New York University: NYU Tisch’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program Receives $341,806 NEH Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $341,806 grant to the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $341,806 grant to the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As part of MIAP’s “Media Archiving and Preservation: Education and Professional Training,” the grant will fund scholarships for 32 internships, including twenty semester-long scholarships of $7,000 each placing students in New York City cultural heritage institutions. The other twelve summer scholarships of $10,000 each will place students at institutions across the country.
Funding from the NEH will provide essential financial aid for students in the NYU MIAP program; stipends afford students time to focus on their coursework and fieldwork. With the support of the NEH, 110 MIAP students have completed or are scheduled to complete internships at 81 cultural heritage organizations, with nearly a third of those (32.2%) outside of New York, spanning every region of the United States.
Between September 2021 and August 2023, this NEH award will make possible 32 internships serving media-rich humanities collections. This outright award also supports compensation for archival consultants, who will provide supplemental supervision to students at host sites that lack an archivist or librarian on staff. This will further expand our internship opportunities and help NYU MIAP serve cultural heritage organizations lacking permanent archival staff, without diminishing the educational value of students’ fieldwork experience.

“This NEH grant,” says Juana Suárez, Director of the NYU MIAP Program, “gives continuity to our robust internship program. It will help archival and preservation projects move forward at organizations that range in size, location, mission, collecting practices, and communities served. Interns often bring fresh attention to neglected materials. They stimulate archives to address collections where no in-house audiovisual expertise existed, and leave behind new documentation processes while also providing training resources.”

The NYU MIAP Master of Arts degree program is a two-year course of study providing students with international, comprehensive education in the theories, methods, and practices of moving image archiving. Students are exposed to all types and formats of audiovisual material in a wide variety of collections. MIAP combines in-depth archival studies with scholarly investigation into the history, theory, and analysis of media old and new — all within the humanities-centered Department of Cinema Studies at NYU Tisch. For more information about MIAP, visit its website.

NYU MIAP’s “Media Archiving and Preservation: Education and Professional Training” award is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. For more information about the NEH, visit its website.
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About the NYU Tisch School of the Arts
For over 50 years, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts has drawn on the vast artistic and cultural resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for artists, scholars, and innovators. Today, students learn their craft in a spirited, risk-taking environment that combines the professional training of a conservatory with the liberal arts education of a premier global university with campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and 11 academic centers around the world. Learn more at www.tisch.nyu.edu.

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