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Posted: August 13, 2018 Block Museum of Art receives $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in support of touring exhibition ‘Caravans of Gold’
Northwestern University Now

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is the recipient of a major exhibition implementation grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant supports the exhibition“Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa,” which will open at the Block Museum in January 2019 before traveling to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Fall 2019) and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. (Spring 2020). 

The Block Museum grant is one of only 10 museum implementation grants offered by the NEH during this funding round, and one of 11 grants to Illinois institutions. The NEH focuses its financial support on projects that deepen public understanding of significant humanities ideas and topics.  

“Caravans of Gold” is the first major art exhibition to address the global reach of West Africa in the medieval period. The exhibition opens at the Block on Jan. 26, 2019 and continues through July 21, 2019.

The exhibition highlights a time when West African gold fueled a far-reaching economy and Saharan trade routes served as a crossroads for art, people and ideas, linking West Africa to North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and beyond. The exhibition presents more than 250 artworks and fragments spanning five centuries and a vast geographic expanse. The exhibition features rare loans from partner museums and institutions in Mali, Morocco and Nigeria, many of which have never before been presented in the United States. The accompanying catalog, co-published by Princeton University Press, is designed to serve as a comprehensive new resource on the subject.  

Posted: August 13, 2018 Arizona projects receive more than $500,000 in federal humanities grants
KTAR News

A pair of Arizona projects received grants totaling more than half a million dollars from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which handed out $13.2 million in awards this week.

Arizona Western College received $400,000, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was given $176,106.

They were the first awards under a program created in January to sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure.

The Wright Foundation’s funding will go toward accessibility upgrades and theater renovations at Taliesin West in Scottsdale.

The former winter home and studio of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a National Historic Landmark and a popular tourist attraction.

The Arizona Western award will go toward renovating the Yuma junior college’s library to include a digital humanities center.

Posted: August 13, 2018 PBS documentary shoots 1920s reenactment at Berkley airport
Taunton Daily Gazette

“Across the Pacific,” which was funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, combines dramatic re-enactments like the one shot in Berkley, interviews with biographers and other scholars and films and photographs from Pan Am’s archives.

Posted: August 13, 2018 Digitizing to continue
The Daily Sun

With a new $280,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Office of Secretary of State Kim Wyman will break fresh ground in its nationally-recognized project of digitizing historic newspapers.

The grant will enable the Washington State Library’s Washington Digital Newspaper Project to add 100,000 pages of culturally and historically significant newspapers from Asian-American, African-American, and World War II-era publications to its free public archives.

Posted: August 13, 2018 NEH Grant to Fund 'Landmarks of American History' Workshop
UC Berkeley News

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (link is external) has awarded a grant to Dr. Rachel Reinhard (link is external) (UCBHSSP) and Prof. Mark Brilliant to reprise their Landmarks of American History workshop for teachers next summer.

The workshop, titled "Movement, Mobilization, and Militarization: World War II and the Home Front," will focus on three themes: the movement of diverse peoples westward, altering the cultural landscape of the state and nation; how mobilization for war altered previous social roles and expectations, the economy, and industrial work; and how militarization had lasting implications on technology, industry, and civil rights.

Posted: August 13, 2018 Center for Southern Jewish Culture Receives National Grant
The College Today - College of Charleston

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the College of Charleston’s Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture (CSJC) a $143,699 grant aimed at teaching faculty and instructors in higher education how to incorporate southern Jewish history into mainstream academia.

The grant is part of the NEH’s Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers program, that supports one- to four-week projects in which college and university faculty members, working with scholarly experts, engage in intensive study of important texts and topics in the humanities. Only 10 of these grants were awarded by the NEH this year, for a total of $1.4 million.

Posted: August 13, 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale hopes to celebrate 80 years with upgrades
AZCentral.com

Taliesin West hopes to get some upgrades, 80 years after iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright completed his winter home and studio in Scottsdale.

Wright and other students and young architects built Taliesin West in 1938, using primarily materials found in the desert.

The experimental nature of the project makes preservation and maintenance somewhat challenging, said Stuart Graff, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The foundation received a $176,106 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities if it raises about a half million dollars in matching funds or in-kind donations.  

The money will help fix decaying electrical, water and sewage systems, Graff said. 

Posted: August 13, 2018 Georgia Historical Society receives federal grant, plans expansion
Savannah Morning News

From the bullet that mortally wounded Casimir Pulaski to Abraham Baldwin’s annotated draft copy of the United States Constitution and Vince Dooley’s appointment calendar from his time at the University of Georgia, the Georgia Historical Society has been instrumental in keeping Georgia’s history alive since its founding in 1839.

“Material is coming in from everywhere in the state... We have material related to the founding of Georgia and General James Oglethorpe all the way up to modern day people, like coach Vince Dooley, whose papers are here, and Griffin Bell, who was Attorney General of the United States, his papers are here,” said Todd Groce, president and CEO of GHS.

“It really runs the whole sweep of Georgia history.”

Housed inside Hodgson Hall at the corner of Whitaker and Gaston Streets, the organization’s archive collection contains about five million manuscripts, photographs, architectural drawings, books and artifacts, which span all 159 counties in Georgia.

″(Hodgson Hall) is one of the oldest library buildings in the United States. As far we know, there is nothing else in the south like this,” Groce said of the organization’s library, which opened in 1876.

“If you were to find a library building like this in 1876 you’d have to go to New York, Philadelphia or Boston, one of the large northeastern cities, so it is very unique, very special in that sense.”

In order to make the renovation and expansion a reality, the organization launched the Next Century Initiative campaign in 2015. Comprised of two components - an $11.5 endowment campaign to bring the organization’s total endowment to $20 million and a $3.5 million research center renovation campaign - the initiative is designed to prepare the society for its third century of operation.

This week, the organization received extra help in the form of a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will be put towards the research center renovation, which includes an expansion that will nearly double the archive space.

Posted: August 13, 2018 Grant aids Brick Store Museum
Biddeford Journal Tribune

The Brick Store Museum has received a $29,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop a plan to improve environmental conditions in the museum’s circa 1850 Kimball House on Dane Street.

The property houses a significant collection of textiles and historic objects related to the history of shipbuilding and tourism in Maine, said museum Director, Cynthia Walker. The NEH grant, from the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Program, will support planning to improve environmental and climate control conditions in the Kimball House, which is used as a storage facility for collections and an educational center.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this grant to assist the museum in its efforts to preserve and celebrate our local history. I’m so proud of the hard work put in by our staff to make a winning case for federal humanities support,” said Walker.

The Brick Store Museum is composed of five 19th Century buildings in Kennebunk’s National Register Historic District. The museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the region’s rich cultural and artistic heritage through changing exhibitions and programs.

Posted: August 10, 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities awards $13.2 million in grants for cultural infrastructure
SAMPAN

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $13.2 million in awards to 29 U.S. cultural institutions that will leverage federal funds against private investment to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure.

These are the first awards made under NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, a program created in January 2018 to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities in the United States through matching grants to libraries, museums, archives, colleges, universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions for efforts that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term sustainability.

“As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, we want to ensure that the buildings, objects, and documents associated with our founding are protected for future generations,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural round of NEH Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, which will foster the long-term health and sustainability of America’s cultural institutions.”

These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, support construction and renovation projects, purchase of equipment and software, sharing of humanities collections between institutions, documentation of lost or imperiled cultural heritage, maintenance of digital scholarly infrastructure, and the preservation and conservation of humanities collections.