North Carolina Pottery Center Receives Two Grants

$50,000 Grant from the Cannon Foundation
The North Carolina Pottery Center has received a $50,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation, which is based in Concord, North Carolina. The funds from the grant will be used to improve and enhance the Pottery Center’s parking area, to add a paved, handicap accessible path down to the center’s education building, and to address other exterior issues. Lindsey Lambert, the Pottery Center’s executive director, says, “We are greatly appreciative of the Cannon Foundation’s support and belief in the value of our mission and look forward to making some needed exterior improvements and enhancements that will improve the experience of visitors to the center.”

$10,000 NEA Arts Education in American Communities Grant
The North Carolina Pottery Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the development of its online collections site. The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience creativity and participate in the arts. The NEA programs and funding supports thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country, including about 30,000 performances and 3,000 exhibitions annually.

To put its collections online, the Pottery Center is making use of Omeka, a flexible and open source web-publishing platform, for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka falls at a crossroads of web content management, collections management, and archival digital collections systems and supports full Dublin-core metadata.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of this award to the North Carolina Pottery Center. In each community the arts have the power to create new avenues for economic health and physical vibrancy, and for people to feel a sense of pride in their locality. This grant demonstrates this power and affirms that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Lindsey Lambert, the Pottery Center’s executive director, says, “We are greatly appreciative of the NEA support of our online collections project. This funding from the NEA will allow us to work on getting a significant portion of our permanent collections online and accessible to the public. In addition to going back and adding a lot of the Pottery Center’s permanent collection items over the next year, we anticipate adding temporary exhibitions over time. In fact, we have already begun experimenting with Omeka and have entered data for two temporary exhibitions into our new online collections site. Those exhibitions will only be temporary in terms of the physical exhibits; they will live on in our online collections site. To see the temporary exhibitions that have already been put online and follow our progress over the next year, please visit”

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