NEH in the News
New Hampshire’s Portsmouth Athenaeum has received a $6,000 NEH Preservation Assistance Grant to hire a fire safety expert who will determine a plan to maintain the museum’s collection of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts, from the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Last week, NEH Chairman Adams toured Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum, the preeminent regional museum documenting how Asian-Americans and Asian culture have shaped the settlement and development of the Pacific Northwest, from Northwest Asian Weekly.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida has been awarded with a $500,000 NEH Challenge Grant to support the institution’s shift toward non-traditional public programming using “innovative ways to make scholarship relevant to contemporary issues," from the Florida Times-Union.
Thanks to NEH funding and hosting, the Archaeological Institute of America and ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) were able to hold an international summit bringing together leading groups and organizations working to document, preserve and protect cultural artifacts being destroyed or threatened in war-torn Syria and Iraq, from Government Executive.
Nancy Pierce, head librarian at Glenbard North High School in Illinois, has built upon her attendance at an NEH-funded seminar on Mozart to incorporate opera into her school’s curriculum, including registering her school to participate in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s “HD Live in Schools” program, from the Daily Herald.
Sumarsam, a Professor of Music at Wesleyan, has received a $50,400 NEH Fellowship grant to complete his project “Expressing and Contesting Java: Islam through Performing Arms in Indonesia” and Wesleyan’s Humanities Open Book program has been awarded a $100,000 NEH grant to reissue 18 foundational books in dance and theater, from Wesleyan News.
Franklin & Marshall Associate Professor of Philosophy Lee Franklin designed a course – “What is the Examined Life?” – where students examine texts ranging from the Epic of Gilgamesh to Rousseau’s “Discourse on the Origins of Inequality” and art and architecture from ancient Greece to medieval Benedictine manuscript illustration to frame self-reflection within Western intellectual tradition thanks to an NEH Enduring Questions grant, from the Huffington Post.
NEH and the Smithsonian held the inaugural History Film Forum from November 19-22, featuring screenings of Ric Burns’ The Pilgrims and Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, panel discussions, and a live show of NEH-supported BackStory with the American History Guys, from Broadway World.
The Brooklyn Museum plays host to “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008,” the first full-fledged exhibition to gather works of art inspired by the iconic seaside park, with selections coming from artists and photographers as eclectic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Weegee, Diane Arbus, and William Merritt Chase, from the New York Times.