The Council recently awarded over $10,000 in mini grants to the projects listed below:
Elemental Theatre Collective, $1,000 to A Brief History of the World and Everything in It. Funds support public post-performance discussions following the production of “A Brief History of the Earth and Everything in it (As Performed by Ms. LoPiccolo’s Third-Grade Drama Group from the William Jennings Bryan Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri).” Discussions revolve around issues raised by the play, including the conflict between religious doctrine and belief and public education and politics, and the role of satire and humor in shaping and combating policy.
Friends of Hearthside, Inc., $2,000 to A Tribute to Rhode Island at the 1904 World’s Fair. Funds support a festival event that brings to life Rhode Island’s important role in the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair through an exhibition and family programming at the setting of Hearthside House, which was selected as the model for the Rhode Island Pavilion at the Fair.
Providence Preservation Society, $1,470 to Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk Summer Tours. Funds support a series of walking tours and discussion programs focused on their 2014 Most Endangered Properties List, exploring the historic, demographic, and economic influences that have shaped Providence’s neighborhoods and probing audiences’ understanding of the challenges facing preservation efforts in Providence today.
Theresa Guzman-Stokes, $1,800 to Gilded Age Newport in Color. Funds support a research project on the lives of the affluent African Americans who visited Newport during the period between 1870-1930 and who took part in a rare opportunity for free social and cultural exchange. Research will be presented through a public lecture and a web-based exhibit and virtual walking tour in conjunction with Newport’s 375th anniversary celebration.
University of Rhode Island, $2,000 to The History of Shellfish in Rhode Island. Funds support the creation of a printed resource shedding light on how shellfish are interwoven in the fabric of Rhode Island history as an important commercial, culinary, and cultural resource. The shellfish history will complement the URI Coastal Institute and Department of Environmental Management’s Statewide Shellfish Management Plan, using the humanities to promote understanding of the cultural context of environmental regulations.
Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society, $1,860 to Rhode Island Model Legislature 2.0. Funds support a series of planning workshops for advisors to the Rhode Island Model Legislature program. At the workshops, advisors will collaborate on developing program modules that will be accessible to existing and new advisors online in order to sustain and build the oldest model government program for high school students in the United States.
Congratulations to our grantees!