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University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90095-9000)
Marla C. Berns (Project Director: January 2015 to present)

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs on the art of blacksmithing in sub-Saharian Africa from 500 BC to the present.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA is requesting a $75,000 planning grant to support the development of Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, a project including a traveling exhibition, scholarly publication, educational outreach programs, and community collaborations. Striking Iron will present 250 diverse objects from sub-Saharan Africa that span early archaeological evidence of ironworking dating from approximately 500 BCE to the present day.

Project fields:
African History; African Studies; Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2015 – 7/31/2017