The Marty Gear Costume Arts and Sciences Fund has approved an application by Betsy R. Marks and Karen Schnaubelt on behalf of Costume-Con for one-time funding to purchase professional-grade software for the on-line version of the Costume-Con Visual Archive. Ms. Schnaubelt is the founder of Costume-Con and Ms. Marks is its Archivist. The grant is for $279.

The Costume-Con Visual Archive is a freely accessible site comprising over 10,000 images, competition rules, participant lists, statistics, and other content for 40 years of Costume-Cons. The professional-grade software will provide a rich search function and additional display options for the images. Access to the search function will assist with research using the site’s information.