May 17, 2021 – The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has awarded $10,000 to support five project grants to individuals and organizations through the Public Humanities in the Age of Social Distancing grantmaking program. This funding was provided to the Humanities Council by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the federal CARES Act. Read on for more information about the projects.
Awards to Individuals
Katayoun Alidadi, $2,000 to Religious Services in the Age of Social Distancing: Rhode Island Narratives and Snapshots
Supports research and documentation of the pandemic experiences of a diverse group of religious institutions across Rhode Island, and the creation of a statewide traveling exhibition documenting and interpreting these experiences.
Awards to Organizations
Kingston Chamber Music Festival, $2,000 to Kingston Chamber Music 2021 Festival Program Notes
Supports the research and writing of program notes to accompany the 33rd season of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival this summer, which will be offered both live and virtually. The project also includes the redesign of the virtual presentation of the program notes for greater engagement and interactivity.
Providence Children’s Museum, $2,000 to Representation in Storytelling
Supports the Museum’s collaboration with Rhode Island Black Storytellers to bring virtual and in-person storytelling events to the Museum’s summer and fall Free Fridays events. The project will also include the production of two Try It Cards / Videos and two standards-aligned lesson plans that will meet RI Department of Education standards and be incorporated into classrooms.
What Cheer Writers Club, $2,000 to Community Conversations with RI Creatives of Color
Supports the development and production of four virtual public conversations on topics related to the experiences of writers of color, with speakers including authors and publishing professionals.
Womxn Project Education Fund, $2,000 to Illuminating the Legacy of Slavery in Rhode Island
Supports scholarship in support of public art interventions and narrative performances foregrounding Rhode Island’s history of slavery on August 23, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. These interventions and performances will be simultaneously live-streamed on social media.