Our new collections strategy has launched! 

Collections are comprised of diverse narratives that provide perspectives from the past, contribute to a better informed present, and lead to a more inclusive, sustainable, and healthier future. We encourage collecting organizations in our two regions to amplify overlooked voices and animate and expand the stories and insights derived from their collections. 

See our website for more information and the new guidelines.
Watch the recording of our October 21, 2020 launch event, which includes a short video sharing some stories from Chicago and the Lowcountry, a history of how the strategy came to be, a great discussion with Marcia Walker-McWilliams of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and John White of the College of Charleston, and a lively Q&A session.
Let's begin the conversation...

We encourage you to reach out if you have any questions, or if you are interested in developing a proposal for either the March 26, 2021 or July 30, 2021 deadlines.

For projects located in the Chicago metro area, please contact Ellen Placey Wadey (

For projects located in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, please contact Kerri Forrest (

And in case you missed it earlier, here is the press release announcing the new strategy.
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