Call for host applications: Visual Resources Association Foundation Regional Workshops

Following a successful year-long pilot program, the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting host applications for the VRAF Regional Workshop Program for 2016-2017. Thanks to a second year of generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this program will allow the VRAF to more fully realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the fields of visual resources and image management.

For the 2016-2017 phase of this program, four grants of up to $3000 each are available to support an instructor stipend and travel expenses, a stipend for the local organizer, catering, and other minor expenses incurred by the host institution.  With the VRAF Regional Workshop Grant, host institutions will be able to offer a workshop without the burden of developing it from within, and provide valuable programming not only to their local constituents, but to their broader region. This opportunity is open to Visual Resources Association (VRA) Chapters, VRA affiliates, related organizations, and academic institutions with information management programs. For a reasonable registration fee, the workshops will provide an immersive experience on a single topic, framed in a manner that is relevant to image management professionals, users of cultural heritage information, and the larger information community.

For the 2016-17 program, applications will be accepted to host one of the following workshops:

  • Can We Do That?: Intellectual Property Rights and Visual Media
  • Collaborating across the Institution: Creating Professional Partnerships to Support Cultural Heritage
  • Enhancing Your Professional Toolkit and Expanding Your Role
  • Exhibit, Instruct, Promote: An Introduction to Omeka for Digital Scholarship
  • Learning to Look and Looking to Learn: A Workshop on Visual Literacy
  • Managing Digital Content
  • Metadata and Management of Cultural Heritage Digital Media: From Fundamental to Future Trends
  • Moving Images: The Basics and Beyond

We will also consider applications in which the host site proposes its own workshop topic. Please review the description of the VRAF Regional Workshop Program as well as the VRAF Mission Statement prior to confirm that your proposed workshop fits within both the program’s parameters and the larger goals of the VRAF.

To conform to the guidelines of our Samuel H. Kress grant, workshops must be held by June 2017.  For more information about the workshops, instructors, and how to apply, visit The deadline for application is September 10, 2016.

Ian McDermott
Instruction Librarian
Library Department
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY