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Awards List, Division of Public Programs, July 2015 Council

August 30, 2015 | By Public Programs Staff

Division of Public Programs Awards List

July Council 2015

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations

Planning Grants

American Indian Boarding Schools: History and Legacy, Transition in American Indian Boarding Schools

Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Award: Outright; $60,445.00

Planning for the reinterpretation and expansion of a permanent exhibition, two traveling exhibitions, and a catalog that would examine the experience of Native American youth in boarding and tribal schools from the nineteenth century to the present.

Native Women Artists

Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts

Minneapolis, MN

Award: Outright; $61,603.00  Match; $13,397.00

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a symposium, and public programs on Native American women artists from prehistory to the present.

Planning for New Eyes on Alice Austen: Redefining the Museum's Interpretation

Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc.

Staten Island, NY

Award: Outright; $35,000.00

Planning for the reinterpretation of the Staten Island home of early twentieth-century photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952), an expanded website, and related educational programming.

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Award: Outright; $75,000.00

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs on the art of blacksmithing in sub-Saharian Africa from 500 BC to the present.

Implementation Grants

PMA Collection Reinstallation

Portland Museum of Art

Portland, ME

Award: Outright; $400,000.00

Implementation of a reinstallation of all the museum’s collections of fine and decorative art.

Iolani Palace Exhibits Implementation

Friends of Iolani Palace

Honolulu, HI

Award: Outright; $400,000.00

Implementation of a group of new permanent exhibitions, including interactive experiences, within the Iolani Palace of 1882.

Reading Deeply in Community

People and Stories Gente Y Cuentos Inc.

Trenton, NJ

Award: Outright; $408,378.00

Implementation of bilingual reading and discussion programs at ten library sites across the country conducting 320 programs.

How Medicine Became Modern: A Humanities Perspective

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Award: Outright; $399,735.00

Implementation of a digital wall to allow visitors to interact with images of historic artifacts marking transformative moments in American medical history.

Chester County: A Place in Time

Chester County Historical Society

West Chester, PA

Award: Outright; $400,000.00

Installation of a permanent exhibition on the history of Chester County, Pennsylvania, using a story driven approach to highlight the role of area residents in shaping their community and the nation.

A Guest in the Home

Thomas Cole Historic House

Catskill, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00  Match; $60,000.00

Implementation of a new permanent exhibition on the first floor of artist Thomas Cole’s house Cedar Grove, an immersive multimedia experience, resources on the website, and in-house AV programs.

American Impressionists in the American Garden: A Garden-wide Humanities Exhibition on American Impressionism

New York Botanical Garden

Bronx, NY

Award: Outright; $460,000.00

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a website, an app, a scholarly symposium, and public programming on American impressionist painting and its relation to gardens.

Mission US: No Turning Back


New York, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00

Implementation of an online, interactive game to provide an experiential understanding of life under Jim Crow and the vital role of ordinary citizens in the civil rights movement.

Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, PA

Award: Outright; $400,000.00

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, an accompanying website, and public programming exploring the varieties and meaning of modern art in Mexico from 1910 to 1950.

New York at Its Core

Museum of the City of New York

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00

Implementation of a permanent exhibition and public programs on New York City’s 400-year history and the challenges it faces moving into the future.

Cooperative Agreements

Museums and Digital Storytelling

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $100,000

 A three-day professional development workshop on best practices for using digital storytelling to convey humanities content in museum settings and a website to disseminate workshop findings to the broader museum field.

Media Projects

Development Grants

Lives in Vengeance: The True Story of the Searchers

International Documentary Association

Los Angeles, CA

Award: Outright; $60,000.00

Development of a 90-minute documentary about the making of the classic 1956 film, The Searchers, and the historical events that inspired it.

Production Grants

Hank Jones: Last Man Playing

New York Foundation for the Arts

Brooklyn, NY

Award: Outright; $389,900.00

Production of a film chronicling the social and cultural impact of jazz composer Hank Jones.

MR. SOUL! Ellis Haizlip and the Birth of Black Power TV

Women Make Movies, Inc.

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $550,000.00

Production of a 90-minute television documentary and an interactive website about the first national television show on black culture, SOUL! (1968–1973) and a biography of its producer and host Ellis Haizlip.

The World in Words (TWIW) on PRI's The World

Public Radio International, Inc. (PRI)

Minneapolis, MN

Award: Outright; $148,169.00

Production of 27 short radio segments and 27 related podcasts on the relationship between language and topics that include politics, democracy, cultural preservation, and society.


Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.

St. Paul, MN

Award: Outright; $600,000.00

Production of a two-hour documentary exploring the complex life and legacy of Joseph Stalin.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.

Sharon, MA

Award: Outright; $600,000.00

Production of a 60-minute documentary film and website on Ursula K. Le Guin, a writer whose work transformed science fiction and American literature.

NEH on the Road

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

Spirited, Prohibition in America

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita, KS

House and Home

West Baton Rouge Museum

Port Allen, LA

House and Home

County of Bell

Belton, TX

Power of Children

City of Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan, CO

Our Lives, Our Stories

Upcountry History Museum

Greenville, SC

For All the World to See

County of New Hanover

Wilmington, NC

Spirited, Prohibition in America

City of Ontario

Ontario, CA

Wild Land

Wayland Baptist University, Inc.

Plainview, TX

Wild Land

Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council

Texarkana, TX