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September 2008


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September 26, 2008

"NEH Can't 'Picture America' Without Country Music,"
said MusicRow.com
when Chairman Bruce Cole visited Nashville

Robert Cheatham, president of Humanities Tennessee, joined Bruce Cole, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and others when the National Endowment for the Humanities recognized Thomas Hart Benton's The Sources of Country Music (1975) on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s permanent collection. Benton's painting is part of NEH’s Picturing America

Schools and public libraries can apply online to receive Picturing America educational resources through October 31.

 Donn Jones

(L-R): Carol M. Swain, member, National Council on the Humanities; Mayor Karl Dean; Bruce Cole; Robert Cheatham; Jerry Douglas, Artist in Residence ; and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum director Kyle Young. Photo: Donn Jones

Council people come to Washington

Chairman Cole visits Humanities Washington
National Hispanic Heritage Month on EdSitement
Diversity & inclusion: keys to cultural competence
2009 We the People bookshelf features "Picturing America"

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.

Council people come to Washington

Poster of the 2008 National Book Festival
Poster of the 2008 National Book Festival

We look forward to seeing representatives of Colorado Humanities, Maine Humanities Council, Maryland Humanities Council, Minnesota Humanities Center, Humanities Montana, North Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Humanities Council, Humanities Tennessee, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the National Book Festival this Saturday, September 27. These councils host their state's Center for the Book.

It is always a pleasure to see our colleagues when they come to town. We've recently seen Greg Kimura of the Alaska Humanities Forum, Keira Amstutz of the Indiana Humanities Council, and Bruce Fraser of the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Chairman Cole visits Humanities Washington

Rep. Norm Dicks (WA - 6th District) and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bruce Cole gathered with hosts Ralph and Karen Munro, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Humanities Washington Executive Director Ted Lord, members of the Humanities Washington board of trustees, state legislators, and representatives from arts, education, and cultural organizations from across the state to visit the Mud Bay archaeological dig site and discuss the humanities in Washington State.

In the photograph above, board members (l-r) Carla Seaquist, Meredith Wagner, Dick Thompson, and Karen Munro join Chairman Bruce Cole and Congressman Norm Dicks (second and third from left) and Humanities Washington executive director Ted Lord (right).

National Hispanic Heritage Month on EdSitement

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, 1755
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, 1755
NEH's online teacher resource, EdSitement, is a treasure trove of material for teachers, students, and the curious of all ages. It includes lesson plans at all grade levels in the broad categories of art and culture, literature and language arts, foreign language, and history and social studies, and links to hundreds of websites. A partner of the Verizon Foundation and Thinkfinity, its free web educational resource, this month EdSitement highlights the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción in San Antonio, Texas. Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción is featured in NEH's "Picturing America" initiative.

Diversity & inclusion: keys to cultural competence

Bowl of Fruit, early nineteenth century, National Gallery of Art
Bowl of Fruit, early nineteenth century, National Gallery of Art

Fieldstone Alliance's September 11, 2008 e-newsletter focuses on ways to improve cultural competence. As more councils work with the many different kinds of communities in their states and jurisdictions, it might be worthwhile to step back and think about how to do that kind of work most effectively.

Fieldstone's article, written by Jannina Aristy, draws attention to the two guiding principles of cultural competence: diversity and inclusion. "Diversity refers to involving people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Inclusion refers to purposefully integrating the perspectives and opinions of individuals at various levels within an organization. Note that diversity does not result in inclusion. The presence of a diversity of people in a group does not mean that their diverse values and contributions will be recognized and woven into the outcomes the group seeks. Inclusion is essential to incorporating those ideas."

Read the full article at Fieldstone Alliance. It—and many other nonprofit resources and tools—are collected on the Federal/State Partnership website.

2009 We the People bookshelf features "Picturing America"

 "Picturing America." Image courtesy Julie Paschkis
We the People bookshelf: "Picturing America." Image courtesy Julie Paschkis

This year’s bookshelf theme is “Picturing America,” exploring the premise that a nation’s literature, as well as its visual art, can be a window into its character, ideals, and aspirations. The We the People bookshelf is a literary complement to the "Picturing America" program.

The bookshelf includes Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley, The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, La leyenda de Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (translated by Manual Broncano; also in English),and Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck (also in Spanish).    

Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 2, 2008, through January 30, 2009, at publicprograms.ala.org/bookshelf. In spring 2009, NEH and the American Library Association will select 4,000 libraries to receive the 17 books for young readers, plus three works in Spanish translation, as well as bonus materials for readers of all ages. Libraries selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities.


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