A grant from the Indianapolis-based Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation will allow the new Collections, Teaching, Research and Exhibition Center at Indiana University to have fully-equipped galleries and spaces. The $100,000 grant will allow the school to purchase portable audiovisual equipment to be deployed in any of the seven gallery spaces to aid exhibits, a permanent media gallery and technology kiosks.
The new center was announced as part of the IU first University Collections Strategic Plan, which will have the center serve the school’s 242 collections. The center will be located inside the McCalla building on the Bloomington campus, after a $6 million renovation that is expected to be complete in the summer of 2021.
Heather Calloway, executive director for university collections, says the new center will feature diverse collections allowing an interdisciplinary approach.
“It will allow IU not only to give new life to precious holdings, but also to enhance their impact by enabling learning and research opportunities, whether for IU students and faculty, primary and secondary school children, or community members from southern and central Indiana,” Calloway said.
Calloway says the center’s gallery and media spaces will house temporary and permanent exhibits that will allow for engagement and training opportunities.