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Awards List March 2015

March 20, 2015 | By Public Programs Staff


Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations


Interpretive Planning for Core Exhibition for New Museum
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Washington, DC
Award: Outright; $40,000
Interpretive planning for a core exhibition in a new museum about the history of the Jewish community in the Washington, D.C., region.

Along Brooklyn's Waterfront
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY
Award: Outright; $70,000
Planning for a long-term, immersive exhibition, a website, and related public programs about Brooklyn’s historic waterfront to be located in a new museum at the Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, a mixed-use redevelopment area.

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka
Museum Associates dba Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
Award: Outright; $40,000
Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs that examine the history and unique character of Sri Lankan art.

Find Your Voice:  Connecting Humanities Collections to Civic Engagement Programs
Hartford Public Library
Hartford, CT
Award: Outright; $50,000
Planning an interpretive mobile-optimized website to integrate Hartford Public Library’s humanities collections with its civic engagement programs.

The Over Here Project
Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Award: Outright; $50,000
Planning for a traveling exhibition, a website, and programs examining the history of World War I and its impact on America.

Re-Interpreting Dumbarton House
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America
Washington, DC
Award: Outright; $39,865
Planning for the reinterpretation of period rooms and exhibition galleries in Dumbarton House, a Federal home in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C.


A Sense of Beauty: Medieval Art and The Five Senses
Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery
Baltimore, MD
Award: Outright; $300,000
Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs on the importance of the senses in European late-Gothic art.

The Great Stories Club: Reading and Discussion for At-Risk Youth
American Library Association
Chicago, IL
Award: Outright; $350,000
Implementation of a series of three-part thematic reading and discussion programs for at-risk and underserved teens.

The Warrior Chorus: A Humanities in Action Project
Aquila Theatre Company, Inc.
New York, NY
Award: Outright; $350,000
Implementation of a public discussion program featuring veterans engaging in staged readings of Greek drama, scholar-led discussion, and web dissemination of program content.

Play the Past: Humanities for the Next Generation
Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Award: Outright; $200,000
Implementation of a mobile application to be integrated into existing museum exhibitions and to expand children’s access to humanities content.

Impressions from a Lost World
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Deerfield, MA
Award: Outright; $300,000
Implementation of a website, programming, and educational materials about the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 19th century and its impact on American culture.

Pages from the Past: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston-Area Collections
President and Fellows of Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
Award: Outright; $300,000
Implementation of a multi-venue exhibition, a catalog, and public programs on illuminated manuscripts in Western Europe from late antiquity to the rise of printing prior to the Reformation.

Jews, Health, and Healing
Jewish Museum of Maryland, Inc
Baltimore, MD
Award: Outright; $210,000  Match; $90,000
Implementation of a traveling exhibition examining how medicine has shaped the way Jews are perceived and the way they see themselves.
World War I and American Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA
Award: Outright; $300,000
Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs on the relationship between World War I and American art from 1913 to 1938.

103 Orchard Street Exhibit
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
New York, NY
Award: Outright; $300,000
Implementation of a historic site tour and interactive media that would tell the stories of immigrants who settled in New York City after 1945.


Mid-America Arts Alliance's Proposal to Sustain the NEH on the Road Traveling Exhibition Program (Supplement)
Mid-America Arts Alliance
Kansas City, MO
Award: Outright; $2,500,000
Continuation of the ongoing NEH on the Road program, offering scaled-down exhibitions to mid-sized museums in underserved areas, from July 2015 to June 2018.

Media Programs


Joseph Pulitzer: A Voice of the People
New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
Award: Outright; $60,000
The development of a 90-minute television documentary that examines the career of publisher Joseph Pulitzer and the emergence of modern mass media in late 19th- and early 20th-century America.

Unspeakable: The Life of Junius Wilson
Interfaze Educational Productions, Inc.
Berkeley, CA
Award: Outright; $60,000
Development of a 60-minute documentary exploring 20th-century Deaf culture, racism, and mental healthcare through the lens of Junius Wilson (1908-2001), an African American who was deaf in the Jim Crow South, and who, although neither deemed insane nor convicted of a crime, spent 76 years committed to the North Carolina State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.


Afropop Worldwide/Hip Deep
World Music Productions
Brooklyn, NY
Award: Outright; $150,000
Production of ten hour-long “Hip Deep” episodes on the Afropop Worldwide radio program, fifteen complementary podcasts, educational material, and website enhancements.

A Long Way from Home: The Untold Story of Baseball's Desegregation
Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.
Sharon, MA
Award: Outright; $500,000
Production of a 90-minute documentary film exploring the long journey towards baseball’s full integration following Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.

The Vietnam War
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Assoc.
Arlington, VA
Award: Outright; $1,000,000
Production of a ten-part, 18-hour television series exploring the Vietnam War from a range of U.S. and Vietnamese perspectives.

I've Gotta Be Me: The Many Lives of Sammy Davis, Jr.
New York, NY
Award: Outright; $500,000
The production of a documentary film and website chronicling the life of entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.

The Jazz Ambassadors
New York, NY
Award: Outright; $500,000
Production of a two-hour documentary film and website on the influence of the Voice of America’s “Music USA Jazz” radio program and the State Department’s jazz tours during the Cold War.

The Mine Wars
Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc
Waltham, MA
Award: Outright; $500,000
Production of a two-hour documentary on labor unrest in the early West Virginia coal mining industry.

Hidden Kitchens World: Stories of Kimchi Diplomacy, Conflict Kitchens & Change
Kitchen Sisters Productions
San Francisco, CA
Award: Outright; $75,000
Production of four short segments on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” one hour-long episode, podcasts, and enhanced online features that explore food as a means of cross-cultural understanding.

NEH on the Road

The following organizations received $1,000 grants for ancillary public humanities programs to accompany NEH on the Road traveling exhibitions.

William F. Laman Public Library
N. Little Rock, AR

For All the World to See
Love's Jazz & Arts Center
Omaha, NE

Wild Land
The Conservancy for the Parthenon & Centennial Park
Nashville, TN

House & Home
Living History Farms
Urbandale, IA