Recent Grant Awards
We are pleased to announce the most recent recipients of our February and March Mini Grants! Mini Grants up to $2,000 are awarded on a monthly basis to non-profit organizations in support of public humanities programs, and to individual researchers in support of research in the humanities.
We Talk about Architecture, Architecture Talks Back
A $2,000 grant was awarded to support a panel discussion about the architectural style of the CCRI Warwick Knight Campus Building. As the building approaches its 40th anniversary, a panel of architecture scholars and experts will start a conversation about the building, its history, its place within architectural history, and about how the building environment affects those who utilize it. This panel will take place on April 14th at 4pm, for more information visit the CCRI site.
Windmill Informational Signage
Jamestown Historical Society
A $1,700 grant was awarded to support the creation of two weather-proof informational signs outside of the 1787 grist mill in order to make historical and technical information available to off-season visitors and to those who are unable to enter the windmill. The signs will increase public accessibility to the “inside story” of the windmill.
Youth Voices on the River
RiverzEdge Arts Project
A $1,956 grant was awarded to support an Earth Day event at the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission headquarters led by participants in RiverzEdge’s Art, Landscape & Ecology Program – teens and their historian mentors. Teens will share their research on the history and ecology of the Blackstone River with the wider community through an exhibit, presentation and panel discussion.
Photo credit: Markham Starr
In History’s Wake, The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island
South County Museum
A $2,000 grant was awarded to support a partnership between the South County Museum and Historic New England to produce and install a photographic exhibition examining the disappearing trap fishing industry off the coast of Rhode Island. The exhibition will include documentary photography by Markham Starr, and will be coupled with a lecture series on the same topic.
A Sym-POE-Sium: The Life and Literature of Edgar Allen Poe
Trinity Repertory Company
A $1,200 grant was awarded to support a scholarly panel discussion to examine the life and literature of Edgar Allen Poe, in conjunction with Trinity Rep’s world premiere of The Completely Fictional – Utterly True – Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allen Poe.
Congratulations to our most recent grant recipients! The next deadline for Monthly Mini Grants is May 1, 2011 at 5:00pm. Please read our grants opportunities page for more information on the application process.
We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back
Exhibition: April 5 – 27, 2011, Knight Campus Art Gallery
Panel & Opening Reception: April 14 at 4pm & 6pm
CCRI examines the unique architecture of its Knight Campus megastructure with a month-long art exhibition and panel discussion. The panel takes place on April 14 at 4pm, followed by an opening reception from 6 – 8pm. For more information, visit the CCRI site.
From Slave Trader to Abolitionist: Newport Quaker Tom Robinson
Monday, April 11 at 5:30pm at the Young Building, Salve Regina University
Elizabeth Cazden, an independent scholar of Quaker history in its economic and social context, presents a talk on Thomas Robinson, a Newport Quaker merchant, who was a key advocate for abolition of slavery both within and outside of the Society of Friends from the 1770s. For more information visit this site.
Crossing Borders: Women Writing Their Lives
Tuesday, April 12 from 4:45 – 6:00pm at URI, Kingston
Author and co-director of Brown’s nonfiction writing program, Beth Taylor, will read from and discuss her memoir, The Plain Language of Love and Loss. Taylor’s memoir is grounded in the suicide of her 14-year-old brother when she was 12, and the role of her Quaker, anti-war upbringing. The book reveals the ways she has struggled and moved forward as it also creates a historical foundation about anti-war movements during the 70s and religious influences on people’s lives. For more information, visit the URI site.
Living History’s Grand Review 2011
April 12 at the Olneyville Library & April 26 at the Washington Park Library
Living History’s 14th Rhode Island troops will be performing Grand Review 2011, a collaborative effort by Living History and the Providence Community Libraries to engage Providence 5th & 6th Graders in Hands-on Civil War activities, drama, and a real life encampment of the 14th RI Heavy Artillery Black Civil War Regiment. All activities are free and open to the public.
Frederick Wiseman’s Juvenile Court: Screening & Panel Discussion
Friday, April 15, Film Screenings: 1:00pm, 3:30pm; Panel: 6 – 8:00pm at Roger Williams University
Frederick Wiseman is best known for offering unvarnished portraits of social institutions. Juvenile Court offers a behind-the-scenes look at a busy Juvenile Court, and was filmed in the direct aftermath of a set of landmark Supreme Court decisions that ushered in rights-based protections for juvenile offenders. See the film, followed by a panel discussion with Frederick Wiseman and others in the fields of law, film, and juvenile justice. For more information visit the Roving Eye Film Festival site.
Miss Lucy: Aesthetics, Disability and Collecting
Sunday, April 17 from 12:30 – 2:00pm at the RISD Museum
The second lecture in a series on Lucy Truman Aldrich (1869-1955), titled, My soul for a beautiful thing: Lucy Truman Aldrich and the Modernist Spirit of Collecting. Scholar Gloria-Jean Masciarotte focuses on Miss Lucy’s collecting philosophy. For more information and to RSVP, visit the RISD site.
The month of April is teeming with events! For even more opportunities to attend humanities events across Rhode Island, visit our Events Calendar!
Planet Taco: The Globalization of Mexican Cuisine
Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 pm at the List Arts Building, Brown University
In this lecture historian Jeffrey Pilcher will follow the history of Mexican American food from the “chili queens” of San Antonio and the taco shops of southern California to their contemporary global versions. Reception at the Haffenreffer Museum featuring food by Mexico Garibaldi Restaurant. For more information visit the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology site.
Lecture: Lonnie G. Bunch
Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm at Barus and Holley, Rm 166, Brown University
Lonnie Bunch will discuss the history and ongoing work of creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture, exploring strategies to navigate challenges that include: Building on the National Mall, establishing conceptual frameworks for a new museum, understanding public expectations, and negotiating the contextual terrain of race. For more information, visit the JNBC site.
National Poetry Month poster quote from Elizabeth Bishop
Poetry Month: Writing Across Rhode Island
Writing Across Rhode Island is celebrating National Poetry Month with a series of events, including Poetry Write-A-Thon, Poetry Reading and Writers Brunch. The poetry reading featuring Tom Chandler, Darcie Dennigan and Lisa Starr will take place at the Providence Public Library on April 30th. For more information, visit the Write-A-Thon site.
Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00pm at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
From May through October 2011, Providence will commemorate the 375th anniversary of the city. You are invited to join in the celebration by
organizing a program around one of these ideas: Roots, Hope, Freedom and Ingenuity. On April 27, RICH will host an informal brainstorming session for people and organizations interested in collaborating on a 375 event. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Carole Ann Penney at caroleann@rihumanities. As a reminder, if you are already planning an event for that time, the deadline to be included in the print program is Friday, April 8. Visit the 375 site for more information and to register your event today.
Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards
Nomination Deadline: April 29, 2011
The education of every child should include civics education. An educated electorate is the cornerstone of our democracy and educating students, some of whom are about to vote for the first time, about the importance of their responsibility as citizens and voters is crucial. To encourage teachers engaged in this endeavor and to honor exceptional work in this area, the League of Women Voters of South Kingstown and Narragansett has sponsored the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award with funding from the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund. For more information, visit this site.
Deadline: May 3, 2011
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. For more information, visit the National Endowment for the Humanities site.
National Endowment for the Humanities: Bridging Cultures Through Film
Deadline: June 29, 2011
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. To learn more about this grant and to apply, visit the NEH site.
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