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March 26, 2009

APRIL IS JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

JAZZ Al Hirschfeld's cartoon is clarinetist Benny Goodman, from the 2009 Jazz Appreciation Month poster
Jazz Appreciation Month
Leon Kass to give 2009 Jefferson Lecture
Arizona shakes up Shakespeare
Save America's Treasures application deadline May 22
Jeremy Bernard and Laura Conway are appointed to NEH

Federal/State Partnership's
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now has the latest version of the Accounting System Manual for State Humanities Councils.

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Jazz Appreciation Month

This year's Jazz Appreciation Month features the centennial of Benny Goodman's birth and the release by Smithsonian Folkways Records of Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, a comprehensive musical history and 140-page book with photos chronicling jazz from its roots to its current place in global music.

JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz—to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs.

Any organization can participate in Jazz Appreciation Month by sponsoring a performance, lecture, exhibition, or any other activity during the month of April. Events can also be submitted for inclusion on the Smithsonian's National JAM calendar. Just send an email to jazz@si.edu with the date, place and time of your event. The calendar lists events state by state and is updated weekly.

The NEH Edsitement website features a lesson plan on "Jazz and World War II: A Rally to Resistance, A Catalyst for Victory."

We hope that councils can help us in spreading the word about JAM through your e-newsletters, websites, or means of communication. Thanks.

Leon Kass to give 2009 Jefferson Lecture

Leon Kass
Leon Kass

Dr. Leon R. Kass, a widely published author, award-winning humanities teacher, and one of America’s leading moral philosophers and experts on medical ethics, will deliver the 2009 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The annual NEH-sponsored Jefferson Lecture is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

“Leon Kass is an outstanding scholar, a gifted teacher, and one of our nation’s leading humanists,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole M. Watson. “He has brought the wisdom of the humanities to bear on many topics, from bioethics to courtship, and his dedication to undergraduate teaching in the humanities has benefitted a generation of students.”

Kass will present the 38th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on “‘Looking for an Honest Man’: Reflections of an Unlicensed Humanist.” Kass is a former member of the National Council on the Humanities as is his wife Amy, who has been involved in Council civic reflection projects.

Tickets to the lecture are free of charge and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket requests must be submitted by May 4 via the online form at www.neh.gov. All other inquiries, as well as ticket requests for persons lacking online access, may be directed to 202.606.8446.

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Arizona shakes up Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (left; a new portrait?) and Harry Lennix
William Shakespeare (left; a new portrait?) and Harry Lennix

If you happen to be in Tempe, AZ on the morning of Friday, April 24th, go to the Lyceum Theatre on the Arizona State University Campus to experience hip hop adaptations of Shakespeare in a panel/performance format. Participants include actor Harry Lennix ("The Matrix" series); David Hemphill (Exec. Dir., Black Theatre Troupe); professor Camilla Westenberg (Phoenix College); professor Ayanna Thompson (ASU); and performers from both the Black Theatre Troupe and from Highland High School. A continental breakfast will be served.

This project is supported by the Arizona Humanities Council and you read about it in last month's Federal/State Partnership e-newsletter.

Save America's Treasures application deadline May 22

Little Rock High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

The Federal Save America’s Treasures program is one of the largest and most successful grant programs for the protection of our nation’s endangered and irreplaceable cultural heritage. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. Intellectual and cultural artifacts include artifacts, collections, documents, sculpture, and works of art. Historic structures and sites include historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects.

Grants are awarded to Federal, state, local, and tribal government entities, and non-profit organizations through a competitive matching-grant program, administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Jeremy Bernard and Laura Conway are appointed to NEH

Acting Chairman Carole Watson announced that the White House has appointed Jeremy Bernard to serve as NEH’s director of White House and Congressional Affairs. Jeremy has extensive experience in the political, cultural, and grant-making arenas. In 2007 he co-founded the consulting firm B&G Associates, which provided a variety of financial and political assistance to numerous clients. He has also served as director of the Nathanson Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation’s grant-making program, and as the director of government affairs for a Los Angeles-based cable television company. Although most recently based in Los Angeles, his ties to Washington date back to 1998, when President Clinton appointed him to serve on the Kennedy Center’s Presidential Advisory Committee on the Arts.

Laura E. Conway has been appointed to be special assistant to the Chairman. Ms. Conway has served in the Washington, DC offices of Senator Thomas A. Daschle and Senator Barack Obama, and was a Research Assistant for Obama For America. She received her BA from Macalester College and has completed coursework at the London School of Economics. Over the next few weeks, Laura will be working closely with us in Federal/State Partnership as she focuses on becoming well acquainted with the state humanities councils.


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