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Since being founded in 2014, MIPoPS has been supported, in part, by grants from both local and national funding agencies. Here you’ll find a list of the incredible projects our grant funding has supported.
This pilot project laid the foundation for ongoing relationships with King County heritage organizations, provided an opportunity to develop technical documentation and guides, and supported creation of a model for MIPoPS to train staff and volunteers from small heritage organizations to perform their own preservation work on videotapes in their collections! This grant enabled MIPoPS to broaden its reach and provide videotape preservation information, resources and services to King County heritage organizations who lacked the equipment, expertise, or funding to address the needs of their moving image collections. Our partners for this project included the the Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, the Kubota Gardens Foundation, the Seattle Mime Theatre, the Sally Sykes Group, the Seattle Audubon Society, and the Wing Luke Museum.
This project proposed to work with two of the original five participating institutions from the previous 4Culture grant, as well as four new partners. This grant allowed MIPoPS to continue to refine our training methods and digital workflows, while also training new stakeholders in how to care for and digitize their videotape material. Partners for this grant included Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Scarecrow Video, the Sally Sykes Group, Seattle Public Schools, and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society Log House Museum.
MIPoPS was selected to create an art installation using archival footage from King County heritage organizations. The installation will be displayed on four screens in busy Prefontaine Square, a thoroughfare in the Pioneer Square neighborhood which sees thousands of passersby every day.
MIPoPS is partnering with Seattle video-store legend Scarecrow Video to digitize some of their most at-risk VHS tapes. Scarecrow Video is the world’s largest publicly available of film and television, with over 135,000 titles in their collection. Over 14,000 of these titles are on VHS tapes, and the majority of these titles have never been migrated to another format. This means they are at extremely high risk of being lost forever due to degradation and format obsolescence. With this award from 4culture, MIPoPS and Scarecrow will be digitizing 13 of their most unique and at-risk titles, especially those with a local focus. Videos to be digitized include: local filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s documentary on personal stories of miscarriage, THE CLOUDS THAT TOUCH US OUT OF CLEAR SKIES; titles with historical footage and insight such as EAST OF OCCIDENTAL: THE HISTORY OF SEATTLE’S CHINATOWN (1988), BALLARD: A CHURCH FOR EVERY BAR (2001), and the aptly titled THINGS THAT AREN’T HERE ANYMORE (1995) will give new viewers an opportunity to experience images from our region’s past that can’t be seen otherwise, and stories that serve as important pieces of our collective memory. Digitized material will be available on MIPoPS’ Internet Archive collection.
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound, in collaboration with filmmaker Jill Freidberg, has been awarded a Collections Care grant to fund the first step in a long-term strategy for preserving and creating access to an archive of independent videotape footage from the 1999 WTO protests. Hidden until now, the archive offers King County residents a unique glimpse into a historic moment that shaped social justice movements in the region and around the world.
In November 1999, tens of thousands of people filled Seattle’s streets to protest the World Trade Organization. For an entire week, the whole world watched as grassroots activists, labor, environmentalists, farmers, anarchists, and artists made history.
Throughout that week, a new organization, Seattle Independent Media Center (IMC), collected and logged 300 hours of video footage, shot by over 100 independent videographers who had come to Seattle to document the marches, direct action, teach-ins, rallies, and coalition-building that defined that week.
IMC co-founder and Seattle filmmaker Jill Freidberg became the caretaker of that video collection, storing crates of Betacam SP videotapes in her home for the past 20 years. With this support from 4culture, this footage will be digitized, archived, and made publicly available. Once digitized, the material will be available on MIPoPS Internet Archive collection.
2016-2018 Magnetic Media in the Pacific Northwest: Saving Our Visual History
Funding from NEH allowed MIPoPS to apply its working model on a larger scale, and to continue to refine our workflows and best-practices. It also allowed MIPoPS to strengthen our relationships with existing partners and create new relationships with additional heritage organizations. For this project, MIPoPs partnered with the University of Washington, Ethnomusicology Archives; the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections; the Museum of History & Industry; and the Wing Luke Museum.
This project will develop procedures and tools that will support migrating data from DV tapes into digital files suitable for long-term preservation. This will fill an urgent need for DV tape transfer tools that can rescue content from at-risk digital videotape formats. The DV Rescue project will entail two years of work to develop open source and freely available software, conduct user research and testing, and create documentation to help define and perform comprehensive, automated, and easy-to-use data migration techniques. MIPoPS is working with Dave Rice and RiceCapades on DV Rescue! and will be providing training to the Carnegie Hall Archives, the New York Public Library, Democracy Now!, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, the UCLA Library Preservation Program, the Living Computer Museum (Seattle, WA), and the Seattle Municipal Archives.
2018-2020 Visualizing History in the Pacific Northwest: Saving Our Magnetic Media
Visualizing History proposes to work with four partner institutions on specific at-risk collections that have been identified as having high research value. This project continues MIPoPS efforts to improve our workflows, training strategies, and documentation, while simultaneously increasing access to these important collections.Our partners for this project are the Seattle Municipal Archives, the Seattle Public Library, University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives, and University of Washington Special Collections.
2015-2016 Dance Heritage Coalition
In 2015, MIPoPS was selected as a hub for the Dance Heritage Coalition, a Washington D.C based alliance whose mission is, in part, to give dance companies and dance archives an opportunity to catalog, digitize, and make accessible their historic film and video. Dance Heritage Coalition enabled MIPoPS to further its own commitment to preserve and make accessible hidden collections for a community that hasn’t had an opportunity to focus on their moving image material, video in particular. Dance is a highly visual art form and video documents of performance, rehearsal and choreography are essential to each dance company’s institutional memory and to overall dance history. MIPoPS worked with two regional dance companies for this project.