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March 2017 Awards List

March 29, 2017 | By Public Programs Staff

Awards List

March Council 2017

                           Public Humanities Grants

Planning

Ford's Theatre Society Exhibition on Changing Historical Memory

Ford's Theatre Society

Washington, DC

Award: Outright; $40,000.00 

Planning of a permanent exhibition focusing on the aftermath and public memory of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

This Is My Century: The Life and Legacy of Margaret Walker

Jackson State University

Jackson, MS

Award: Outright; $39,600.00 

Development of a traveling exhibition, a digital exhibition, and public programs on the life and cultural influence of writer Margaret Walker (1915–98).

Interpretations of Hell in Ancient and Contemporary Asian Art

Asia Society

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $40,000.00 

Development

of a traveling exhibition of Asian artworks inspired by religious and cultural understandings and beliefs about Hell.

The First Civil Rights Movement: The Epic Story of Reconstruction in Beaufort County, SC and Nationwide

County of Beaufort

Beaufort, SC

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Development of an interpretive center, mobile tours, and a website examining the unique history of Reconstruction in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and placing it into a national context.

Implementation

Renovating Gallery of Alaska

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

Award: Outright; $360,000.00 

Implementation of the reinstallation of the Gallery of Alaska  in the University of Alaska’s

Museum of the North.

Tragedy and Triumph: The American Indian Boarding School Experience

Heard Museum

Phoenix, AZ

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Implementation of a reinterpreted permanent exhibition that would examine efforts made in the

19th and 20th centuries to educate and assimilate American Indian youth by placing them in boarding schools.

Immigration, Exclusion, and the American Dream

Center for Asian American Media

San Francisco, CA

Award: Outright; $200,000.00 

Implementation of a 12-month public discussion series at 15 sites and the online distribution of discussion toolkits, organized in conjunction with the national PBS broadcast of The Chinese Exclusion Act documentary in May 2017.

Public Knowledge

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco, CA

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Implementation of a two-year series of public programs addressing San Francisco’s recent demographic changes and their impact on the city’s public culture.

Along the Shores of Change

Plimoth Plantation, Inc.

Plymouth, MA

Award: Outright; $260,000.00 

Match; $100,000.00

Implementation of a new interpretive plan for Plimoth Plantation to reflect the full spectrum of experiences within the world of 17th-century New England.

Literature & Public Life: Creating the Great Community

Maine Humanities Council

Portland, ME

Award: Outright; $180,000.00 

Match; $40,000.00

Implementation of a three-year reading and discussion series with professionals in the workplace and then with the general public on issues related to end of life, domestic violence, and education.

Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950

Walker Art Center

Minneapolis, MN

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, catalog, and programming that would examine the

history of Cuban art since 1950.

Nebraska Chautauqua—World War I: Legacies of a Forgotten War

Humanities Nebraska

Lincoln, NE

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Match; $39,093.00

Implementation of a three-year Chautauqua program across Nebraska focusing on issues and people during World War I.

Newest Americans

Rutgers University, Newark

Newark, NJ

Award: Outright; $310,000.00 

Implementation of public programs for adults, community-based story collecting projects for high school students, the creation of a public history bus, and a Position in the Public Humanities.

Becoming American

City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Implementation of a six-part public program of documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions at 50 sites about the history and impact of immigration in the United States.

Facilitating Community Conversations on Crime and Punishment

New School

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $310,000.00 

A series of community dialogues across the country on the history and impact of

incarceration and policing, centered on a traveling exhibition, a web platform, and

public programs.

The Warrior Chorus: Our Trojan War

New York University

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $200,000.00 

Implementation of public programming using classical Greek drama to reflect on more recent

experiences of war at 36 sites including scholar-led discussion, staged readings, and workshops.

The House on Henry Street: Settlements, Public Health, and Social Reform

Henry Street Settlement

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $360,000.00 

Implementation of a permanent exhibition, a website, a walking tour, and public programs examining the history of Henry Street Settlement on New York City’s Lower East Side.

New Eyes on Alice Austen: Redesigning the Museum's Permanent Installation

Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc.

Staten Island, NY             

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Implementation of a new onsite interpretation and expanded website content for Clear Comfort, the home of early American photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952).

Oregon Humanities Community Conversations 2017-2020

Oregon Humanities

Portland, OR

Award: Outright; $240,000.00 

Match; $104,500.00

Implementation of a three-year program of community discussions statewide, with a specific focus on reaching underserved rural and Spanish-speaking residents.

Galleries of the Ancient Middle East

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Implementation of the reinstallation of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s collection of art and artifacts of the Near East.

Media Programs

Development

Diego & Frida in Detroit

Women Make Movies, Inc.

New York, NY

Award: Outright; $50,000.00 

Match; $15,000.00

Scripting of a ninety-minute documentary chronicling the year-long sojourn of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in the United States (April 1932 to March 1933), when Rivera created the Detroit Industry murals and Kahlo pursued a new artistic vision.

Production

Survivors

WeOwnTV

San Francisco, CA

Award: Outright; $400,000.00 

Production of an 84-minute documentary film presenting portraits of Sierra Leoneans as they confronted the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Who Will Write Our History

Katahdin Foundation

Berkeley, CA

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Production of a documentary about historian Emanuel Ringelblum and the secret archive

He created in the Warsaw Ghetto during

World War II.

The Adventures of Saul Bellow

Ciesla Foundation, Inc.

Washington DC, DC

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Production of a 60- and 90-minute documentary film exploring the life and work of author

Saul Bellow.

American Routes: Exploring & Expressing the Vernacular Humanities in Story & Song

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA

Award: Outright; $100,000.00 

Production of ten two-hour episodes and 15- to 20-minute podcasts of American Routes, a radio program exploring vernacular music and culture.

American Icons IV on Studio 360

Public Radio International, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Production of five one-hour episodes and sixteen ten-to-fifteen-minute segments examining

time-tested artworks that have had a significant and enduring influence on American culture.

The World in Words

Public Radio International, Inc.

Minneapolis, MN

Award: Outright; $180,000.00 

Production of 26 original 15- to 30-minute podcasts examining a broad range of language-related topics and 26 three- to seven-minute segments to be broadcast during PRI’s The World.

African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow

SUNY Research Foundation, College at Oneonta

Oneonta, NY

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

Production of a two-hour documentary chronicling the way automobile travel presented new opportunities and challenges for African Americans from the 1930s to the 1960s.

At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series (ARCHES)

Smarthistory, Inc.

Pleasantville, NY

Award: Outright; $250,000.00 

Production of 44 videos and six framing essays for online distribution on the topic of preserving endangered cultural heritage.

Appalachia in the Media

Southern Documentary Fund

Durham, NC

Award: Outright; $300,000.00 

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

Voices of Vietnam: Vietnam War Public Radio Series

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Award: Outright; $180,000.00 

Production of ten half-hour-long episodes of the radio program With Good Reason about the experiences of Americans and Vietnamese who participated in the Vietnam War.

Supplement

BackStory with the American History Guys: Finding the American Way

University of Virginia

Award: Outright; $100,000.00 

Supplement to support transferring from a radio program to a more flexible podcast format and the creation of new theme-based episodes using past program content, as well as the production of new podcast episodes.

NEH on the Road

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

Bandits and Saints

Central Florida Community College

Ocala, FL

Spirited: Prohibition in America

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Coney Island

Ypsilanti District Library

Ypsilanti, MI

Spirited: Prohibition in America

City of Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM

Coney Island

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Bryan, TX

House and Home

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Bryan, TX