Awards List, Division of Public Programs, July 2015 Council

April 13, 2018

Awards List

March Council 2018


Public Humanities Grants




Once Divided, Reunited: Atlanta BeltLine Transforms Historic Railroad Barriers to Modern-Day Connectors

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Atlanta, GA

Award: Outright; $52,532 

Planning for historic site interpretation of Atlanta’s railroad corridor, including exhibitions,

public programs, and trail signage.


Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970

Academy Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

Award: Outright; $75,000 

Development of a traveling exhibition, digital and educational content, and public programs

exploring the role of African Americans in the American film industry.


Permanent Installation of Medieval Arms & Armor

Worcester Art Museum

Worcester, MA

Award: Outright; $40,000 

Planning for a long-term exhibition of the museum’s arms and armor collection.


The History and Cultural Impact of Video Games: A New Gallery at The Strong

The Strong Museum

Rochester, NY

Award: Outright; $75,000 

Planning of a permanent gallery exploring the history and impact of video games on popular culture, learning, and American leisure.


Planning Carnegie Museum of Natural History's "Egypt on the Nile"

Carnegie Institute

Pittsburgh, PA

Award: Outright; $35,204 

Planning for the reinterpretation of the museum’s Egyptian collection that would explore the intersection of human and natural histories in ancient Egypt.

Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio, TX

Award: Outright; $15,000 

Match; $20,000

Planning for an exhibition examining the depictions of landscapes in ancient Roman art

and society.




Idaho: The Land and Its People

Idaho State Historical Society

Boise, ID

Award: Match; $400,000

Implementation of a permanent exhibition on the role of Native Americans in the history and culture of Idaho.


The Last Empresses of China

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem, MA

Award: Outright; $200,000 

Implementation of the installation of a 10,000-square-foot-exhibition exploring the role of empresses in China’s Qing Dynasty (1644–1912).


Delta Blues Museum: The Story of America's Music

Delta Blues Museum

Clarksdale, MS

Award: Outright; $360,000 

Match; $100,000

Implementation of a 9,000-square-foot exhibition, public programs, and curriculum materials exploring the history and influence of American Blues music and its connection to the

Mississippi Delta.


Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000 

Implementation of a national touring exhibition, educational programing, and a website

exploring citizenship and Jim Crow laws in the post-emancipation era.


Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

Charlottesville, VA

Award: Outright; $300,000 

Implementation of traveling and panel exhibitions exploring the complicated role of slavery in our national founding and the experiences of enslaved people at Monticello.


The American Creed Community Conversations Initiative

Citizen Film, Inc.

San Francisco, CA

Award: Outright; $245,000 

Implementation of a public screening and discussion program on shared American ideals as addressed in the PBS documentary film American Creed.


Great Stories Club: Reading and Discussion for At-Risk Youth

American Library Association

Chicago, IL

Award: Outright; $397,255 

Implementation of a nationwide series of humanities-focused reading and discussion programs for at-risk youth dealing with themes of empathy, heroism, and marginalization.


Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today

Library of America

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $369,000 

Production of an anthology of African American poetry and an accompanying series of

reading and discussion programs.


Media Programs




José Lezama Lima: Letters to Eloísa

Latino Public Broadcasting

Burbank, CA

Award: Outright; $450,000 

Production of a sixty-minute documentary about the Cuban writer José Lezama Lima (1910–76).


Changing State: Black Diplomats, Civil Rights, and the Cold War

Women in Film & Video, Inc.

Washington, DC

Award: Outright; $450,000 

Production of a one-hour documentary about

three African American men who broke the color line at the U.S. State Department in the years following World War II.


American Masters—Mae West: I'm No Angel


New York, NY

Award: Outright; $500,000 

Production of a documentary film about the writer and actress Mae West (1893–1980).


The History of Now

Radio Diaries

Brooklyn, NY

Award: Outright; $250,000 

Match; $100,000

Production of eighteen radio documentaries for broadcast and online distribution, exploring a wide range of events in U.S. history.


Classroom Connections

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Award: Outright; $460,000 

Production of fifty-two radio episodes accompanied by an educational outreach campaign.


NEH on the Road


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


House and Home

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

Florence, AL


For All the World to See

City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA


Spirited: Prohibition in America

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

New London, CT


Bandits and Heroes

University of Hawaii, West Oahu

Kapolei, HI


Jacob Riis

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Wichita, KS


House and Home

Ypsilanti District Library

Ypsilanti, MI


Power of Children

County of Barry, Michigan

Hastings, MI


Jacob Riis

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Fremont, OH


Spirited: Prohibition in America

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Inc.

Enid, OK


Coney Island

Foundation for the Reading Public Museum

Reading, PA


Power of Children

Upcountry History Museum

Greenville, SC


Coney Island

County of Brown, Wisconsin

Green Bay, WI