About the Project
The IUPUI University Library's collaboration with the Indianapolis
Museum of Art and other local cultural organizations presented
an opportunity for central Indiana area schools, home school audiences,
public libraries, and museums to partner in lifelong learning
activities and programs.
Project collaborations with schools, libraries, and museums,
enhanced awareness and application of local educational activities,
programs, and resources available to the audiences. Project collaborations
with vendors provided access to significant digital art-related
images and text resources for use in educational activities and
To enhance teaching and learning through the innovative and meaningful
application of technology in lifelong learning environments.
To support and enrich the educational activities and programs
of schools and libraries of central Indiana lifelong learning
audiences through professional development workshops, collaborative
model projects, and access to digital cultural heritage images
- Provide access to emerging technologies and digital cultural
heritage resources in cross-disiplinary lifelong learning programs
and activities in central Indiana schools and libraries.
- Negotiate reasonable fee structures and service terms to commercially
licensed resources for educational audiences.
- Blend content of educational programs and curriculum, digital
images and text, and museum resources to enrich learning and
- Document 'best practices' for lifelong learning collaborations
between libraries, schools, and museums with an emphasis on
how the community is served, technology used, or education enhanced.
Phase I - The first phase consisted of startup and promotion
actives of the project. Activities included hiring staff, forming
advisory boards, awarding 12 mini grants to six teams of teachers,
and selecting digital resources. Other actives included negotiating
licenses with vendors, setting timelines, and writing model instructional
Phase II - The second phase of the project focused on
the K-12 Environment. Twelve teachers were each given $3000 in
mini-grants to evaluate the usefulness and relevancy of the image
databases for regular classroom instructional use. The pilot teachers
participated in a three-week Summer Institute during which they
wrote instructional units that integrated the visual arts into
the curriculum. The Indiana State Standards for all curriculum
areas served as both a starting point and guidelines for the instructional
During the 1999-2000 school year, the 12 pilot teachers implemented
the instructional plans and looked for other ways in which visual
arts could be integrated into the regular classroom. Teachers
took their classes on field trips to local museums and held distance
In January of 2000, the visual databases were made available
to all Central Indiana schools. Teachers and students are able
to access both Corbis and Grove through an IP gateway mechanism.
No passwords were required.
Phase III- The third phase primarily involved the continuing
operations of the grants activities including implementation of
the projects instructional units into the classroom setting;
promotion and publicity at local, regional, and national professional
educational and library meetings, conferences, and on-demand requests;
mentoring of teachers by the projects mini-grant pilot teachers.
Phase IV - Phase IV of the IUPUI/IMA Community project
integrated public library lifelong learning audiences into the
grant activities. The purpose was to achieve the projects
global goal to serve as a gateway to local cultural resources
for use in cross-disciplinary collaborative educational programs
and activities of schools [public, private, home-schoolers]
and public libraries educational
Serving as a catalyst to infuse art into cross-disciplinary curriculum,
the project facilitated local
learning communities among schools, libraries, and museums built
around the projects digital
resources of local Hoosier
Artist paintings and WPA
[Works Progress Administration] Murals found
Two of the projects significant achievements to provide
access via the Internet to local resources
included the Hoosier Artist Project and the WPA Murals project.
Both activities focused on
providing Internet access to local digital cultural information.
For more information on the project phases, see the Community
Project Final Report.