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TR-228594-15

Kitchen Sisters Productions (San Francisco, CA 94133-5107)
Nikki Silva (Project Director: August 2014 to present)
Davia Nelson (Co Project Director: April 2015 to present)

Hidden Kitchens World: Stories of Kimchi Diplomacy, Conflict Kitchens & Change

Production of four short segments on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” one hour-long episode, podcasts, and enhanced online features that explore food as a means of cross-cultural understanding.

The Kitchen Sisters are seeking NEH support for a new season of "Hidden Kitchens World" on NPR's "Morning Edition"--kitchen stories that travel the globe. Stories exploring "gastrodiplomacy," the use of food as an instrument to create cross cultural understanding in this time of accelerated globalization, and surprising stories of everyday foodstuffs such as eggs, chocolate and the use of kimchi as an agent of global transformation. HKW chronicles little known stories of food--its history, rituals, traditions,socioeconomic and environmental impact, its mythic and symbolic importance and place in the preservation and dissemination of cultures. An imaginative, on-air/multimedia collaboration with scholars & community: 4-6 sound rich stories on "Morning Edition"; an hour long radio special; podcasts; online features at npr.org & hiddenkitchens.org rich with humanities perspectives, story, multimedia, ways to interact and delve deep; and HKW community events around the country.

Project fields:
Communications

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

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

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 9/30/2016


HD-51791-13

Kitchen Sisters Productions (San Francisco, CA 94133-5107)
Nikki Silva (Project Director: October 2012 to present)

Pop Up Archive: Standardized Preservation and Distribution of Culturally Significant Audio

The development of open-source software tools and educational materials to facilitate the dissemination and long-term preservation of oral histories, radio broadcasts, and other audio content.

Pop Up Archive is a simple system to preserve audio content by making it searchable, reusable, and shareable in ways that are meaningful to scholars and producers. The Kitchen Sisters inspired and collaborated on the initial phase of the project, which entailed an academic survey of existing methods for storage of and access to audio content, as well as the alpha release of software plug-ins for Omeka. Phase two of the project, for which we are seeking a Level II Start-Up Grant, will finalize and test these plug-ins across public media organizations and oral history archives, create a centralized repository of audio records, and educate relevant communities through a shared web space. The system will be open source and will conform to national archival standards, without requiring technical expertise from participating organizations. For the first time, content can be indexed for safe and permanent preservation and made accessible to producers, scholars, students, and the public.

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Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 4/30/2014


TR-50388-12

Kitchen Sisters Productions (San Francisco, CA 94133-5107)
Nikki Silva (Project Director: January 2012 to present)

Hidden Kitchens World

Production of eight, seven-minute radio stories to air on NPR's "Morning Edition," an hour-long public radio broadcast special distributed to stations, a multimedia website, and a blog featuring scholars each exploring the complex relationships among food, culture, and society.

The Kitchen Sisters are seeking support to produce "Hidden Kitchens World," a new multimedia series that explores life and culture through food across the globe. Inspired by the original NEH-funded NPR Hidden Kitchens series, this new on-air and online collaboration will feature stories exploring what people eat and grow, how food marks our sameness and differences, and how food culture adapts in the face of globalization, socioeconomic conditions and environmental changes. Each story will include perspectives from scholars, as well as video, music, photographs, curriculum and links to a curated library of resources relating to the themes raised within the stories. Funding from the NEH will help produce a multi-faced project featuring 8 stories on NPR, 1 hour-long radio specials distributed nationwide, 8 podcasts, research and development of a smart phone app, and a collaborative, humanities-rich website with audio, video, recipes, images and writings from around the world.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2014


TD-50271-10

Kitchen Sisters Productions (San Francisco, CA 94133-5107)
Nikki Silva (Project Director: January 2010 to present)

Hidden Kitchens World

Development of 12 seven-minute radio segments, two hour-long radio specials, twelve podcasts and an interactive website that explore life and culture through food across the globe.

The Kitchen Sisters are seeking support to develop Hidden Kitchens World, a new multimedia series that explores life and culture through food across the globe. Inspired by the original NEH-funded NPR Hidden Kitchens series, this new on-air and online collaboration will feature stories exploring what people eat and grow, how food marks our sameness and differences, and how food culture adapts in the face of globalization, socioeconomic conditions and environmental changes. Each story will include perspectives and conversations with scholars, as well as video, music, photographs, curriculum and links to a curated library of social networks and resources relating to the themes raised within the stories. Funding from the NEH will help develop a multi-faced project featuring 12 stories on NPR and the BBC, 2 hour-long radio specials distributed nationwide, 12 podcasts, and a collaborative, humanities-rich website with audio, video, recipes, images and writings from around the world.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Development Grants

Division:
Public Programs

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

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 8/31/2011