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List of all Humanities for All Project Grants

HUMANITIES FOR ALL PROJECT GRANTS

GRANTS AWARDED IN SPRING 2017

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: UNTOLD STORIES OF REFUGEES FROM LAOS (B2W)

Center for Lao Studies, San Francisco
Project Director: Vinya Sysamouth
This project, through personal interviews, artifacts, and photographs, will produce a traveling interpretive exhibit illuminating the histories and contemporary realities of refugees from Laos (ethnic Lao, Mien, Khmu, and Hmong) and their families now living throughout California. Accessible in multiple languages, the exhibit will travel to the SF Bay Area, Redding, Sacramento, Fresno, and San Diego over a period of 18 months. $10,000

DREAMING THE UNIVERSE: THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE, FICTION, & SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena
Project Director: Jeannette O’Malley
This project will explore the history of science fiction from 1930 to 1980, and how it interacted with advances in science, changes in technology, and shifts in American society. The exhibition will feature historic artifacts, fine and graphic art, books and ephemera, and historic photographs. Oral histories of science fiction creators will be shared via audio kiosks installed in the galleries. A series of lecture/panel discussions, free public programming including several community days, and free field trips for fourth grade students will engage visitors in related topics. $10,000

FROM LATIN AMERICA TO HOLLYWOOD: LATINO FILM CULTURE IN LOS ANGELES, 1967-2017

Academy Foundation/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Project Director: Randy Haberkamp
This nine-part weekly series of live English and Spanish-language film screenings and live-streamed filmmaker panel discussions will be the Academy’s contribution to the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles. The project will include dedicated online content, an academic symposium, a companion publication, and K-12 materials. Supported by a two-year research phase, the project examines the shared influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers and the work they created or presented in Los Angeles, told through the voices of the filmmakers themselves. $10,000

INDIGNITY: A COMMUNITY NARRATIVE-BASED EXHIBITION BY THE CSUSB ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM

California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino
Project Director: Annika Anderson
California State University, San Bernardino’s (CSUSB) Anthropology Museum is curating a community narrative-based exhibition about the experiences of marginalized populations. The stories might include experiences with ableism, androcentrism, Islamophobia, cisgenderism, Eurocentrism, racism, heterosexism, educationalism, ageism, classism, colorism, pro-natalism, and other axes outside of the societal “norm.” The stories will make clear both the persistence of inequalities and biased normative standards in our communities – often in subtle and unintentional ways – and their impacts on individual lives. $15,000

MI FAMILIA, MI HISTORIA

The New Children’s Museum, San Diego
Project Director: Judy Forrester
“Mi Familia, Mi Historia” will employ a series of humanities-based activities to provide new community engagement and learning opportunities for low-income Latino families living near the U.S.-Mexico border. This project  intends to make museum and university culture more accessible and to make the humanities an integral part of long-life learning for underserved Latina/o families.  Programming will include family workshops, oral history recording and digital mapping, interpretive art-making, family fieldtrips, public community discussions, and an exhibition of completed artwork. $20,000

PUNJABI AMERICAN WOMEN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: A PUBLIC HISTORY COLLABORATION BETWEEN UC DAVIS AND THE PUNJABI AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY

Regents of the University of California, Davis,
Project Director: Nicole Ranganath
This project will be the first study to preserve and share the life histories of women in the historically significant Punjabi American community in California’s Sacramento Valley. In collaboration with female community experts, UC Davis historians will interview 36 Punjabi American women in the remote rural Yuba City area and record 12 women performing Punjabi folk songs about important life cycle events. The project is part of a robust, long-standing partnership between UC Davis and Yuba City’s Punjabi American Heritage Society. The videotaped interviews, photographs, and transcripts will be shared with researchers and audiences worldwide via the existing UC Davis Pioneering Punjabis Digital Archive. $15,000

“REAL VETERANS. REEL STORIES”

San Francisco State University, San Francisco
Project Director: Daniel Bernardi
To facilitate greater dialogue and understanding between veterans and civilians, the Veteran Documentary Corps (VDC) at San Francisco State University will organize a series of screenings using seven short films produced by veteran-filmmakers, each profiling a single veteran, on five different California State University campuses: San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, Monterrey Bay, and Sacramento. Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with both filmmakers and veterans, facilitated by Dr. Daniel Bernardi, VDC Director, humanities scholar and veteran. $15,000

SACRED ART IN THE AGE OF CONTACT

Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara
Project Director: Lynn Brittner
This grant will support Santa Barbara Historical Museum’s upcoming exhibit and related programming, “Sacred Art in the Age of Contact.” This exhibit, including 70 artifacts of Chumash art (some never before on display), explores Spanish influence on Chumash works of religious art from the middle of the 18th century. The exhibit will be complimented with lectures and programming to encourage public engagement with history; all lectures will be provided free of charge. This exhibit will be presented in partnership with UC Santa Barbara as part of the Getty Imitative, Pacific Standard Time. $14,500

SAN FRANCISCO ACT UP ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco
Project Director: Joseph Plaster
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) will chronicle and publicize the history of San Francisco’s AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) through a wide scale oral history project; an exhibit incorporating high-quality radio documentary-style “audio portraits,” photos, and other materials; a multi-media web-based component; and a series of culminating events offering opportunities for dialogue and debate. Through partnership with a local GLBT youth center, young GLBT people (18-25) will be trained to conduct oral histories as part of the project. $10,000

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: ART AND HANDCRAFTED OBJECTS FROM AMERICA’S CONCENTRATION CAMPS

The University of San Francisco, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Shirley McGuire
“Something from Nothing: Art and Handcrafted Objects from America’s Concentration Camps,” includes an exhibition, educational materials and tours, and public programs presented by the Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco (USF) in collaboration with the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) from August 21 through November 5, 2017. The exhibit will feature handmade artifacts created by Japanese Americans sent to the American concentration camps during WWII. The two public programs include an expert and survivor panel discussion on social justice and legal issues related to Executive Order 9066, and an arts-focused event featuring poets, writers, and visual artists whose work explores the legacy of the camps. Additionally, the aim is to engage USF’s Asian American and first generation college student communities, the broader San Francisco/Bay Area Japanese American community, the Bay Area arts community, and members of the general public. $20,000

STRAIGHT OUTTA FRESNO: FROM POPPING TO B-BOYING AND B-GIRLING

California State University, Fresno Foundation, Fresno
Project Director: James Marshall
“Straight Outta Fresno: From Popping to B-boying and B-girling” seeks to radically alter the relationship between academia and the general public by creating a new model for how archives are created and how historical knowledge is disseminated. Building on their work from the Fall of 2016, Fresno State historians and graduate and undergraduate students will work with community partners to host four events related to the history of hip hop dance and culture in Fresno from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. $15,000

VISUALIZING LANGUAGE: OAXACA IN L.A.

Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Project Director: Kenneth Brecher
Between September 2017 and January 2018, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles will present “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.”, a visual art exhibition and 50+ public programs celebrating the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community.  Project aims are to engage new audiences from immigrant communities with the Library’s resources, explore identity and culture as reflected in the Los Angeles’s diversity, and introduce compelling indigenous artists from Mexico and California to a wider audience. $20,0000