Congratulations to the Mini Grant awardees from the May funding cycle. The Council is pleased to announce four awards, totaling $7,989.98 to the following humanities projects.
The Wilbury Theatre Group, $2,000 to Fringe PVD Daily
To support the development of a daily print newspaper documenting the performances, events, culture, and impact of Providence’s 5th Annual Fringe Festival. Distributed to over 5,000+ attendees of Fringe in July and August of 2018, copies of the paper will be archived at the Providence Public Library and RISD Museum.
Community MusicWorks, $2,000 to Planning for “Traces”
Supporting the planning stages of a civic engagement program to better contextualize and inform the new home of Community MusicWorks in Providence. As part of the project, a public scholar will work with students and community members to collect oral histories, organize neighborhood story circles, and explore new partnerships for future projects.
Amy Barlow, $1,989.98 to Opening Act
To support the research, archiving, and preservation of a family collection of documents, ephemera, and material culture from two well-known Providence vaudeville performers: Jacques Krammerer and Edna Howland. The project culminates in the stabilization of the archive, open-access encyclopedia entries, and a conference presentation on digital personal archiving.
Joey DeFrancesco, $2,000 to A People’s History of 18th Century Rhode Island
To support the research and exploration of the often unheard and untold stories of people traditionally on the fringe on dominant historical narratives of early Rhode Island: indigenous people, enslaved individuals, and textile/mill laborers. Via intensive research in local archives and collections, the project culminates in three public lectures at historic sites in Providence and Pawtucket.