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May 2008


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May 29, 2008

Download the 2008-2009 general liability insurance policies (logon "fedstate" password "partnership")

National Geographic Traveler awarded Virgin Island youth photographer, Francisco Martinez, top prize in its "In My View" photo contest. Read the article below on We the People ripple effects in the Virgin Islands.

Ripple Effects—a We the People project leads to a national magazine's photo award and a heritage tourism website
Federal/State Partnership insurance policies go digital
Reminder: compliance plans are due June 2
26,320 Picturing America awards

Updike, art, & the nation's search for identity

Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose: grantmakers and their grantees

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.

Ripple Effects—a We the People project leads to a national magazine's photo award and a heritage tourism website

In September 2007, the Virgin Islands Humanities Council convened a territorial conference on heritage tourism, a We the People project. The keynote speaker was Dawn Drew, vice president and publisher of National Geographic Traveler, and one of the participating organizations was the St. Thomas-based Beyond Visions Foundation. The connection between the Foundation and Traveler was made when Francisco Martinez, a participant in the BVF's Youth Film Project, submitted his photograph (above) to Traveler's "In My View" photo contest and won the top award.

Since the conference, VIHC has launched a heritage tourism website and drawn up an action plan that engages a wide array of Virgin Islands private and public entities in the goal of supporting and enhancing the territory's cultural resources. In a recent letter to Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., VIHC Executive Director Mabel Maduro noted that, "The conference ... captured the voices, concerns, and ideas of 'We the People'. ... VIHC was able to foster awareness and assist in developing trends in cultural heritage tourism and modes of economic empowerment through the celebration of the culture and heritage of the Virgin Islands and the Americas."

Federal/State Partnership insurance policies go digital

The general liability insurance policies that Federal/State Partnership provides to state humanities councils join the many resources already available online to councils. Read a summary of each of the three parts of the policy and download the complete policy as pdf files. We strongly recommend that you review these policies with your insurance broker to make sure that you are not paying for duplicate coverage.

The Federal/State Partnership website is your digital file cabinet for all the materials you need to handle your NEH general operating support and We the People grants, check assessment and review information—including when your council is up for assessment and review as well as when your interim narrative report is due, and look up the fine points of the legislation that founded NEH and the network of state humanities councils. 

Reminder: compliance plans are due June 2

Annual Compliance Plans are due next Monday. The url for submission is securegrants.neh.gov/Fedstate/default.aspx. Use the same password as for a We the People application. Questions ? Contact Dwan Reece or call her at 202.606.8266.

26,320 Picturing America awards

 Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, San Antonio, Texas, 1755, various artists

from the Picturing America collection: Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, San Antonio, Texas, 1755, various artists

Brian Lee, NEH Director of Communications, told NEH staff that, “This week and next the National Endowment for the Humanities will be announcing 26,320 Picturing America Awards, occurring in each and every state, territory, and congressional district across our country. We have already notified Congress of these awards, and additional public announcements will be made Thursday in Chicago and next week via national media. 

"The easiest way to locate winners is on our web search form. You and the general public can access this in the Educators section of our website under “Picturing America Award Recipients.” Here is a direct link to this search function: http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/public_awards.php 

"Note that when you click on a state, the total number of recipients in that state appears directly above that list in bold. The recipients are listed alphabetically, first by city, and then by school or library name. Selecting a city from the drop down menu gives you only the recipients in that city. Selecting 'Printer Friendly' gives you the entire list in a single page, which you can then search your browser 'find' functionality, or copy and paste into a spreadsheet. 

"If you’re concerned that a school you know didn’t make the list, rest assured that they may apply during our next application period, August 4 through October 31, 2008. Interested parties can sign up for an email reminder by clicking 'How to Apply' on our home page."

Click here or on the image above for the complete downloadable Picturing America gallery and credits.

Updike, art, & the nation's search for identity

The text of John Updike's Jefferson Lecture, "'The Clarity of Things": What Is American About American Art?," delivered at Washington's Warner Theatre on May 22nd, is available on the NEH website. The lecture was accompanied by over 60 images, many from the Picturing America collection. Read the Washington Post's review 

Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose: grantmakers and their grantees

A chart from Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose.
A chart from Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose.

All state humanities councils, like foundations, are grantmakers. Many make their grants from funds granted to them in their NEH general operating support grants. The regranting of federal funds carries with it requirements and burdens with which councils and their regrantees must comply and this newsletter will address those requirements in a later issue.

Grantmaking councils, however, have their own unique requirements that they place upon their grantees, in addition to the federal requirements. Federal/State Partnership suggests that the study, Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose, released by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and available for download from the resources page of the Federal/State Partnership website, is must-read reading for every council. The foreword of this study states that, "In short, we found that the current system creates significant burdens on the time, energy and ultimate effectiveness of nonprofit practitioners." The goal of this study is "to create a set of principles to inform grantmakers' decisions about their information gathering practices." The recommendations begin on page 34. 


FEDERAL/STATE PARTNERSHIP
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax

Edie Manza, director
202.606.8257
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer
202.606.8302
Shirley Newman, program assistant
202.606.8254
Dwan Reece, senior program officer
202.606.8266

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