Question: What Is Project Fayetteville?
Answer: A Film: The Fayetteville Public Library will produce Up among the Hills, the first-ever documentary on the history of Fayetteville. This 60-minute film is inspired by John Lewis’ legendary talks that simultaneously provided Fayetteville’s history and issued a call to engage in Fayetteville’s present and future. Larry Foley, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and University of Arkansas professor will produce the film. Fayetteville residents and various other sources will be tapped for stories, pictures and participation to create a permanent tribute to Fayetteville’s unique heritage and echo John’s vision for our community. The film will be broadcast on Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) after a gala premier event at the Library scheduled for fall 2012. The materials used in the film will be archived by the Library, which will make them available to the public and local schools, based on the owners’ permission.
Answer: A Digital Image Archive: Project Fayetteville is also a digital archive. The Library will host several events, encouraging residents to bring in historic photos of Fayetteville people, businesses and architecture, home videos, cookbooks, maps or other visual material that helps to tell the city’s story. The material may used in the film’s creation. The photos and images will be scanned and used to create a digital image archive. The Library plans to collect and create access points for more than 5,000 images, which will be available to the public in fall 2012.
The Fayetteville Public Library was established in 1916 and has served this city for more than 90 years. The library’s mission is to strengthen our community and empower our citizens through free and public access to knowledge. In October 2004, Fayetteville Public Library opened its downtown location. In 2005, the 88,000-square-foot Blair Library was voted Library Journal’s Library of the Year. In 2006, it was awarded a LEED Silver-NC rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. A seven-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Mayor, governs the library.
The Library maintains a collection of more than 250,000 books, films and audio items. It serves Fayetteville’s diverse community without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity or income. A destination library, the Fayetteville Public Library is open 64 hours a week and provides online access 24 hours a day. The library has more than 60,000 registered cardholders from Fayetteville and a 30-mile radius of surrounding communities. Since 2008, the library has loaned more than 1 million items. More than 2,000 people of all abilities, incomes, and backgrounds visit the library each day.
In 2007, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation a challenge grant, a 3:1 match that when completed by July 31, 2012 will establish a $2.4 million endowment to support long-term improvements to the Library’s humanities collection and programs. Since that time the Library Foundation has been raising money and over $950,000 or half of the endowment goal has been raised. The NEH encourages grant recipients to establish humanities programs throughout the challenge period to demonstrate the power of and need for humanities projects. Thus, this historic film and its related projects is the Library’s first demonstration of the promises the challenge grant can fulfill for the community.
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