Bold Beautiful Brilliant Girls Youth Empowerment Group (BBBYEG) is a recipient of one of our Voices and Votes Electoral Engagement Project Grants. As part of BBYEG’s mentorship program, youth have been learning learn about the processes used to suppress the votes of Black people, the Electoral College, and more. The mentees will then collaborate and create a webpage on the bbbyeg.org site for younger audiences to visit and explore. This page will be used to educate and empower the mentees’ peers to learn about and reflect on the current state of our democracy. We interviewed twelve-year-old Brooke, one of the BBYEG mentees, about her experience.
February 24, 2021
We recently awarded a grant to Main Street Connect, a community-centered apartment complex and community center where 25% of the apartments are designated for adults with disabilities. We are funding Conversations Matter, their free four-part series of events on racial justice that concludes on February 9. One session focused on disabled people of color. We interviewed founder Jillian Copeland about the project, and antiracist education for disabled people.
February 3, 2021
The Maryland Women's Heritage Center and Museum (MWHC) is one of is a recent recipient of one of Maryland Humanities’ Voices and Votes Electoral Engagement Project Grants. Today at 4:00 p.m., MWHC hosts a virtual panel, “The Next 100 Years: Continuing the Work of our Maryland Foremothers,” to explore issues and strategies for promoting a stronger, more equitable democratic process. Jean Thompson, Volunteer Researcher at MWHC, writes about women's current and past civic engagement.
January 26, 2021
This summer, we supported 100 Maryland nonprofit organizations with funding through our CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund. One of our grantees was The Bayside History Museum in Calvert County. We spoke to Grace Mary Brady, the museum’s Founder and President, about the museum and the positive impact of the grant, used to pay teen employees. (Image from 2019.)
October 7, 2020
Tracy Granzyk has a background in filmmaking and now works at the nexus of healthcare and storytelling as the Founder and Director of the Center for Healthcare Narrative at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety. We awarded the Institute a grant this Spring to fund Please See Me, a healthcare-themed literary journal: Granzyk serves as Please See Me's Editor-in-Chief. Works in the journal come from patients, healthcare workers, caregivers, and more. She wrote here about the power of stories in healthcare.
August 18, 2020
Get to know our new Executive Director, Lindsey Baker, in this Q&A.
August 3, 2020
We state unequivocally: Black lives matter.
June 9, 2020
Pat Williamsen is Executive Director of Ohio Humanities, one of 56 state-based partners of the National Endowment for the Humanities that also includes Maryland Humanities. We are sharing her message about the CARES Act, shared with permission.
April 14, 2020
Dr. Angela Hooks edited a recently published anthology entitled Diary as Literature Through the Lens of Multiculturalism in America. Her essay “Bringing the Diary into the Classroom” has been published in Currents in Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed publication. Hooks writes about her passion for the diary and its value in scholarship, specifically as a way to expand scholarship about people a part of groups who have been historically marginalized.
February 24, 2020
Eleven highway markers are being erected to highlight Maryland women, events, and landmarks involved in the suffrage movement. Jean Thompson is a volunteer writer with the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center: she works on the project documenting local suffragists. Thompson writes about the highway markers and highlights Black women suffragists in Baltimore who organized their own suffrage campaign due to racism within the suffrage movement led by white women.
November 19, 2019