult learners, but intergenerational learning
is encouraged, such as initiatives bringing together seniors and children. A
project must include the participation of a local literacy organization or
program. Museums wishing to apply must be members of the CMA.
Projects are awarded on a competitive basis by a selection committee made up
of museum and literacy professionals. Projects are assessed for their innovative
aspects, as models for other museums, and for their value and effectiveness as
Several 1995 projects illustrate the types of initiatives that are possible.
In the Edmonton Art Gallery/Prospects Literacy Association project, learners
wrote about works of art in the gallery's collection and produced a catalogue of
their writings and the art chosen. In " This Week In Nature,"
organized by the Nova scotia Museum of Natural History and the Literacy
coalition of Nova Scotia, learners from across the province were nature
reporters. Students at CORE Literacy in Kitchener produced a clear-language
brochure for Woodside Historic Site that is now available to all visitors.
Project Expenses and Duration
Funds may be used for the development and cost of materials, for expenses
incurred by learners, such as transportation, and for staff time for museum
personnel and/or literacy educators.
The length of time for a project can vary, but it must fall within the
period of July 1, 1996 to march 31, 1997.
What to Include in a Application
There is no application form but each submission must contain:
- a clear description of the project, including its goals, collaborative
aspects, time frame and program components.
- a detailed budget
- the names and titles of museum staff responsible
- information about the participating literacy group or organization,
including a supporter letter
There must be appropriate public acknowledgement of the CMA's Reading
the Museum program and its funder, the National
Literacy Secretariat. The deadline for applications is June 5, 1996.
Selected projects will be announced at the CMA conference in Vancouver, BC, June
15 to 18. Please send all submissions to:
Coordinator, Reading the Museum
280 Metcalfe Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario K2P
Fax: (613) 233-5438
For further information, call Lon Dubinsky directly at (514) 489-0571.
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