California Humanities welcomes applications for the next round of Community Stories, our ongoing competitive grants program of support for public humanities projects that explore the California experience by recording and sharing stories through performances, panels, websites, video, radio, and exhibits.

Applications will be accepted for the February 17, 2014 deadline after January 15.
For complete program information, including current guidelines, descriptions of funded projects, and notices about upcoming information sessions, click HERE.

The photo above is from Community Stories’ Project Imagine Salinas Chinatown – An Oral History Walking Tour, a virtual on-site and web-based experience that reintegrates history, memory, and voice into the physical space of Chinatown.  It is conceived as a self-guided tour using augmented reality tools.  Rather than using a single tour guide, the tour foregrounds oral narratives as the primary tellers, drawing from more than 125 hours of video-recorded and indexed oral histories from members of the Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Mexicano communities that comprised Chinatown for more than 100 years. This project is part of an ongoing community/university partnership between CSU Monterey Bay, the Salinas Downtown Community Board, and its cultural task force – the Asian Cultural Experience (ACE).  The web-based and on-site walking tours will be a core public program of the future Salinas Chinatown Cultural Center and Museum.