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March 2016 Awards List

March 22, 2016 | By Public Programs Staff

March 2016 Awards List

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations


Community College Public Humanities Centers Initiative

Mass Humanities

Northampton, MA

Award: Outright; $74,835.00 

The planning of three humanities centers at community colleges in Massachusetts and public programming examining recent immigration to the state.

Converging Cultures: Asian Diasporas and Latin American and Caribbean Art from 1940 to the Present

International Arts & Artists

Washington, DC

Award: Outright; $40,000.00 

Planning for a traveling exhibition about the impact of Asian immigration on art in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1940 to the present.

Rockabilly Exhibition/Rockabilly Loop Project NEH Planning Grant 2015

Arkansas State University, Main Campus

Jonesboro, AR

Award: Outright; $39,983.00 

Planning for a permanent exhibition, a traveling suitcase, and a music trail exploring Rockabilly as a representation of post-World War II American cultural change.

Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Award: Outright; $30,000.00 

Match; $10,000.00

Planning for a permanent exhibition, related changing exhibition space, programming, and educational resources about the ways that American popular culture has influenced and has been influenced by the public.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

National Museum of American Jewish History

Philadelphia, PA

Award: Outright; $40,000.00 

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a scholarly catalog, and curriculum materials exploring the life, music, and influence of composer Leonard Bernstein.

Making a Way Out of No Way: A Century of African-American Entrepreneurship in North Carolina 1800-1900

Tryon Palace Council of Friends

New Bern, NC

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Planning of a traveling exhibition that would explore the history of 12 free and enslaved black entrepreneurs of 19th-century North Carolina.

Historic Hudson Valley: Washington Irving and the Art of Storytelling

Historic Hudson Valley

Pocantico Hills, NY

Award: Outright; $30,000.00 

Planning for public programs, including support for research, concept design, audience evaluation, and design workshops exploring the stories and life of Washington Irving at his home.

Paths to Freedom, Paths to Happiness: Site-wide Interpretive Exhibits at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.

Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Forest, VA

Award: Match; $50,000.00

Planning of interpretive media and visitor experiences at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat.


Music Unwound

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, Inc.

Buffalo, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Implementation of orchestra performances, lectures, recitals, and related programs exploring the history and culture informing works by composer Kurt Weill.

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865

Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation, Inc.

New Orleans, LA

Award: Outright; $222,190.00 

Match; $60,000.00

Implementation of a traveling exhibition with artifacts, a panel exhibition, an exhibition guide, and related public programs on the domestic slave trade from 1808 to 1865.

The Vietnam War Expanded Engagement

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Assoc.

Arlington, VA

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Implementation of public programs and discussions nation-wide to accompany the eighteen-hour documentary series by Ken Burns, The Vietnam War.

Theater of the World: Art and China after 1989

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a website, and associated public programs about experimental Chinese art between 1989 and 2008.

The Vietnam War Traveling Exhibition and Educational Initiative

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the Vietnam War that would also include a smaller panel exhibition, educational materials, a website, and companion volume.

The Moravian Way of Health and Healing

Old Salem, Inc.

Winston-Salem, NC

Award: Outright; $360,000.00 

Implementation of a new permanent exhibition on Moravian colonial healthcare, beliefs, and practices.

Waterfront at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn, NY

Award: Outright; $150,000.00 

Match; $150,000.00

Implementation of a new permanent exhibition at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s new Empire Stores museum interpreting the long history of Brooklyn’s waterfront.

World War I: A Centennial Exploration Through the Words of Americans Who Lived It

Library of America

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $550,000.00 

Implementation of nationwide library programs, a traveling exhibition, a website, and a publication of an anthology exploring how World War I reshaped American lives.

Media Programs


The Bones Speak

New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $40,000.00 

Development of a 55-minute documentary about the role of New York City’s Spring Street Church in the abolitionist movement and about the lives of its congregants.

I, Too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled

Lawrence Arts Center

Lawrence, KS

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Development of a two-part, 100-minute documentary about Langston Hughes’s life

and art.

A History of Rural Appalachian Culture

Southern Documentary Fund

Durham, NC

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Development of a feature-length documentary film focusing on media portrayals of American mountain and rural populations over the past one hundred years.

Rebels, Wackos, and Bums...The Student Revolt of the Nineteen Sixties

International Documentary Association

Los Angeles, CA

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Development of a feature-length documentary about the student movement of the 1960s.


Mad as Hell!

Catticus Corporation

Berkeley, CA

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Production of an 84-minute documentary about Howard Jarvis (1903–86) and the campaign to pass California’s Proposition 13.

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

New York Foundation for the Arts

Brooklyn, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

The production of a 90-minute film exploring the life of Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911) and the emergence of mass media in late 19th- and early 20th-century America.

The Asian Americans

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)

San Francisco, CA

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Production of a six-hour television series exploring Asian American history from the late 19th century through the present.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Series Three


New York, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Production of the third season of Shakespeare Uncovered, a six-part PBS/BBC documentary television series focusing on the plays of William Shakespeare.

Bob Hope: America's Entertainer


New York, NY

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Production of a 90-minute documentary and related digital components on Bob Hope (1903–2003) and the history of 20th-century popular entertainment.

The History of Now

Radio Diaries

Brooklyn, NY

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Match; $50,000.00

Production of a series of 20 radio documentaries to be distributed as public radio broadcasts and online podcasts examining significant events in 20th-century United States history.

The Harvest

Georgia Humanities Council

Atlanta, GA

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Production of a 60-minute documentary and related public programming examining race and school desegregation in Leland, Mississippi, from the early 1960s to the present.

NEH on the Road

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

For All the World to See

Kean University

Union, NJ

House and Home

Brown County Historical Society, Inc.

Hiawatha, KS

Wild Land

Ypsilanti District Library

Ypsilanti, MI

For All the World to See

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

New London, CT

House and Home

Park City Historical Society and Museum

Park City, UT

For All the World to See

City of El Paso

El Paso, TX


West Baton Rouge Museum

Port Allen, LA

NEH On the Road - Spirited


Rolling Hills Consolidated Library

St. Joseph, MO

Power of Children

Museum of the Mississippi Delta

Greenwood, MS

Bandits and Heroes

American University

Washington, DC

Wild Land

St. George City Government

St. George, UT

Power of Children

Ouachita Parish Public Library

Monroe, LA