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Recent Youth-Based Projects Supported by California Humanities

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As students and teachers prepare for back to school, we share some grantee projects that focus on engaging youth. California Documentary Project NextGen School-Based Projects With the new school year comes the launch of several recently supported California Documentary Project NextGen projects. CDP NextGen is designed to nurture emerging California …

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TRY HARDER! An Interview with Director Debbie Lum

A teenage student sits next to a whiteboard with math equations on it.

“Today’s wave of anti-Asian violence is a stark reminder of a history of anti-Asian sentiment in America and how Asian American Pacific Islanders have been rendered less than human through our invisibility. Without films and stories that capture our humanity, our community cannot survive.” – Debbie Lum, Try Harder! Director/Producer …

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Recovery Grants Deadline is July 21 – Apply Now!


The California Humanities Recovery Grants application deadline is coming up on July 21, 5 pm PST. Apply here. Recovery Grants between $2,000 and $10,000 aim to strengthen the short- and long-term capacity of California-based humanities organizations as they plan and deliver rich humanities-based learning experiences for the people of California. This …

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Exploring California Landscapes

A large group of people stand and sit in lawn chairs facing the Giant Rock.

California is a unique state filled with diverse cultures and plenty of landscapes to explore. Comprised of long coastlines, majestic mountains, deep valleys, and vast desserts, the great outdoors is never-ending across the state. Attached to our state’s marveling beauty are thousands of stories that connect to the land and …

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The Elkhorn Slough Reserve Exhibit via Video

The Elkhorn Slough estuary with water, surrounding hills, and grass.

The “Cultural Heritage and Historical Ecology of the Elkhorn Slough Woven Across Time” is a multi-media project to strengthen the public’s understanding of the connections between natural and human communities in the region. The new exhibit incorporates a digital touch screen, audio recordings, and historical artifacts, weaving accounts from native peoples, early …

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Inside “California Foodways” with Producer Lisa Morehouse

Lynda surrounded by kitchen equipment and food buckets.

“What I came to really believe is that California’s story can’t be separated from food.” – Lisa Morehouse California Foodways is a radio and podcast series by independent producer Lisa Morehouse. She’s traveling through California county by county, telling stories about food, agriculture, and the people that make both possible. …

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