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GE-264575-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningJapanese American National MuseumWakaji Matsumoto: An Artist in Two Worlds, Los Angeles and Hiroshima, 1917-19444/1/2019 - 12/31/2019$75,000.00John Esaki   Japanese American National MuseumLos AngelesCA90012-3911USA2019East Asian HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-264601-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningHigh Desert MuseumCreating Together: Reimagining the High Desert Museum's Exhibition on the Indigenous Columbia Plateau4/1/2019 - 9/30/2021$45,000.00Dana Whitelaw   High Desert MuseumBendOR97708-5035USA2019Native American StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs450000450000

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.

GE-264617-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningMinneapolis Institute of ArtsSupernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art4/1/2019 - 9/30/2020$74,452.00RobertThomasCozzolino   Minneapolis Institute of ArtsMinneapolisMN55404-3506USA2019Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs744520744520

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.

GE-264652-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningMuseum of the City of New York, Inc.The New York Mystique6/1/2019 - 5/31/2021$44,909.00SarahM.Henry   Museum of the City of New York, Inc.New YorkNY10029-5221USA2019U.S. HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs449090449090

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.

GE-264694-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningBrooklyn Children's MuseumBK Brooklyn Climber6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020$75,000.00Hana Elwell   Brooklyn Children's MuseumBrooklynNY11213-1900USA2019Arts, OtherExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs661508850661500

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.

GE-264721-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningAWMBecoming Americans: Immigrant and Refugee Writing in the 21st Century4/1/2019 - 3/31/2020$40,000.00Carey Cranston   AWMChicagoIL60601-7426USA2019Literature, OtherExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-266304-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningWalters Art GalleryEthiopia at the Crossroads9/1/2019 - 4/30/2022$40,000.00Christine Sciacca   Walters Art GalleryBaltimoreMD21201-5118USA2019History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-266378-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningStaten Island MuseumArise Women of the Nation: Staten Islanders in the Fight for Women's Right to Vote9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020$40,000.00Janice Monger   Staten Island MuseumStaten IslandNY10301-1181USA2019Women's HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-266392-19Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningNew York Historical SocietyReligion and the American West9/1/2019 - 8/31/2020$75,000.00Marci Reaven   New York Historical SocietyNew YorkNY10024-5152USA2019U.S. HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-269525-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningUniversity of California, BerkeleyLives of the Cosmos: Celestial Visions along the Silk Road6/1/2020 - 5/31/2024$74,538.00Sanjyot Mehendale   University of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyCA94704-5940USA2020East Asian StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs745380726470

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.

GE-269603-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteAcadian Brown Cotton: The Fabric of Acadiana6/1/2020 - 5/31/2021$74,998.00LouAnne Greenwald   University of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayetteLA70503-2014USA2020Folklore and FolklifeExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs74998067233.920

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.

GE-269635-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningMuseum of Arts and DesignExhibition Planning Project: Museum of Arts and Design, Materials that Make a Difference6/1/2020 - 12/31/2021$40,000.00Elissa Auther   Museum of Arts and DesignNew YorkNY10019-6106USA2020Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000363850

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

GE-269695-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningCorning Museum of GlassRe-imagining 35 Centuries of Glass7/1/2020 - 6/30/2023$75,000.00Carole Ann Fabian   Corning Museum of GlassCorningNY14830-2253USA2020Arts, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-269698-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningHolocaust Memorial CenterThe Personal and the Present: A New Vision for Michigan’s Holocaust Museum6/1/2020 - 5/31/2022$71,774.00Eli Mayerfeld   Holocaust Memorial CenterFarmington HillsMI48334-3738USA2020Jewish StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs717740698740

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.

GE-269740-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningBrooklyn MuseumBrooklyn Museum: Katsinam: Spirits of the Hopi World6/1/2020 - 11/30/2023$75,000.00Nancy Rosoff   Brooklyn MuseumBrooklynNY11238-6052USA2020Arts, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-269751-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningUniversity of NebraskaStaking their Claim: Black Homesteaders and the Promise of Land in the Great Plains6/1/2020 - 8/31/2021$75,000.00MikalBrotnovEckstrom   University of NebraskaLincolnNE68503-2427USA2020African American HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs75000067679.020

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.

GE-271463-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningNewberry LibraryCrossings: Mapping, Migration, and Tourism in the United States. An Exhibition at the Newberry Library9/1/2020 - 2/28/2022$39,950.00JamesR.Akerman   Newberry LibraryChicagoIL60610-3305USA2020GeographyExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs399500399500

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.

GE-271479-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningSabiha Al Khemir Foundation, Inc.Under the Same Sky: Birds in Art and Myth Traveling Exhibition9/1/2020 - 12/31/2021$75,000.00Sabiha Al Khemir   Sabiha Al Khemir Foundation, Inc.New York CityNY10024-5128USA2020Arts, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-271491-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningKansas State UniversityMaking a Statement: Gordon Parks's Gift of Photographs9/1/2020 - 12/30/2021$40,000.00Cameron Leader-PiconeKatherineL.KarlinKansas State UniversityManhattanKS66506-0100USA2020African American StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-271493-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningRubin Museum of ArtHimalayan Art: Journeys of Discoveries12/1/2020 - 3/31/2022$75,000.00Elena Pakhoutova   Rubin Museum of ArtNew YorkNY10011-5491USA2020Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-271501-20Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningBrooklyn Public LibraryA People's History of Brooklyn9/1/2020 - 4/30/2024$75,000.00Dominique Jean-Louis   Brooklyn Public LibraryBrooklynNY11238-5600USA2020Cultural HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-278190-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningDenver Art MuseumCuratorial Planning and Research for an Exhibition: The Near East to the Far West: French Orientalism and the American Frontier, at the Denver Art Museum5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022$50,000.00JenniferR.Henneman   Denver Art MuseumDenverCO80204-2788USA2021History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs500000500000

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.

GE-278227-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningMuseum of New Mexico FoundationCelestial Bodies: Native Astronomy of the US Southwest5/1/2021 - 5/31/2023$40,000.00Polly Nordstand   Museum of New Mexico FoundationSanta FeNM87501-4326USA2021Native American StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-278248-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningNorth Dakota State UniversitySharing Stories of Community Resilience to Disasters: Designing a New Model for Collaborative Traveling Exhibits5/1/2021 - 4/30/2024$16,421.00Susanne Caro   North Dakota State UniversityFargoND58102-1843USA2021History, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs164210164210

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.

GE-278262-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningChildren's MuseumThe Earth(S)eed Archive: Science Fiction Creates the Future5/1/2021 - 12/31/2023$58,425.00Gabrielle Wyrick   Children's MuseumSan DiegoCA92101-6850USA2021Literature, OtherExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs584250569640

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.

GE-278277-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningHeart of Los Angeles Youth, IncReflections in Lafayette Park: Reimagining an Urban Oasis5/1/2021 - 10/31/2022$40,000.00Nara Hernandez   Heart of Los Angeles Youth, IncLos AngelesCA90057-3231USA2021Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-278281-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningPaley Center for MediaTurning the Tables: Hip-Hop and Media, From Fringe to Global Phenomenon5/1/2021 - 4/30/2022$40,000.00Deirdre Hughes   Paley Center for MediaNew YorkNY10019-6104USA2021Media StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-278288-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningCity Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk CultureLost Labor of Love: The CETA Art and Humanities Project5/1/2021 - 4/30/2024$75,000.00Steve Zeitlin   City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk CultureNew YorkNY10003-9345USA2021Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-278290-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningNorth Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.New Masks Now: Artists Innovating Masquerade in Contemporary West Africa5/1/2021 - 6/30/2023$69,022.80AmandaM.Maples   North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.RaleighNC27607-6433USA2021Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs69022.80690220

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.

GE-278308-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningForbes HouseThe Business of Addiction: The Economic and Moral Complexities of the Opium Trade5/1/2021 - 2/28/2022$40,000.00BarbaraWarnickSilberman   Forbes HouseMiltonMA02186-4215USA2021U.S. HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-278346-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningNatural History Museum of Los Angeles CountyBears Ears: Living Land5/1/2021 - 12/31/2024$75,000.00Chris Weisbart   Natural History Museum of Los Angeles CountyLos AngelesCA90007-4057USA2021Cultural AnthropologyExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-280365-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningIllinois Holocaust Museum and Education CenterPlanning of a Permanent Exhibition on the Global History of Genocide and Approaches to Genocide Prevention10/1/2021 - 6/30/2023$69,086.00Kelley Szany   Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education CenterSkokieIL60077-1095USA2021History, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs690860690860

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.

GE-280383-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningBrooklyn MuseumReinstallation of the Brooklyn Museum's American Galleries9/1/2021 - 2/28/2023$40,000.00Sharon Matt Atkins   Brooklyn MuseumBrooklynNY11238-6052USA2021Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-280424-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningUniversity of Wisconsin, OshkoshCia Siab (Hope) in Wisconsin: A HMoob (Hmong) Story9/1/2021 - 8/31/2024$74,418.00Mai See Thao   University of Wisconsin, OshkoshOshkoshWI54901-3551USA2021Cultural AnthropologyExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs744180744180

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.

GE-280430-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningYeshiva UniversityShaping Time: The Art and Culture of the Jewish Calendar9/1/2021 - 1/31/2024$39,999.00Paul Glassman   Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkNY10033-3201USA2021Jewish StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs399990399990

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.

GE-280520-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningWitte Museum of Natural Science and HistoryReinterpreting Texas at the Witte Museum, Where Nature, Science and Culture Meet9/1/2021 - 2/28/2023$75,000.00Michelle Everidge   Witte Museum of Natural Science and HistorySan AntonioTX78209-6396USA2021History, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-280570-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningJapanese American National MuseumCruising J-Town: Nikkei Car Culture in Southern California9/1/2021 - 8/31/2023$75,000.00Clement Hanami   Japanese American National MuseumLos AngelesCA90012-3911USA2021Asian American StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

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.

GE-280581-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningQueens Museum of ArtFar More than Steel and Concrete: Urban Planning and The Panorama of New York9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022$40,000.00Sally Tallant   Queens Museum of ArtCoronaNY11368-1038USA2021Urban StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

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.

GE-280587-21Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningTeen Empowerment, IncClarissa Street Uprooted: Intergenerational History Ambassadors Exhibit9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022$50,924.00Jennifer Banister   Teen Empowerment, IncRochesterNY14611-3541USA2021African American HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs509240509240

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.

GE-285340-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningTrustees of Indiana UniversityMaking Connections, Increasing Visibility, and Telling Stories: Indigenizing Open Storage at IUMAA5/1/2022 - 4/30/2023$71,861.00SarahJunkHatcher   Trustees of Indiana UniversityBloomingtonIN47405-7000USA2022AnthropologyExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs718610718610

Planning for a permanent visible storage exhibition of Native American and Indigenous archaeological and ethnographic objects using dialogue-based interpretive approaches.

The new Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (IUMAA) seeks an Exhibition Planning grant to plan a permanent exhibition of Indigenous archaeological and ethnographic objects using visible storage. We propose to collaborate with Indigenous scholars to create an exhibition format—Indigenized Open Storage—that confronts traditional museum practice and changes the way this university museum delivers on the promise of access and collaboration.

GE-285365-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningCrystal Bridges Museum of American ArtVisual Legacies and the American West: Resilience and Reckoning5/1/2022 - 10/31/2023$75,000.00Mindy Besaw   Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtBentonvilleAR72712-4947USA2022Art History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Planning of a traveling exhibition that reckons with visual and historical legacies of the American West by placing art by Native American and non-Native American artists in conversation.

The large-scale traveling exhibition, Visual Legacies and the American West: Resilience and Reckoning will feature approximately 100 artworks made by Native American artists of the Plains and Southwest as well as European-American artists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This exhibition resituates the visual legacies of the American West by prioritizing Native American self-representation and elevating overlooked art by Native American artists, while, at the same time reckoning with the visual legacies of European-American artworks. This is the first major art exhibition to focus deeply on the coexistence of art by diverse Native American peoples and non-Native-American artists. The exhibition themes and checklist will be shaped through a collaborative and interdisciplinary curatorial process. Visual Legacies and the American West seeks a “More Perfect Union” between Native and non-Native art in American art, history, and culture writ large.

GE-285433-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningCarnegie Museums of PittsburghBlack Photographers Chronicle America, 1945–19855/1/2022 - 4/30/2024$70,951.00Dan Leers   Carnegie Museums of PittsburghPittsburghPA15213-4007USA2022African American StudiesExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs709510709510

Development of a traveling exhibition exploring African American photojournalism from World War II through the 1960s.

Carnegie Museum of Art is requesting exhibition planning support for the first comprehensive consideration of Black photojournalism from World War II through the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s. During a pivotal period of social change in our nation, Black freelance and staff photographers working for national and regional publications recorded history in the making. From Black servicemen fighting abroad to family life on the home front, from the death of Emmett Till and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the historic March on Washington, these images document formative milestones in the nation’s history and present an accurate picture of social and cultural change that continues to resonate today. Featuring original photographs, films, and ephemera from collections and archives across the United States, this unprecedented exhibition and its accompanying catalogue and public programming will showcase significant imagery by Black photographers.

GE-285454-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningUniversity of UtahFrom Jikji to Gutenberg: The Origins of Printing from Cast-Metal Type5/1/2022 - 12/31/2024$74,999.00RandallH.Silverman   University of UtahSalt Lake CityUT84112-9049USA2022Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs749990731300

Planning for a synchronous multisite exhibition in 2027 to observe the 650th anniversary of the earliest texts printed by movable metal type in Western Europe and East Asia.

From Jikji to Gutenberg will accurately reflect the development of printing from movable type, first in East Asia and then, independently, in Western Europe. The associated international exhibition will address one of humanity’s greatest achievements in 43 synchronized free or very affordable venues. The exhibit’s centerpiece will be each research library’s Gutenberg Bible paired with a pre-Gutenberg Korean printed book (loaned Korean incunabula will be provided, as necessary). A team of 30 scholars, technical researchers and language specialists have collaborated to bring the general public a comprehensive assessment of early Korean printed books juxtaposed with European incunabula. The two-month show opens on the 650th anniversary of the printing of Jikji, the oldest surviving book printed from metal type. The Library of Congress has agreed to participate in the exhibit as it embraces an inclusive narrative of global proportions.

GE-285534-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningMuseum of the American RevolutionThe Declaration’s Journey: 250 Years of America’s Founding Document5/1/2022 - 10/31/2023$75,000.00Philip Mead   Museum of the American RevolutionPhiladelphiaPA19106-2818USA2022U.S. HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Planning for a 5,000-square-foot temporary exhibition, a smaller traveling exhibit, and related public programming exploring the contested legacy of the Declaration of Independence.

The Museum of the American Revolution respectfully requests $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support planning of "The Declaration’s Journey: 250 Years of America's Founding Document," an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the United States, which will open at the Museum in 2025 and run through 2026. The Declaration, arguably the most famous piece of political writing in modern history, has been the subject of countless scholarly examinations and several significant exhibitions presented by esteemed institutions. The Museum’s exhibition will present the Declaration’s ongoing story in a distinct way by combining two themes from recent historical and political science scholarship and a third theme drawn from MoAR’s own scholarship that presents a uniquely interdisciplinary and object-centered approach to the history of the Declaration. The project team will use NEH funding for the planning phase of "The Declaration’s Journey" (05/2022 - 08/2023).

GE-287510-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningMaritime Museum Association of San DiegoBlack Mariners of the Black Pacific: Planning the Exhibition9/1/2022 - 8/31/2023$75,000.00Caroline Collins   Maritime Museum Association of San DiegoSan DiegoCA92101-3309USA2022African American HistoryExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000748880

Planning for a traveling exhibition exploring the historical role of Black mariners along the Pacific coast and islands from the sixteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. 

The Maritime Museum of San Diego, in partnership with Dr. Caroline Collins, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego, and a variety of relevant scholars, is requesting funds to engage in planning for the public humanities project Black Mariners of the Black Pacific. This new project examines 16th century to mid-20th century maritime practices of people of African descent including whalers, commercial mariners, fisherfolk, explorers, soldiers, and sailors who traveled to and settled along the Pacific Coast of what is now the United States. Black Mariners of the Black Pacific will employ formats including a traveling exhibit, small vessel build, and short documentary film in the service of investigating a less explored oceanography -- the Pacific Ocean -- to extend our understanding of the origins of Black people in America, and the essential nature of the roles they played in the maritime enterprise and American genesis.

GE-287694-22Public Programs: Exhibitions: PlanningAcademy FoundationAcademy Museum of Motion Pictures Borderlands Traveling Exhibition Planning Phase9/1/2022 - 6/30/2024$75,000.00Doris Berger   Academy FoundationLos AngelesCA90211-1907USA2022Film History and CriticismExhibitions: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Planning for a bilingual, traveling exhibition, a catalog, curriculum materials, and public programs on the history of Chicanx representation and participation in American filmmaking.

Scheduled to open at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in summer 2025, Borderlands (working title) will be an extensive research-driven in-depth look at Chicanx participation in American filmmaking. The exhibition will explore the groundbreaking narrative, documentary, and experimental films that ushered in new forms of representation for the Mexican American community. The project comprises a traveling exhibition with screenings of new film restorations, public programs, digital and educational content, and an accompanying exhibition catalogue.