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City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Timothy Gunn (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

Becoming American

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.

Becoming American: A Film History of Our Immigration Experience is a six-part public program of documentary film screenings, lectures, readings and scholar-led discussions designed to engage a general audience in exploring the history and impact of immigration in the United States. Following a competitive application process, the program will initially be offered by 50 nonprofit organizations—public and college libraries, museums, historic sites, and other community organizations. The project has assembled an outstanding advisory group of scholars, library and museum programmers, and internet and social media experts to advise, shape the program, contribute program materials, work with local scholars, and to assist program sites in the use of the Internet to attract and communicate with their program audience. The humanities disciplines among others represented in the project include American history, American studies, ethnic studies, urban studies, music, and literature.

Project fields:
Immigration History; Public History

Community Conversations

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2017 – 9/30/2019