Examples of funded Grants:
2023 Grant awarded Joanne G.
Masters Thesis Support, Northern Arizona University
Examining the patterns between exhibition content, the presence of indigenous voices, and the average length of guest interaction with archaeology-focused exhibits at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Heard Museum.
The David Wilcox scholarship supported Joanne in studying the backgrounds of Arizonan archaeological exhibitions, during which she began questioning if the presence of Indigenous voices effect visitor perspectives in these spaces. As a culmination of her work, Joanne will present a talk on her Master's Thesis work, 'Disconnection and Reconnection: Visitor Perspectives, Archaeology, and Indigenous Presence in Southwestern Arizonan Heritage Exhibitions' in to the Verde Valley Archaeological Chapter, Arizonan Archaeological Society in Spring 2024.
'My graduate education significantly benefited from understanding the intersections of Indigenous presence, Archaeology and Visitor Studies in Arizonan exhibition spaces. This scholarship aided in me finishing my last semester of school and in travel to both museum institutions.'
This funding also aided in giving Joanne access to university faculty resources such as statistical software and academic databases on museum studies, visitor studies and archaeological resources.
'I am grateful for the VVCAAS for their support and interest about my thesis work and the opportunity to present on Archaeological exhibitions, visitor feedback and Indigenous perspectives within these spaces.'
2022 Grant awarded Emily Jonsson
Conservation Internship in the Arizona State Museum
This internship allowed Emily to study the contamination of cultural materials, during which time she began questioning how nuclear testing programs and uranium mining in the Southwest affected the preservation of artifacts and archaeological sites. As a culmination of her work, Emily presented a talk titled, 'Atomic Pasts: Preserving the Legacy of Nuclear Testing in the Southwest' to the Verde Valley Chapter, Arizona Archaeological Society in March, 2023.
“The opportunity to study how modern contaminants affect cultural materials in the Conservation Lab at ASM would not have been possible without the support of this grant. My graduate education significantly benefited from getting work hands-on with collections and artifacts in a museum setting, as asking questions from a conservation standpoint has changed the way I approach sites and artifacts. I am beyond grateful to the VVCAAS for their support and enthusiasm about my work and for the opportunity to present on nuclear testing and cultural resources!”
2022 Masters Thesis Support, Northern Arizona University
Ceramic Exchange in Northern Arizona: Mapping of prehistoric ceramics; trading of ceramics through Northern Arizona. Benjamin P., Master's Program, Northern Arizona University.