XIX: Shall Not Be Denied is a collaborative partnership of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Department of State to amplify events and programs in 2020 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Events and programs are ongoing throughout Rhode Island during 2020 and are organized by cultural institutions, civic organizations, and community members. All events are guided by our core values of accessibility, relevance, inclusivity, empowerment, and diversity.
Why It Matters Initiative: The Humanities Council is excited to announce a funding opportunity for projects and programs that enhance awareness of the history, culture and contemporary relevance of the democratic process. The XIX: Shall Not Be Denied: Why It Matters Initiative is designed to support projects serving Rhode Island communities facing historic and current barriers to democratic participation including refugee & immigrant, youth, African American, trans & gender-diverse, and homeless & housing insecure populations. Click here for more details about upcoming grantee events.
Partners at the RI Department of State developed an English and Spanish exhibit traveling statewide, and hosted a panel discussion in February 2021 with local leaders about innovative approaches to voter engagement.
This project is part of the nationwide “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Need some inspiration as you plan your event to mark the centennial of women’s suffrage? Check out the Educational Materials available on the XIX: Shall Not Be Denied website including interactive maps and databases documenting where and how women made civic history, articles from NPR and The New York Times, and even a Women’s Suffrage Timeline from the Rhode Island Department of State.
This project would not be possible without the active participation of cultural and historical institutions, schools, neighborhood and service organizations, residents, artists, designers, students, performers, curators, storytellers, and scholars from all around Rhode Island.
If your 2020 program or event aligns with the XIX: Shall Not Be Denied core values we want to hear from you and will happily help to promote your work!
Learn more and get involved at: shallnotbedenied.org