The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is pleased to announce $13,924.55 in mini grant awards from the May 2022 application cycle to support to support a public humanities projects. Read on for more details.
Awards to Individuals
Ben Sisto, $1,924.55 to Rhode Island QSL Archive
Supports the creation of an online repository and archive of QSL cards, a form of written confirmation and communication between amateur or citizen band radio stations, and related public programming.
Awards to Organizations
The Empowerment Factory, $2,000 to Creative Squad After-School Programming for Underserved Elementary Youth
Supports the research, curriculum development, and design of a bilingual workbook for “Nature Drawing,” a distance-learning virtual after-school/summer program.
The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, $2,000 to Gamm Humanities Forum: On “Truth” and Tyranny
Supports a humanities forum among three scholars and attendees centered on the Gamm’s production of Describe the Night. The discussion will address the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s century-long imperial ambitions, and the manufacture of “truth” in an age of amplified, globalized disinformation.
Newport Restoration Foundation, $2,000 to Whitehorne Days
Supports three drop-in, family-friendly, outdoor programs in July, August, and September at Whitehorne House Museum. The programs will feature activities, crafts, and expert speakers on local artisans past and present, historic preservation, and the role of the ocean in the life and history of Newport.
Providence Children’s Museum, $2,000 to Cultural Connections
Supports the Summer 2022 programming of Cultural Connections, a hybrid in-person and digital program. The Museum will partner with three humanities and cultural organizations to offer free events for children and families that connect the guest organization’s content and themes with the Museum’s audiences and expertise.
Rhode Island College, $2,000 to History or a Hindsight? The Haunting of New England
Supports research of a 60-minute docu-fiction film based on the histories behind and present-day resonances of New England ghost stories. The research will culminate in the creation of a short featurette/teaser.
Rhode Island Computer Museum, $2,000 to Mini Mad Men: Computer History in Miniatures
Supports the hiring of an intern to create a website on the history of salesmen’s samples in computer advertising, make recommendations on a related educational program for Met School students in Fall 2022, and create plans for artifact preservation.