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Harwood Museum of Art Receives $150,000 Federal Grant
September 06, 2013

Harwood Museum of Art Receives $150,000 Federal Grant

Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico - Taos, NM
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $210,638
Grant Program: Museums for America
Program Category: Collections Stewardship

Contact: Ms. Juniper Manley
Director of Development
(575)758-9826; jmanley@unmfund.org

The Harwood Museum of Art has been awarded $150,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize its collection management system and make it available via the Harwood’s web site. This grant will also fund the establishment of an on-site digital photo studio and the digital photography (high and low resolution) of every object in the museum's collection. 

The Harwood Museum of Art will establish an on-site digital photo studio, photograph each object in its collection, and publish its collection catalog through searchable web pages on its website. The project will establish the technical infrastructure to support a new collection management database and integrated web-based publishing software and will transfer current collection data to the new system. The database will enable the museum to more efficiently manage its collection, process and track loans, and organize in-depth exhibitions by collaborating with other regional museums using the same software. The database will let users view, research, and use the art collection while ensuring its physical safety. The museum will use the print-quality images for future exhibitions, catalog, and image reproduction requests. The museum will evaluate the project by assessing engagement of targeted learners, including university and Taos school educators, K-12 students, families with children, lifelong learners, and researchers. 

"This project will transform the management of the Harwood Museum of Art's collection, and make this invaluable resource available to students, researchers, and lifelong learners all over the world," states Harwood Museum of Art Director Susan Longhenry.  "We're deeply grateful for, and honored by, this partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services."