Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Period of Performance

9/1/2011 - 11/30/2013

Funding Totals

$39,675.00 (approved)
$25,262.00 (awarded)

Rural Alaska Cultural Media Project

FAIN: HD-51494-11

MediaAction (Kodiak, AK 99615-6423)
Marie Acemah (Project Director: March 2011 to July 2014)

The development and testing of a cultural media-making curriculum for rural Alaskan students that incorporates instruction in ethnographic methodologies and the use of the Omeka presentation platform as a means of enhancing Alaskan public history.

Media Action is requesting Digital Humanities Level II Start-Up funding to support the Rural Alaska Cultural Media Project, carried out in partnership with the Iditarod Area School District (IASD). This project involves creating an interactive web portal that facilitates the implementation of Media Action's cultural media-making curriculum into classrooms throughout rural Alaska (through online teacher training) and makes youth-made media available to the public (through an online cultural media repository). The overall goal of this project is to create a free and accessible online tool that innovatively bridges rural classrooms and public audiences in engaging with the humanities through Alaska Native cultural preservation.

Media Coverage

Sisters Helping Teachers and Students with Storytelling (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Jennifer Canfield
Publication: KMXT 100.1 FM
Date: 9/21/2011
Abstract: Kodiak's Public Radio Station ran a story on Media Action's NEH Grant Award.

Engaging Alaskan Youth in Digital Humanities (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Media Action
Publication: (TownSquare49)
Date: 11/21/2011
Abstract: TownSquare49 featured an article about Media Action's creation of InterAK, funded by NEH's Digital Humanities Startup Grant.