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March 2012

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March 23, 2012

Ernest C. Withers, "Sanitation Workers Assembling for a Solidarity March," Memphis, March 28, 1968. Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Museum Purchase
"For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights" is a new NEH on the Road exhibition that is launching in April. For more information, see below.
Kudos to ...
Learning about the Middle East in Rhode Island
NEH on the Road: bigger than MoMS, smaller than big
Fresh realities of the digital age
Ask Oklahomans what the humanities are

Email Kathleen Mitchell to get copies of the 2012-13 General Liability Insurance Policies.

The Research Division is holding grantwriting workshops at Appalachian State University in NC, Apr 5; Drake University in IA, Apr 12-13; East Carolina University in NC, Apr 12-13.

Kudos to ...

... Nebraska Humanities Council for joint receipt of a $1 million gift from the John W. (aka Johnny) Carson Foundation. This gift is made to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, which is the shared endowment of the Nebraska Humanities Council and Nebraska Arts Council. It will be matched dollar for dollar by the State of Nebraska, which is setting aside up to $10 million in funds to be matched by private dollars. The earnings of both state and private sides of the Cultural Endowment are distributed to the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Humanities Council. The relationship with Johnny Carson, a native Nebraskan, began several years ago when he personally responded to a request to help meet an NEH Challenge Grant to the Nebraska Cultural Endowment with a gift of $250,000 which became $500,000 when matched with state money. This new gift, when matched by the state, equals $2 million.

NHC has also received a grant of $136,400 (with $80,000 in matching funds) from the NEH Division of Public Programs for Nebraska Chautauqua, "Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America." This three-year Chautauqua program will be hosted in seven rural Nebraska communities. It explores the impact of three important pieces of legislation passed within six weeks of each other in 1862.

... Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for a grant of $200,000 from the NEH Division of Preservation and Access to digitize and create access to archival collections related to the African American experience in Virginia from 1861 to 1902. This project will add approximately 300 entries to the online Encyclopedia Virginia.

Congratulations also to VFH for Virginia Book Festival author Peggielene Bartels appearing on the Colbert Report and for recent VFH Resident Fellow Elizabeth Dowling Taylor appearing on the Daily Show. Bartels, who was born in Ghana and lives in Maryland, became king of the Ghanaian village of Otuam in 2008 and is the author of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village. Dowling is the author of A Slave in the White House, the story of Paul Jennings who was a slave of President James Madison.

Learning about the Middle East in Rhode Island

Rhode Islanders are exploring the Middle East through the Barrington Public Library's Open Classroom Series. For twelve Thursday evenings from January to April, thanks to major funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, participants are learning about Middle Eastern history, religious practices, arts and culture, and economic and political development through lectures and discussions led by local scholars of the Middle East and through small group discussions. Free childcare is provided by Barrington high school students and Barrington residents can request free transportation.

NEH on the Road: bigger than MoMS, smaller than big

NEH on the Road is an exhibition program that scales large NEH-funded exhibitions for small and mid-sized cultural institutions throughout the mainland United States.

Eight exhibitions are currently touring, with an additional exhibition, "For All the World to See," scheduled for release in April 2012. The exhibitions currently available are "Bison," "iCarnival!," "Farm Life," "Going Places," "Grass Roots," "Our Lives, Our Stories," "Wild Land," and "Wrapped in Pride." NEH on the Road exhibitions feature a compelling mix of objects, graphics, text, and interactives, plus a wide array of educational resources. Each exhibit requires approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Out of pocket expenses for NEH on the Road are $2,000 for a seven-week exhibition period. Applying to host one of these exhibits also virtually guarantees receipt of a $1,000 NEH programming grant.

NEH on the Road is carried out by the Division of Public Programs through a just-renewed three-year agreement with the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Click for quick information about NEH on the Road.

Fresh realities of the digital age

50% of all adults use social networking, according to a Pew Research study.
50% of all adults use social networking, according to a Pew Research study.

NPQ's Nonprofit Newswire alerted us to the Pew Research Center Internet and American Life Project and the changes it has turned up in the ways Americans are using digital media. Pew's Lee Rainie noted five dimensions of the digital revolution in a presentation he made to the State Department:

  1. Two-thirds of homes have broadband connections, whereas almost all Internet homes had dial-up access only a dozen years ago, and 83 percent of homes have Internet access of some sort.
  2. More than half of baby-boomers aged 50-64 use the Internet, as do 71 percent of people aged 30-49 and 85 percent of young people aged 18-29. Even 35 percent of seniors 65 or older use social media.
  3. There are 327.6 million mobile subscribers in the U.S.—though the population is only 315.5 million. As 84 percent of the population has cell phones, the amount of mobile subscribers obviously reflects people with more than one mobile account.
  4. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of adults are mobile Internet connectors.
  5. More than one-third (35 percent) own smart phones.

See the full slideshow used for the State Department presentation.

Ask Oklahomans what the humanities are

Click on the image to see the video.
Click on the image to see the video.

Many thanks to Ann Thompson and everyone at the Oklahoma Humanities Council
for this great addition to our Friday. Hallelujah!

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