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Indiana Humanities Announces Grant Recipients

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Indiana Humanities has awarded grants to 15 nonprofit organizations throughout the state. President Keira Amstutz says the funding will support programs that encourage Hoosiers "to think a little differently, read something from a new perspective or talk to someone new."

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September 28, 2011

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 28, 2011)—Indiana Humanities has awarded grants of up to $2,000 each to 15 nonprofit organizations for projects that seek to engage the public in the humanities. The grant money will fund a variety of programs across the state, from Metamora to Middlebury. Funded projects include digital walking guides, lecture series and presentations, and events related to African American, Asian and German cultures.

“The Humanities Initiative Grant program allows nonprofits to engage Hoosiers in high-quality humanities programs that encourage them to think a little differently, read something from a new perspective or talk to someone new,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We are happy to help support organizations in their effort to create a stronger, more vibrant Indiana for us all to live, work and play in.”

Funding for Indiana Humanities grant programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Humanities Initiative Grantees are:

Asian Festival 2011 ($1,000)
Asian Help Services, Indianapolis
Dr. Phyllis Lan Lin, director of Asian programs at the University of Indianapolis, will speak on Chinese folk art and its symbolism with respect to cultural values. (Oct. 1, 2011)

Boxley Lectures 2012 ($1,250)
Sheridan Historical Society, Sheridan
Gib Young will present a first-person interpretation of President Theodore Roosevelt for this collaborative project of the Sheridan Historical Society, Sheridan Community Schools and Sheridan Public Library. (Feb. 16, 2012)

George R. Mather Lecture Series ($1,500) Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, Fort Wayne The History Center in Fort Wayne will present a series of eight lectures on historical topics related to the Allen County-area. (Oct. 2, 2011 to June 3, 2012)

The German American Influence on Indianapolis ($2,000) Athenaeum Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis A wall-mounted permanent exhibit in the historic Athenaeum will tell the story of German immigrants and their contributions to Indianapolis, dating from the nineteenth century. (Oct. 8, 2011, grand opening and GermanFest)

Digital Walking Guides for Cities, Towns and Historic Districts in the Whitewater Valley ($1,000) Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway Association, Metamora This project will publish walking tours of places in the Whitewater Valley on the website of the Whitewater Canal Byway Association. (April 2012, project completed)

Getting from Here to There: The Story of Southern Indiana's Transportation Routes ($1,600) Historic Southern Indiana, Evansville This workshop for 3rd and 4th grade teachers will focus on Indiana’s Historic Pathways, a state scenic byway that tells the story of early settlement, migration and transportation in southwestern Indiana. (Oct. 4, 2011, in Paoli)

Let's Talk About It and Making Sense of the American Civil War ($1,975) Middlebury Community Public Library, Middlebury A book discussion and lecture series on the Civil War will be sponsored by the Middlebury Community Public Library in the spring of 2012.

Moral Psychology Research Group Workshop ($1,000) Purdue University, West Lafayette A public lecture will kick off a weekend meeting of philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists around topics such as moral reasoning, ethical judgment and character. (Spring, 2012)

More than Carbon-Fixers and Shade Providers: The Spiritual Significance of Trees in Many Cultures ($500) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Indianapolis Dr. Carol Johnston, Christian Theological Seminary, gave a presentation on how trees are viewed in different faith traditions and cultures. (Sept. 15, 2011)

One City One Prompt - Community ($924)
Brick Street Poetry, Inc., Zionsville
A reading by the Wisconsin and Indiana Poets Laureate and a discussion of creating community with words will be held at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis. (Nov. 4-5, 2011)

16th Annual Spirit & Place Public Conversation: The Body ($2,000) Polis Center/IUPUI, Indianapolis This year’s public conversation for the Spirit & Place Festival will focus on the festival’s theme, "The Body." (Nov. 13, 2011)

2011 Fall Fest: PUSHing Toward Success ($2,000) Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis An afternoon of lectures and presentations for area teens, featuring Judge Greg Mathis, will celebrate African American culture and encourage reading and lifelong learning. (Nov. 19, 2011)

2011 Indiana Town Hall Series on Social Justice ($2,000) Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis A series of three panel-discussion programs will explore the topic of social justice. (Oct. 6, Nov. 10, Dec. 1, 2011)

Wiping Away the Tears: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory ($2,000) Purdue University, West Lafayette Purdue University and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association will host a symposium on the Battle of Tippecanoe and Prophetstown, bringing together scholars, students, teachers, community members, and representatives of Native American tribes. (Nov. 4-6, 2011)

WordFest: Wabash Valley Creative Writing Symposium ($2,000) Arts Illiana, Inc., Terre Haute The three area colleges and universities, together with Arts Illiana and the Vigo County Public Library, will co-sponsor a symposium with workshops and lectures on the literary arts. (Dec. 2-3, 2011)

Writing from an Oral Perspective: Relating Native Tlingit Stories to a Modern Age ($2,000) Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis A month-long residency by Ishmael Hope, a Tlingit and Inupiaq storyteller and cultural representative, will introduce Alaskan native culture to various audiences. (November 2011)

This is the final Humanities Initiative Grant deadline of the year; 2012 deadlines will be announced on Nov. 1, 2011. The Humanities Initiative Grant is one of three grant programs offered by Indiana Humanities, which is given to nonprofit organizations to conduct public programs emphasizing the humanities. The Historic Preservation Education Grant program, offered in conjunction with Indiana Landmarks, supports educational projects related to historic structures.

For the second year, Indiana Humanities has partnered with the Indiana Supreme Court to support research, documentation and educational projects related to Indiana's legal history. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and local government agencies may apply for grants of up to $2,000.

Eligible projects include research on court documents, written and oral histories of Indiana's courthouses, cases brought before the courts and histories of individuals and families involved with Indiana's legal system. Proposals for educational print materials are encouraged. These could include walking tour brochures, guides to courthouses and curriculum units designed for K-12 classes.

Guidelines and applications are available at www.indianahumanities.org/grants. The deadline is Dec. 1, 2011. For more information, contact Nancy Conner (nconner@indianahumanities.org or 800-675-8897).

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.

Source: Indiana Humanities

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