A list of potential sponsors and specific funding programs/links: campus, state, federal, foundations, corporate. Feel free to expand the list, and to comment on funding tactics and strategies.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): in the Visual Arts section, the August 12 “Art Works” deadline, under the Engagement rubric, seems appropriate for a QR-based project to provide a new form of access to the Percent for Art collection. Since funding would not begin until June 2012, there would be ample time to work on models, procedures, protocols, etc. Here are some of the supported Engagement activities in the Visual Arts division:

  • Community outreach activities.
  • Technology projects that provide online access to collections, exhibitions, organizational history, and other programming information; and technology meant to be used at the organization’s location.
  • Innovative uses of technology or new models to exhibit new work or to reach out to audiences.
  • Documentation.

NEA’s Arts Education division is more specifically about community arts education for 5-18 year olds, and/or their teachers. Their March 10 deadline is for community-based activities, i.e., outside the regular school day. This is where developing a QR/GIS-based “scavenger hunt” for artworks, and developing a QR-based survey for each featured artwork, could be exciting. Clearly we would want to plan for a 2012 proposal to this program.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Preservation and Access Research and Development (deadline 5/19): e.g., how might QR be used in a pilot study or as a testbed increase access to one or more of UO’s humanities-related collections? PARD is especially interested in this question (as well as in the preservation/access to moving image and audio collections).

Oregon Cultural Trust
(which features Karen Estlund on one of its banners, check it out) has an annual mid-May deadline for FY2012 funding. Here’s their mission:

  • protect and stabilize Oregon’s cultural resources;
  • expand public awareness of, quality of, access to and participation in culture in Oregon; and
  • ensure that Oregon cultural resources are strong and dynamic contributors to Oregon’s communities and quality of life.

Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects in four broad areas:

  • Access: making culture broadly available to Oregonians
  • Preservation: investing in Oregon’s cultural heritage by recovering and preserving historic assets and achievements
  • Creativity: the making and/or presentation of artistic or scholarly work, and the development of artists, cultural experts and scholars
  • Capacity: the strengthening of cultural organizations to build stability and generate public confidence

Oregon Arts Commission has Cultural Tourism grants (January 2012 deadline) that JSMA has been routinely successful in getting. A QR-coded/GIS-mapped Percent for Art collection could be a draw for UO ‘cultural tourists,’ who come here for other artistic events.  It’s also possible that such a project would qualify for an OAC Arts Learning grant.

MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning program should be quite open to any project that provides learning access though smartphones. Their interest in multimodal learning communities and after-school learning programs, too, fits in with some of the ideas sketched above.

The Paul Allen Foundation makes grants to PNW organizations in arts & culture and education & youth engagement, among other things. They require a letter of inquiry before submitting a proposal.

National Science Foundation (NSF):


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