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January 2014

the latest from suite 603 — January 15, 2014

Teresa Cuevas of Topeka, KS, an original member of Mariachi Estrella, one of the nation's first all-female mariachi bands. Cuevas, who died in December 2013 at age 93, is featured in a short documentary funded by the Kansas Humanities Council. Click on the image to view the film.


Rocca Sorrentina
Rocca Sorrentina

Missouri Humanities Council's virtual "island" For three years, a global audience of 600-800 people a month have been gathering at Rocca Sorrentina, locating in the Second Life platform, for programs that focus on society, the arts, and material culture of the 18th century. Read more about the Missouri Council's experiment in online promotion of the humanities.

Aaron wearing his text-to-give tee-shirt at a Maryland Humanities Council event
Aaron wearing his text-to-give tee-shirt at a Maryland Humanities Council event
Add mobile giving to your fundraising toolkit Aaron Heinsman, Director of Development at the Maryland Humanities Council, reports that 10% of their text-to-give donors have made multiple mobile gifts. "Even more exciting, 10% of our text-to-give donors have transitioned to become donors with larger gifts through online or direct mail." Read Aaron's full article about how to make text-to-give work.
Thinking about and drinking about Maine and a networked world In partnership with the SPACE Gallery, a contemporary visual and performing arts space, the Maine Humanities Council's Think & Drink program will focus this year on the networked world. Between February and May, Think & Drink will explore intimacy, race, food, and truth in a networked world. The conversations will be led by bloggers, cultural scholars, and other thought leaders.

Tools for MLK's birthday & Black History Month

Helping kids talk about Martin Luther King, Jr. The New York Council for the Humanities uses Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, in its Community Conversations for Kids. Community Conversation toolkits are available for download by anyone and there are many text-based discussion topics offered for various age groups.

Created Equal Newscaster Gwen Ifill says that the Created Equal films "illustrate the majesty of the civil rights movement."The Hawai'i Council for the Humanities is hosting a Created Equal teacher workshop and the Delaware Humanities Forum has a film and discussion series based on the four films.


Humanities Washington's dashboard HW has developed a dashboard that allows the board "to see trends, and to quickly see the areas in which we were succeeding and those areas that deserved extra attention," writes ED Julie Ziegler. The dashboard helps "to guide board and committee decision-making." Read more and see a sample of the HW dashboard.

Angel Ysaguirre
Angel Ysaguirre will be the next Executive Director of the Illinois Humanities Council, starting 2/1/14. Welcome back, Angel. The only sad part of this story is that it means that Kristina Valaitis is retiring after serving as ED since 1993. We'll miss you, Kristina. Ave atque vale—hale and farewell.

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council is hosting Judge Helen Shores Lee on MLK Day in Saipan. Judge Lee was a member of the opening plenary panel at the November National Humanities Conference. Judge Lee grew up with the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nominate NEH's 50th anniversary Jefferson Lecturer by 2/2/14.

The application deadline for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards is 2/10/14 at 5pm PST.

Courtney Chapin adds the responsibilities of NEH Chief of Staff to her work as Director of White House and Congressional Affairs.

David Tebaldi, Executive Director of Mass Humanities, writes: "I get notes like this surprisingly often. Mass Moments is out there, and not just in cyberspace. I love it when this happens. 'I had the honor of presenting our son with his law license in Faneuil Hall recently, and I thought you would get a kick out of the fact that the Master of Ceremonies (and first woman) Clerk of Superior Court, Maura Doyle, quoted a Mass Moments piece about Daniel Webster in her excellent remarks! It seems she subscribes and reads it every day.'"

In 2012, 53 councils = 3,046 museum events with audiences of 13M+.

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