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IMLS Creates Grants Website

posted by September 16, 2006

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that all fiscal year 2007 grant applications are available on a new website, Grants.gov. The federal government developed this website for organizations to find and apply online for competitive grant opportunities from all twenty-six federal grant-making agencies. Instructions for applying for IMLS grants through Grants.gov are available at www.imls.gov/grantsgov. Beginning October 1, all applicants for the 21st Century Museum Professionals (deadline: March 15, 2007) and National Leadership Grants (deadline: February 1, 2007) are required to apply through Grants.gov.

IMLS to Give $1.5 Million in Aid

posted by September 16, 2006

On June 1, 2006, First Lady Laura Bush announced that an additional $1.5 million of Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funds will be directed to help beleaguered museums and libraries located in federally declared disaster areas. See the full press release at www.imls.gov/news/2006/ 060106.shtm.

Ideological Exclusion Lawsuit Update

posted by September 15, 2006

As reported in the May CAA News, the American Academy of Religion has joined the American Association of University Professors and PEN American Center in a lawsuit to prevent US government officials from barring foreign scholars from the United States solely because of views the scholars express. The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, follows the continued exclusion of Professor Tariq Ramadan, a leading scholar of Islam, and contends that a provision of the Patriot Act has fostered a policy known as “ideological exclusion.” The lawsuit asks that the provision be declared unconstitutional.

After several months of asking the US District Court, Southern District of New York, for a summary judgment on the Ramadan portion of the suit, the plantiffs found some success: a federal judge ruled that the government must render a decision on Ramadan’s visa application within ninety days. On June 23, 2006, the judge said that the government has already had “more than adequate time for adjudication of Ramadan’s pending visa application” and noted that though the government can exclude an alien from the country for many reasons, it may not invoke national security as a protective shroud to justify the exclusion of aliens on the basis of their political beliefs.

To read the full summary judgment, go to www.aarweb.org/about/announce/2006/
RamadanRuling20060623.pdf
. CAA will continue to report on this issue as it develops; see www.collegeart.org/advocacy.

IMLS Creates Grants Website

posted by September 15, 2006

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that all fiscal year 2007 grant applications are available on a new website, Grants.gov. The federal government developed this website for organizations to find and apply online for competitive grant opportunities from all twenty-six federal grant-making agencies. Instructions for applying for IMLS grants through Grants.gov are available at www.imls.gov/grantsgov. Beginning October 1, all applicants for the 21st Century Museum Professionals (deadline: March 15, 2007) and National Leadership Grants (deadline: February 1, 2007) are required to apply through Grants.gov.

Digital Database for Europe’s Cultural Heritage

posted by September 15, 2006

Drawing on a system developed by France’s Ministry of Culture and Communications, the MICHAEL project, which stands for Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe, has developed an electronic system to access, manage, and update digital records of Europe’s collections, including museum objects, archaeological and tourist sites, music and audiovisual archives, biographical materials, documents, and manuscripts. MICHAEL will provide a multilingual online service allowing users to search and examine cultural collections throughout Europe by linking to existing collections. Eleven countries are participating in MICHAEL. A launch is planned in Italy, the UK, and France in May 2007, and in other participating countries in November 2007. For more information, please visit www.michael-culture.org.

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