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Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

October 15, 2010, San Francisco, CA — Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) will conduct an outreach and training program, sharing important new imaging technologies with art conservation students, museum professionals, and others who care for items of cultural, artistic, and historic heritage. CHI will conduct training sessions in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) for members of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property, as well as at four museum sites across the country.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to reach out to conservators and allied professionals across the country,” said Mark Mudge, CHI President and Co-Founder. “By teaching people how to use RTI, we advance the adoption of this significant new technology and empower cultural heritage managers to better care for their collections.”

CHI was one of only seven grantees out of 65 applications to the highly competitive IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals program. CHI will receive $255,200 from the IMLS, and will complete the project with additional grants and donations from project partners.

The 21st Century Museum Professionals program supports a range of activities, including professional training in all areas of museum operations and leadership development. Museum professionals need high levels of knowledge and expertise to allow museums to play their essential role in the education of the American public: preserving our rich heritage and transmitting it from one generation to the next. In partnership with schools, community organizations, and other cultural institutions, the 21st Century Museum Professionals program helps museum professionals update their knowledge and skills.

“The learning needs of our increasingly diverse communities, the possibilities provided by new technologies, and changing strategies for disaster response require an expanding portfolio of skills for museum professionals at every level,” said Marsha L. Semmel, IMLS Acting Director.

Cultural Heritage Imaging is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of new imaging technologies for cultural, historic, and artistic heritage. CHI is committed to the democratization of technology, relying on open source software and accessible methods and equipment. For more information on CHI, please see www.culturalheritageimaging.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

CHI Contact:
Elizabeth S. Peña
415-558-8672

IMLS Contact:
Mamie Bittner
202-653-4630