A group of prominent institutions in the US recently launched an initiative to help consumers design their very own historical coloring books. Adult coloring books have risen in popularity in the past few years and now several historical organizations are taking advantage of the fad.
'#ColorOurCollections' is a celebratory event that pays homage to historical art from rare book collections. As part of the campaign, a number of institutions are releasing historical illustrations inspired by their collections. Other organizations such as the Smithsonian, the Bodleian and the Historical Collections of Oregon's Health & Science University has gone as far as creating their own historical coloring book for consumers to print at home.
The campaign, which runs until February 5th, demonstrates an effort to make museum and library collections more accessible to the public through digital media.