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Telling Project (Austin, TX 78704-3407)
Max James Anthony Rayneard (Project Director: September 2015 to present)

Planting the Oar

A series of humanities discussion groups on homecoming from military service, held at four locations around the United States.

The Telling Project seeks funding for PLANTING THE OAR. This initiative will seed communities throughout the United States with NEH Discussion Leaders equipped to lead Discussion Groups that bring veterans and civilians into conversation. Participants will examine the idea of homecoming in the wake of war through such canonical literary texts as The Odyssey, Othello, Wilfred Owen poetry, Mrs. Dalloway, and The Things They Carry. The final component of the program will be a reading of a Telling Project play script, and attendance / viewing of a Telling Project performance of veterans and military family members telling their stories to their communities. The Telling Project will partner with local theaters and humanities councils / centers to stage PLANTING THE OAR in four communities across the United States over two years. Each iteration of the program will seed a given community with 5 NEH Discussion Leaders, who will each facilitate Discussion Groups of up to 10 participants.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Classics; Literature, General

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$90,830 (approved)
$58,068 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 5/31/2018