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Getty Grant Program Awards $745,975 For Electronic Cataloguing At 11 Local Arts Institutions

January 27, 1998

The Getty Grant Program announces 11 new grants, totaling $745,975, designed to assist Los Angeles-area museums and arts institutions in making their visual art collections accessible online. These grants are the first to be given as part of a five-year Electronic Cataloguing Initiative, which began last summer, and they reflect the Grant Program’s ongoing commitment to funding local arts institutions.

"We are delighted to help make Los Angeles’ unique cultural resources accessible to a wider audience," says Grant Program Director Deborah Marrow. "These new grants complement another Getty project, L.A. Culture Net, and they will make a wealth of material available to researchers and the public."

The grants are divided into two categories. Planning grants provide support for cataloguing collections or making an extensive inventory of them. Implementation grants support the creation or expansion of such catalogues and the expenses involved in putting them in digital format and bringing them electronically online.

Recipients of planning grants include:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ($50,000)
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, UCLA ($42,000)
UCLA Library ($36,000)
Skirball Cultural Center ($32,000)
Pacific Asia Museum ($25,000)
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery ($18,000)
Center for the Study of Political Graphics ($15, 000)

Recipients of implementation grants are:
Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA ($250,000)
Long Beach Museum of Art ($154,000)
Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College ($83,975)
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach ($40,000)

"Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Getty Grant Program," says Carol A. Wells, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, "the Center will be able to plan for an inventory management system for our more than 30,000 domestic and international protest and human rights posters. This system will enable us to catalogue and present this unique and important resource to the growing audience beyond the walls of CSPC. This will be a critical step in helping us prepare for the 21st century."

"We are delighted that the Getty is assuming a leadership role in computer access to museum collections in Southern California," comments the Fowler Museum’s director Doran H. Ross about the award from the Getty Grant Program. "While the Fowler Museum already had something of a head start in creating digital images of its collections, the grant maintains the quality of the project and ensures its completion."

Visual arts organizations interested in future Electronic Cataloguing Initiative grants and application forms should contact the Getty Grant Program or access their Web site at The next application deadline is April 1998.

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Lori Starr or Libby Rogers
Getty Public Affairs
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