Congratulations to the Mini Grant awardees from the February funding cycle. The Council is pleased to announce four awards, totaling $7,720 to the following humanities projects.
Preserve Wakefield (Preserve Rhode Island), $1,800 to Public Forum on the Future of Wakefield’s Main Street
To support a community conversation exploring the built and natural assets of downtown Wakefield in light of recent placemaking and preservation trends. Local and regional scholars connect community assets to national trends in new urbanism and smart growth, guiding future development and preservation efforts in Wakefield.
Frequency Writers, $1,920 to Creative Cartography Summer Youth Class
Supporting a four-week summer writing course for ESOL/multilingual high school teens in Providence. Using creative writing as a medium of expression, teens draw on the theme of cartography to improve their writing skills while developing an original piece for a culminating student showcase.
Congress for the New Urbanism, New England, $2,000 to (Un)Built Providence
To support the research and planning of an innovative exhibit in Providence exploring the urban redevelopment plans that shaped the city throughout the 20th Century. Taking into account design plans, drawings, models, historic accounts, and personal stories, the exhibit examines how Providence was built and (un)built through the imagination, creation, and destruction of the urban landscape.
K-12 Civics Projects
Ponaganset High School, $2,000 to Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall & Oral History Civic Engagement Project
Support for Ponaganset High School as they host the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the National Vietnam War Memorial. Students work with local veteran organizations, bring visitors to the replica, learn about the Vietnam War, and collect oral histories preserving the voices of Rhode Islanders who served our nation in one of its most turbulent times.