VSU African American Museum Wins Google Ad Grants Award

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) — The Copeland African American Museum at Valdosta State University has received a Google Ad Grant to enhance and expand its ongoing efforts to preserve and elevate the stories of African Americans.

The prize includes a $240,000 credit that can be used to promote the Copeland African American Museum on Google and YouTube, according to Dr. Amy Watson, the museum’s acting director. It also gives the museum access to exclusive training programs aimed at maximizing the digital visibility of the museum, as well as placing the museum on Google Maps.

“We set ourselves some really big goals for the museum, and the first thing that came to mind was, ‘This is really happening. We can do it. We will actually accomplish things that once seemed impossible. »

The Museum’s main goal with winning the grant, according to Watson, is to introduce more people to the museum’s collection and stories.

Watson said she encourages schools, churches and civic groups to consider the museum first when planning a trip because the people and stories in museums are too powerful, and the contributions and successes represented by the artifacts and people in the museum are too important.

Watson wants schools, churches and civic groups to think of the museum first when planning a trip because the people and stories in the museum are too impactful and important.

Watson also plans to use Google Ad Grants money as an experiential learning tool for VSU students working as university interns, graduate assistants or student assistants at the museum. This encompasses everything from designing digital ads, to creating and managing campaigns, to managing grants.

It’s a dream come true for the Copelands, who have spent more than three decades encouraging people of all ages and ethnicities to examine, explore, and analyze the innovative, creative, and intelligent contributions of African Americans across the world. history and to remember, recognize and celebrate these contributions throughout the year.

The Copeland African American Museum’s collection spans over 150 years of history and includes more than 75 pieces, which the Copelands began collecting in 1989.

For more information about the museum, please visit https://copelandaam.org/.

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