Client: Association of Village Council Presidents
Location: Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, AK
Project Date: 2007-2008
Project Lead: Thea Agnew Bemben + Melissa Rodriguez
Agnew::Beck was hired by AVCP to evaluate the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Museum Native Archive Project that was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Alaska Native Education program. Agnew::Beck worked closely with AVCP staff and community members to determine whether the project was successful in meeting the objectives outlined in the proposal to the Department of Education, as well as assessing the quality and accuracy of products developed.
The overall goal of the project was to support the improvement of educational attainment among students of the AVCP Region through access to cultural information that reinforces the cultural curricula presented in the classroom. The project supported the development of curricula and educational programs that address the needs of Alaska Native students through the collection and repatriation of “recorded knowledge.” The purpose of the evaluation was to measure the effectiveness of the program in increasing cultural preservation efforts in the AVCP region; increasing and providing access to historical and cultural sources of information; and by connecting those resources to students and schools throughout the region. AVCP effectively implemented the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Museum Native Archive project and were successful in meeting the goals and objectives articulated in funding proposal.