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GE-278277-21

Heart of Los Angeles Youth, Inc (Los Angeles, CA 90057-3231)
Nara Hernandez (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Reflections in Lafayette Park: Reimagining an Urban Oasis

Planning grant to design three temporary exhibitions with public programs examining the history of Lafayette Park in Los Angeles.

This team will create a collaborative humanities project entitled: Reflections in Lafayette Park: Reimagining an Urban Oasis (“Reflections”) that seeks to complicate the narrative of urban degradation and violence often associated with Westlake through three humanities-themed temporary exhibitions and concomitant programs engaging scholars, artists, community stakeholders, youth and families, and inviting them to participate in the exploration and celebration of the historical continuum of their neighborhood’s diverse cultures, rich heritage, and unique landscape.

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism; Arts, Other

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 10/31/2022


GE-278281-21

Paley Center for Media (New York, NY 10019-6104)
Andy Meyer (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Turning the Tables: Hip-Hop and Media, From Fringe to Global Phenomenon

Planning of an exhibition on the history and culture of hip-hop music and its relationship to the media.

The Paley Center for Media undertakes an exhibition that looks at the intersections of Hip-Hop and media: at how they interacted to fuel the explosive expansion of Hip-Hop culture over the decades, leading to seismic shifts in American culture. The exhibition will analyze Hip-Hop culture’s innovative uses of media formats such as television, radio, and social media platforms, as well as Hip-Hop’s role as a media platform in and of itself. As famously stated by artist Chuck D, “Rap music is the invisible TV station that Black people have never had.” Hip-Hop’s messages and contributions to society through the prism of media have not been fully analyzed or recognized by humanities scholars nor the American public. This project seeks to add to the body of critical work and acknowledgement of this movement, through a thoroughly engaging and accessible exhibition and accompanying resources.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Media Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2022


GE-278288-21

City Lore, Inc. (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Steve Zeitlin (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Lost Labor of Love: The CETA Art and Humanities Project

Planning for a traveling exhibit about the 1970s Federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), that provided work for artists.

From 1974 to 1981, New York City, Wilmington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Birmingham, and nearly 200 other localities across the nation—large and small, urban and rural—took advantage of the Federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) jobs program to create unique public service employment opportunities for artists and cultural workers. City Lore, the Delaware Art Museum, and Artist Alliance Inc (AAI) are together developing an initiative to research, document, and bring to light this remarkable program with a major touring exhibition as well as publications, performances and panel discussions.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Labor History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023


GE-278290-21

North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc. (Raleigh, NC 27607-6433)
Amanda M. Maples (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
New Masks Now: Artists Innovating Masquerade in Contemporary West Africa

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and public programs exploring the contemporary arts of masquerade in four West African countries.

Masquerade has long stood as the iconic “African” performance genre, and yet the artists who create masquerades are often unacknowledged and under-represented in exhibitions and publications. New Masks Now: Artists Innovating Masquerade in Contemporary West Africa - a nationally and internationally traveling exhibition, scholarly publication, and a series of public engagement programs - will showcase the artworks and voices of individual creators and offer a fresh take on the vitality of masquerade arts. New Masks Now makes clear that creativity in African masking is fundamentally contemporary. The project challenges both the widely held ideas of the “anonymous African artist” and assumptions that masquerade is an unchanging, static artform solely rooted to the distant past. This project is rooted in humanist ideas, questions, ethical methods, and a concerted effort to foster meaningful engagements with public audiences and communities.

Project fields:
African Studies; Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$69,023 (approved)
$69,022 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


GE-278190-21

Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO 80204-2788)
Jennifer R. Henneman (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Curatorial Planning and Research for an Exhibition: The Near East to the Far West: French Orientalism and the American Frontier, at the Denver Art Museum

Planning for an exhibit that examines the impact of French Orientalism depictions of the American west in art, literature, and popular culture.

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will conduct curatorial planning and research for an exhibition, The Near East to the Far West: French Orientalism and the American Frontier (working title), to debut at the DAM in February 2023. This major traveling exhibition will include public programs, a catalog, and symposium, with input from multidisciplinary humanities scholars and Indigenous-, Muslim-, and Arab-American voices. Curated by the DAM’s associate curator of western American art Jennifer R. Henneman, Ph.D., the exhibition will reach wide audiences in Denver and additional venues in the United States. The Near East to the Far West explores how the style and substance of French Orientalism directly influenced representations of the people, wildlife, and landscapes of the American West in art, literature, and popular culture during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, representations that continue to impact American attitudes towards history, identity, and place.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2022


GE-278227-21

Museum of New Mexico Foundation (Santa Fe, NM 87501-4326)
Della C. Warrior (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Celestial Bodies: Native Astronomy of the US Southwest

Planning a temporary exhibition on astronomical knowledge and practice of southwestern U.S. Native tribes.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico requests a grant to support planning of a temporary exhibition, Celestial Bodies: Native Astronomy of the US Southwest. This exhibition is significant as it will highlight the intellectual sophistication and awareness that Native people in the Southwest have—and have had for millennia—for the sky and its celestial bodies and events. While centered on the Southwest’s distinctive expressions and cultural contexts, Celestial Bodies also will demonstrate the commonality of astronomical thinking worldwide, across time and cultures. The participation of a diverse array of humanities scholars and Native consultants ensures that the exhibition’s content, format, and interpretive approach will bring humanities ideas and insights to life for general audiences.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 5/31/2022


GE-278248-21

North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND 58102-1843)
Susanne Caro (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Sharing Stories of Community Resilience to Disasters: Designing a New Model for Collaborative Traveling Exhibits

A planning grant to support a traveling exhibition about natural disasters.

The purpose of obtaining this planning grant is to develop the exhibit that will cultivate diverse humanities discussions at different sites and test the feasibility of a collaborative approach for traveling exhibits. Project outcomes will include a four-panel physical display, a web presence for the exhibit that integrates the local content from each installation, a story map illustrating the exhibit’s evolution, and assessment data for this pilot project to inform future implementation.

Project fields:
History, General; Public History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$16,421 (approved)
$16,421 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2024


GE-278308-21

Captain Forbes House Museum (Milton, MA 02186-4215)
Barbara Warnick Silberman (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
The Business of Addiction: The Economic and Moral Complexities of the Opium Trade

Development of a temporary exhibition, including virtual elements, a teacher workshop, and public programing, examining the legacy of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century opium trade.

This project is an exhibitions planning grant that will explore the history of the 19th c. opium trade and the involvement of the Forbes family. The purpose of the exhibit is to examine the moral complexities faced by the Forbes in light of today's social issues like inequality and racism and how they impact our relations with China today. The Captain Robert Bennet Forbes House Museum requests $40,000 to support this planning effort.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


GE-278346-21

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057)
Danielle Sommer (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Bears Ears: Living Land

Development of a temporary and traveling exhibition on the history and culture of tribes of the Bears Ears region in southeaster Utah.

Bears Ears: Living Land is produced by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. Co-curated by representatives of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Pueblo of Zuni, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, this will be the first exhibition to present the significance of the Bears Ears region—located in southeastern Utah—from the perspective of these Tribes. Bears Ears will show how Indigenous histories are created through the relationships between objects, people, and land, and provide visitors with a view of the region’s cultural richness. Travelling versions of the exhibition unique to each participating Tribe will be displayed in their cultural centers. Grant funds will support compensation for collaborators; development costs for travelling exhibitions; out-of-state research; refinement of the exhibition structure; and preliminary design work.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural Anthropology; Native American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2022


GE-278262-21

New Children's Museum (San Diego, CA 92101-6850)
Megan Dickerson (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
The Earth(S)eed Archive: Science Fiction Creates the Future

Planning for an exhibit centered on the life, work, and impact of American science fiction writer Octavia Butler.

THE EARTH(S)EED ARCHIVE is a planned exhibit at The New Children’s Museum (San Diego) for 2023. It will be the first child-focused exhibit on the life/work of American science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006). Butler was the first Black woman to win widespread recognition in the sci-fi genre and among the first artists of any genre to include climate research in her output. The exhibit proposes that we need diverse writers, poets and other artists who can consider current climate science and help us create stories of alternative futures where our country is more fair, just and hopeful. Butler biographer Dr. Ayana Jamieson and other scholars will help the Museum plan this exhibit as follows: research Butler via her literary archive; create a rough prototype of the exhibit; invite community engagement through a writing workshop that will consider current climate research and collectively envision our world 31 years into the future; and develop exhibit implementation plans.

Project fields:
African American History; Literature, Other; Women's History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$58,425 (approved)
$56,964 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 12/31/2022


GE-280365-21

Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois Inc. (Skokie, IL 60077-1095)
Kelley Szany (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Planning of a Permanent Exhibition on the Global History of Genocide and Approaches to Genocide Prevention

Planning for a 1,000-square-foot permanent exhibition on the global history of genocide and mass atrocities.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center seeks funding to support planning for a permanent exhibition which will explore the global history of genocide and mass atrocities; the underlying conditions and patterns that lead to these events; and the roles of organizations, world leaders and citizens in preventing genocide. The Genocide Exhibition will incorporate survivor and eyewitness testimony, photographs, objects, and other primary sources to show how genocides have followed similar patterns of structural, escalatory, and triggering factors; and how transitional justice processes have contributed to the rebuilding and stabilizing of societies after genocide. The exhibition will illustrate the devastating impact of genocide on individual lives and reveal similarities across cultures and experiences. Viewers will gain a deeper understanding of our common humanity and knowledge of ways to stay informed and engaged in genocide prevention issues.

Project fields:
History, General; International Studies; Sociology

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$69,086 (approved)
$69,086 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 6/30/2022


GE-280383-21

Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052)
Jane Dini (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Reinstallation of the Brooklyn Museum's American Galleries

Planning for the reinterpretation of the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent American art galleries.

The Brooklyn Museum will undertake the planning phase of a major, multiyear permanent reinstallation of our holdings in American art, which we expect to reopen in 2024. This full-scale reinstallation, guided by community input, will elevate and amplify the voices of those traditionally underrepresented in major museum installations.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


GE-280424-21

University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI 54901-8610)
Mai See Thao (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Cia Siab (Hope) in Wisconsin: A HMoob (Hmong) Story

Planning of an 800- to 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition that would celebrate the 50th year of Hmong resettlement in the U.S.

Cia Siab (Hope) in Wisconsin: A HMoob (Hmong) Story is a traveling exhibit that will launch in 2025 to celebrate the 50th year of Hmong resettlement in the U.S. It is a community-based project that brings together Hmong community voices, humanities scholars, and museum experts to create an immersive traveling exhibit that utilizes the arts, audio, Hmong narratives, and interactive media to illustrate the historical trauma and resilience of Wisconsin’s Hmong rural and urban communities. This project employs community-based participatory research alongside arts-based and trauma-informed methods with Hmong women, youth, elders, and LGBTQ individuals. The proposed activities will be conducted in five cities with a large Hmong population: Eau Claire, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau. This exhibit’s goal is to foster intergenerational and cross-cultural connection, empathy, and dialogue.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Immigration History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$74,418 (approved)
$74,418 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023


GE-280430-21

Yeshiva University (New York, NY 10033-3299)
Paul Glassman (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Shaping Time: The Art and Culture of the Jewish Calendar

Planning of a 3,000-square-foot exhibition on the history of the Jewish calendar.

The calendar plays a key role in shaping society, regulating religious practice and economic life, structuring social and professional interaction, and defining communal and personal identity. Though the calendar is central to Jewish culture, it has never been the subject of an exhibition. Shaping Time will present the Jewish calendar as a dynamic system that has evolved over time in response to scientific developments, internal and external disputes, and the vicissitudes of Jewish history. The calendar has played a crucial role in the interactions between various Jewish communities and the surrounding dominant cultures, representing points of influence, exchange, and conflict. The exhibition will explore calendars as agents of societal cohesion and personal identity, and as instigators of debate and platforms for polemic. It will display the calendar as a locus of Jewish creativity and imagination and bring to life the calendars vital role in shaping human experience.

Project fields:
Jewish Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$39,999 (approved)
$39,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 1/31/2023


GE-280520-21

Witte Museum (San Antonio, TX 78209-6396)
Michelle Everidge (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Reinterpreting Texas at the Witte Museum, Where Nature, Science and Culture Meet

Planning for a reinterpretation of the museum’s permanent exhibition on the history of Texas.

The Witte Museum seeks a $75,000 Public Humanities Projects Planning Grant to support the reinterpretation, reimagining, planning and concept design for a new permanent exhibition, Tejas to Texas, a presentation on what we now call Texas. The current exhibition, A Wild and Vivid Land: Stories of South Texas, prototyped in 2006 and opened in 2012, is the permanent exhibition for the Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center. Since then, the Witte’s award-winning South Texas Heritage Center has welcomed over 2.5 million visitors. As the Witte prepares for the Center’s 10th anniversary, the museum has embarked on a reexamination of the central exhibition, armed with goals for reinterpretation derived from community conversations and new scholarship.

Project fields:
History, General; Public History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


GE-280570-21

Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA 90013-1821)
Clement Hanami (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Cruising J-Town: Nikkei Car Culture in Southern California

Planning for an exhibition on Japanese Americans’ car culture throughout the twentieth century in California.

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is seeking support for the design and development for “Cruising J-Town: Nikkei Car Culture in Southern California”, an exhibition that will explore Nikkei (Japanese emigrants and their descendants who have created communities throughout the world) car culture from the early 1900s, before and after World War II, to the present. The exhibition will examine how Japanese Americans have played a vital role within this culture since the early 20th century. As racers, designers, customizers, and general enthusiasts, Nikkei youth have long embraced the automobile to express creativity, build community and lend their own innovations to the broader culture.

Project fields:
Asian American Studies; Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


GE-280581-21

Queens Museum of Art (Corona, NY 11368-1038)
Sally Tallant (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Far More than Steel and Concrete: Urban Planning and The Panorama of New York

Planning for a series of temporary exhibitions, interpretive wall texts, digital interactives, and public programs examining the twentieth-century history of New York City’s infrastructure and urban development.

The Queens Museum requests a planning grant of $40.000 for its project Far More than Steel and Concrete: Urban Planning and The Panorama of New York. This award will support the planning and preparation for an exhibition, public programs, and subsequent publication that interprets the history of New York City's infrastructure and methods of urban planning alongside The Panorama of the City of New York. The Panorama is the Museum's most important and popular attraction, comprising a 1:1200 scale wooden and plastic model of all five boroughs of NYC. The Panorama’s importance to the Museum’s audience calls for a comprehensive interpretation plan to make its underlying themes and history more accessible and engaging. Using The Panorama as a central prompt for interpretation, the project will consider how NYC's urban expansion in the twentieth century reinforced racism and classism.

Project fields:
Architecture; Urban History; Urban Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022


GE-280587-21

Center for Teen Empowerment (Rochester, NY 14611-3541)
Jennifer Banister (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Clarissa Street Uprooted: Intergenerational History Ambassadors Exhibit

A multiformat exhibition that explores the twentieth-century history of the African American community in Rochester, New York.

An intergenerational partnership of African American youth and elders, along with humanities scholars and preservationists in Greater Rochester, NY, will plan a unique, multi-format exhibition that engages our community in exploring the arts, culture, and policies that shaped our metropolitan region.

Project fields:
African American History; Arts, General; Urban Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$50,924 (approved)
$50,924 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 4/30/2022


GE-269525-20

Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Sanjyot Mehendale (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Lives of the Cosmos: Celestial Visions along the Silk Road

Planning of a traveling exhibition on the cave-temples at Dunhuang.

UC Berkeley’s P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for Silk Road Studies along with partners from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Dunhuang Academy in China propose an exhibition project that utilizes current research on materials from the Buddhist cave-temples at Dunhuang to reveal how this outpost in the Gobi Desert, situated at the eastern convergence of the Central Asian Silk Roads, emerged simultaneously as a site famed for visionary experiences and as a major commercial, intellectual, and artistic hub. The exhibition will include original artifacts, replica caves, and virtual reality caves.

Project fields:
East Asian Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$74,538 (approved)
$72,647 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2022


GE-269603-20

University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, LA 70503-2014)
Jolie Johnson (Project Director: August 2019 to April 2021)
LouAnne Greenwald (Project Director: April 2021 to present)
Acadian Brown Cotton: The Fabric of Acadiana

Development of a temporary exhibition, associated satellite exhibitions, and a series of public programs exploring the cultural significance of the Acadiana tradition of brown cotton textile production.

The Hilliard Museum will present an exhibition on Acadian brown cotton utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to better understand the historical significance and cultural impact of the 250+-year-old Acadian brown cotton textile tradition, unique to the southwestern region of Louisiana known as Acadiana. The Hilliard will employ interpretive text, soundscapes, video, photography, archival documentation and a wide variety of textiles to highlight the exhibition’s primary themes of how traditions persist and are transmitted, as well as geography’s influence on culture. The exhibition will also produce new research on community mapping, genealogy, and the tradition’s origins in early modern France. This is a community-focused project; more than a dozen satellite venues in rural areas around Acadiana will concurrently mount small, pop-up style exhibitions of brown cotton textiles and tools from their permanent collections.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$74,998 (approved)
$74,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2021


GE-269635-20

Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY 10019-6106)
Elissa Auther (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Exhibition Planning Project: Museum of Arts and Design, Materials that Make a Difference

Planning meetings for the reinterpretation of the permanent collections of design and craft.

Materials that Make a Difference is a multiyear exhibition featuring the Museum's permanent collection that highlights the multiple historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts for craft in the post-World War II era. This is the first permanent exhibition for the museum. The goals of the exhibition are to anchor the museum visit in a cohesive narrative and to introduce audiences to craft. The project will begin on 06/01/2020 and end on 5/31/2021

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$36,385 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


GE-269695-20

Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY 14830-2253)
Carole Ann Fabian (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Re-imagining 35 Centuries of Glass

Planning for the reinterpretation of an encyclopedic glass exhibition. 

The Corning Museum of Glass – the world’s preeminent institution devoted to one material: glass -- is embarking on a journey of organizational self-discovery. Re-imaging 35 Centuries of Glass is undertaking not just a re-fresh and re-arrangement of our permanent collection galleries, but rather a Museum-wide strategic initiative aimed at examining and presenting our collections in entirely new ways. Our intent is to probe other ways of knowing through interdisciplinary investigation, and other ways of representing by engaging and revealing the stories of humanity across time and the world. We aim to explore the social dynamics of glass – what’s included and what’s not – in order to reveal to our audiences the diversity of peoples who created, used, and/or exploited glass in their times and places, and whose work continues to resonate and explain our world today.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023


GE-269698-20

Holocaust Memorial Center (Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3738)
Eli Mayerfeld (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
The Personal and the Present: A New Vision for Michigan’s Holocaust Museum

Planning for the reinterpretation and expansion of a permanent exhibition, related public programs, and curriculum materials exploring the history of the Holocaust. 

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus (HMC) requests a planning grant for reinventing its core permanent exhibition and related resources. Located in suburban Detroit, the HMC is one of the pre-eminent regional centers for Holocaust learning in the country, drawing visitors from across Michigan and the entire Midwest region. In order to keep pace with changing conditions and contemporary audiences, the HMC is planning a full update of its core permanent exhibit. This would be centered around personal stories, which will allow for a deeper contextual understanding of the Holocaust’s relationship to the past and the present. The HMC has already invested over $100,000 on a study outlining a potential vision for the exhibition. This grant would provide a report of scholarly recommendations and a formal evaluation plan for the re-imagining of the permanent core exhibit and related resources.

Project fields:
European History; History, Other; Jewish Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$71,774 (approved)
$69,874 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 5/31/2022


GE-269740-20

Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052)
Nancy Rosoff (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Brooklyn Museum: Katsinam: Spirits of the Hopi World

Planning of a traveling exhibition on the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s collection of Hopi Katsina dolls. 

The Brooklyn Museum requests funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a 12-month planning grant as we develop "Katsinam: Spirits of the Hopi World" (working title), a large-scale exhibition and accompanying publication built around our extraordinary collection of Hopi katsina dolls, dating from the nineteenth century to the present. Beginning in fall 2022, the exhibition will travel to three venues for 12–16 weeks each, before its final presentation at the Brooklyn Museum (tentatively scheduled for winter/spring 2023), accompanied by a suite of public and educational programs for our general audiences of nearly 700,000 each year.

Project fields:
American Studies; Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 6/30/2022


GE-269751-20

University of Nebraska, Board of Regents (Lincoln, NE 68503-2427)
Mikal Brotnov Eckstrom (Project Director: August 2019 to present)
Staking their Claim: Black Homesteaders and the Promise of Land in the Great Plains

Planning a traveling exhibition about late-nineteenth-century black homesteaders on the Great Plains.

Between 1877 and the 1930s, thousands of African Americans migrated to the Great Plains to claim homesteads. Disheartened by the federal government’s failure to protect them from vicious anti-Black violence in the South, African Americans saw the Great Plains as their new “Promised Land.” A traveling exhibition, “Staking their Claim,” seeks to introduce the largely neglected story of Black homesteaders to the American public. Black homesteaders proved up homestead claims in all Great Plains states. Many came in groups or “colonies, creating all-Black or mostly-Black rural communities.” The most important were Nicodemus, Kansas; DeWitty, Nebraska; Sully County, South Dakota; Empire, Wyoming; Dearfield, Colorado; and Blackdom, New Mexico. These communities survived until the 1930s; only Nicodemus, now designated as a National Historic Site, continues to have residents today. Their story illustrates Black migration, toil and triumph.

Project fields:
African American History; Labor History; Public History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


GE-271463-20

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3380)
James R. Akerman (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Crossings: Mapping, Migration, and Tourism in the United States. An Exhibition at the Newberry Library

Planning of an exhibition that illustrates how mapping and the shared experience of travel has shaped the American identity.

The Newberry Library requests $39,950 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support planning of the exhibition, Crossings: Mapping, Migration, and Tourism in the United States. Using maps, guidebooks, and travel accounts, Crossings will present a historical and geographic panorama of Americans “on the road” and illustrate how mapping and the shared experience of travel on four enduring pathways, or “crossings,” has shaped their American identity. The exhibition will be on view at the library in Spring 2022. NEH funding will provide partial support for planning the exhibition, associated publications and web resources, public programs, and programs for K-12 educators and students. This planning grant will enable the curator to engage three consulting scholars and two educational consultants; finalize the exhibition checklist; draft the exhibition script; work with exhibition designers; and plan for producing a gallery guide, web resources, and curricular materials.

Project fields:
Geography; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$39,950 (approved)
$39,950 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 2/28/2022


GE-271479-20

Sabiha Al Khemir Foundation, Inc. (New York City, NY 10024-5128)
Sabiha Al Khemir (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Under the Same Sky: Birds in Art and Myth Traveling Exhibition

Development of a traveling exhibition of artworks from multiple traditions and periods featuring birds.

The Sabiha Al Khemir Foundation (SAKF) requests a $75,000 planning grant from the NEH to support the development of a traveling exhibition that prompts dialogue about the presence of birds in cultural narratives across time and place—Under the Same Sky: Birds in Art and Myth. This exhibition will focus on the intersections between birds and humanity—what birds mean to us on an emotional and spiritual level, and how we express those connections through art and literature. It will feature approximately 100 works from U.S. museum collections combined with narrative video, multi-sensory immersive experiences. Works will be organized into thematic areas that bring to light the key human associations attributed to birds and their essential characteristics - their color, songs, diversity, and unique abilities - that have inspired humankind for generations as expressed in art and myth. The exhibition will include a catalog and educational programs and guides.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Folklore and Folklife; Literature, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


GE-271491-20

Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS 66506-0100)
Cameron Leader-Picone (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Mark Christopher Crosby (Co Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Katherine L. Karlin (Co Project Director: September 2020 to present)
Making a Statement: Gordon Parks's Gift of Photographs

Planning for a 2,950 square-foot temporary exhibition, a catalog, and a website exploring the life and work of multidisciplinary artist Gordon Parks (1912–2006) and his relationship with his home state of Kansas.

The proposed exhibition and related digital archive examine two important moments when the artist Gordon Parks reconnected with his home state of Kansas and fashioned his artistic vision: a gift of photos to Kansas State University and the filming of his novel The Learning Tree.

Project fields:
African American Studies; American Literature; Film History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 12/30/2021


GE-271493-20

Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY 10011-5491)
Elena Pakhoutova (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
Himalayan Art: Journeys of Discoveries

Planning of a traveling exhibition about Himalayan art, history, religion, and culture.

Himalayan Art: Journeys of Discoveries is a multi-venue traveling exhibition that will become a primary resource for the understanding of the art, culture, religion, traditions, and practices of this important cultural sphere that connects South Asia, Central Asia, and Inner Asia. This educational initiative, based on scholarship, will explore a region that once influenced much of Asia and whose ideas are still relevant today. By integrating select objects, narrative descriptions, contextual photographs, audio tours, videos, digital animations, and installations, the exhibition will open to viewers the fundamental art forms and humanities ideas represented in Himalayan visual culture. Himalayan Art: Journeys of Discovery seeks to inform, educate, and inspire students, faculty members, and the interested public about a lesser known area of art and culture necessary for a holistic understanding of Asian art and history.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; South Asian Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2020 – 11/30/2021


GE-271501-20

Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY 11201-2711)
Deborah F. Schwartz (Project Director: January 2020 to present)
A People's History of Brooklyn

Planning of a permanent, immersive exhibition on the history of Brooklyn, utilizing unused spaces in the museum’s historic building.

Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) seeks a $75,000 Public Humanities Projects Planning Grant to support concept design, formative evaluation, research, and scholarly honoraria for its newest public history project, A People’s History of Brooklyn. This new building-wide, multi-floor public history initiative will revolutionize the visitor experience within BHS’s historic headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, and for the first time in the building’s nearly 140-year history, fully activate the space that houses our world-renowned collections in service of BHS’s mission—to tell Brooklyn’s diverse history and utilize Brooklyn’s past to understand its present. Imagined as a constellation of interpretive experiences, project components will feature innovative permanent installations that incorporate BHS’s collections, including newly processed and conserved artifacts; immersive audio experiences; and an introductory film.

Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2022


GE-264694-19

Brooklyn Children's Museum Corporation (Brooklyn, NY 11213-1900)
Hana Elwell (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
BK Brooklyn Climber

Planning an exhibition that would relate the history of Brooklyn and Brooklynites over time through a climbing structure.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) requests a $66,150 Exhibitions Planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the BK History Climber, a permanent exhibition developed in partnership with Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) that will be sited on the second floor of BCM’s iconic Crown Heights, Brooklyn building. A multi-level climbing and physical play structure, the BK History Climber unites the kinetic energy of a jungle gym with the intellectual core of a history exhibition. Built using stacked shipping containers, water towers, or another material that allows for creation of discrete rooms, the Climber will consist of eight chambers furnished with set pieces; backdrops; objects; primary sources such as journals, memoirs and interviews; and, oral histories from the BCM and BHS collections. Each of the eight containers will offer the self-contained story of an historic Brooklyn family or families.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$75,000 (approved)
$66,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2020


GE-264721-19

American Writers Museum Foundation (Chicago, IL 60601-7426)
Carey Cranston (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
Becoming Americans: Immigrant and Refugee Writing in the 21st Century

A temporary, single-site, 900-square-foot exhibit that examines the influence on American culture of fiction, poetry, memoir, and other genres of writing by immigrants and refugees to the United States in the last thirty years.

The American Writers Museum (AWM) requests a $40,000 Exhibition Planning grant for Becoming American: Immigrant and Refugee Writing in the 21st Century, an interactive, technology-forward exhibit focused on writing by recent immigrants and refugees to the United States and its influence on our culture, history and national identity. As the nation's first and only museum dedicated to American writers, the AWM, located in downtown Chicago, is uniquely positioned to present this to a broad audience. Exhibition planning includes exhibit based curriculum for middle and high school students who visit the museum as part of the AWM's youth education program.

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Project fields:
Literature, Other

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020


GE-264575-19

Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA 90013-1821)
John Esaki (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
Wakaji Matsumoto: An Artist in Two Worlds, Los Angeles and Hiroshima, 1917-1944

Planning of a traveling exhibition, public programs, and a catalog examining Japanese immigration and life in rural California and Hiroshima through the photographs of Wakaji Matsumoto (1889­–1965). 

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is seeking support for the design and development of a timely and historically important travelling exhibition Wakaji Matsumoto: An Artist in Two Worlds, Los Angeles and Hiroshima, 1917-1944. Taking place at JANM in 2020, this exhibition will present a selection of historically important photographs never before seen in the United States. Taken by photographer Wakaji Matsumoto, these panoramas and black and white photographs offer the public a rare glimpse into the lives and accomplishments of Japanese immigrants from Hiroshima, Japan to Los Angeles, California in the early 1900s. Together with accompanying interpretive narrative, this exhibition will help visitors better understand life in Hiroshima before WWII and Japanese immigration in the Los Angeles area prior to extensive urbanization.

Project fields:
Arts, General; East Asian History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 12/31/2019


GE-264601-19

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Dana Whitelaw (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
Creating Together: Reimagining the High Desert Museum's Exhibition on the Indigenous Columbia Plateau

Planning for the reinstallation of the High Desert Museum’s 4,500-square-foot By Hand Through Memory permanent exhibition.

Through this planning period, High Desert Museum staff, tribal representatives and academics will explore major themes for the reinterpretation of the Museum’s By Hand Through Memory permanent exhibition. This exhibition will highlight how Plateau Indians actively maintained their cultures, traditions and languages and navigated pressures to assimilate. Merging artifacts, traditional and contemporary artwork, ecology and Native voices, the interdisciplinary, place-based exhibition will focus audiences’ attention on stories not told elsewhere. By placing American Indians at the center of the history of the American West in the 20th century, the reinterpreted exhibition and associated programming will raise awareness of the enduring role of Native people in the Columbia Plateau and enhance understanding of the region as a shared place. Stronger relationships between cultural institutions in the region will support co-curated traveling exhibitions that will reach large audiences.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$45,000 (approved)
$45,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


GE-264617-19

Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506)
Robert Thomas Cozzolino (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Planning meetings, curatorial travel and research, and audience evaluation for developing an exhibition on the reflection of the supernatural in American art over the decades.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) seeks funding to support planning efforts to organize and present the touring exhibition “Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art,” the first museum exhibition and its related publication to explore the persistent presence of the supernatural and paranormal in American art. Curated by Robert Cozzolino, Ph.D., Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at Mia, this is an ambitious interdisciplinary project in which the humanities inform the selection of art and the presentation of the subject matter. American art history has barely scratched the surface of this topic, and Mia aspires for this to become the new standard study in the field. Through approximately 160 objects, the exhibition examine this topic broadly and deeply, relying on scholarship in parallel disciplines of anthropology, critical theory, film studies, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and sociology.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$74,452 (approved)
$74,452 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 9/30/2020


GE-264652-19

Museum of the City of New York, Inc. (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Sarah M. Henry (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
The New York Mystique

Planning of a permanent exhibition illuminating the cultural meaning and lived experience of New York City.

In planning an innovative new permanent gallery, the Museum of the City of New York endeavors to present, The New York Mystique, an exhibition exploring the qualities that define New York. Staff and scholarly advisors will develop a presentation highlighting a rotating display of key holdings from the Museum’s collection of over 750,000 objects and images, pioneering a new way of wedding a collections-based gallery with humanities-driven scholarship. An interdisciplinary approach puts diverse and important objects into dialogue with each other to illuminate New York history, and provides multiple points of entry into the identity and cultures of New York. Its thematic organization will allow visitors to make conceptual connections across time and place. The gallery will complement and expand upon the Museum’s two other permanent galleries: the award-winning three-gallery New York at Its Core, exploring 400 years of history, and Activist New York, tracing the city’s history of activism.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$44,909 (approved)
$44,909 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2021


GE-266304-19

Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, Inc. (Baltimore, MD 21201-5185)
Christine Sciacca (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
Ethiopia at the Crossroads

Planning for a traveling exhibition exploring the art of Ethiopia from antiquity to the present.

Ethiopia at the Crossroads is a project to support the planning of a landmark international loan exhibition of Ethiopian art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. This traveling exhibition will celebrate the artistic traditions of Ethiopia from antiquity to the present.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 12/31/2021


GE-266378-19

Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences (Staten Island, NY 10301-1181)
Janice Monger (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Arise Women of the Nation: Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote

Planning of a temporary exhibition and public programs exploring the role of Staten Island in the creation and passage of the 19th Amendment.

The Staten Island Museum requests a $40,000 grant to support planning for Arise Women of the Nation: Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women’s Right to Vote, a single-site temporary exhibition in 2020 to mark the National Centennial of the 19th Constitutional Amendment. This exhibition will highlight the ingenuity and dedication of Staten Island suffragists in both the national and regional movement. The Staten Island Museum seeks to convene a panel of five experts who will examine the contributions of Staten Island’s suffragists and refine the exhibition themes in the context of the broader suffrage narrative; activate exhibition design; and inform visitors about the historic movement’s pertinence to today’s civic engagement. The advisers will present their findings in a public panel discussion in March 2020 for Women’s History Month.

Project fields:
Women's History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


GE-266392-19

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Marci Reaven (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Religion and the American West

Planning for a traveling exhibition to examine the role of religion in nineteenth-century westward expansion.

The New-York Historical Society respectfully requests a Public Humanities Projects planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a major traveling exhibition and educational initiative titled Religion and the American West. Scheduled to be on view in New York in fall 2021, the project will encompass planning and research for a major history exhibition, a suite of public programs, and educational programming for students and teachers.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020


GE-259306-18

Academy Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90211-1907)
Doris Berger (Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970

Development of a traveling exhibition, digital and educational content, and public programs exploring the role of African Americans in the American film industry.

Scheduled to open in 2020, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970 (working title) will be an extensive research-driven in-depth look at African American participation in American filmmaking. The project comprises a traveling exhibition to a planned four national venues including the Academy Museum, public programs, digital and educational content, and publications.

Project fields:
African American History; Film History and Criticism

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 3/30/2020


GE-259249-18

San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX 78209-6396)
Jessica Powers (Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome

Planning for an exhibition examining the depictions of landscapes in ancient Roman art and society.

Sacred Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth in Ancient Rome will be the first exhibition in the United States to explore the wealth of landscape imagery in ancient Roman art. The exhibition will deepen visitors' understanding of the nuanced meanings of landscapes. Our audiences' engagement with this striking genre will concentrate on three humanities themes: Landscapes and Roman Society, Patronage and Social Class, and Landscapes in Greek and Roman Art. Presented at the San Antonio Museum of Art from October 2020 to January 2021 and at a second venue thereafter, the exhibition will feature approximately 50 works that portray a countryside populated by rustic figures and rural shrines. The Museum has developed an Advisory Committee to assist in refining the presentation of the humanities themes through the exhibition narrative, catalogue and public programs. The Museum is requesting funding from the NEH to support a two-day workshop for the Advisory Committee in May or June 2018.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


GE-259267-18

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA 01609-3196)
Jeffrey Louis Forgeng (Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Permanent Installation of Medieval Arms & Armor

Planning for a long-term exhibition of the museum’s arms and armor collection.

The Worcester Art Museum seeks funding from the NEH to support planning activities for the long-term installation of its collection of arms and armor. WAM acquired the highly significant collection in 2014 from the Higgins Armory Museum and plans to design an innovative installation, consisting partly of open storage, with emphasis on accessibility, both physical and intellectual. The grant would help fund preparatory activities including specialist review of the collection, brainstorming by regional academics and educators to suggest possible interpretive approaches, and consultation with interpretation and design specialists to turn these ideas into concrete plans for a compelling and engaging installation that will appeal to diverse audiences. The installation’s core humanities concepts will be the contrast between the superficial purpose of the objects and their actual complex functions, and the meaning of their enduring power as symbols today when they are no longer in actual use.

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Project fields:
Arts, General; Medieval History; Military History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2020


GE-259290-18

Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4007)
Erin Peters (Project Director: August 2017 to March 2021)
Planning Carnegie Museum of Natural History's "Egypt on the Nile"

Planning for the reinterpretation of the museum’s Egyptian collection that would explore the intersection of human and natural histories in ancient Egypt.

Building on Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s (CMNH) current NEH Digital Projects for the Public Discovery Grant, this exhibition grant will allow CMNH to begin planning for its multi-phase exhibition, Egypt on the Nile. As part of the project, CMNH will: convene a team of expert scholars and scientists to refine current research themes and generate new humanities and scientific knowledge through which the public can connect their contemporary experiences with the human and natural history of ancient Egypt; form and consult a community focus group for audience input; identify anthropological and natural sciences collections for the exhibition; and evaluate CMNH exhibitions, conservation, and storage considerations and costs. To carry out these goals, the Project Director will lead committees in a series of meetings and two workshops held in Pittsburgh to produce exhibition designs and a draft script along with plans for outreach, marketing, and evaluation of the final exhibition.

Project fields:
Ancient History; Cultural Anthropology; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$35,204 (approved)
$29,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 3/31/2019


GE-259298-18

Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-3998)
Jon-Paul Dyson (Project Director: August 2017 to present)
The History and Cultural Impact of Video Games: A New Gallery at The Strong

Planning of a permanent gallery exploring the history and impact of video games on popular culture, learning, and American leisure.

Through the planning and script development for a permanent, long-term gallery, The Strong National Museum of Play endeavors to explore and share the history, influence, and experience of video games as they relate to culture, human development, and the evolution of play. The planned gallery, the centerpiece of an overall museum expansion, will include complementary and cohesive interactive exhibit spaces that showcase the history of video games through: (1) display of rare and unique artifacts; (2) use of multiple media formats that allow guests to discover the history of video games and their impact on society and culture; and (3) inclusion of one-of-a-kind interactive experiences that bring the history, art, and narrative structures of video games to life. When planning is complete, The Strong will be positioned to create a first-of-its-kind installation that engages audiences with humanities-rich content illustrating the enduring impact of video games.

Project fields:
Cultural History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 3/31/2019


GE-261064-18

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN 46204-1708)
Julia Whitehead (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Unstuck in Time: Slaughterhouse-Five Then and Now

Planning a permanent exhibition and the expansion of an existing traveling exhibition exploring the impact of Kurt Vonnegut and his seminal novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML), a 501c(3) nonprofit in Indianapolis, Indiana requests $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities Exhibitions Planning Grant to develop a preliminary design, script, marketing plan, and evaluation plan for “Unstuck in Time: Slaughterhouse-Five Then and Now,” a new permanent exhibition. KVML is the only organization dedicated to championing the legacy of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut and the principles of free expression, common decency, and peaceful coexistence he championed. “Unstuck in Time” explores Kurt Vonnegut’s most widely-read novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, and will include a traveling exhibition that will increase the reach of “Unstuck in Time.”

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Project fields:
American Literature; Military History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 8/31/2019


GE-261129-18

Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
Christine K. Thompson (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
A New View of the Battle of the Wabash

Planning for a traveling exhibition and related public programs about the Battle of the Wabash, a 1791 Native American military victory over the U.S. Army.

Ball State University, Department of Anthropology, Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL) and the Ohio History Connection request a $74,875 exhibition planning grant to plan A New View of the Battle of the Wabash, a traveling exhibition that will be displayed at the Ohio History Connection and multiple American Indian tribal museums throughout the nation. The format of A New View will include both museum exhibits and associated public presentations by humanities scholars and American Indian tribal members co-created and co-designed with descendant tribes. A New View will be a traveling exhibition for this significant Northwest Indian War battle, created with tribal communities for tribal communities.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Military History; Native American Studies

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$74,875 (approved)
$74,875 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2018 – 12/31/2021


GE-261130-18

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania (Lincoln University, PA 19352-9141)
Julie Rainbow (Project Director: January 2018 to March 2021)
Journey to Sanctuary

Planning for a permanent exhibition, a traveling exhibition, a website, and public forums exploring the role of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in encouraging migration out of the segregated South and creating community in Philadelphia from the 1940s to the 1970s.

African Americans who arrived in Philadelphia from the South during the Second Great Migration changed the fabric of the City of Brotherly Love. Many of those who braved the difficult journey found sanctuary in the city’s well-established faith communities and growing cultural life. Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and other African American churches eased the passage of those coming to the Delaware Valley and became centers of vibrant community life and stimulated political activism. By exploring relevant humanities themes, Journey to Sanctuary (JTS) seeks to add to the scholarship of the lesser-documented Second Wave of the Great Migration, which was larger and more diverse than the First Wave. The project’s themes examine how second wave migrants, their descendants, and existing Philadelphia residents navigated the explosive population growth; clash of cultures; diverse opportunities and threats; and the cultural renaissance and political activism.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$74,699 (approved)
$73,964 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


GE-261136-18

Denver Art Museum (Denver, CO 80204-2788)
Victoria I. Lyall (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Malinche as Metaphor Exhibition Planning

Planning of an exhibition on the historical and cultural legacy of Malinche (died, 1529), an indigenous Mexican Gulf Coast woman who was the explorer Hernando Cortés’ translator, cultural interpreter, and mistress during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire (1519–21).

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) requests a planning grant of $60,000 for Malinche as Metaphor, a traveling exhibition co-organized with the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Malinche as Metaphor examines the historical and cultural legacy of Malinche’s role in the events of the conquest of the Aztec empire, and the ways her image has been interpreted and appropriated through the centuries. Exhibition themes explore her role as an indigenous woman in the sixteenth century, interpreter and translator, national traitor, symbolic mother of a mixed race, and figure for the Chicano movement. This multi-media exhibition will be presented at three US venues, with an array of public programs and fully-illustrated catalog, all presented in English and Spanish, and informed by multi-disciplinary panels comprising humanities scholars, artists, authors, and theorists. Planning entails essential research, curatorial and advisory convenings, and up to three visitor focus groups.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Latin American Studies; Latino History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019


GE-261328-18

DC Public Library Foundation Inc. (Washington, DC 20006-1107)
Marya Annette McQuirter (Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Leaving a Legacy: DC Public Library Honors Dr. King

Planning of a permanent exhibition at the District of Columbia public library and a website examining the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C.

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) respectfully requests a planning grant of $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of a permanent exhibition about the local legacy and impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The exhibit will be featured on the fourth floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK Library) in downtown Washington D.C. The exhibit, Leaving a Legacy in D.C.: DC Public Library Honors Dr. King, will be dedicated as a memorial to Dr. King, and serve as a critical means to connect our local residents to King’s legacy.

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Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$40,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2018 – 8/31/2019