LWLC Gets $30-K Grant

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University Archivist, Raegan C. Stearns (photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).

Art Collection at ASU Library Receives $30-K Grant to Safeguard and Display Artifacts 

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

The Daniel Foundation of Alabama recently awarded a $30,000 grant to the University's Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC/Library) to safeguard and display its collection of art, ephemera and artifacts, which are housed in the LWLC Archives Department. University Archivist, Raegan C. Stearns, secured the grant for the proposal, titled “Increasing Access to ASU's Archives’ Art Collections.” 

Stearns, who will serve as the principal investigator for the grant, explained that the University has an extensive collection that must be protected to ensure that it can be shared safely with the general public. 

“We appreciate the Daniel Foundation’s investment in the art and cultural heritage collections that the University’s Archives is responsible for safeguarding." Stearns stated. "I think the ASU community would be surprised to know the extent of visual art material in the Archives. Some have been donated by alumni and other friends of the Library. Many pieces have been purchased by the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, and others have been inherited from ASU’s visual art students and faculty.”  

Dr. Janice Franklin, dean of the LWLC and project director of ASU's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, explained that the award will support the purchase and installation of custom display cases within the LWLC to showcase and protect displayed artworks.  

“We are grateful for the support of the Daniel Foundation whose mission focuses on the arts community and how the visual arts enhance the quality of life in Alabama," Franklin said. "This unique grant will assist our efforts to display the priceless pieces of art that are housed in the Levi Watkins Learning Center and in our Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at ASU.”   

More about The Daniel Foundation of Alabamawww.danielfoundationofalabama.com 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.