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Community Stories grantee Mother/Madre: Healing Narratives Between California Mothers and Daughters is training young women, such as those pictured here, to interview their mothers and grandmothers about what it means to live in poverty and "on the brink." Photo: GlobalGirl Media

Seventeen New Community Stories Grantees Announced

What are California’s stories, and how are they being told?

Cal Humanities recently awarded nearly $170,000 in funding to 17 new Community Stories projects that tell unique narratives of the California experience.

This round of Community Stories grantees includes projects about veterans, homebound seniors, farmworkers, and low-income girls and women. Several focus on stories about cultural preservation and transmission, while a number commemorate struggles for civil rights and equality. Many projects examine stories about changes and challenges facing neighborhoods. The projects employ a diverse range of formats including physical and online exhibits, dramatic presentations, audio and video recordings, websites and social media platforms, and forums, panel discussions, and community gatherings.

Since 2003, we have awarded more than $3 million to over 400 projects through this grant program that seeks to foster greater knowledge, understanding, and empathy among us. These recent awards represent about 21% of the total funding requests we received at the February 2014 application deadline.

Cal Humanities congratulates our 17 newest Community Stories grantees for their commitment to sharing the following California stories (War Comes Home-related projects are identified with an *; click here for the full list of project descriptions):

BUILDING OAK TREE SCHOOL: A LIVING HISTORY OF EDUCATION ON THE RIDGE
North Columbia School House Cultural Center Nevada City, Nevada Co. (Sierra)

CAHUILLA CONTINUUM: KUKTUSHATEM CHEMA’AVUWETEMNGAX (WORDS FROM OUR ELDERS)
Riverside Museum Associates/Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside, Riverside Co. (Inland Empire)

COMMUNITIES CROSSING: ECHOES ALONG HISTORIC ROUTE 123 
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Alameda Co. (Bay Area)

COMING OUT WEST
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, LA Co. (Metro LA)

COMMUNITY BEAUTIFUL
LA Commons/Community Partners, Los Angeles, LA Co. (Metro LA)

THE CONTACT PROJECT*
CounterPULSE, San Francisco, San Francisco Co. (Bay Area)

ECHOES OF WAR *
Playhouse Arts, Arcata, Humboldt Co. (Far North)

HOMIE UP: LIFE BEYOND LA VIDA LOCA, STORIES OF LOVE AND REDEMPTION
CSU San Marcos Foundation, San Marcos, San Diego Co. (San Diego)

LOS CALLEJONES: GARMENT WORKER STORIES FROM LOS ANGELES
UC Regents, Los Angeles (Metro LA)

MI ABUELITO FUE BRACERO
ACTION Council of Monterey Co., Inc., Salinas, Monterey Co. (Central Coast)

MOTHER/MADRE: HEALING NARRATIVES BETWEEN CALIFORNIA MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
GlobalGirl Media, Culver City, Los Angeles Co. (LA Metro)

RACE, CLASS, AND REAL ESTATE: PORTRAIT OF A NEIGHBORHOOD
Poetry Flash, Berkeley, Alameda Co. (Bay Area)

SAN FRANCISCO SENIORS REMEMBER
Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco Co. (Bay Area)

SAYSAY VOICES OF HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN
Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co. (Metro LA)

SKID ROW/CENTRAL CITY WOMEN’S THEATRE PROJECT
Fringe Benefits Alliance, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co. (Metro LA)

“TO HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE”: INTEGRATING RIVERSIDE, CA’S SCHOOLS
Inlandia Institute, Riverside, Riverside Co. (Inland Empire)

WELGA! FILIPINO AMERICAN STORIES OF THE GREAT GRAPE STRIKE OF 1965
Asian American Studies Dept, UC Davis, Davis, Yolo Co. (Central Valley)

Again, congratulations to all our grantees for their wonderful work!

Have a California story to share? Apply to the next round of our Community Stories grant program—application deadline August 1, 2014 at 5 pm!

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