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Bars, Bans & Walls: Re-Imagining the Bridge as a Model for Justice & Inclusion (aka Beyond the Bridge)

Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles
Project Director: Ms. K. Bradford
Based at four sites across greater Los Angeles, Beyond the Bridge uses storytelling, image-making workshops and culture-sharing community forums to generate new symbols of solidarity and understanding across racial, cultural and community lines. In community forums in Pasadena, Watts, Santa Monica, and Frogtown participants will reflect on, discuss, and create work in response to critical moments of racial exclusion and inclusion in California history. A final multi-media installation & festival will incorporate stories and images from the workshops and live storytelling and image-making activities will offer a transformational experience for all ages. $5,000

Cops and Communities: Circling Up

Community Partners for Center for Council, Los Angeles
Project Director: Mr. Jared Seide
Cops and Communities: Circling Up will bring together a team of ten local law enforcement officers and ten community activists/organizers for a day-long session to explore where there is common ground in their diverse experiences and how compassion-centered storytelling can bridge their perceived differences. The project will employ the technique of hosting a council circle, an age-old tradition of bringing people together in a circle to listen non-judgmentally and to speak authentically. Council provides a tool for exploring and diffusing tension resulting from bias and misunderstanding. The project will culminate in a free public panel discussion in Fall 2018. The entire project will be documented in a short video. $5,000

El Tímpano: Vivienda

Accion Latina, San Francisco
Project Director: Ms. Madeleine Bair
El Tímpano—Spanish for “eardrum”—will use  the innovative civic engagement project, “Listening Post,” developed by Internews in New Orleans, to engage Oakland’s Latino immigrant community and other residents in a month-long series of dialogues about housing, the rising cost of rent, and displacement.  By collaborating with community institutions and local media partners and using a mobile recording booth to gather and disseminate stories, the project will provoke reflection, support understanding, and elevate marginalized voices on this urgent and important issue. The initiative will bring together residents, civic leaders, and scholars concerned about the housing crisis and its impact on the Latino immigrant community and enable Oakland’s Latino immigrants take part in developing solutions. $5,000

Fabric of Our Heritage

Sarah A. Mooney Museum, Lemoore
Project Director: Mrs. Lynda Lahodny
Fabric of Our Heritage will engage community members from Lemoore Senior Citizens, Inc., West Hills College, Lemoore High School, the Lemoore Recreation Department, Lemoore Naval Air Station, and community organizations in planning and creating a mural comprised of “quilt squares” depicting the rich cultural heritage and diversity of Lemoore. The mural will include representation of the Tachi Yokut Indians, white immigrants, Mexican farm workers, Portuguese farmers and dairymen, Chinese railroad workers, and many other ethnic groups.  Local artist Mario Gonzalez will assist with the design and oversee the creation of the 30 foot by 8 foot mural to l be mounted on the wall of historic Odd Fellows building in Downtown Lemoore. An interpretive brochure will be developed and made available onsite as well as through  the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce and the Sarah A. Mooney Museum. $5,000

Fruitvale Day Laborers Tells Their Stories

Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Oakland
Project Director: Ms. Holly Alonso
While fueling our economy, many Central American and Mexican day laborers work in the shadows as so-called “illegal aliens.” Street Level Health Collective and Peralta Hacienda are collaborating with Fruitvale day laborers to create an exhibit that will share their stories and place them in historical context. A series of four community dialogues and film screenings will provide opportunities for day laborers, scholars, and members of the public to connect, and enable the public to gain greater insight and understanding about the experiences of one of the most isolated immigrant groups in the United States. $5,000

Latin American Studies in Motion

Regents of the University of California, Irvine
Project Director: Dr. Catherine Benamou
Latin American Studies in Motion is a partnership between the UCI Latin American Studies Center and the Bowers Museum to provide the local community access to filmmakers, artists and scholars who visit UC Irvine. The project will present two film screenings and a lecture at the Bowers Museum and three film screenings at the Frida Cinema in Santa Ana.  The partnership presents programming of contemporary interest and relevance to Latin American and Latinx residents of Santa Ana, as well as community members interested in learning about Latin American history, culture, and recent social and environmental change. $5,000

Mapping Arts OC

California State University, Fullerton
Project Director: Dr. Jamila Moore-Pewu
Mapping Arts OC is a public digital humanities project produced in collaboration with students at California State University Fullerton, artists and community partners throughout Orange County that aims to enrich the public’s awareness and understanding of the contributions of underrepresented cultural groups to the region’s art history. This project will build an interactive, digital map that will link information about Orange County artists from the nineteenth century through the present, to specific locations. This map will be a cloud-based web and feature a mobile application that engages the public through independent learning/exploration and self-guided walking tours through local neighborhoods. $4,989

Native Peoples of Santa Cruz Program Series

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, Santa Cruz
Project Director: Ms. Felicia Van Stolk
The Santa Cruz Museum of History will collaborate with local Amah Mutsun Tribal Band leaders and Native American scholars on a series of programs to amplify the voices and increase understanding of the history and presence of the native peoples of our community. Programming will include a pine needle basket-making workshop, an outdoor walk discussing history and contemporary land stewardship, interactive stations on the properties of native plants, a learning workshop for educators on integrating local Native American history into curriculum, and an event public talk on misconceptions about indigenous peoples. By creating learning opportunities for the community and by supporting Tribal representatives, we can support the conservation of customs, language, oral histories, and traditions that are so important to this area. $5,000

Out and About: Queer Caribbean Film, Music, and Poetry at Home and Abroad

Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco
Project Director: Mr. Rudy Lemcke
The Queer Cultural Center will host two evening events as part of its Queer Caribbean/Caribbean Diaspora program: a music performance and poetry reading by queer poets of the Caribbean diaspora and a screening and discussion of short videos by contemporary LGBTQ filmmakers based in the Caribbean or of Caribbean heritage. The Queer Caribbean/Caribbean Diaspora program will target members of the San Francisco Bay Area-based LGBTQ Caribbean/Caribbean Diasporic community to provide opportunities for participants to experience, engage with, and participate in queer Caribbean culture to promote greater understanding and knowledge. $5,000

Sights & Sounds of Richmond: Leading with Love

San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco
Project Director: Ms. Jennifer Chien
Sights & Sounds of Richmond: Leading with Love is a partnership between San Francisco public radio station KALW and Richmond youth empowerment organization RYSE Center that will engage young adults from underserved communities in thoughtful consideration and expression about one of the most profound subjects addressed by the humanities: the multi-faceted meaning of love. The project will encompass an eight-week audio storytelling workshop for Richmond youth, subsequent presentation of the youth’s audio pieces at live public events in Richmond, through KALW’s website and potential broadcast. $5,000

Sin Filtro: Workshop, Readings, and Discussion Series

PoetrIE, Loma Linda (Inland Empire)
Project Director: Ms. Isabel Quintero-Flores
Sin Filtro will celebrate the power of the written word through a series of workshops, readings, and discussions focused on the work of emerging writers, particularly Latinx writers, from the San Bernardino region and greater Inland Empire.  Each event will include a writing workshop for the public led by the featured writer. The writer will then read from their work, and engage in discussions about their craft and process with the public (workshop participants will also have the opportunity to share their work at the reading). All events will be free and open to the community, and at least three events will be conducted in Spanish. $5,000

Songs and Stories: Refugee Artists in San Diego

Center for World Music, San Diego
Project Director: Mrs. Monica Emery
Over the past seven years, San Diego County has welcomed more refugees than any other region of California. In order to build bridges between San Diego’s refugee population and the broader community, The Center for World Music will collaborate with refugee communities to offer a series of public performances and discussions featuring accomplished musicians and other performing artists from these communities.  Through this project we aim to (1) Educate the public on refugee experiences and contributions, and (2) Reduce the social distance between San Diego public and its refugee communities. $5,000

The Humboldt County Homeless College Student Photovoice Project

Humboldt State University Foundation, Arcata
Project Director: Dr. Pamela Bowers
The Humboldt County Homeless College Student Photovoice Project will address an important issue in the community: the absence of safe and accessible 24-hour spaces for homeless college students in Humboldt County. Our primary goal is to recognize homeless student experiences, highlight the challenges faced in our rural community related to housing, and seek solutions through action research. Photovoice will be utilized not only as a critical reflection strategy to support story development and photographic analysis, but also to provide visual information  for key stakeholders. Stories and photographic data will be presented at several gallery events throughout Humboldt County in Spring and Summer 2018. $4,091

Time Travel

The City of Pasadena – La Pintoresca Teen Education Center
Project Director: Ms. Elizabeth Luna
The Pasadena Teen Ed Center will host the public engagement component of Time Travel, a public art project by artist Deborah Aschheim that explores the collective memory of local civil rights activism through poster installations on Pasadena Transit buses and at bus stop and city libraries. Accompanying public programming will include a free public panel discussion between historians and activists that will take place in April at Pasadena’s La Pintoresca Library, and four-week hands-on intergenerational oral history and art-making workshop for youth at La Pintoresca Teen Ed Center in April-May 2018. $5,000

Veterans Write A Play

Returning Soldiers Speak, North Hollywood
Project Director: Ms. Leilani Squire
Veterans Write A Play is a series of intimate 3-hour weekly writing workshops and rehearsals for veterans, who will write a play together. The focus of the workshops to provide a safe environment where veterans will explore through reading, writing and discussion a meaningful story they want to tell and to inspire and empower each participant to engage in dialogue about their military experience and the challenges of reintegration into society after service. The project will culminate with the participants reading the play on stage before a live audience, followed by discussion between the veterans and our diverse community focusing on the following questions: How does story shape our relationship to self and others? How does the military shape our understanding of war and peace? What does “to come home” mean for the individual, the family, and society? Has reading and/or listening to this play evoked in you a new understanding or awareness? $5,000


Cannery Workers, Cannery Lives

San José State University Research Foundation, San José
Project Director: Dr. Margo McBane, Ph.D.
“Cannery Workers, Cannery Lives” is an oral history and photography project to retrieve and share stories through two community conversations during October 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month on the topic of cannery workers’ contributions to the heritage of Santa Clara Valley.  Programming will include mini-documentaries, company film clips, a scholar-facilitated panel of cannery workers presenting their experiences, three photo displays and participatory story sharing by the audience. $5,000.00

CHOJ: Culture, Heritage, and our Journey

California State University, Fresno Foundation, Fresno (Central Valley)
Project Director: Professor Davorn Sisavath
“CHOJ: Culture, Heritage, and our Journey” (CHOJ) is an intergenerational storytelling project that brings together the older generations of Southeast Asians who came as refugees and their more Americanized children. CHOJ will ignite a conversation where the act of remembering bridges intergenerational lives through the sharing of material artifacts, migration stories, memories of homeland, and experiences of resettlement and adjustment in Fresno and the Central Valley. The project includes an exhibit expansion to highlight the experiences of Lao, Khmu, Mien, and Cambodian communities in the region. $5,000.00

Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

Tenderloin Museum, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Katie Conry
“Compton’s Cafeteria Riot” is a public program series and interactive play inspired by the eponymous 1966 uprising for LGBT rights. Through high quality theatrical production and learning opportunities, audiences will be educated about a milestone civil rights event that took place in the Tenderloin neighborhood. $5,000.00

Getting Here: L.A. Stories of Immigration

Craft in America, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: Brenda Cruz
“Getting Here: L.A. Stories of Immigration” is an interactive story-sharing component of two counterpart exhibitions about Mexican and American craft confluences, identity and the migration of ideas, to be held at the Craft in America Center and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. “Getting Here” will engage Los Angeles immigrants to document their journeys in the form of handwritten letters to be displayed in the gallery spaces and in a virtual gallery on Craft in America’s website. This community history collection project will be complemented by a series of related public discussions about immigration, art, and storytelling. $5,000.00

In Plain Sight: Mexicano\Chicano Stories in San Diego

La Jolla Historical Society, La Jolla (San Diego)
Project Director: Heath Fox
“In Plain Sight:  Mexicano\Chicano Stories in San Diego” will explore the often overlooked contributions of Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Chicanos in San Diego’s rich cultural, political, and military history in the 20th century. The project combines narratives, photographs, and artifacts to document the Mexicano\Chicano role in building San Diego communities and their complex and diverse civic life. The project is supplemented by a collaborative youth project and commissioned art works. $5,000.00

Past and Future Connections to Pond Farm Pottery

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, Duncan Mills (Bay Area)
Project Director: Michele Luna
“Past and Future Connections to Pond Farm Pottery” is a 5-week exploration of how the lives of students of Bauhaus-trained master potter Marguerite Wildenhain were transformed by their experiences at Pond Farm, located within Austin Creek State Recreation Area. Activities include: Sebastopol Center for the Arts exhibition of works of Wildenhain and her students, school group Pond Farm tours, new Pond Farm video and Pond Farmer oral history presentations, in-person Pond Farmer stories, and youth discussions around historic influences and the social structure of Pond Farm life. $5,000.00

Redding LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Norcal Outreach Project, Redding (Far North)
Project Director: Frank Treadway
The first annual “Redding LGBTQ+ Film Festival” includes a variety of films and conversations covering a range of sexual and gender identities, races/ethnicities, and ages. The film festival, an integral part of local Pride celebrations, will bring a rich educational experience about LGBTQ+ issues to rural Far Northern California. $1,500.00

Supak’a: A Chumash Gathering

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara (Central Coast)
Project Director: Stefanie Coleman
The second annual “Supak’a: A Chumash Gathering” will provide a day of opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the Chumash culture including elder-led ceremonies, musical and storytelling sessions, native craft-making, a Chumash veterans photo exhibit, panel on teaching Chumash culture in the classroom, and many more activities as well as free access to the museum. $5,000.00

The Helena María Viramontes Annual Lecture in Latina/o Literature

California State University, Long Beach Research Foundation, Long Beach (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: Dennis López
“The Helena María Viramontes Annual Lecture in Latina/o Literature” is dedicated ssing to the creation of a public space for community members and students to engage with and discuss issues related to Latina/o literature and culture with some of the most important writers and scholars in the field. The daylong event in comprises a creative writing workshop for students, a free public reception, and a free public lecture and performance by renowned Latina/o writers, poets, and Humanities scholars.$5,000.00

Umyuangvigkaq: Long Table and Durational Sewing Bee

Los Angeles Performance Practice, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: George Lugg
Umyuangvigkaq is “a place to gather ideas,” and this free, day-long Long Table and Durational Sewing Bee gathers indigenous thinkers and practitioners and a broad public, to engage in learning, community building and conversation. The Long Table places indigenous voices, values and practices at the center, offering a rich encounter with contemporary ideas, while fostering a participatory process of quilting, conversation and imagining new futures. $5,000.00

Visions of Magulandia: The California Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Lujan from Los Four to Mental Menudo

Community Partners, Santa Ana (Orange County)
Project Director: Victor Payan
“Visions of Magulandia: The California Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Lujan from Los Four to Mental Menudo” will produce three public activities promoting the appreciation and understanding of renowned California artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Lujan, including a panel discussion; recreation of Magu’s famed Mental Menudo community conversations; and free screening of never-before-seen archival and interview footage, that will take place during the 2017 OC Film Fiesta Festival in Santa Ana.  “Visions of Magulandia” will coincide with and broaden the impact of the Aztlan to Magulandia exhibit at UC Irvine, which is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time L.A./L.A: Latin American & Latino Art in LA initiative. $5,000.00

Voices against Violence

Inlandia Institute, San Bernadino (Inland Empire)
Project Director: Nikia Chaney
“Voices Against Violence” is a workshop and exhibition program that seeks to highlight the voices and personal experience of individuals who have been affected by violence in the community of San Bernardino County and two of its outlying cities, Redlands and Riverside. San Bernardino is still healing from the 2015 Dec. 2 terror attack, and the 2017 North Park Elementary School shooting. “Voices Against Violence” seeks to contextualize the impact of violence through a humanities framework by providing a program that supports reflection, conversation, and self-empowerment.$5,000.00


9066:13769 (Executive Orders that Exclude)

Grand Performances, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: Leigh Ann Hahn
Grand Performances, a presenter of free, outdoor summer performing arts programs in downtown Los Angeles, will produce a multimedia program that connects the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII with the current threats to Muslim Americans through museum experiences, a film screening, performance art and an academic humanist-facilitated post-performance discussion with related educational materials. The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and Muslim for Progressive Values (MPV). $5,000

Anonymous Art Revealed: The Stories Behind the Emeryville Mudflat Sculptures

California College of the Arts, Oakland (Bay Area)
Project Director: Annemarie Haar
“Anonymous Art Revealed” is a multifaceted project to document the importance of the Emeryville mudflat sculptures on contemporary art and local history. An oral history project will produce  recorded interviews will capture the stories of 10-20 sculpture creators who were influential in the founding and development of the mudflat sculptures. The interviews will provide context for photographs in the CCA Libraries’ Robert Sommer Mudflats Collection, and provide additional content for multimedia and interactive physical and virtual exhibitions. $5,000

Barriers & Breakthroughs in Identity & Culture: Has the Needle Shifted for Filmmakers of Color? A discussion and film screening series

Frameline, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Jon Carroll
“Barriers & Breakthroughs in Identity & Culture: Has the Needle Shifted for Filmmakers of Color?” (working title), will present a series of 3-5 film screenings and 1-2 free participatory discussion/forum panels to examine the intersectionality of ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality, and cultural authenticity primarily among queer and trans filmmakers of color. The project will promote engagement with the work of queer filmmakers of color who seek to explore and grapple with these important and oftentimes underrepresented topics among the LGBTQ community. $5,000.00

Community Stories in Middle Eastern American Documentary Film 

SF Filmmakers Collective, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Jennifer Crystal Chien & Sabereh Kashi
Re-Present Media will work with partner organizations to create a series of panel presentations with four documentary filmmakers who represent diverse religious and ethnic perspectives in the Middle East, and whose films are focused on personal narratives rather than overtly political or religious themes. Facilitated by a community humanities expert and with commentaries provided by an academic humanities expert, these events will create dialogue around cultural representations in media; assumptions and misunderstandings of Islam and Muslims in American media; complex personal responses to social and political issues; and the impact of globalization, cultural imperialism, and post-colonialism in media representations. $5,000.00

East LA Interchange: The Past and Present of an Immigrant Community

East LA Community Corporation, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: Betsy Kalin
A screening of the ten-time, award-winning documentary East LA Interchange will followed by a panel discussion with notable scholars who each have a personal connection to the Boyle Heights neighborhood, the subject of the film. The documentary follows the evolution of this working-class, immigrant community from multiethnic to Latino while showing how the neighborhood survived the construction of the largest freeway system in the nation. The event offers an illuminating reflection on the problems of racial and class discrimination, and the structural disadvantages they impose, throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. $5,000.00

Island of the Blue Dolphins: The Lone Woman at the Crossroads

Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles (Central Coast)
Project Director: Linda Bentz
Island of the Blue Dolphins, a novel taught in nearly every elementary school in the country, is a fictionalized account based on the life of an American Indian girl who lived alone on San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands, in the early nineteenth century. Recent historical research reveals that this young woman witnessed commercial sea otter hunting, and likely Chinese abalone harvesting, two interactions that highlight the multicultural contacts that took place on the west coast of North America. Two interactive programs will bring these new findings to the public and related K-12 lesson plans will be created for the National Park Service’s Island of the Blue Dolphins web-resource. $5,000.00

Language In Latina/o Lives On California’s Central Coast: An Interactive Bilingual Exhibit

Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Central Coast)
Project Director: Mary Bucholtz
The project will produce an interactive bilingual exhibit focusing on the linguistic practices of Latina/o communities on California’s Central Coast. Building on an existing community partnership program fostering college preparation among first-generation college-bound Latina/o students, youth participants will collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students on research, community action, and creative projects, using the humanistic perspective of sociocultural linguistics. The work will be shared with the local community through a series of interactive bilingual events at libraries and schools, including “slam”-style spoken presentations coupled with poster exhibits, and disseminated online. $5,000.00

Let’s Talk About The Middle East

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, Arcata (Far North)
Project Director: Leena Dallasheh
Screenings of films about the Middle East, followed by discussions with Humboldt State University Professor Leena Dallasheh, a specialist in the region, will engage people from the local community in  thoughtful discussions about the people and events they depict, and the films’ larger geographic and historical context. Held at a popular local venue to facilitate public participation, the film series will offer both campus and community members a point of connection and an opportunity for learning and discussion about a topic so central to contemporary American life. $5,000.00

Mapping Asian And Pacific Islander Historic Sites Of Resistance And Struggle

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: Michelle Magalong
Through participatory and interactive humanities experiences such as story-collection and sharing, facilitated conversations and hands-on digital archive website workshops, project participants will explore the power of place and history in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities across California through a participatory community history digital archive. This project will organize a series of public events on the power of place and history, using a multi-disciplinary humanities lens to explore the diverse and complex histories of Asian and Pacific Islanders in California through the lens of place-making and historic preservation. $5,000.00

Native Voices in the Central Valley

California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock (Central Valley)
Project Director: Sari Miller-Antonio
Stanislaus State, a diverse University community in the Central Valley of California, will honor the contributions of the indigenous peoples of North America through two public programs. Two events — one in rural Turlock and one in urban downtown Modesto – will feature performances by Native Voices, a theatre company dedicated to producing original works by Native Americans, Alaska Natives and First Nations playwrights, with accompanying discussions. Outreach publicity activities for both performances will target an economically challenged audience who are not usually theater-goers. $5,000.00

On All Day: A Desert Reflection At Llano Del Rio

Arts Connection of San Bernardino, San Bernardino (Inland Empire)
Project Director: Karyl Newman
On All Day: A Desert Reflection at Llano del Rio will provide a means to celebrate and co-create a public memory for “the site of the most important non-religious Utopian experiment in Western American History,” as noted by the California Office of Historic Preservation. Situated in the Antelope Valley in North Los Angeles County, the community, founded by attorney Job Harriman, had grown to 900 inhabitants by 1917. Tours, talks, and an online, map-based exhibit will offer ways for locals as well as people interested in the history of utopian movements to learn more about this fascinating but little-known chapter in California history. $5,000.00

SCOTUS Theater: You Should Have The Body

Z Space Studio DBA Word for Word Performing Arts Company, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Becca Wolff
SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) Theater is a project of Word for Word that brings together communities of thinkers, artists, activists and concerned individuals to hear and consider Supreme Court cases for ourselves. This fall, we will host “You Should Have the Body”, a free event at Z Space in San Francisco’s Mission District to examine the ethics and history of the concept of habeas corpus (“you should have the body”) in the Supreme Court, and open a space for discussion about the rights of criminal defendants, especially non-citizens and immigrants. $5,000.00

The “Home Project”

So Say We All, San Diego (San Diego)
Project Director: Justin Hudnall
“Home” is a community story-telling project that will engage multigenerational residents from Southeastern San Diego in writing and presentation workshops of true stories related to their experiences in this revitalizing urban area. Performances of completed works by the authors before live audiences in venues in Southeastern San Diego and beyond, broadcasts/podcasts of recorded stories told by the authors through partnerships with KPBS Radio, and a hard copy anthology. $5,000.00

Understanding The Lived Experiences Of Grandparents As Parents And The Children In Their Care Through Their Visual Stories And Testimonies

The University Corporation, Northridge (Los Angeles Metro)
Project Director: Scott Appelrouth
This visual storytelling project aims to illuminate the multi-layered experiences of grandparents as caretakers and the experiences of the recipients of care (the youth) through photovoice methodology. The visual voices of project participants will be shared through a campus-based photography exhibit at California State University Northridge gallery in Oct. 2017; a conference/community engagement event,  a community-based photography exhibit at ArtShare Gallery in downtown Los Angeles (also in the Fall of 2017); an interactive website with visual and oral testimonies (to be launched in Dec. 2017). $5,000.00

Vanishing Point: The 3.9 Art Collective Reflects On Black Communities In San Francisco

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Thuy Tran
With increasing gentrification in the twenty-first century, the African-American population of San Francisco is increasingly marginalized and invisible. Vanishing Point is an exhibition that explores proposals for the survival of black people and artists in the city and seeks to open a public conversation about black history and the future of its black populations. A series of dinners with members of Black communities encouraging them to share their memories, stories, and recipes will engage residents of Bayview/Hunter’s Point, The Fillmore/Western Addition, culminating in a final event at the JCCSF. $5,000.00


A Place to Call Home

KVMR-Voice of the Community, Nevada City (Sierras)
Project Director: Betty Louise
Stories by and about homeless people in Nevada County, including of those living without a home, organizations working with homeless people, officials charged with finding solutions to homelessness, and community members confused or scared by homeless people, will be collected and shared by the station through multiple means (audio, video, photographs, essays, and music programming). An interactive live event with perception-challenging exercises will further raise awareness of the issue and inspire respect, empathy, civic participation, and compassionate action on the part of the community. $5,000.00

BARAKA AND SAMSARA Film Screenings and Discussions at OACC 

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), Oakland
Project Director: Donna Khorsheed
Combining film screenings, dance performances, and community conversations, this multimedia project will provide an opportunity for a diverse audience in Oakland to consider a variety of topics related to race and ethnicity. Free community screenings of two award-winning independent films (“Baraka” and “Samsara”), accompanied by traditional dance performances by local artists, will visually transport audience members, and provide a platform to explore the complex subject through cross-cultural and intergenerational discussion. $4,925.00

Border Click

The AjA Project, San Diego
Project Director: Rebecca Goldschmidt
Border Click is a participatory photography project that involves a group of 20 young San Diegans who regularly cross the border in the course of their day-to-day lives. Using photography and facilitated discussion (in partnership with San Diego State University scholars and Southern California artists), these “transborder” youth are creating a living archive and large-scale installation which captures the everyday aesthetic and experience of the ‘transfronterizo’ life. California Humanities funds will support culminating installations (both digital archive and public-facing installation) and three community conversations which will further examine how identity, profiling and racism are experienced by these young people. $4,500.00

Chicano Legacy Of Fresno County

El Concilio de Fresno, Inc., Fresno
Project Director: Eddie Varela
Through the means of in-depth oral history collection, an interactive website, and a community-facing public program, the project team seeks to educate and engage the public about the history of the Chicano Civil Rights movement and the social justice issues that gave rise to it. The project aims to bridge generational, racial, and economic divides, create greater cultural awareness and empathy, and offer valuable historical insights to the entire community, including students at local high schools and colleges. $4,847.50

Circling Back: Black Farmers In California

Farms to Grow, Oakland
Project Director: Gail Myers
A mobile art and historical photography exhibit to be installed in accessible venues, including the Oakland Farmers Market, will provide opportunities for the community to learn about the history of African American farming, experience art, and consider and discuss a variety of topics including food policy, health and well-being, environmental stewardship, and careers in agriculture and sustainable practices. Presenters will share their first-hand experiences and knowledge to educate, inspire and empower attendees. $4,000.00

Democracy And Equity Initiative: Conversations On Race And Immigration*

Dominican University of California, San Rafael
Project Director: Laura Stivers
Throughout the 2016/17 academic year, Dominican University is hosting over twenty events related to the theme of “Democracy and Equity.” Discussions and presentations focusing on youth justice movements, political participation, and homelessness will connect students, faculty, staff and community members. Programming in March and April 2017 will address topics of race, immigration, and the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. $5,000.00

Dismantling Archetypes

Friends of the La Habra Library, La Habra
Project Director: David Elliott
Films communicate stories, help us explore deeper truths, and break down barriers. They spark discussions that allow us to grapple with important social issues, both past and present. In this spirit, the La Habra Library will present a monthly film and discussion series focusing on issues such as racial injustice, police brutality, LGBTQ civil rights, and other subjects of community interest. Local film makers and film experts will lead the discussions following the screenings, using the lens provided by the arts and humanities to broaden community understanding. $4,400.00

Engaging Critically With Urban Humanities: Shaping San Francisco’s Public Events

Independent Arts & Media/Shaping San Francisco, San Francisco
Project Director: LisaRuth Elliott
Shaping San Francisco conducts an annual series of public talks and tours that encourages Bay Area residents to engage critically with their daily urban experience. Drawing on themes from our participatory community history digital archive, FoundSF.org, we offer free public humanities forums and tours investigating and analyzing transformations of place over time and how our choices have shaped, and continue to shape the urban environment and the human lives within it. This twelfth year of public programming, supported by California Humanities, will add video documentation as a new resource to further engage participation. $5,000.00

Engaging Families in Literacy

Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre, Sunland
Project Director: Lorrie Oshatz
Engaging Families in Literacy provides workshops for families to learn about the importance of daily storytimes with children and the significant impact parents have on their child’s education. In partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, we will present workshops at 8 branches located in low-income communities throughout Los Angeles to demonstrate techniques for creating positive reading experiences that will enhance family relationships and promote academic success. Participants will receive resources including a quality picture book to take home and follow-up support. $5,000.00

Film Series: The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Summer Of Love

Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Project Director: Elizabeth Gessel
The summer of 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. In commemoration of this historic moment, a major outreach, public engagement and artistic collaboration led by the DeYoung Museum, California Historical Society, San Francisco Arts Commission and SF Travel will engage more than 50 institutions in presenting programming and exhibitions. As part of this celebration, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will present a six-part film and discussion series exploring the influence of Black culture on the counter culture of the time and its subsequent influence on art and popular culture. $5,000.00

Foster Young Justice Dialogue Project

Beyond Emancipation, Oakland
Project Director: Sherry Congrave Wilson
The Foster Youth Justice Dialogue Project will foster understanding and communication between youth with experience in the foster care and juvenile justice systems and law enforcement officials. Through participatory and interactive humanities experiences such as story-collection and sharing, facilitated conversations and hand-on art workshops, youth and officials will explore identity, stereotypes and community.  Organizers hope the project will foster greater understanding, empathy, and critical consciousness for all participants, as well as forge authentic relationships between them. They believe that this project has potential to literally save youth lives and hope that some participating youth might consider careers in law enforcement and social services as a result. $5,000.00

“Griots of Oakland” Story Circles

Story For All, Oakland
Project Director: Angela Zusman
Since its release in 2013, the book and exhibit produced by The Griots of Oakland story-collection and sharing project have brought the stories and voices of Oakland young men of color to the wider public, inspiring empathy, reflection, insight, analysis, and dialogue. Now, in partnership with the Oakland Public Library, a series of community readings and facilitated discussions will answer the call from students, teachers, parents and many others to listen deeply to these young people, challenge perceptions, provide a safe space for healing, and confront the realities faced by our youth that profoundly affect us all. $5,000.00

Gun Violence in America

Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley
Project Director: Alexa Koenig
The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley will organize a series of public events on gun violence and safety, using a multi-disciplinary humanities lens to explore the history and current realities of gun violence in American and what can be done to prevent it in the future. Through live streaming, op-eds, blogging, and social media, the event and film series will reach a national audience and feed into a larger dialogue about gun violence and gun safety. $5,000.00

History in Motion

California Agriculture Museum, Woodland
Project Director: Lorili Ostman
A temporary exhibit of historic farm machinery, manuals, and broadsheets will be curated and installed by museum volunteers and staff at the Best of the West Show at historic Rancho Santa Margarita near Paso Robles in May 2017, which is hosting the annual Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club national show. Over 6,000 people are expected from California and around the world for the event. The museum intends to utilize the exhibit and related story-sharing programs to connect with a wider audience and further a dialogue with culture bearers, historians and the general public about California’s rich agricultural historical legacy. $4,928.08

I Am Your Neighbor– A Tale of Two Cities 

Yolo County Library, Woodland
Project Director: Meredith Beales
Yolo County Library will act as the lead agency for a project titled “I Am Your Neighbor-A Tale of Two Cities”. This project seeks to humanize the homelessness experience and bring heightened awareness to the community about the difficulties of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. We will do this by providing stories through films, documentaries, books and panel discussions of thinkers, practitioners, and homeless/formerly homeless from the community. $5,000.00

Illuminating The Navy & World War Ii In Long Beach

Historical Society of Long Beach, Long Beach
Project Director: Julie Bartolotto
To complement our exhibition “Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor,” the Historical Society of Long Beach will organize three free public events that will provide opportunities for the community to learn more about how the Second World War changed the city. Panel discussions and presentations will share stories of Japanese citizens and residents interned or imprisoned, Mexican Americans and immigrants, and explore how demographic and economic changes that transformed the city laid the ground work for today’s Long Beach. $5,000.00

Japanese Americans On The Peninsula:  Learning From Our Past To Look To Our Future

Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates
Project Director:  Laura Ishizaka
To serve our growing, changing, and diverse community on the Peninsula, including a growing Asian Pacific population, the Palos Verdes Library District will host a series of public programs exploring the Japanese American experience and influence in Southern California. In commemoration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May 2017 and in recognition of the important role Japanese Americans played in the area’s history, programs will share stories about the experience of local Japanese Americans before and after World War II internment, explore topics of race, culture, and ethnicity, and illuminate aspects of Japanese music, art, and cultural heritage. $5,000.00

Legacies Of The Street: Seeking Transportation Justice

Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis, Davis
Project Director: Adonia Lugo
This three-part traveling public conversation will explore the racialized past and present of roads in three California cities: San Francisco, Fresno, and Los Angeles. Communities of color suffered disproportionately from the creation of California’s transportation infrastructure, as highways carved up urban communities to facilitate suburban commuting to employment hubs. Each event will begin with a dialogue between humanities scholars who are experts in each region’s transportation history and local mobility advocacy leaders which will set the stage for the facilitated discussions of what it means to reclaim the streets for people. $5,000.00

Lifers: Life Stories From The Inside/Out

Ensemble Studio Theatre, the LA Project, Los Angeles
Project Director:  Susan Franklin Tanner
This project will enable residents of The Francisco Homes in Los Angeles, a diverse group of  Latino, African-American, Asian and Caucasian men who have been paroled after serving life in prison, to share their stories through a documentary theatre project. A series of workshops will provide the participants with skill building activities including improvisation, writing, movement, vocal expression and performance techniques. The project will culminate in a series of short performances and discussions for high school and college students, residents and staff of The Francisco Homes, and the public. $5,000.00

Mixed Remixed Festival

Mixed Remixed, Inc., Los Angeles
Project Director: Ms. Heidi Durrow
The Mixed Remixed Festival is an annual cultural arts festival showcasing stories of the mixed-race experience through films, books and performance. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the historic Supreme Court decision that struck down barriers to interracial marriage across the nation, the 4th annual event will take place on June 10, 2017 (the eve of the decision’s anniversary) at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room in Los Angeles. The free day-long event that will feature two film programs with discussion and Q&A, as well as a live performance and reception. $5,000.00

MXLA2017: Year of Mexico in Los Angeles

UNAM Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Project Director: Alda Espinosa
Within the framework of MXLA2017, the Year of Mexico in Los Angeles, a project organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles and the City of LA, the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Los Angeles (UNAM-LA) will host a series of activities to share and reflect upon important aspects of Mexican culture: music, the virtual arts, and literature. In collaboration with CSU Northridge and other local educational and cultural organizations, the programs will provide interesting perspectives on Mexican culture and heritage, and contribute to a rich discussion about Mexican identity. $4,990.00

One Story One City Program

City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita
Project Director: Phil Lantis
This annual citywide read encourages discussions and engagement with stories by residents across the spectrum of age and interests. For 2017, the featured book will be Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt, a nonfiction work that tells the story of women “computers” who handled complicated math problems at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contributing to the success of the country’s space program. During March, coinciding with Women’s History Month, the Library is planning a host of programs for all ages, and will be giving away free paperback copies of the book as a further incentive to encourage people to read the book. $3,500.00

Passing It On: Other Feminist Futures: A Conversation With Angela Davis, Margaret Rhee, And Audee Kochiyama

Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco
Project Director: Michelle Lee
A panel discussion will complement the exhibition Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014), organized by the Asian American Women Artists Association and scheduled for May 2017 at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. Presented in a “living-room” style format inspired by the Kochiyama family’s tradition of radical hospitality, the panel will explore the intersection of a variety of feminist perspectives with regard to envisioning a new democratic future in the context of Kochiyama’s life and legacy. $3,500.00

Public Safety For Real*

Los Angeles Poverty Department, Los Angeles
Project Director:  John Malpede
The Los Angeles Poverty Department, the first performance group in the country made up of homeless and formerly homeless people, will organize a series of five public presentations and community conversations led by humanities experts addressing the concept of “public safety” in Skid Row. This topic is of great concern to communities–particularly communities of color–throughout the country. Our desire is to draw upon the insights of humanities scholars to analyze the history of the concept and the operative assumptions in the current implementation of public safety, and to generate a framework that will allow community members to create their own vision of public safety, one that reflects the realities of the Skid Row community. $5,000.00

Race and Space in Los Angeles

Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles
Project Director: Lisa Marr
Exploring the theme of race, ethnicity and the urban environment, this project will provide a stimulating series of free screenings at venues around the city, featuring 16mm films curated from Los Angeles university and community archives. Each event will include a discussion between diverse audiences, scholars, archivists and filmmakers that invites contemporary commentary on past cinematic representations of minorities and marginalized populations in Los Angeles, and the many ways issues of race, ethnicity, identity, culture and access to public/private space continue to engage and shape our city. $4,000.00

Rolling Counterpoint

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga
Project Director:  Donna Conwell
A collaboration with artist Taro Hattori, this project draws on Japanese tradition to reimagine the teahouse as a meeting space and dialogical zone where diverse people from all walks of life can come together to share their stories about belonging and unbelonging. Central to the project are a teahouse housed in Montalvo Art Center’s 175-acre public park and a mobile teahouse that will travel to and engage with various Bay Area communities. Using the artifact of the teahouses as catalysts, the project aims to spark cross-cultural conversations with various communities of inquiry to  explore questions of belonging and community and address wide ranging issues such as hate speech, social exclusion, gentrification, homelessness, and income inequality. $5,000.00

Shout! For Women Veterans Art Exhibit And Panel Discussion

Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco
Project Director: Britta McClure
SHOUT! for Women Veterans is an annual art exhibit and panel discussion illuminating the experiences of women veterans, as well as their challenges and relationship to military and veteran culture. Every year, members of the public mix with the veteran community to explore the intersections of art, community, health and healing through the unique lens of women veterans at this annual event. This year’s theme, “Self and Transition,” will explore the beginning and end of military service. The event will showcase the artwork of four women veteran artists, and include a moderated panel discussion featuring the artists. $5,000.00

The Oresteia Trilogy & Symposium: Art To Activism To Change*

Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland
Project Director: Matthew Travisano
In partnership with Ubuntu Theater Project, the OSA will present a new version of Aeschylus’s The Oresteia as reimagined by School of Theatre Chair Matthew Travisano. The trilogy is a forceful and poetic response to the social and political concerns of today, drawing parallels between the Athens of Aeschylus and issues we are wrestling with in contemporary Oakland. The goal is to harness the power of live theatre to engage communities around shared experience. We will also present a public symposium designed to address key themes of the trilogy and spur further conversations about a variety of topics impacting our community. $5,000.00

The Upland Public Library Latino Veterans Oral History Project

Upland Public Library/Friends of the Upland Public Library, Upland
Project Director: Lorene Broersma
This project will interview and record oral histories of local Latino military veterans and their families to preserve history for present day audiences as well as for future generations. Collecting the stories and accounts of these veterans will pave the way for a series of community conversations, dialogues, and programs for all ages, that will expand knowledge about the military experience, foster a deeper understanding about the role of ethnicity in the military and the challenges of returning to civilian life. Partnerships with local veterans organizations, schools, colleges, and other public agencies will enrich the project. $4,198.00

¡TU CINE! Film Showcase

Media Arts Center San Diego, San Diego
Project Director: Moises Esparza
¡Tu Cine! is an educational track of the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival program aimed at engaging a diverse and underserved audience of local youth. In addition to enabling these young people to see and discuss films that explore the dynamics of race and ethnicity in the border region, the program provides them the opportunity to meet professional filmmakers who are sharing the realities of their communities by telling their stories. California Humanities funds will help support screenings, discussions with filmmakers and humanities experts, and the development of discussion and resource guides. $5,000.00

Understanding And Learning Our History: California’s Bilingual Constitution

Centennial Heritage Museum dba Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
Project Director: Kevin Cabrera
In September and October 1849, 48 delegates from ten districts of California gathered at the Colton Hall to begin the California Constitutional State Convention to move California towards statehood. What resulted was a document written in English and Spanish, the first bilingual constitution in the United States. Although this is an important moment in California’s history, few people know about it, nor is it included in the state framework for teaching history and social studies. To raise public awareness, the Heritage Museum, in partnership with Santa Ana Unified School District and city agencies, will offer a series of public programs reenacting the Convention Debates for our community. $5,000.00

We Who Work: A Collaborative Project About Labor In Santa Cruz County

The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz
Project Director:  Stacey Garcia
This interdisciplinary project, featuring historical artifacts of labor, objects and stories from contemporary laborers, and art from internationally-acclaimed artist Hung Liu, will enable the public to explore how labor shapes our experiences – past, present, and future – as individuals and as societies. California Humanities funds will expand public participation through 10 interactive events and bring more people – and perspectives — into the dialogue. Our objectives are to ignite shared experiences, empower 1,000 laborers, invite visitors to build social capital together, and to spark unexpected connections between art, history, ethnicity, and politics – all to build a stronger community. $5,000.00

Who Controls Racial Meanings? A Humanistic Socially Engaged Collaborative Project

California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation, Carson
Project Director: Vivian Price
Who controls racial meanings? is a public humanities project undertaken in coordinated with our surrounding communities in search of understanding historic and present meanings of race and ethnicity. As humanities scholars have argued, race and ethnicity are social constructions with fluid meanings, but the oppression that people of color experience is real and has profound effects. We propose a series of interactive workshops, lectures, and performances that will engage local high schools, community centers, and our university community in considering the history of criminalization of communities of color, and the role of community counter-narratives in redefining racial and ethnic meanings. $5,000.00

Women of the Northwest

Playhouse Arts, Arcata
Project Director: Jacqueline Dandeneau
This project aims to further document and share the history of women in rural Humboldt County pre 1950. California Humanities funds will enable the theatre to collaborate with the Native Women’s Collective, Native Studies Department at Humboldt State University, and the Equity Alliance on research and production of a work that will incorporate the stories and experiences of Native American, African American, Hispanic and Asian women from the region. The work will be performed at the O2F – Oriented to Female – Festival, accompanied by a public discussion drawing on the insights provided by contributing scholars and culture bearers. $4,700.00

Projects denoted by an asterisk (*) were funded through the “Exploring the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in California” track, with special support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities for community dialogues and discussions focused on the legacy of racial and ethnic relations in California, including the relationship between communities and law enforcement authorities.