Grant Will Fund Scholarships for 24 Internships in NYC and Across the Country

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MIAP student Danielle Calle (Class of 2019) works on preserving film during her internship at IndieCollect.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The grant will fund scholarships for 24 internships as part of MIAP’s “Education and Fieldwork in Media Archiving and Preservation” project. Fourteen scholarships of $7,000 each would place students in New York City cultural heritage institutions for a semester, while another ten scholarships at $10,000 each would place them at institutions across the country for a summer.

“Moving image and sound recordings carry distinctive value for researchers, documentarians, artists, and the public alike, but they are also vulnerable to displacement, deterioration, and loss,” says Juana Suarez, director of the NYU MIAP Program. “The need to preserve present day and historical recordings and to make them accessible in the digital era is no longer up for debate and requires the special skills our students acquire. We are grateful the NEH recognizes the need for training and deploying archivists and for their continued support of NYU MIAP’s graduate program.”

Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help NYU MIAP sustain and expand its internship program. Internship stipends afford students the time to focus their energy on intensive study and fieldwork, the combination of which prepares them for careers as stewards of audiovisual culture. With past support from the NEH, 70 MIAP students have completed or are scheduled to complete 87 internships, with nearly a third of those outside of New York, spanning every region of the United States. Students, scholars, artists, and members of the public will be able to forge stronger connections with their audiovisual cultural heritage as a result of interventions made by MIAP interns—in partnership with staff at host institutions, under the guidance of supplemental supervisors where needed, and with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This $200,000 award from the NEH for MIAP’s “Education and Fieldwork in Media Archiving and Preservation” project, along with cost-sharing contributions from NYU, would facilitate 24 additional internships from September 2019 through August 2021. This includes 16 part-time semester internships in New York and eight full-time summer internships elsewhere.

The NYU MIAP Master of Arts degree program is a two-year course of study providing students with an 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 “Education and Fieldwork in Media Archiving and Preservation” project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. For more information about the NEH, visit its website.