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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES AWARDS $175,000 FOR FIRST ROUND OF HUMANITIES FOR ALL PROJECT GRANTS

June 2, 2017

After a highly competitive process, 12 nonprofit organizations and public partners have been awarded Humanities for All Project Grants totaling $174,500 from California Humanities.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES AWARDS $75,000 FOR LATEST ROUND OF HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK GRANTS

June 1, 2017

After a competitive grant process, 15 nonprofit organizations and public partners across the state were awarded Humanities for All Quick Grants from California Humanities. 

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California Humanities to Showcase REAL BOY, THE RETURN and OVARIAN PSYCOS on Virgin America

April 18, 2017

California Humanities is pleased to announce that three award-winning films from the California Documentary Project (CDP) are currently featured in the SkyFest independent film showcase, available exclusively on Virgin America. SkyFest is available on Virgin America airlines through May 2017.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES AWARDS $400,000 IN CALIFORNIA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT GRANTS

April 3, 2017

California Humanities is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant. This year we have awarded $400,000 to 14 new film, audio and interactive media projects that document vital California subjects and issues.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES AWARDS $168,000 FOR FIRST ROUND OF HUMANITIES FOR ALL QUICK PROJECT GRANTS

January 25, 2017

California Humanities is pleased to announce the first recipients of our new Humanities for All Quick Grants. 34 organizations were awarded a total of $168,000 for public humanities projects taking place across California in this first round of the competitive grants program.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES AWARDS $50,000 TO LIBRARIES ACROSS CALIFORNIA

January 25, 2017

California Humanities is pleased to announces awards to ten public libraries that will participate in our first round of the Library Innovation Lab Program.

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California Humanities Awards $188,000 to California-Based Storytelling Projects

July 11, 2016

California Humanities announced today that it will award $188,000 in the latest round of the Community Stories Grants program. This competitive grant program supports community-centered, story-based public humanities projects about the California experience.

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California Humanities Awards $391,500 in California Documentary Project Grants

March 31, 2016

California Humanities is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 California Documentary Project (CDP) grants. This year we have awarded $391,500 to 15 film, radio, and new media productions.

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California Humanities wins Schwartz Prize for Outstanding Work in Humanities Programming

November 17, 2015

California Humanities is a 2015 recipient of the Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the public humanities, a prize that is awarded annually by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. This is the third time that California Humanities has been similarly honored, receiving this recognition in 2007 and 2009.

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California Humanities celebrates 40th Anniversary with National Humanities Leader

November 10, 2015

This week, California Humanities will celebrate its 40th anniversary together with the 50th anniversary of its primary partner, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). A celebration with grantees, partners, and past and present leadership at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland will include remarks by the NEH Chairman, William “Bro” Adams.

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CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEADQUARTERS MOVES TO HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD IN OAKLAND, CA

August 19, 2015

Today, California Humanities announced the move of its Northern California office from its long-held base in San Francisco to the heart of Old Oakland. The new headquarters will be located above Swan’s Market, a historic marketplace that was once a major shopping destination in Oakland, and now houses restaurants, stores and businesses in a revitalized neighborhood.

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CAL HUMANITIES AWARDS NEARLY $180,000 TO CALIFORNIA-BASED STORYTELLING PROJECTS

July 15, 2015

Cal Humanities announced today that it will award $180,000 in the latest round of the Community Stories Grants program. This competitive grant program supports community-centered, story-based public humanities projects about the California experience.

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Cal Humanities Awards $395,000 in California Documentary Project Grants

March 30, 2015

Cal Humanities announced today that it will award $395,000 in grants to 15 film, radio, and new media projects through the California Documentary Project (CDP).

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Cal Humanities to Showcase Three Award-winning Films on Virgin America

March 24, 2015

Cal Humanities is pleased to announce that three award-winning films from the California Documentary Project will be presented on Virgin America airlines from April through June 2015 as part of the SkyFest independent film showcase: THE CASE AGAINST 8, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG, and THE LAST SEASON.

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Cal Humanities Announces New President and CEO

January 7, 2015

The board of directors of Cal Humanities is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Fry as its new President and CEO effective February 2, 2015. 

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Forum to Focus on Trauma/PTSD in Veterans

July 28, 2014

As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the Sacramento Public Library will present a Public Conversation event, The War Within: Veterans and PTSD on August 17th, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at the Central Library Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street in Sacramento. 

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Forum to Focus on Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life

July 15, 2014

As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the Riverside County Library System will present a Public Conversation event, Back in the World: Adjusting to Life After War, on August 21, 2014, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Louis Robidoux Library on 5840 Mission Blvd in Jurupa Valley (Riverside).

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Forum to Focus on Veterans and Film

July 10, 2014

As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the Los Angeles Public Library will present a Public Conversation event, Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans Through Hollywood’s Lens on Sunday August 10th, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles. 

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Forum to Focus on Diversity in the Military

May 20, 2014

As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the San Diego Public Library will present a Public Conversation event, Changing Faces: Diversity and the Veteran Experience on Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

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FORUM TO FOCUS ON LGBTQ VETERANS

May 19, 2014

As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch will present a Public Conversation event, How Far We’ve Come: LGBTQ Veterans & the Military on Thursday, June 5, 6:00PM-7:30PM.
 

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Cal Humanities Announces Statewide Veterans Project, War Comes Home

May 15, 2014

Cal Humanities announces the launch of a multiyear initiative focused on the experience of veterans returning from war. War Comes Home will create opportunities for communities across California to grapple with the tough questions: What do we owe to those whom our country has sent into harm’s way? How can we build bridges of understanding between those who have served and those who have not? 

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Cal Humanities Welcomes New Board Members

May 1, 2014

Cal Humanities is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. The new appointees are Jeff Adachi, Alex Espinoza and Hector Tobar. President, Ralph Lewin commented, “We are very pleased to have such talented and distinguished additions to our board. With these appointments, Cal Humanities is poised to increase its reach and impact in California to a great degree.” 

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War Comes Home Press Information

See below for the current War Comes Home press kit materials. For more information, visit the War Comes Home page of our website.

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CAL HUMANITIES AWARDS $350,000 TO 13 DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS

March 26, 2014

Cal Humanities has announced the recipients of the 2014 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant awards. This year Cal Humanities has awarded $350,000 to thirteen film, radio, and new media projects. The projects range from a public radio series documenting California’s regional food and culture; to a film about anti-tax activist Howard Jarvis and Proposition 13; to a film about the changes in California’s Three Strikes Law. Together, they help us better understand who we are and where we live.

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Ralph Lewin to Step Down as President and CEO of Cal Humanities

March 13, 2014

Cal Humanities announced today that its CEO Ralph Lewin will be stepping down in May. Mr. Lewin, after celebrating his sixth anniversary as the President and CEO of Cal Humanities and his twenty-second year with the organization, is leaving to pursue new career opportunities. The board of directors will work closely with Lewin during the next two months to ensure a smooth transition before he departs the organization on May 16, 2014.

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Cal Humanities Announces 2012 California Documentary Project Grants to Filmmakers

May 10, 2012

Cal Humanities announced the awardees of its current round of funding for its California Documentary Project program, which encourages film and radio documentarians to explore issues and stories of critical importance to California. Cal Humanities has awarded $400,000 to 17 projects, for production and research and development representing a variety of  film, new media and radio projects.

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Cal Humanities Announces 20 New Community Stories Awards

May 10, 2012

Cal Humanities announced that 20 projects throughout the State of California have been selected as grant awardees for its Community Stories program. Chosen from over 120 submissions, the projects comprise a broad range of community-focused stories to explore the diversity of the California experience, and capture the interest of local, regional, and even wider audiences.

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