Public Project Grants: In support of organizations and projects that enrich and enliven the life of our state through public humanities programs.
MAJOR GRANT AWARDS
Providence Preservation Society, $10,000 to Why Preserve
Funds requested to support five public programs across the capital city exploring the multifaceted value of historic preservation in distinct communities, neighborhoods, and populations. Community tours, public lectures, and scholarly presentations bring together public audiences, politicians, and business leaders to challenge fundamental notions and perceptions of preservation’s value and relevance.
New Urban Arts, $10,000 to Scholar Support for Summer Art Internships
Funds requested to infuse the Summer Art Internship program with deeper connections between the arts and humanities through the support of a humanities scholar. The interdisciplinary program engages low-income youth from Providence public high schools in research and artmaking, connects them to Rhode Island’s cultural resources, and culminates in a public exhibition.
Preserve RI / Doors Open Rhode Island, $10,000 to Doors Open Rhode Island Festival Programming
Funds requested to support public programming connecting Rhode Island and regional audiences to notable places in greater Providence. Throughout a day long festival, 20 unique sites across the capital city are open for the public to visit, tour, learn, and experience the built environment.
newportFILM, $10,000 to newportFILM OUTDOORS 2017
Funds requested to support the 8th annual outdoor documentary film screening series, held weekly in the summer at venues across Aquidneck Island. The project deepens public engagement with the films’ humanities themes through moderated post-film conversations, online video content, and a blog series.
Manton Avenue Project, $10,000 to Out-of-School-Time Playwriting for Young People in Olneyville
Funds requested to support after school courses in playwriting for underserved youth aged 8-18 in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood. Using humanities themes as a framework and local experts as guides, students engage in critical and creative thinking on topics of community, history, and culture and develop plays that express their understanding of human experience in their community and their world.
Little Compton Historical Society, $10,000 to Rethinking the Wilbor House Tour
Funds requested to support a project that strengthens Little Compton Historical Society’s ability to tell a richer, more authentic, and more relevant community history by redeveloping the Wilbor House Tour, formalizing docent training, and developing new marketing approaches to reach wider audiences.
The Sandra-Feinstein Gamm Theatre, $8,682.50 to The Gamm Humanities Forums
Funds requested to support a series of forums on the themes of world politics, gender, and power comparing Tudor times to now. Gamm’s humanities forums create opportunities for the public to come together to examine questions of gender and power in relation to the histories of Queen Elizabeth II and Mary Stuart as presented in the production of King Elizabeth – Tony Estrella’s adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart.
Preserve RI / Lippitt House, $10,000 to How to Be There: An Immersive, Multi-Sensory Experience at Lippitt House Museum
Funds requested to support the development of a multi-sensory interactive exhibit at the Governor Henry Lippitt House on the East Side of Providence. By engaging with the sites, sounds, and voices of 19th-century residents of the house -including both owners and their servants- visitors learn about the state’s tumultuous labor movements and their relation to current economic and social structures.
Providence Children’s Film Festival, $10,000 to 2018 Providence Children’s Film Festival
Funds requested to support the 9th annual Providence Children’s Film Festival, which engages children and families in Rhode Island and beyond in the craft of filmmaking, discussions on challenging and diverse stories and topics, and connections with cultures near and far in order to cultivate empathetic, globally aware, and visually astute makers, thinkers, and doers of tomorrow.
UPP Arts, $7,900 to UPP Arts Archive
Funds requested to formally document the work of the Urban Pond Procession over the past decade to inspire civic engagement in the environmental cleanup of the Mashapaug Watershed. For over a decade, social practice artist Holly Ewald has been working to highlight the environmental issues of Mashapaug Pond and affiliated watersheds in the West Elmwood neighborhood of Providence and Cranston.
MINI GRANT AWARDS
Rhode Island Historical Society, $1,500 to 2017 Rhode Island Docent Symposium
Funds support a day-long professional development conference for staff and docents who work in Rhode Island’s heritage tourism sector. Learning sessions and the keynote presentation focus on equipping attendees with knowledge on how to best meet the varied physical, learning, and social needs of diverse populations who visit their museums, collections, and historic houses.
The College Crusade of Rhode Island, $2,000 to The 22nd Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
Funds support an annual event at the RISD Museum celebrating Langston Hughes’ work and his contributions to American art and culture. The event includes readings from community members of Hughes’ wide range of works, a jazz trio playing music of the Harlem Renaissance, and a keynote address by a public humanist contextualizing the long-term impact and legacy of Hughes.
Rhode Island Latino Arts, $2,000 to Stories of our Ancestors – Historias de Nuestros Antepasados: Theatrical Monologues
Funds support community convenings where people share their experiences of living in Rhode Island as a member of the Latino community. In Pawtucket and Providence, theater artists facilitate conversations while a community scholar documents the discussion. Collected oral histories are adapted and curated into a preliminary script for a performance piece at Trinity Repertory Company.
Books are Wings, $2,000 to Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: A Books Are Wings Humanities Curriculum
Funds support the development of a humanities-based curriculum for schools, early learning organizations, and community centers interested in teaching local history to pre-kindergarten and elementary-age children. The curriculum is implemented with the distribution of free books to roughly 1,000 children in Providence schools.
The Peace Flag Project, $2,000 to East Providence Library Peace Flag Project
Funds support after-school workshops exploring the history and intellectual framework of peace and nonviolent action as a means to achieve social justice. Studying the work and philosophies of figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi, students create a collective peace flag to be raised and celebrated during the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.
University of Rhode Island, $2,000 to Phenomenology and the Arts Today
Funds support a public conference exploring the philosophical theory of phenomenology and its relationship with the arts today. The project culminates in a daylong conference that connects the Rhode Island public with local, regional, and international scholars. Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. William “Bro” Adams, delivers the conference’s culminating keynote.
Rhode Island Computer Museum, $1,830 to A Computer in Your Pocket: Bits and Bytes of History!
Funds requested to support student research projects and public programs that connect the vast collections of the Rhode Island Computer Museum with public audiences. Through public research labs, staff and peer educators help students learn and share the historical significance of computer software and hardware housed at the museum. The culminating research is added to the RICM’s public educational resources.
West Broadway Neighborhood Association, $2,000 to Learning About Thomas S. and Vincent Luongo Memorial Square
Funds support the development of four historic panels that detail the history and legacy of Thomas S. and Vincent Luongo Square on Providence’s West Side. Stationed at the center of the square, the panels illuminate the culture and experiences of the historic square to neighbors, visitors, and business patrons alike.
South County History Center, $2,000 to Eternal Rest: Death, Mourning, and Memorials Program Series
Funds support four public events exploring historical practices of mourning, burial, and memorialization in Rhode Island. The project connects scholars, archeologists, reenactors, and historic gravesites with the public for a collective reflection on the historic means and methods of interment and preservation of memory.
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, $2,000 to TAPA/ArtsLiteracy Curriculum Development Project
Funds support the development of an interdisciplinary ArtsLiteracy curriculum at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts that explores how people address intuition, think critically, reason, and construct identity. Utilizing two core works: Thinking Fast and Slow and Between the World and Me teachers and scholars will develop a grade-wide curriculum that blends English Language Arts learning with music and performance.
FirstWorks, $2,000 to Qyrq Qyz & Forty Girls: Bardic Storytellers from Central Asia
Funds support a panel discussion exploring the work of the storytelling troupe Qyrq Qyz who draw on themes, stories, and performance art of peoples rooted in the steppes of Central Asia, a bastion of Islamic culture and community. Local scholars in musicology, history, and activism help make the work accessible and relevant to local Rhode Island audiences.
Adopt A Doctor, $2,000 to Carve/Paint: 2 Black Artists at the Racial Divide: Bannister and Prophet in Providence
Funds support a paneled discussion exploring the role of race in the life and artistic productions of two Black Rhode Island artists: Edward M. Bannister and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet. A pop-up exhibit at the Providence Art Club, featuring the two artists’ works, compliments the paneled discussion.
Congregation Beth Sholom, $2,000 to Aliyah from Rhode Island: A Photo-Text Exhibit and Panel Discussion
Funds support the development and installation of photo-exhibit that explores the history and cultural impact of Jewish peoples “making aliyah,” by moving from Rhode Island to Israel. A panel of scholars, cultural leaders, and citizens, provides additional context to the subject matter and exhibit.
Documentary Film Grants: In support of documentary films that preserve Rhode Island’s stories and bring its history to life.
MAJOR GRANT AWARDS
Rhode Island Historical Society, $5,000 to Triple Decker, A New England Love Story….A Trailer
Funds requested to support the development of a trailer for Triple Decker, A New England Love Story. The film focuses on the cultural impact of southern New England’s iconic triple-decker houses. Triple-deckers, prevalent throughout Rhode Island, hold an iconic status as the historic homes of many immigrant and working-class families and often reflect the stories of those who have struggled, and prospered, inside their walls.
MINI GRANT AWARDS
David H. Wells$2,000 to Echoing Histories
Funds support the editing phase of a documentary film exploring the complex social identity and art of scholar and photographer Annu Palakunnathu Matthew. An external scholar who specializes in South Asia studies and a focus group made of Rhode Island citizens provide independent feedback for editing the film’s rough cut.
Civic Education Grants: In support of projects that enhance the humanities components of K-12 education and cultivate the civic leaders of future generations.
MAJOR GRANT AWARDS
New Urban Arts / Pushed Learning and Media, $9,550 to Educational Tour of Rhode Island Public Schools Focused on Media, Segregation, and Expression
Funds requested to support eight public programs connecting high school and middle school students with performers and educators who utilize hip hop, geography, history, and social science data to explore the state’s economic, racial, and cultural divisions. School wide performances and classroom work, allows students to reflect on and process the varied life experiences of fellow Rhode Islanders who live so close, but are worlds apart.
Youth In Action, $5,000 to Corridor Communities
Funds requested to create an after school program that teaches youth how to study the transit corridors in their neighborhood through research, observation, and reflection and overlays economic, cultural, racial and geographic nuances of South Providence.
Preservation Society of Newport County, $10,000 to Edible Schoolyard at Green Animals
Funds requested to support the implementation of a K-12 historic foodways program at Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth. The experiential learning curriculum, developed with a planning grant from the Council, offers school groups and the public an opportunity to explore connections between food and horticulture practices, cultural heritage, health, and the environment.
Historic New England, $10,000 to Education Programs at Arnold House
Funds support hands-on learning activities and field trips to the Arnold House for underserved students from elementary schools in the Blackstone Valley, Providence, and Warwick regions. In an authentic 18th-century setting, students are immersed in Rhode Island’s colonial history, learning about the home life, trade, and labor of early settlers.
Fusionworks, $10,000 to Moving from Oppression to Empowerment – The Study of Marginalized Groups in Rhode Island
Funds requested to support multidisciplinary, in-school residencies with elementary and high school students in Pawtucket, Providence, and Cranston. Dance instructors partner with social studies teachers and museum professionals to develop cross-curricular explorations on themes of marginalization, oppression, and empowerment.
MINI GRANT AWARDS
Davisville Middle School, $2,000 to Smokeless Tobacco: Past, Present, and Me
Funds support a field trip of 100 North Kingstown middle school students to the Gilbert Stuart Museum. Through interdisciplinary workshops, students learn about the transatlantic slave trade, snuff production, art and self-representation, and the historic and contemporary health concerns associated with smokeless tobacco use.
Research Grants to Individuals: In support of independent research that captures and illuminates Rhode Island’s stories.
MINI GRANT AWARDS
Suzanne Scanlan, $2,000 to Women, Design, and Manufacturing in Rhode Island
Funds support research exploring the careers, creations, and lives of three early women graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design: Marion Perkins, Frances E. Henley, and Mabel W. Luther. The project examines the social history of the graduates and their contributions to local industrial manufactures, individual patrons, and the design community of early 20th-century Providence.
Taylor Polites, $2,000 to The Cathedral Square of Yesteryear
Funds support research exploring the historic development of buildings and public spaces in, and near, Providence’s Cathedral Square. Research culminates in a handmade artistic booklet that shares the complex, and occasionally tenuous, history of the unique public space.