Regional Workshops

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) has been awarded a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to fund the VRAF Regional Workshop Program. This new pilot program is dedicated to providing localized education and professional development opportunities in visual resources and image management. 

The VRAF regional workshop program will provide an immersive experience on a single topic, framed in a manner that is relevant to image management professionals, image users, and the broader information community.  The topics are as follows:

  • Collaboration: Visual Resources Centers, Libraries, and Archives
  • Exhibit, Instruct, Promote: Using Omeka
  • Fundamentals of Visual Resources
  • Metadata and Image Management: From Fundamentals to Future Trends
  • Visual Literacy

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) Chapters, VRA affiliates, related organizations, and academic institutions with information management programs will be encouraged to apply for the grants.  The fee-based workshops will be available to anyone who would like to attend.  With these grants, host institutions will be able to offer a workshop without the burden of developing it from within, and provide valuable programming not only to their local constituents, but to their broader region. This program will allow the VRAF to more fully realize its mission to promote scholarship, research, education, and outreach in the visual resources field. 

To implement the VRAF Workshop Program, the VRAF has established a committee consisting of VRAF Directors, a representative from the VRA Education Committee, and a representative from a related professional organization. The committee includes VRAF Directors Christine Hilker, Ian McDermott, and Betha Whitlow; VRA Education Committee member Marlene Gordon; and VRA, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), and Museum Computer Network (MCN) member Maureen Burns.  The implementation process is underway, and additional announcements about the VRAF Regional Workshop program will soon be forthcoming.

The Kress grant programs support scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European Art from antiquity to the early 19th century. We are grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their generous support of this important new opportunity.

For more information about the Visual Resources Association Foundation, and its mission, projects, and giving opportunities, please visit us at:, or read the latest issue of our annual report at:

Betha Whitlow
VRAF Director
Curator of Visual Resources, Washington University in Saint Louis

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