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"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

California Humanities Announces 34 Awards for First Round of New Quick Grants Program

Image from HFA project Border Click 

We’re very pleased to conclude another year of grantmaking by announcing the awards for our first Humanities for All Quick Grant round (October 25 deadline). We received almost 150 applications from across the state for projects that will respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. The reviewers were impressed by the depth, variety, and creativity shown by the entire application pool.

34 outstanding public humanities project proposals received awards of up to $5,000, totaling $165,000. These new projects will touch every region of the state, and represent a wide range of topics, programming approaches, and community partners, ranging from a series of public programs organized by a public radio station to help the community better understand and respond to homeless people in the Sierra foothill region; to a film-and-discussion series hosted by the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco that will explore the impact of Black culture on the “Summer of Love” on the occasion of its 50th anniversary;  to an intergenerational oral history project developed by a San Bernardino County public library which will collect and share stories of local Latino veterans.

Three projects received “Exploring the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in California” awards, through special support provided by an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These are marked on the list below with an asterisk (*). For more detailed descriptions, please click here.

California Humanities congratulates the project directors, team members, and sponsoring organizations and partners, and looks forward to seeing these projects unfold. Please visit our website for updated information about their events and activities. Our next Quick Grant deadline will be in March 2017. Visit the HFA webpage for updated guidelines and application information in January.

A Place to Call Home
KVMR-Voice of the Community, Nevada City (Sierras)
Project Director: Betty Louise

Baraka and Samsara Film Screenings and Discussions at OACC
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), Oakland (Bay Area)
Project Director: Crystal Lee

Border Click
The AjA Project, San Diego (San Diego)
Project Director: Rebecca Goldschmidt

Chicano Legacy of Fresno County 
El Concilio de Fresno, Inc., Fresno (Central Valley)
Project Director: Eddie Varela

Circling Back: Black Farmers in California
Farms to Grow, Oakland (Bay Area)
Project Director: Gail Myers

Democracy and Equity Initiative: Conversations on Race and Immigration*
Dominican University of California, San Rafael (Bay Area)
Project Director: Laura Stivers

Dismantling Archetypes
Friends of the La Habra Library, La Habra (Orange County)
Project Director: Nicholas Clayton

Engaging Critically with Urban Humanities: Shaping San Francisco’s Public Events
Independent Arts & Media/Shaping San Francisco, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: LisaRuth Elliott

Engaging Families in Literacy
Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre, Sunland (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director: Lorrie Oshatz

Film Series: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Summer of Love
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Elizabeth Gessel

Foster Youth Justice Dialogue Project
Beyond Emancipation, Oakland (Bay Area)
Project Director: Sherry Congrave Wilson

“Griots of Oakland” Story Circles
Story For All, Oakland  (Bay Area)
Project Director: Angela Zusman

Gun Violence in America
Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley (Bay Area)
Project Director: Alexa Koenig

History in Motion
California Agriculture Museum, Woodland (Central Valley)
Project Director: Lorili Ostman

I Am Your Neighbor – A Tale of Two Cities
Yolo County Library, Woodland (Central Valley)
Project Director: Meredith Beales

Illuminating the Navy & World War II in Long Beach
Historical Society of Long Beach, Long Beach (Metro Los Angeles)
Julie Bartolotto

Japanese Americans on the Peninsula:  Learning From Our Past to Look to Our Future
Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director:  Laura Ishizaka

Legacies of the Street: Seeking Transportation Justice
Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis, Davis (Central Valley)
Project Director: Adonia Lugo

LIFERS: Life Stories from the Inside/Out
Ensemble Studio Theatre, the LA Project, Los Angeles (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director:  Susan Franklin Tanner

Mixed Remixed Festival
Mixed Remixed, Inc., Los Angeles (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director: Ms. Heidi Durrow

MXLA2017: Year of Mexico in Los Angeles
UNAM Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director: Alda Espinosa

One Story One City Program
City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director: Phil Lantis

Passing It On: Other Feminist Futures: A Conversation with Angela Davis, Margaret Rhee, and Audee Kochiyama
Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Michelle Lee

Public Safety for Real*
Los Angeles Poverty Department, Los Angeles (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director:  John Malpede

Race and Space in Los Angeles
Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director: Lisa Marr

Rolling Counterpoint
Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga (Bay Area)
Project Director:  Donna Conwell

SHOUT! for Women Veterans Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco (Bay Area)
Project Director: Britta McClure

The Oresteia Trilogy & Symposium: Art to Activism to Change*
Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland  (Bay Area)
Project Director: Matthew Travisano

The Upland Public Library Latino Veterans Oral History Project
Upland Public Library/Friends of the Upland Public Library, Upland (Inland Empire)
Project Director: Lorene Broersma

¡Tu Cine! Film Showcase
Media Arts Center San Diego, San Diego
Project Director: Moises Esparza

Understanding and Learning Our History: California’s Bilingual Constitution
Centennial Heritage Museum dba Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana (Orange County)
Project Director: Kevin Cabrera

We Who Work: A Collaborative Project About Labor in Santa Cruz County
The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz (Central Coast)
Project Director:  Stacey Garcia

Who controls racial meanings? A Humanistic Socially Engaged Collaborative Project
California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation, Carson (Metro Los Angeles)
Project Director: Vivian Price

Women of the Northwest 
Playhouse Arts, Arcata (Far North)
Project Director: Jacqueline Dandeneau



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