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Maryland Humanities Council, Inc. (Baltimore, MD 21201-4565)
Phoebe Stein (Project Director: August 2015 to present)

Special Humanities Grant Fund for Baltimore

Both the peaceful protests against police brutality and destructive rioting in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015 responded to decades of inequity in housing, education, and economic opportunities in predominately African American communities. Baltimore has a long way to go to heal. The city has even further to go to become a model of how a major urban center wracked by crime, de-industrialization, a struggling educational system, and joblessness address these deeply-seated long term-challenges and creates equity for its citizens.
Only the humanities can give us the contexts for understanding and addressing these challenges. And only the humanities can facilitate the conversations that will ultimately contribute to solutions. This is a critical time to demonstrate the vitally important role that the humanities play in discussing the serious issues facing our city and cities across the country. This work is-at its foundation-about fostering democracy in a time of incredible polarization, fear, and animosity in our city and the nation.
The Baltimore Special Grant Fund project will support local non-profit organizations that will use the humanities to respond to, interpret and shed light on the recent events in Baltimore City. Funded programs will use the humanities as a lens through which to view the topics of race and class to encourage difficult but much-needed discussions of inequity and other subjects deemed important by applicants. 

Project fields:

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 5/31/2016