The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is pleased to announce $13,975 in mini grant awards from the February 2023 application cycle to support public humanities projects. Read on for more details.
Awards to Individuals
Matthew Lawrence, $2,000 to Scandalous Conduct / Senate Inquiry
Supports research on the post-World War 1 Newport Naval scandal, and specifically, on a 1921 Senate inquiry into the scandal. The project builds on research previously supported by an FY20 mini grant.
Awards to Organizations
Kingston Congregational Church, $2,000 to Witness Stones Project: Kingston, Rhode Island
Supports the installation of two Witness Stones, brass-plated stone markers commemorating enslaved individuals in Kingston, and a public installation ceremony.
Warren Preservation Society, $2,000 to Bristol County Enslaved History Project
Supports the research, planning, and public launch of a searchable database of all enslaved persons in Warren between 1680 and 1808, which will be merged with comparable data from Bristol.
Friends of the Pokanoket Tribe Inc., $2,000 to Pokanoket Heritage Day Support
Supports the third annual celebration of Pokanoket and Indigenous history, contemporary culture, and impact on America.
South County Museum Inc., $1,975 to Summer Speaker Series
Supports a free series of lectures and presentations by local historians, authors, and traditional craftspeople to mark the Museum’s 90th birthday. Among other historical topics, the series will focus on the connection of Rhode Island’s textile mills to the slavery economy, encounters among the Narragansett people and Roger Williams, and the history of trap fishing in the state.
Preserve Rhode Island, $2,000 to Jane’s Walk Providence 2023
Supports Jane’s Walk in Providence, a global week-long festival of walking tours led by community members.
Rhode Island Black Film Festival, LLC, $2,000 to 6th Annual Rhode Island Black Film Festival: Black Culture in Film
Supports the sixth annual Rhode Island Black Film Festival, a four-day long festival of screenings, panels, roundtable discussions, and author events celebrating diversity in filmmaking.