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. Launching December 2020, this initiative will build on the existing statewide civic engagement platform XIX: Shall Not Be Denied, which has successfully partnered with over 30 organizations in the past year to catalyze community awareness of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. In partnership with the RI Department of State, the Why It Matters Initiative will support seven grants to organizations through a Request for Proposals that will be posted in mid-December as well as a series of programs that address key issues for Rhode Island voters and engage Rhode Island’s significant Suffrage Archive. Click here to read more.
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