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February 2011

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February 28, 2010

The Guam Humanities Council has created an exhibition with teacher resources that blends the NEH initiative "Picturing America" with "Picturing Guam." Legend of Chief Gadao is juxtaposed with Washington Crossing the Delaware.
 
Picturing America / Picturing Guam
Welcome to Katie Wolf, new executive of the Michigan Humanities Council
Participate in person or join the webcast of the California Council's Searching for Democracy forum, March 4
Online grant applications: the New York Council for the Humanities shares its experiences
Sign up to receive Vermont's "Civil War Book of Days"
Prime Time celebrates 20 years

Former NEH White House Liaison Jeremy Bernard is the new White House Social Secretary
National Humanities Medalists to be announced Mar 2
♦ Jim Leach's Civility Tour takes him to Missouri (Mar 10-11), Virginia (Mar 16), & Nevada (Mar 30, Apr 1)
2010-2011 general liability insurance policies

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Picturing America / Picturing Guam

A scene from the local legend of Chief Gadao, in which two opposing chiefs show their physical strength through competitive demonstrations. Judy Flores is an internationally renowned batik artist and a former board member of the GHC.
A scene from the local legend of Chief Gadao, in which two opposing chiefs show their physical strength through competitive demonstrations. Judy Flores is an internationally renowned batik artist and a former board member of the GHC.

The response of the Guam Humanities Council to NEH's Picturing America initiative has been to create a complementary exhibition, Picturing Guam, that speaks directly to the Guamian historic and artistic experience. Picturing Guam has been on display at the Isla Center for the Arts on the University of Guam campus.

Its more permanent status is as teacher resource materials which are being introduced by means of workshops and professional development presentations. The teacher workshops have been attended by teachers of all grade levels, from Head Start to University of Guam School of Education students.

Picturing Guam is now featured on NEH's EDSITEment website.

Welcome to Katie Wolf, new executive of the Michigan Humanities Council

Katie Wolf
Katie Wolf

Mary Kathleen Wolf became Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council this month. Katie has served in a variety of executive-level positions throughout her career, including national director for the Presidential Medal of Technology in Washington, D.C.; head of external relations for the Consortium of International Earth Science Information Network; communications director for the Michigan Governor’s Cabinet Council on Human Investment; and education and public outreach director for the Kentucky Division of Water. Most recently she served as a constituent services director for the Michigan State Senate and prior to that, as executive director of a statewide community and adult education association.

Katie headed her own communications firm headquartered in Michigan for 15 years, serving as a strategic advisor to federal agencies, nonprofits, universities, school districts, and corporate CEOs. She has directed communications for several winning public service campaigns and bond proposals, and brought millions of dollars to Michigan nonprofits and educational institutions through her grant writing and fundraising efforts.

Participate in person or join the webcast of the California Council's Searching for Democracy forum, March 4

Searching for Democracy, a two-year initiative of the California Council for Humanities, will begin with a March 4 forum, “Democracy and the Culture of Civic Conversation,” with streaming web video. The California Council invites you to register to listen and watch, raise questions, and participate in the discussion online through the webcast.

Core questions to be considered at the forum are: what does our democracy require of us? what are our shared values? how do we define and create a common good? Speakers include Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Chris Abani, Joyce Appleby, Bill Whitaker, and others.

The forum and the two-year Searching for Democracy Initiative are supported in part by the NEH Bridging Cultures initiative and through the Council's partnerships with numerous California educational institutions and public organizations. Bridging Cultures addresses the role of civility in democracy and the understanding of Muslim contributions to world cultures. The humanities councils in Illinois, Virginia, Washington, and Idaho are partners in three of the eight Bridging Cultures supported symposia.

Online grant applications: the New York Council for the Humanities shares its experiences

Coney Island USA is receiving the first award resulting from the new online application process.
Coney Island USA is receiving the first award resulting from the new online application process.

The first application to be funded using the New York Council for the Humanities' new online grant application process is “The Congress of Curious Peoples,” an annual 10-day series of lectures and performances that, according to the Council, "brings strange and unique individuals to Coney Island in celebration of its subversive and exciting power."

Applicants found the new online application process to be "clear" and "loved that the budget added for me." The Council has been holding webinars for potential applicants which have also garnered praise.

The Council held a different kind of webinar on February 24 to demonstrate their guideline revision process and resulting online materials for colleagues among the state humanities councils. Highlights included details on how their online forms feed into their existing FileMaker database, and an explanation of the Cultural Data Project

, a nationwide survey of arts and cultural organizations currently active in nine states with 22 more having expressed interest in employing it. Once an applicant has completed its Cultural Data Project Profile, this material can generate reports for applications to other funders and an annual report for their organization.

 

The materials covered in the webinar for humanities councils can be found in the council activities section of the Federal/State Partnership website (logon fed state password partnership).

A feature of the Council's grant application process is that an applicant can review all the materials requested in the applications and print them before actually commencing work on the application. The grant guidelines have been reduced to one page.

Sign up to receive Vermont's "Civil War Book of Days"

To honor the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Vermont Humanities Council is producing the Civil War Book of Days e-newsletter, weekly e-mails marking what happened that week 150 years ago.

The newsletter for this week highlights the February 28, 1861 attempt by Thomas Corwin (R-Ohio) to preserve the union by proposing a constitutional amendment that would preserve the rights of slave-holding states to keep their slaves: "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."

The amendment passed the House and the Senate, but the coming of the war intervened with its adoption by a sufficient number of states.

Read the entire current newsletter and
sign up to receive these weekly e-blasts about the past.

Prime Time celebrates 20 years

In 2011, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' family reading program Prime Time celebrates its 20th anniversary and the completion of over 1,000 programs. Prime Time has conducted 536 programs in Louisiana, reaching over 20,000 participants, as well as 547 programs in other states and territories. These national programs have also reached nearly 20,000 participants. "In total, 1,083 programs have been conducted with individual participant graduation totaling approximately 40,000!" reported LEH's Prime Time newsletter.

Read more about Prime Time, including a 10-year impact study. You can also sign up to receive the Prime Time newsletter.


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