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April 23, 2008

Picturing America in Oregon: art teacher Betsy Moore discusses “The Boating Party” by Mary Cassatt. Photo by Bob Pennell in the Oregon Mail Tribune
PICTURING AMERICA in Oregon and South Dakota
Successfully launched: Guampedia, the Guam Humanities Council's encyclopedia
Mark your calendars: May 1 for We the People applications & June 2 for 2008 compliance plan submissions
Welcome to Herbert J. Paine and Phoebe Stein Davis, the newest state humanities council executives

the logon and password
for the Federal/State Partnership website:
"fedstate" & "partnership"

This website is a resource for executives, boards, and staff of state humanities councils. Join the Federal/State Partnership email list from the first page of the website.

PICTURING AMERICA in Oregon and South Dakota



Hon. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, the sole representative from the state of South Dakota, visited the South Dakota Humanities Council. She stands before "Migrant Mother, 1936" by Dorothea Lange.

Hon. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, the sole representative from the state of South Dakota, visited the South Dakota Humanities Council. She stands before "Migrant Mother, 1936" by Dorothea Lange.

Medford, Oregon, teacher Betsy Moore (see above) has big plans for using the Picturing America collection received by St. Mary's School. She will "'use the posters for classroom lessons and hang them around the campus so students become familiar with them. ... It's something students can see and touch and feel.'" St. Mary's expects its students to "'look at any artwork, analyze it and bring it into historical context,' Moore said." Ms. Moore, an alumna of teacher institutes held by the Oregon Council for the Humanities, was featured in an article about Picturing America in the April 4 issue of the Oregon Mail Tribune.

The South Dakota Humanities Council is displaying Picturing America images in its new offices at 1215 Trail Ridge Road, Suite A, in Brookings, SD. SDHC executive director Sherry DeBoer says that the “Picturing America materials could not have come at a more ideal time for the South Dakota Humanities Council. By decorating our new office space with this art, we have created instant conversation pieces throughout the building and are able to conduct culture and history lessons with the numerous visitors to our office.” 

The Picturing America video by the History Channel is available online at picturingamerica.neh.gov.

Successfully launched: Guampedia, the Guam Humanities Council's encyclopedia

 "High-end shops, restaurants, hotels and clubs line the streets of ... Tumon, the island's tourist district. Guam's main economic source is tourism from Japan, Korea, and the U.S., bringing more than 1 million visitors annually."
From Guampedia: "High-end shops, restaurants, hotels and clubs line the streets of ... Tumon, the island's tourist district. Guam's main economic source is tourism from Japan, Korea, and the U.S., bringing more than 1 million visitors annually."

 

The Guam Humanities Council has launched its online encyclopedia, Guampedia. This community project creates a comprehensive online encyclopedic resource about the history, culture and contemporary issues of Guam. Samples of what you can learn about Guam on Guampedia are a quick summary of information about Guam; a video and text about Puntan and Fu’una, brother and sister, the Chamorro creation gods; and the fact that "latte" is not just coffee with frothed milk but is also a Chamorro architectural term. Check out the Guam History Timeline at the bottom of the first page Guampedia to gain a sense of Guam's deep history.

Mark your calendars: May 1 for We the People applications & June 2 for 2008 compliance plan submissions

We the People applications for those councils that did not apply in March are due online May 1st. Federal/State Partnership director Edie Manza notes that "the application materials will be found on the NEH website at: www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/wtpshc.html." Each council has been notified of its password to gain access to the application forms. The application deadline is firm. Edie adds that, "You might be interested to know that 24 of the councils submitted their plans at the first deadline, and the Federal/State Partnership staff is eager to receive materials from the other 32 councils on May 1st."

Annual Compliance Plans are due June 2nd. The url for submission is securegrants.neh.gov/Fedstate/default.aspx. Use the same password as for a We the People application. Each council's compliance submission provides NEH with its assurance that it is following legislative requirements. Additionally, it gives Federal/State Partnership critical statistical information that we use in a variety of reports and in annual congressional budget submissions. Theses compliance submissions illustrate the wide range of activities undertaken by councils as well as important information about the participation of humanities scholars and board composition and governance. 

See your council in the context of the other 55 state and jurisdictional humanities councils on the Federal/State Partnership website.

Read more about council activities, grantmaking statistics, and governance data from the 2007 compliance plans. The governance chart provides a wealth of information about the make up and structure of council boards. It also notes when a council's by-laws were last amended.

Questions about either the WTP deadline or the compliance deadline? Contact Dwan Reece or call her at 202.606.8266.

Welcome to Herbert J. Paine and Phoebe Stein Davis, the newest state humanities council executives

Herbert J. Paine (left) will become Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council on June 1 and Phoebe Stein Davis will become Executive Director of the Maryland Humanities Council on July 1.
Herbert J. Paine (left) will become Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council on June 1 and Phoebe Stein Davis will become Executive Director of the Maryland Humanities Council on July 1.

Herbert J. Paine brings to the Arizona Humanities Council his 19-year experience as president of Paine Consulting Services, specializing in organization development, strategic planning and marketing, governance, mergers and collaboration, and interim executive management. His many accomplishments include successfully repositioning organizations for growth and sustainability and facilitating organizational alignment around mission, vision, values, and core strategies. His experience also includes years of service as the executive director of United Way of California. Among Paine’s nonprofit clients, those in the arts and cultural community have included the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arts and Business Council of Greater Phoenix, Actors Theatre, Ballet Arizona, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Free Arts of Arizona, Mesa Arts Center, National Poetry Festival, Oakland Ballet, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Scottsdale Artists’ School, West Valley Fine Arts Council, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, Museo Chicano, and Xico. Paine is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He earned a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with distinction in government from Boston University.

A Maryland native, Phoebe Stein Davis brings to the Maryland Humanities Council nearly eight years of experience with the Illinois Humanities Council, where she was Director of Public Affairs. She has had the responsibility for several major initiatives, including a highly successful effort to increase the national visibility of the Council. Through her efforts, some of the programs sponsored by the Council were featured in the New York Times, and on 60 Minutes and National Public Radio. In addition, she has developed and coordinated two statewide programs, the Studs Terkel Humanities Award program and Literature & Medicine, and created and executed the series Community Conversations on Contemporary Issues. She is well-known to the humanities council community and has been actively involved at the annual National Humanities Conference hosted by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Loyola University of Chicago.


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