Congratulations to our newest mini grant awardees! The Council is pleased to announce 4 awards from the August mini-grant cycle totaling $8,000 to the following public humanities projects.
Mini Grants to Public Projects:
Seedworks Fund, $2,000 to Seeking Shelter from the Storm: Daniel Berrigan, Bill Stringfellow, and Block Island. Funds support research for the development of a film and exhibit exploring the impact of Block Island’s community and culture on Father Dan Berrigan and Bill Stringfellow, intellectuals and notable members of the ’60’s and ’70’s counter-culture movement who chose to make Block Island their home.
Western Rhode Island Historical Society, $2,000 to Rhode Island Model Legislature 2.0. Funds support the development, filming, and dissemination of a digital model legislature training module. Modules are accessible online and help independent clubs prepare for the annual statewide legislative session convening at the Rhode Island State House.
Mini Grants to Individual Researchers:
Rob Dimmick, $2,000 to On the Road to Freedom: A Guide to Historic Black Sites in Rhode Island. Funds support the research and development of a guide cataloging 150 sites, markers, buildings, and public art installations that commemorate and demonstrate the statewide influence and impact of African-Americans in Rhode Island. Research also contributes to the development of an abridged booklet for circulation at cultural sites and tourism councils across the state.
Richard Goulis/Sheryl Kopel, $2,000 to Unjuried/Uncensored: AS220 and the Making of a Creative Place. Funds support research for the development of an independent documentary film examining the history, impact, and character of Rhode Island’s flagship artistic placemaking organization, AS220. Oral histories, archival materials, and community interviews shed light on the 30+ years of AS220’s placemaking in Providence.