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$82,000 Awarded for Dialogue-Based Projects

Humanities Council Directors’ Project Grants to Help Nine Groups Across NY State

Oct 12 2012

The New York Council for the Humanities has awarded $82,000 in its first round of Directors’ Project Grants for exemplary dialogue-based humanities programs to nine organizations ranging from a theater company in New York City to an African-American cultural center in Rochester. These grants support programs that use dialogue as an integral way to engage the public, furthering the Council’s mission to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in their communities. The nine awarded projects are:

Abolition--Two Worlds on Staten Island, a community dialogue and exhibition exploring the contested history of the Underground Railroad on Staten Island.

The Baobab Film and Dialogue Series 2012-13 a year-long series of community dialogues in Rochester, many of them using films as a catalyst for discussion

The Battle of Queenstown Heights Commemoration in Lewiston, which includes 18 dialogue stations to help mark the first major battle of the War of 1812.

Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Spotlight on Human Rights Festival at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City.

Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Irish Influence on America’s Greatest Abolitionist, a day-long program of public discussions at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

RACE: Are We So Different? A series of radio programs and a public forum in Rochester in conjunction with an exhibition about the historical, cultural, and scientific understandings of race.

The Counterculturalists: Towards a New Canon, a series of online interviews, discussions and a culminating symposium exploring new understandings cultural identity offered by the Asian-American Writers Workshop.

The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival, four events in Syracuse that use performance and dialogue to engage participants about a range of issues from participatory democracy to aging.

The Guantanamo Public Memory Project, which will use discussions and mobile phone engagement to help New Yorkers understand the role and legacy of Guantanamo.

Details and contact information for each of these projects is listed below.

“These innovative projects show how the humanities can be central to promoting community engagement and civil discourse across our state,” says Council Executive Director Sara Ogger. Directors’ Project Grants are available to any tax-exempt organization in New York State. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate the exemplary nature of their project, and explain how it uses dialogue to spark public engagement. The next deadline for application is December 15, 2012 with notification 12 weeks later. More information about the grant guidelines and application forms can be found online at nyhumanities.org/grants.

In 2011, the Council awarded almost half a million dollars to public humanities projects, mostly in the form of small grants of up to $3000. To learn about the Council’s other grant opportunities, including its Special Initiative War of 1812 Project Grants, visit nyhumanities.org/grants.

The Council’s grant program is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Legislature of New York State. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the funded programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Founded in 1975 and supported by Federal, State, and private sources, the New York Council for the Humanities helps all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement.

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Awarded Directors’ Project Grants—July 15, 2012 Round

Abolition--Two Worlds on Staten Island
Staten Island Museum dba Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island
statenislandmuseum.org
Cara Dellatte
(718) 483-7122
cdellatte@statenislandmuseum.org

The Baobab Film and Dialogue Series 2012-13
The Baobab Cultural Center, Rochester
thebaobab.org
Hoffman Moka Lantum
(585) 563-2145
baobab.center@yahoo.com

The Battle of Queenstown Heights Commemoration
Historical Society and Association of Lewiston, Lewiston
historiclewiston.org
Lee Simonson
(716) 754-8414
lee@simonson.com

Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Spotlight on Human Rights Festival
Epic Theatre Ensemble dba Epic Theatre Center, New York
epictheatreensemble.org
Ron Russell
(212) 239-1770

Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Irish Influence on America’s Greatest Abolitionist
St. John Fisher College, Rochester
sjfc.edu
Timothy J. Madigan
(585) 385-5259
tmadigan@rochester.rr.com

RACE: Are We So Different?
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, Rochester
wxxi.org
Jeanne Fisher
(585) 258-0305
jfisher@wxxi.org

The Counterculturalists: Towards a New Canon
Asian American Writers’ Workshop, New York
aaww.org
Jane Kim
(212) 494-0061
jkim@aaww.org

The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival
Syracuse University, Syracuse
syr.edu
Kevin Bott
(315) 443-8535
kbott@syr.edu

The Guantanamo Public Memory Project
The Trustees of Columbia University, Sponsored Projects Administration, New York
Elazar Barkan
(917) 450-8696
guantanamo@columbia.edu