Museum of Graffiti awarded grant as part of $1M gifted to FIU by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help preserve oral history of local communities
We are happy to announce the Museum of Graffiti has been chosen as one of the organizations to receive a grant from Florida International University’s Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1M to FIU for a project to collect and preserve the stories of South Floridians.
The project titled, Community Data Curation: Preserving, Creating, and Narrating Everyday Stories, entails community partnerships with eight South Florida archives, nonprofits, community centers, and museums in order to help digitize and preserve community stories. Student interns selected by the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab and FIU libraries will record oral histories and provide the necessary training and technical equipment in order to successfully execute these projects and make them accessible to the community.
The foundation hopes that through this project, voices that have been silenced or marginalized throughout history are ensured to be heard going forward.