Awarded Grants

The humanities explore the human experience and help us think about who we are — our ideas, our histories, and our values — and how we relate to each other. It is through the humanities that we improve our understanding of one another, and this, we believe, will help build healthy and equitable communities.

Explore our grant funded projects that brought humanities programming to Marylanders across the state for the past six years.

  • Grant Awardees FY2018

    November 2017 Major Grant Awards

    Center Stage Associates
    Baltimore Center Stage Mobile Unit
    Baltimore City
    Award Amount: $8,900

    The Center Stage Mobile Unit will feature a professional, high-quality, touring production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that will travel in spring 2018 to prisons, juvenile detention facilities, homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities free of charge for the partner organizations and their populations. Before each performance, audience members will have access to a dramaturgy packet, which offers background information, context, historical settings and other relevant details to provide a better understanding of the play. Each stop consists of a performance of the play, along with the opportunity for pre- and post-show dialogue with the artists, staff, and audience members about the themes and issues relevant to their lives.

    Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
    Black Theatre Symposium
    Prince George’s County
    Award Amount: $2,500

    On April 14, 2018, the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will host the third Black Theatre Symposium to include panel discussions, workshops, and performances. Theatre professionals, scholars, and students will convene to discuss and take action around the topics of inclusion and diversity in American theatre, dance, and performance and engage in a spirited dialogue about the past, present, and future of Black theatre.

    Historic  Sotterley, Inc.
    Common Ground, Connected Heritage
    St. Mary’s County
    Award Amount: $10,000

    Following the April public commemoration ceremony to dedicate the 1830’s Slave Cabin to descendants in 2017, Sotterley initiated a Descendants Project to gather information on the lives of those who lived and worked at Sotterley:  black, white, free, or enslaved. In spring of 2018, Sotterley will host a two-day event connecting both existing documented stories and emerging stories with audiences interested in discovering more about the history of Southern Maryland. Programming includes film screenings, interactive educational programs, panel-led discussions, and filming of adults and youth participating in oral history workshops. In the fall of 2018, Sotterley will host Joe McGill of The Slave Dwelling Project for the kickoff of their Speaker Series.

    James Agee Film Project
    At The Common Table: People, Place and Food in the American South
    Prince George’s County
    Award Amount: $5,720

    At The Common Table: People, Place, and Food in the American South, a feature-length documentary on the multiethnic roots of Southern food that traces the story of southern foods across the miles and centuries, from the fields of Africa and Europe to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and explores the dramatic connections of food, identity, and history in Maryland and the American South. The film will explore the rich agricultural and culinary traditions of Native and African Americans in Maryland.

    Live Garra Theatre, Inc.
    America’s Talking: A Community Mosaic
    Montgomery County
    Award Amount: $8,500

    Live Garra Theatre will host programming where participants will talk about their experiences and aspirations through poetry and storytelling, bringing residents of diverse ethnic backgrounds together to share personal stories. The interactive discussions are scheduled to run over a two-week period in June 2018, incorporating a montage of cultures representing many ethnic communities, such as Ethiopian/Eritrea, Central & West Africa, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, Asian and South American immigrants. A series of workshops will be conducted to develop the context of each story. Live Garra Theatre will partner with the Gandhi Brigade Youth Media organization to film the project; the workshop series, interviews of the participants’ backstory, i.e., family-life, social activities, etc.

    Queen Anne’s County Arts Council
    Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Lecture: “Race, Racism & Race Relations in America”
    Queen Anne’s County
    Award Amount: $10,000

    On September 12, 2018, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will present a free lecture at Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center in Queen Anne’s County. Dr. Dyson, a Georgetown University sociology professor, is an American Book Award recipient who has authored or edited eighteen books. He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. Dr. Dyson’s pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on discussions of racism, racial injustice, and African American history. The program is anticipated to draw audience members from the five-county region of Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Kent and Dorchester counties.

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    50th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine: Commemorating History and Inspiring Action for Peace
    Baltimore County
    Award Amount: $5,000

    This project will include a series of events to be held in the spring of 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the burning of draft files by nine Catholic activists to protest the Vietnam War.  Programming includes a symposium, exhibit, historic marker unveiling, and film screenings and discussions.

    Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
    The Delmarvalous Festival
    Wicomico County
    Award Amount: $9,380

    This project will showcase the heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland through the Delmarvalous Festival in June 2018. This day-long program is focused on presenting and interpreting the traditional foodways, crafts, work, and other practices of the people of the Delmarva Peninsula. Tradition bearers and scholars will engage in formal narrative stage presentations and public demonstrations for festival attendees. These same participants will also be engaged, where appropriate, to conduct the demonstrations so that audiences can get up close with the traditions about which they are learning. Topics to be highlighted include basketry, boat building, baking, crabbing, decoy carving, and Native American traditions.

    November 2017 Mini-Grant Awards

    Re-Imagining Monuments
    Baltimore City
    Awarded Amount: $1,200

    Artpartheid will coordinate a series of programs to discuss the history of monuments and diverse approaches to monument making and monuments of other cultures. There will be a session at the New Arts Foundry, a bronze casting foundry involved in monument making, and a workshop where participants discuss their ideas for monuments and make scale model monuments.

    Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
    Leading to Freedom:  Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland
    Frederick County
    Awarded Amount: $1,200

    Leading to Freedom will be the cornerstone of the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society’s annual 2018 Spring in the Village festival event.  The project will feature a living history portrayal of Harriet Tubman, followed by an author presentation and book signing by Dr. Carol Boston Weatherford who will read from and discuss her work Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom.

    Crisfield Heritage Foundation
    Watermen’s Pavilion Exhibit
    Somerset County
    Awarded Amount: $1,000

    The grant will support costs associated with an interpretive exhibit that explores tools, history, and culture of watermen on the Chesapeake Bay and Tangier Sound. It will serve as a companion exhibit to the working crab shanty exhibit. The exhibit space has a view of Somers Cove Marina on the Tangier Sound so visitors are able to observe working boats during their visit.

    University of Baltimore
    Commemorating the Poor People’s Campaign’s 50th Anniversary through Exhibit, Lecture, and Reflection
    Baltimore City
    Awarded Amount: $998

    This project will include an exhibit of students’ archival research capturing themes of the Poor People’s Campaign, a lecture on the subject, and discussion with participants of the Poor People’s Campaign Center for Emerging Media’s Marc Steiner and University of Baltimore’s Dr. Lenneal Henderson.

  • Grant Awardees FY2017

    July 2017 Mini Grant Award

    Loyola University Maryland

    Multilingual Baltimore ($1,000)

    Baltimore City

    Building on an oral history project conducted by undergraduate students of foreign languages, this project will culminate with the screening of a compilation video with English subtitles of Baltimore immigrant interviews in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish.  The screening will be followed by a public discussion about language and multilingualism.

    Pigtown Main Street, Inc.

    Pigtown Festival ($800)

    Baltimore City

    This project will bring the B&O Railroad Museum’s traveling exhibit to the 16th Annual Pigtown Festival to be held on Saturday, October 14th. The exhibit will educate local families and visitors on the B&O’s historical significance and its role in the founding of the neighborhood.


    Spring 2017 Major Grant Award

    CHARM/Writers In Schools

    CHARM & Writers In Schools Baltimore ($10,000)

    Baltimore City

    CHARM is Baltimore’s only student literary and arts magazine. It enables students in grades 2-12 from all over the city to read about each other’s experiences and consider different perspectives, conjuring empathy and connections along the way. Writers In Schools provides students with a copy of a local author’s book so that they can study it closely with their teachers and then welcome the authors into their classrooms for genuine conversations about writing. The program’s impact is twofold: students read more—and more deeply—from high-quality literature, and they meet accessible, local writing role models who inspire them to tell their own stories. CHARM and Writers in Schools Baltimore will utilize a three-pronged project format of lecture (author visits to schools), conference (interactive workshops and community launch parties), and media project (published CHARM journal(s)).

    Docs in Progress

    Community Stories Festival ($10,000)

    Community Stories is an annual festival that connects both emerging and experienced documentary storytellers with audiences interested in discovering more about the people, places, and history of the Montgomery County region. Programming includes multiple days and nights of film screenings, talks, and interactive educational programs. Festival events include screening and discussion of short documentaries produced by adults and youth who have participated in documentary production workshops at Docs In Progress over the past year.

    Fenix Youth Project Inc.

    BARS: Stories of the System, A Youth Perspective ($10,000)

    Wicomico County

    BARS: Stories of the System, A Youth Perspective is a collaboration between Fenix Youth Project and StoryCenter, a nonprofit organization working nationally and internationally to create spaces for transforming lives and communities through storytelling. The BARS Project provides a unique way for minority youth impacted by the juvenile justice system to participate in public life, using media (digital storytelling) to elevate, disseminate, and discuss their lived experiences. They will broaden the role of minority youth in our communities by centering their digital stories in a public humanities-informed dialogue on juvenile justice occurring in multiple formats – a youth-led “Town Hall Remix” public screening and forum, on radio, in news articles, and online through blog posts, websites, and social media.

    St. Mary’s College of Maryland

    From Slavery to Freedom in St. Mary’s City: Engaging History to Strengthen Democracy with Jazz ($5,000)

    St. Mary’s County

    In 2016, St. Mary’s College uncovered archaeological evidence that St. Mary’s Female Seminary owned slaves in the 19th century. “From Slavery to Freedom” engages community members in historical, cultural, and philosophical reflection on the meaning of slavery in St. Mary’s City and beyond; how African Americans liberated themselves from oppression by “improvising” through jazz; and how through engaging this history, we can liberate ourselves for inclusive democracy. Programming will include a public symposium and lectures, demonstrations, and workshops.

    St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation

    St. Mary’s County Oral History Project ($5,000)

    St. Mary’s County

    The St. Mary’s County Oral History Project will be the first oral history project that focuses on recent foreign-born immigrants in St. Mary’s County. By focusing on the experiences of these individuals, the project brings to light a “hidden” history of rural immigration and offers an innovative approach to the tradition of local oral history collection. The project consists of the following public events and activities that are free of charge to members of the community: (1) a college course on oral history; (2) four workshops where students and community members engage in drafting interview questions and discussing relevant methodologies and strategies; (3) three public forums; and (4) a photo exhibition and contest.

    Walters Art Museum

    One West Mount Vernon Place at the Walters Art Museum ($4,750)

    Baltimore City

    The Walters Art Museum will tell the intersecting stories of the people who designed, built, occupied, and worked at One West Mount Vernon Place (1WMVP), and link the lived history of the house to the larger regional and national narratives that unfolded in 19th century Baltimore. A new digital platform will serve a vital role in connecting visitors with the 1WMVP offerings and enable the interpretation of the house, its history, and the objects on display, to move away from the third-person, anonymous voice to a multi-perspective approach representing manifold human experiences. The interpretive content for these topics and themes will include text and images and may include sound and video. Visitors will also be able to participate in various educational programs such as gallery talks, family festivals, workshops, and artist performances.

    Washington County Museum of Fine Art

    Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th – 18th Centuries ($8,250)

    Washington County

    The exhibition includes 38 framed folios from European, Persian, Armenian, and Hebrew manuscripts. Painted Pages explores the golden age of handmade books, some of which employed gold leaf decoration and intricate ornament. The exhibition includes examples from medieval European Bibles, psalters, books of hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries. French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, English, Armenian, and German examples will be included in addition to non-Western pages, including 17th and 18th-century leaves from Hebrew texts, the Koran and the Shahnameh, the Persian illustrated Book of Kings. The Washington County Museum of Fine Art will provide a variety of interpretive programs and classes associated with the exhibition.

    March 2017 Mini-Grant Award

    CityLit Project

    14th Annual CityLit Festival featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ($1,200)

    Baltimore City

    The 14th Annual CityLit Festival partners with the University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications to feature novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. CityLit’s signature event on April 29, 2017 takes place in the center of a day-long free festival celebrating poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The featured event includes a discussion centered on the release of Adichie’s new book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

    Sugarland Ethno-History Project

    Guardians of Our Past ($1,200)

    Montgomery County

    The project will combine a community film screening and discussion centered around the locally produced documentary “Guardians of Our Past,” a documentary about the Sugarland Forest community established by freed slaves in the late 1800s. The film and its characters look at the topic of familial and regional history in Sugarland, MD through a multi-generational lens and work to answer the question: why is familial history important? The film also assesses why the preservation of oral histories and the conservation of physical places and items is essential for preserving the past, as well as equipping the next generations with a solid foundation to look towards the future.

    November 2016 Mini-Grant Award

    G.A.R. Post #25 “Sumner Hall”

    Celebrating “The Way We Work” in Kent County Maryland ($1,200)

    Kent County

    The G.A.R. Post #25 (Sumner Hall) will present public programming that explores critical issues related to work – both historically and in contemporary society – while hosting the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition The Way We Worked. An examination of the changing nature of work in a rural economy, the American work ethic, discrimination in the workforce, employment and unemployment will be conducted through the exhibit, collection, and sharing of oral histories, a historical walking tour, lecture, and book discussion. This project is in conjunction with Maryland Humanities’ Museum on Main Street program.

    Fall 2016 Major Grant Awards

    Center Stage Associates

    Center Stage Mobile Unit ($10,000)

    Baltimore City

    The CS Mobile Unit will feature professional, high-quality, touring productions which will travel to institutions like prisons, juvenile detention facilities, and homeless shelters. Each tour stop will consist of a performance of a classic text, along with the opportunity afterwards to share dialogue with the artists about the themes and issues relevant to the lives of the audience members. Each project partner/tour location will be given a Study Guide to share with their planned audience members, providing more insight into the world of the play.

    Friends of Greenbelt Theatre

    We the People: Celebrating Maryland’s Diversity ($4,000)

    Prince George’s County

    Beginning in February, Friends of Greenbelt Theatre will show monthly free films reflecting Maryland’s diversity. Serving as a microcosm of the nation as a whole, this diversity illustrates that Maryland does indeed live up to its lesser-known nickname “America in Miniature.” Each film will be accompanied by at least one expert guest speaker to introduce the film and lead a post-screening Question & Answer session. Themes to be explored include Black and Women’s History; Jewish, Native American and Hispanic Heritage; and human rights.

    From the Heart Productions

    Lights of Baltimore ($10,000)

    Out of State

    Lights of Baltimore is a documentary feature film offering a portrait of the city after Freddie Gray’s death, which sparked a wave of protests and a war of images surrounding police brutality nationwide. The film will have its initial screenings in international film festivals in the US and in Europe. Local screenings and Q&A sessions will be organized at grassroots community centers and educational screenings will be held in schools. Screenings with panels will be held at local universities and museums.

    Jewish Museum of Maryland

    Remembering Auschwitz ($8,000)

    Baltimore City

    The Jewish Museum of Maryland will present Remembering Auschwitz, 4 unique exhibits and a companion public program series that shed new light on Holocaust history. A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, tells the story of how a town where Jews had resided for centuries came to be a symbol of the Holocaust. Architecture of Murder: The Auschwitz Birkenau Blueprints offers visual evidence of the camps themselves. Loss and Beauty: Photographs by Keron Psillas provides a contemporary perspective on visiting and documenting Auschwitz today. Memory Reconstruction: A Sacred Culture Rebuilt, brings together art and family history – Holocaust survivors and their families create collages reflecting their individual experiences.


    Wide Angle Youth Media

    The Baltimore Speaks Out Program ($7,500)

    Baltimore City

    The Baltimore Speaks Out Program (BSOP) is a creative youth development program for Baltimore youth, produced in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Six free workshops are conducted annually, providing students ages 10-15 with critical thinking, public speaking, community engagement, and media arts skills. BSOP gives youth a hands-on experience in the arts and humanities, learning about the importance of preserving culture through oral history. Through the course of each semester, youth work together to identify a community issue/tradition as a topic and the most effective way to tell their story – whether it is documentary, narrative, or radio – research, and implement a production plan. They then critique their content, assemble elements into a final project, and present their work publicly.

    Humanities and the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

    Dew More Baltimore

    Confessions of a City ($3,000)

    Baltimore City

    Confessions of a City is an interpretive multimedia exhibit and discussion series promoting a dialogue on race. Sessions will engage and expose Maryland residents to illuminated triumphs, uncomfortable truths, contemporary complex challenges, alternate perspectives on common topics and surprising facts about Baltimore City. A four-location tour includes two Baltimore City public high schools, MICA and The Living Well or Impact Hub.

    Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC)

    Bridging the Gap ($3,000)

    Baltimore City

    DHCDC will host an event called “Bridging the Gap”, a community engagement project that explores the past, present and future with an intergenerational approach. A day-long program will bring together young people, adults and seniors to share ideas, enjoy poetry and literature, and a skit around contemporary topics, followed by a discussion that includes a diverse intergenerational panel. The program will provide an opportunity for residents of multiple generations to participate in conversations about race, policies and injustices. Participants will create a plan of Action for civic responsibility and community engagement that will encourage future participation in civic events to benefit the neighborhood.

    Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

    Urban Express II: Then and Now ($3,000)

    Baltimore City

    Urban Express II: Then and Now will kick off with an exhibit “Baltimore Unrest: 1968×2015.” The front gallery will feature photos from the 1968 Baltimore Riots; the back gallery will feature photos that have been submitted by community members from the Baltimore Uprising of 2015, providing a juxtaposition between two moments of great racial tension in Baltimore City. In conjunction with the exhibit, public programming will include a panel discussion followed by Q&A and a community conversation. Facilitators will discuss their experiences of the Baltimore Riots, followed by a community discussion where the following topics will be addressed: Comparisons between the ‘68 Riots and 2015 Uprising, personal experiences audience members had with the Uprising, the state of racial tensions in Baltimore today, and next steps our community should take.

    Heart of the Chesapeake Country Heritage Areas

    Reflections on Pine – 50 Years after the Fire ($3,000)

    Dorchester County

    The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area (HCCHA) is working in partnership with the Eastern Shore Network for Change (ESNC) to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 protests that occurred in Cambridge, MD and the subsequent burning of the elementary school and other dwellings on Pine Street. There are multiple components planned for the 4-day commemoration including the collection of oral histories which will serve as the foundation for many other activities including a panel and round table discussion and the creation of a documentary film and printed walking tour brochure. Both the film and the brochure will explore the racial history of Cambridge leading up to the 1967 civil unrest with an emphasis on the oral histories and first person sources.

    Stone Soup Productions

    Establishment of the Vivien T. Thomas Archive and Annual Celebration of Excellence

    Out of State ($3,000)

    The Annual Celebration of Excellence will include a screening of Partners of the Heart followed by a post-screening lecture and Q&A to discuss the history of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement in Baltimore. In coordination with the Celebration of Excellence, will be the creation of a library archive at the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore with curated source material from Partners of the Heart (including original interviews and extensive archival footage from 1950s Baltimore). Prior to the event, academy students will be provided with Thomas’ autobiography as a learning tool to help stimulate dialogue and questions for the discussion.

  • Grant Awardees FY2016

    July 2016 Mini Grant Awards

    Cecil County Public Library 
    Artifacts of Outlander ($1,000)
    Cecil County

    Cecil County Public Library will host Artifacts of Outlander, an exhibit curated by the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM).  The exhibit, inspired by the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander television series, showcases artifacts from across the state of Maryland.  During the 1740’s, both Scotland and Maryland were under British rule, and both regions had to rely on Britain for imported goods and supplies. Therefore, the colonial artifacts excavated by archaeologists in Maryland closely correspond to items and materials from 1740’s Scotland.

    City Neighbors Foundation 
    Does History Still Matter?: A Student Exploration and Documentary ($1,000)
    Baltimore City

    Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, fourth and fifth grade students at City Neighbors Hamilton charter school will explore the question of, “Does History Matter?”   Connecting current events to in-depth project studies – the Redskins controversy and Native American history, the Zika virus with the dawn of public health initiatives, the efforts to preserve the Valve House in Baltimore with the Industrial era, and more – students will examine the importance and impact of history.   Culminating their learning, students will host a community event that will premiere a documentary (developed with the help of a local filmmaker) and a set of non-fiction books that address the same question.

    Delaplaine Arts Center, Inc. 
    Art History Timeline ($1,000)
    Frederick County

    The Art History Timeline is a long-term interpretive exhibit providing a history of major art periods and movements, from prehistoric times to the present, through engaging, visually stimulating, and informative panels. The panels will be installed in The Delaplaine Art Center’s main stairwell, ascending from the first floor exhibit spaces to the third floor classrooms and studios. In addition, the timeline will be presented in an attractive printed format, available to visitors at several locations on the ground floor and in the Delaplaine’s library.

    Spring 2016 Major Grant Awards

    Accokeek Foundation
    Dialogues on Race, Agriculture, and Historical Legacy ($9,950)
    Prince George’s County

    The Accokeek Foundation will present a living history performance and a forum on Race, Agriculture, and Living History, to examine contemporary and historical perspectives on the relationship between race and agriculture. It will further explore how current approaches to historical interpretation shape people’s understanding of their personal connection to the land. Discussion will focus on how the interpretation of Maryland’s colonial history and legacy of slavery impact the experience of contemporary visitors to historic sites.

    B&O Railroad Museum
    The B&O Railroad and the Strike of 1877 ($5,000)
    Baltimore City

    The B&O Railroad Museum will develop an exhibit focused on the Strike of 1877 and how the B&O Railroad and its workers were involved in beginning the strike. The events of the strike will be interpreted through the exhibit, a traveling exhibit, and related educational materials. They will explain the state of railroading in 1877 and labor conditions leading up to the strike, and the impact of the strike on railroading and the American labor movement.

    Maryland Institute College of Art
    Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William A. Christenberry ($10,000)
    Baltimore City

    The Maryland Institute College of Art will present the public exhibition “Laying-by Time: Revisiting the Works of William A. Christenberry” from December 2016 – March 2017. Christenberry, a celebrated photographer and mixed media artist, is nationally acclaimed for his photographs of the South and related sculptural pieces. The exhibition will feature a cross-section of the artist’s work, from early paintings to recent sculptures. Public programs, including films, curatorial talks, workshops, and panel discussions, will augment the gallery installation and will consider the artist’s work in light of contemporary social, cultural, and political concerns associated with inequity and injustice.

    Tilghman Watermen’s Museum
    The Tilghman Packing Company: A Documentary ($9,500)
    Talbot County

    The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum will produce a twenty-minute documentary film on the Tilghman Packing Company (TPC). At its peak in the 1930s and 40s TPC employed over 600 workers packing and shipping seafood and farm produce throughout the country and was the centerpiece of life on Tilghman Island. The video will use vintage historical footage of the island and the people who ran and worked at TPC, contemporary interviews with former workers at the plant, the museum’s collection of TPC artifacts, and historical photography primarily from the collections of the Talbot Historical Society and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

    Towson University, Department of Theatre Arts
    Maryland Consortium Residency Project ($10,000)
    Baltimore County

    The Maryland Consortium Residency Project is a unique regional collaboration that is rooted in The Acting Company’s 2016-17 repertory of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and a new commissioned play by playwright Marcus Gardley titled X, which explores the life and assassination of Malcolm X. From the fall of 2016 through spring of 2017, four Maryland universities/colleges will participate in the project through classes, workshops, staged readings, and other public events that relate to the themes of X/Julius Caesar. Between February 26 and March 11, 2017, The Acting Company will tour X and Julius Caesar in the Greater Baltimore area, presenting at least 10 performances for student and community audiences. Planned public events include panel discussions, workshops, and post-performance discussions.

    University of Maryland, Department of English
    Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Education ($6,350)
    Prince George’s County

    Democracy Then and Now: Citizenship and Public Educations is a campus-wide initiative to be held in September–October 2016, in advance of the national elections, which will initiate a long-term engagement with the practice of public education broadly conceived by the founders as an instrument for shaping the political citizen.  The purpose of the initiative is to cause students and faculty to reflect upon the role of education in political inclusion and the benefit of education in terms of political representation and participation. Listen to a conversation between Trevor Parry-Giles (Professor of Communication) and Shirley Logan (Professor of English) on “Rhetoric in American Politics” on WYPR’s MIDDAY program.


    March 2016 Opportunity Grant Award

    Salisbury University
    Inside/Out Philosophy Symposium at Eastern Correctional Institution ($1,200)
    Wicomico County

    In conjunction with Salisbury University’s 36th Annual Philosophy Symposium “Justice Inside/Out” and SU Philosophy Department’s Inmate Book Discussion program, Symposium speakers (Lisa Guenther and Rashad Shabazz) and one additional speaker (Jill Stauffer) as well as SU students and professors will participate in philosophy and other humanities activities with inmates at the Eastern Correctional Institution (ECI). These events are designed to celebrate the Philosophy Department’s 15-year anniversary of the Inmate Book Discussion Program at ECI and bring the highest level of humanities programming to an under-served population of Marylanders.

    Humanities Fund For Baltimore

    Second Round Grantees

    Center Stage
    CS Mobile Unit: Pilot Program – Incubator Phase ($5,000)

    Inspired by Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s work with the NYC Public Theatre’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, the CS Mobile Unit will feature professional, high-quality, touring productions that will travel to prisons, juvenile detention facilities, homeless shelters, and assisted living facilities free of charge for the partner organizations and their populations.

    Eubie Blake Cultural Center
    URBAN EXPRESS/Baltimore ($5,000)

    Urban Express/Baltimore is a literary series that will focus on writing as a powerful tool of expression. Targeted to young audiences– ages 21–35 years — this series will specifically feature noted authors of nonfiction works to engage the young people of Baltimore. Audiences will hear from national authors and be inspired to tackle the persuasive skill of writing in the hopes that literary expression will be a first step to action for change.

    New Lens
    Blackonomics: Housing Event ($5,000)

    The “Blackonomics: Housing” event consists of a film screening, panel, and audience discussion on housing equity issues in Baltimore, issues that are among the root causes of the April 2015 unrest and uprising. The event will invite expression through spoken word performances and interactive audience discussion around how to change the status quo.

    Penn North Kids Safe Zone
    Our Road to Freedom “A Child’s Journey from the Uprising” ($5,000)

    The Penn North Kids Safe Zone will used mixed media—including paint, personal writings, spoken word, and photography—to illustrate and demonstrate each child’s journey from the Baltimore uprising to present with the goal of giving each child a “voice” to express how their lives were forever changed to an audience of elected officials, community leaders, parents and peers, at a performance and exhibit.

    Wide Angle Youth Media
    Wide Angle Youth Photography Traveling Exhibit ($5,000)

    As protests took place in April 2015, youth producers at Wide Angle Youth Media began documenting the thoughts of young people in Baltimore through portrait photography and short interviews. Wide Angle will curate a traveling exhibit showcasing these young residents and their stories. The goal of the exhibit is to use creative curation to spark interest in a large and diverse audience to learn more about the positive attributes of Baltimore youth. Selected photographs and writing samples will be debuted in a book to be distributed to community, historical, and educational organizations throughout the city.


    Fall 2015 Major Grant Awards

    Baltimore Museum of Industry
    Then & Now: Baltimore Neighborhoods in the Public Eye ($9,000)
    Baltimore City

    The Baltimore Museum of Industry will present a temporary exhibition that will compare historic neighborhood photographs from Baltimore Gas and Electric’s archival collection with contemporary images of the same locations submitted by local residents. The crowd-sourced exhibition will include interpretive text describing the history of the neighborhoods and the economic changes they have experienced during the past century. The exhibition will be on display from February 5th through the end of 2016. Accompanying programming will explore the impact of deindustrialization in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and will include an oral history project/presentation, two lectures, and the screening of the documentary film Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill. All programming will include a Q&A session and time for audience discussion.

    Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation, Inc.
    Baltimore Rising: Summoning the Village ($8,860)
    Baltimore City

    Between January and June 2016, the Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) will present a monthly speaker series featuring researchers and scholars who will share their knowledge and recommendations on creating a model of healing for those impacted by violence in Baltimore. Before each session, members of BMHA will conduct a survey in a neighborhood impacted by the issues of unemployment, high dropout rates, low birth weights, etc. to access perceived needs and resources currently available and determine plans for positive change in the community. Following each lecture, there will be an opportunity for public facilitated discussion of the topic presented by the speaker.

    Center Stage Associates
    Anna Deavere Smith: The Prison Pipeline Project ($7,120)
    Baltimore City

    Center Stage Associates will host a documentary theatre performance featuring Anna Deavere Smith that investigates the school-to-prison pipeline – the cycle of suspension from school to incarceration that is prevalent among low-income children of color. Having interviewed hundreds of people with varying degrees of participation in the pipeline, Ms. Smith will perform a monologue based on those conversations. After the performance, facilitators will lead small group discussions with those in attendance.

    Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
    Black Theatre Symposium ($2,500)
    Prince George’s County

    On April 2, 2016, the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will host the third Black Theatre Symposium to include panel discussions, workshops and performances. Theatre professionals, scholars, and students will convene to discuss and take action around the topics of inclusion and diversity.

    Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
    “Our Baltimore” ($9,000)
    Baltimore City

    In February and March 2016, the Eubie Blake Center will present an exhibit by three generations of photographers from the Phillips family, African-American photographers who worked as freelancers for the Afro-American and Baltimore Sun newspapers. The black and white photographs span from 1940 to the present and highlight urban communities in Baltimore. Companion activities include photo ID sessions, adult storytelling, a panel discussion with photojournalists, a youth photojournalism class, a jazz concert and spoken word event.

    The University of Baltimore Division of Legal, Ethical, and Historical Studies
    The Uprising in Focus: The Image, Experience, and History of Inequality in Baltimore ($3,070)
    Baltimore City

    The University of Baltimore, in partnership with the National Council on Public History and the UMBC Department of History, will present “The Uprising in Focus,” a facilitated panel discussion designed to engage the public in a conversation about the historical roots and public image of the protest and civil disobedience in Baltimore that surrounded the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

    University of Maryland College Park Department of Art
    B’more than the Story ($7,750)
    Prince George’s County

    Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts students will collaborate with graphic design students from the University of Maryland to share stories of the uprising, Baltimore history, news media accounts, literature and other sources of information to build a collective narrative of the uprising and its impact on West Baltimore’s high school youth. This will form the foundation for an exhibition to be installed in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum that will coincide with the one-year anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death.

    Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
    The Delmarvalous Festival: An Eastern Shore Folklife Festival ($6,000)
    Wicomico County

    The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University will present the Delmarvalous Lives speaker series, an eight-part educational program focusing on the traditional food-ways, crafts, work, and other traditions of the people of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The speaker series will be based on ethnographic fieldwork by the Museum’s Folklorist, and feature tradition bearers representing different aspects of life on the Eastern Shore (e.g., boat building, baking, crabbing, decoy carving, and Native American traditions). In addition to formal presentations and demonstrations, these tradition bearers will provide interpretive displays and interactive activities to help the visiting public learn about the region’s important folkways.


    Humanities Fund For Baltimore

    First Round Grantees

    Afrikan Youth Alchemy

    Documentary Film: Inequity in Housing ($5,000)

    The Afrikan Youth Alchemy seeks to develop urban youth to become agents of positive social change. Support from the Maryland Humanities Council will help fund a documentary film made by youth and incorporating youth perspectives that investigates the public housing crisis in Baltimore and gives a historic perspective on how housing inequity and segregation began in the city. This film is intended to capture the dynamic energy of grassroots organizing while allowing residents to vocalize their struggle and resiliency.

    CityLit Project

    Anniversary of an Uprising with Claudia Rankine($5,000)

    CityLit Project, with partners Enoch Pratt Free Library and Maryland Institute College of Art, will present acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine to commemorate National Poetry Month and reflect upon the Baltimore uprising’s anniversary.Rankine’s latest book, Citizen: An American Lyric, is a treatise on race in America written in light of the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner deaths, and was published just months before Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore. Events will feature free readings by the poet, conversation and student-facilitated Q&A sessions at the Brown Center on MICA’s campus on April 15, 2016 and at the epicenter of the uprising at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on April 16, 2016.

    Promise Heights, University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work

    Seeds of Promise Book Club ($4,691)

    The “Seeds of Promise Book Club” is an after-school book club for 80 high school students and young adults who reside in West Baltimore. It will provide an academic exploration of the events that led up to the April 2015 uprising through reading two books, writing, discussion, and community programs. From February to July this year, students will read Monster by Walter Dean Myers and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. This project aims to use these readings and discussion to engage participants and explore the environment that led to the current conditions that impact boys and men of color, such as racial inequality, the justice system and mass incarceration. Support from the Maryland Humanities Council will help provide free books to book club participants.

    Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

    All Baltimore Voices: Stories About & Beyond the Unrest ($5,000)

    The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture will recognize the one-year commemoration of the Baltimore unrest through exhibitions, public programs, art workshops and a special oral history project, “All Baltimore Voices.” This project will incorporate three components – storytelling, oral histories, and spoken word – to capture the cultural expressions, values and beliefs before, during, and after the April 2015 unrest, in an attempt to answer the question, “How have younger generations been impacted by the city’s turmoil?” From March to June 2016, this project intends to collaborate with audiences to address decades of structural racism and inequity to go beyond the initial outbursts and address direct issues in housing, education, and economic opportunities in predominantly African American communities.

    Writers in Baltimore Schools

    Black Words Matter ($5,000)

    Black Words Matter is an outgrowth of Writers in Baltimore Schools’ (WBS) annual programming, founded in part by longtime students of the program. Support from the Maryland Humanities Council will enable WBS to hold a series of three youth-focused “Write-Ins,” which will allow youth to express their thoughts and emotions. During these Write-Ins, contemporary poetry speaking to the issues of police brutality and race in America will be read aloud and discussed, followed by writing prompts to inspire their own creative writing. Students can share their writing at the Write-In’s open mic and all pieces will be showcased online at Additionally, Press 421 – a small press in Atlanta – will publish Black Words Matter, an anthology of poems from Baltimore’s youth.

    November 2015 Opportunity Grant Award

    Community College of Baltimore County
    Re-Imagining Baltimore: Creativity, Civic Engagement, and Neighborhood Transformation ($1,200)
    Baltimore County

    The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will present a one-day symposium that features a panel discussion with invited guests Carol Ott and Justin “Nether” Nethercut, members of the Baltimore-based activist collective Wall Hunters. Nether is a street artist whose murals can be found in Baltimore and Ott is a journalist and blogger who uses the Internet to direct attention to the problem of vacant properties (Baltimore Slumlord Watch Blog). The morning panel discussion will explore ways in which art and media can be used to create dialogue around important issues, unite members of the community, and foster feelings of hope and optimism. The afternoon session will feature break out group discussions with Carol Ott meeting with English, History and Social Science faculty and students to discuss blogging as a form of grassroots activism.  Sessions will be moderated by faculty from the English, Sociology, and Art, Design and Interactive Media departments.

  • Grant Awardees FY2015

    Major Grant Awards

    Historic Hampton, Inc.
    Historic Hampton: Where Maryland History Inspires Art and Innovation ($5,000)
    Baltimore County

    Historic Hampton, Inc. (HHI) will host a year-long series of 14 special events and themed workshops with experts in various fields for students, teachers, and the public, providing transportation for students from underfunded and underserved schools throughout the state. Workshops themes explore local history, social justice, critical analysis and interpretation. Partner organizations include the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore United Viewfinders and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

    Stevenson University
    New Roots ($8,000)
    Baltimore County

    Stevenson University will produce a fifty-minute documentary entitled New Roots, formally titled Women Between Worlds, Part 2, that highlights the challenges faced by women who have immigrated to the United States and find themselves between cultures. Between August and December 2015, eleven film screenings and discussions will be held at various locations in Baltimore City and County and Prince George’s County. The film will be accompanied by an exhibition that features the art and crafts traditions of the immigrants.

    The Ciesla Foundation
    The Rosenwald Schools ($6,000)
    Out of State

    The Ciesla Foundation is seeking post-production funding for the film project, The Rosenwald Schools, a documentary chronicling the establishment of the Rosenwald School building program, which provided challenge grants and construction plans to rural African American communities in the South. In Maryland, over 150 schools and related buildings were constructed, 53 of which still stand. Discussions held after film screenings will be led by humanities scholars to focus on the educational and social issue aspects of the film. The screenings and discussions will be held at educational and religious institutions and restored Rosenwald schools around the state.

    Towson University
    Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art ($6,000)
    Baltimore County

    Towson University will present Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, an exhibition with related humanities programming focused around the overall theme of geography in its broadest sense, engaging the public about pressing contemporary issues: competing views of history, disputes over territory, conflict vs. justice, coexistence within a diverse society; gender and sexual orientation, and modernity vs. tradition.

    Baltimore Architecture Foundation
    Uncovering the History of Past Women Architect ($2,500)
    Baltimore City

    The American Institute of Architects, Baltimore will research and develop a traveling exhibition and related public lectures and roundtable discussions on the history of early women architects in Maryland. The exhibit will open for Women’s History Month in March 2015 and will highlight the work and lives of 10 early licensed women architects. It will be complemented by public lectures, exhibit tours, and discussions with the primary research team, participating students and the general public to offer a dialogue about the history and impact of the women architects on the built environment and the historical, cultural, and social context in which they worked.

    Arts Every Day
    A Walk Through Shakespeare ($3,400)
    Baltimore City

    In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Arts Every Day will partner with Baltimore City Public school communities during the 2015-16 school year in an exploration of arts integration through the lens of the Shakespeare’s life, times and work. Partnering with The Folger Shakespeare Library, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Towson University, and The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Arts Every Day will provide teachers, students, and families the opportunity to experience Shakespeare, understand the historical context through artifacts, and engage in performing and visual art-making. Project programming includes: (1) Shakespeare 101 – two days of training with a focus on the life and times of William Shakespeare for 70 teachers from 35 schools. The teachers are expected to share information with their colleagues. (2) Dive into Shakespeare – no less than five schools with receive more intensive involvement with a visiting teaching artist for a Shakespeare residency and an opportunity to experience a Shakespeare performance. A public event will be held to highlight work and performances resulting from students’ interpretation and understanding of William Shakespeare’s language and world. (3) All the World’s a State – a year end student art exhibition at the Walters Art Museum will feature arts-integrated pieces inspired by the exploration of Shakespeare’s life and times.

    Fells Point Creative Alliance
    After the Border ($10,000)
    Baltimore City

    Después de la Frontera/After the Border is a bilingual, traveling exhibition that documents the stories of ten unaccompanied immigrant youth who were forced to leave their homes in Central America and have been reunited within the last year with their families in Baltimore. The exhibit will premiere at the Creative Alliance before moving to Towson University and Baltimore City Hall. Each site will host a discussion with the lead curator, a Latin American scholar, and a youth featured in the exhibition. Additional free educational programming will accompany the exhibit.

    Harford Community College Foundation
    Voices of Change ($9,750)
    Harford County

    The Harford Community College Foundation will host Voices of Change: Social Protest through the Arts & Humanities. This project uses two exhibits and ten programs to stimulate thought and discussion about the ways music, literature, and visual arts have intersected with moments of social protest in the U.S. in the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit is organized around four main themes: war and peace; labor and economic justice; human/civil rights; and environmental, agricultural, and health concerns. Programs accompanying the exhibit include six lectures with discussion, two poetry jams, three film screenings/discussions, and the closing Earth Day ceremony. All events are free and open to the public. Attendance is predicted to reach almost 700.

    Lost Towns Project, Inc.
    Four Rivers Heritage Area in 40 Artifacts: Accessing the County’s Archaeological Collections ($3,400)
    Anne Arundel County

    The Lost Towns Project, Inc. requests funding to support a public lecture series and related programming that will supplement and enhance the development of four archeological mini-exhibits keyed to four significant calendar milestones in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The exhibits of ten artifacts will be placed at public venues to arouse the interest of viewers, encourage them to seek out heritage sites and events, and inspire them to visit the companion virtual exhibit which will be available online. Each exhibit and accompanying lecture program will highlight how archaeology and material culture has informed and broadened our knowledge of local history. Placing exhibits in commercial, public, tourism-based venues will expand the usual audience for museum and humanities programming, and it is hoped the attendance at the lectures.

    The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History & Culture
    Ruth Starr Rose (1896-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World ($6,750)
    Baltimore City

    The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture will present the exhibit “Ruth Starr Rose (1896-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World.” It features early-20th-century portraits of African American’s by Ruth Starr Rose, a white artist from Eastern Shore privilege. The project includes the touring exhibition, expanded interpretative signage, additions to oral history collections, musical performances, panel discussions, genealogy workshops and curricula for K-12 teachers on target topics in archaeology, art history, spiritual life, and Eastern Shore/Chesapeake Bay small community life.

    The Walters Art Museum
    Humanities Programming for “Pearls on a String: Art in the Age of Great Islamic Empires” ($10,000)
    Baltimore City

    The Walters Art Museum will present humanities-based programs during “Pearls on a String: Art in the Age of Great Islamic Empires,” the first international loan exhibition of Islamic art and objects to foreground stories about people and to emphasize the role of relationships in inspiring and sustaining creativity. Film screenings and discussions, symposium with questions and answer session and an interpretive poetry exhibit are components of the programming.

    Mapping Dialogues: Deindustrialization in Baltimore ($10,000)
    Baltimore County

    The project centers on the history and culture of industrial neighborhoods in Baltimore using two interrelated yet geographically separate areas – the Baybrook and Sparrows Point Steel Mill communities. Participants will interact with large maps to engage in conversation and share their stories and memories of how neighborhoods change when industry declines and leaves. It is part of a larger, ongoing project at UMBC that explores the experiences of past and present residents and workers and the effect of deindustrialization on historic industrial communities. A community dialogue will be held in each neighborhood. At each event an estimated 50-75 participants will examine the history and culture of their industrial neighborhood. They will create personal maps of places in the community that matter to them. A final dialogue will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, featuring the public presentation of the project’s interpretive content, including a short film from the previous two dialogues.


    Opportunity Grant Awards

    Historic Annapolis Foundation
    Teacher Workshops on 18th Century Slavery and African American History ($1,200)
    Anne Arundel County

    Historic Annapolis will facilitate two free three-hour workshops entitled “Storytelling for Teachers: Classroom History!” which will train teachers on how to present information on slavery and African American history in the 18th century. In an effort to better understand the history and how to present it to students in the classroom, Historic Annapolis will work with Dylan Pritchett, a professional storyteller and one of the lead developers of the African American interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg. Pritchett will lead the workshops in which he will guide both middle and high school level teachers through a variety of activities to analyze and organize primary documents and create story presentations for their classrooms.

    Annapolis Community Foundation
    Treaty of Paris Center ($1,200)
    Anne Arundel County

    Created under the Annapolis Community Foundation, The Treaty of Paris Center is a once a month “open house” that brings to life the 1783-87 Treaty of Paris Period, between the Revolution and the Constitution, through exhibits, films, lectures, walking tours, interactive computer screens and costumed personnel. Major events of the period include signing the Treaty of Paris, Congress coming to Annapolis, George Washington’s Army resignation, ratifying the Treaty of Paris, Thomas Jefferson’s appointment to France, the 1785 Mount Vernon Compact, the 1786 Annapolis Convention, Shay’s Rebellion and the start of the Constitutional Convention. In June, the Center will begin an enhanced, year-long program with guest speakers, re-enactments and increased walking tours. MHC funds would be used to rent space for the exhibit each month at the Maryland Inn.

    City Neighbors Foundation
    Does History Matter?: A Student Exploration ($1,200)
    Baltimore City

    Taking place at City Neighbors, Hamilton school, “Does History Matter?” is a long-term project involving ten and eleven-year old students. The students will engage in four historical studies – the 200 year celebration of the War of 1812, the controversy over the Redskins name, the preservation of Clifton Park’s Valve House, and the efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak. The students will produce a documentary depicting their quest to answer the question “Does History Matter” and their final thoughts and an artistic panel timeline connecting past and present. These products will be premiered at a free spring event open to the general public.

  • Grant Awardees FY2014

    Major Grant Awards

    Accokeek Foundation
    Accokeek Foundation’s Food for Thought Festival ($9,000)

    The Accokeek Foundation will host the outdoor, one-day Food for Thought festival in September 2014. The festival will use history, theatre, and ethics to engage diverse audiences in activities about the critical issue of agricultural sustainability and food systems in Southern Maryland. Programs at the festival seek to provide historical context for and engage the public in a conversation around the question, “Should we return to a locally-sourced food system, like our ancestors had?” Programs will also explore subthemes of biodiversity and cultural history, as well as the effects of policy decisions on community life.

    Migrant Clinicians Network
    Sharing Stories Through Images: A Humanistic Look at Immigrants on Maryland’s Eastern Shore ($10,000)

    Migrant Clinicians Network will produce an eight-week exhibition of 50 photographs and text portraying Eastern Shore immigrant families and individuals. The exhibit will open in September 2014 and be housed in Salisbury University’s downtown gallery. During the exhibit opening, a panel discussion will include an immigrant who is the subject of some of the images, and experts in photojournalism (specifically Earl Dotter, the photographer for the project), cultural studies, immigration and migrant health. In addition to the panel discussion, the panel moderator will invite the audience to engage with panelists and share personal narratives.

    PEN/Faulkner Foundation
    Writers in Schools – Baltimore ($8,000)

    In the 2014/2015 school year, PEN/Faulkner Foundation will host 45 author visits, working with 14 teachers and 550 students in Baltimore City Public Schools. PEN/Faulkner will donate books to participating students/schools, conduct training with teachers in how to use the toolkit, and bring authors to the schools for author visits. The program is free to schools and their students. Any teacher in a Baltimore City public or public charter high school can participate in Writers in Schools by visiting the PEN/Faulkner website, reviewing author bios and lesson plans (which are aligned with Common Core), and requesting an author visit. Books are sent to the school one month prior to the author visit. Teachers use the toolkit consisting of lesson plans, teaching tools and supplementary resources to prepare the students through discussions of the text, author research, and the development of quality questions for the author’s visit. The visiting author may read from his or her text and the structure is meant to be interactive.

    The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
    Moving History: Stepping Down the Path of Peabody Dance through 100 Years of Maryland History ($5,500)

    The Peabody Institute will create a traveling exhibition on the history of Peabody Dance within the context of dance in Baltimore and the state, major historical dance figures, and national dance movements. The exhibition will include facsimiles of ephemera related to Peabody Dance, costumes, stage notes, choreographic records, as well as videos, including five historical films recently restored by the National Film Preservation Foundation and dating back to the 1930s. An interactive component will solicit statements from attendees about their local dance communities. Exhibition tour stops will be in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County, and Howard County. The program will also include a living history performance by Peabody’s Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Boys Program. “Moving History” is part of a larger centennial celebration of Peabody Dance.

    Wide Angle Youth Media
    International Radio Project ($3,300)

    Wide Angle Youth Media will hold an International Radio Workshop for 10 Baltimore City teens. During the workshop, they will communicate via Skype with their peers working with the Children’s Radio Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. Both groups of students will create short audio stories about how physical spaces in cities affect individuals and communities. The students’ exploration of physical spaces will be guided by an anthropologist with expertise in Baltimore and South Africa who will teach the students about human geography and the urban culture of South Africa. The Baltimore students will also produce a digital component that will be shared online and in a public presentation of the finished audio projects at the conclusion of the workshop.

    Baltimore Museum of Industry
    Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond ($10,000)

    Baltimore Museum of Industry will create an April – October 2014 exhibition and public programs on the banjo’s historical, cultural and manufacturing heritage in Baltimore and Maryland. The project will examine the banjo’s nearly 400-year history from its Afro-Caribbean roots—created and maintained by enslaved Africans and their descendants—to its rise in nineteenth-century American popular music. The exhibit content and public programs including concerts, workshops and a two-day conference, will explore the ways that race, gender, and class are embedded in the history of the instrument.

    Center Stage Associates
    Trayvon Moments ($4,200)

    In February 2014, Center Stage will commission four local artists to partner with four local Baltimore organizations to create community dialogue and performance pieces around the Trayvon Martin incident and gun violence. Performances, followed by moderated discussions led by skilled facilitators, will be free and will take place at Park Heights Zeta Community Center, Mondawmin Mall Community Room, Cherry Hill Senior Life Center, and Seventh Metro Baptist Church. Community partners include Baltimore City Health Department Safe Streets Program, Leaders for a Beautiful Struggle (LBS Baltimore), The Intersection Baltimore, Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University.

    Community Mediation Maryland
    Civic Reflection: Inside and Out ($9,426)

    Community Mediation Maryland will use humanities texts such as short readings from the anthologies The Civically Engaged Reader, The Conscious Reader, and Taking Action: A Reader to bring reflections on literature into their prisoner re-entry mediation work. Through re-entry mediation, community mediation staff meets with inmates preparing for release 12-24 months before their release and offer mediation services. This project will help Community Mediation Maryland deepen and broaden the conversation with prisoners about what it means to be part of a community and what it will mean to re-enter the outside community. Community Mediation Maryland will also hold dialogues using humanities texts with the volunteers who conduct prisoner re-entry mediations.

    Jewish Museum of Maryland*
    Mendes Cohen Living History Character ($8,200)

    The Jewish Museum of Maryland will educate students, Maryland residents, and tourists about the role of Jews in the state’s early history by exploring the life of one famous Jewish Marylander. An living history actor will portray Mendes Cohen, War of 1812 veteran and member of a prominent Jewish family in 19th century Baltimore, during a 45 minute performance. Audiences will learn about the exceptional events of Cohen’s life and how he helped shape Maryland history and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with him during and after the performance. The performances will complement a planned exhibition “The A-maze-ing Mendes Cohen” opening at the Museum in 2014. *This grant has been financed with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.

    Loyola University Maryland
    Conversations with Oedipus ($5,000)

    Loyola University Maryland will organize a series of programs in October 2014 examining the contemporary value of ancient theater. The programs will include free public lectures, educational workshops for under-privileged middle and high school students and college students, a free production of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, and a postperformance discussion. Loyola classics scholar, Dr. David Jacobson’s talk will spark a conversation about Greek tragedy and what it has to offer us today. Dr. Al Duncan’s lecture will explore the theme of information gathering and political action in Oedipus and show how this theme pertains to today’s political landscape and the National Security Agency.

    Sandy Spring Museum
    Local Traditions ($4,600)

    Sandy Spring Museum’s three-part project includes folk-life fieldwork, public programs, and a community-curated exhibit to share residents’ local traditions. A folklorist will document area folklife traditions and build relationships with newer residents of the community whose history and traditions are not currently represented in the museum. Programs will invite the public to share folk traditions that tell a significant story about their family’s history around immigration, religion and foodways. A community-curated exhibit will bring together the traditions that residents shared with the folklorist and in the public programs and juxtapose the folk traditions of historic Sandy Spring with modern-day folk traditions.

    Opportunity Grant Awards

    Harford County Public Library
    Just Write. Writers Conference. ($1,200)

    Just Write. Writers Conference. will bring regional authors, agents, and small press publishers to the Bel Air branch of the Harford County Public Library to share their insights and experience with the community. The conference will support attendees’ creative and artistic expression and strengthen skills needed to communicate successfully within all aspects of life. Just Write. is open to adults as well as high school juniors and seniors. It will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 8am to 6pm. Participants will choose 5 of the 25 offered workshop, panel, and discussion sessions to attend. Each session will provide practical, relevant discussion and examples for emerging authors and writers of all levels.

    Maryland State Archives
    American Archives Month in Maryland ($1,000)

    The Maryland State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month by hosting a free Family History Festival on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in Annapolis. This open house-style event will feature expert lectures on genealogy, history, and archival research; demonstrations on caring for family papers and photos; “break through your brick wall” sessions for family genealogists; seminars on imaging techniques; behind the scenes tours of the stacks and the lab; and children’s activities highlighting family history.

    Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
    2014 Nanticoke River Jamboree: “400 Years in Indiantown” ($1,200)

    The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance (NHPA) will hold its 5th annual outdoor Jamboree on October 11, 2014 on the grounds of Handsell, a former 18th-century plantation located near Vienna, Maryland. The Jamboree will showcase the 400-year history of the surrounding area through historic displays, performances by professional reenactors, screenings of the award-winning film, “Voices of the Indiantown,” an active archaeology site with trained volunteers demonstrating how to sift for artifacts, and tours of the Handsell plantation. One of the centerpieces of the event will be the authentic Native-American longhouse, completed this year. Visitors will also be able to walk, bike, and experience guided kayak tours of the Nanticoke River.

    Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society, Prince George’s County Maryland Chapter|
    Maryland Legacy Day: Celebrating 150 Years of Freedom ($1,195)

    The Maryland Legacy Day program will celebrate and examine the history of the 1864 Maryland Constitution, which freed Maryland’s slaves on November 1, 1864. The free, one-day, event at Prince George’s Community College on November 15, 2014 will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Lenneal Henderson. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion with experts in the history of slavery and emancipation in Maryland. Gospel singers and the Female ReEnactors of Distinction (FREED) re-enactors will also participate in the program.

    Baltimore City Historical Society
    Roots & Branch: New Perspectives on the Baltimore NAACP and Civil Rights in the 20th Century ($1,200)

    The Baltimore City Historical Society and the Department of History and Geography at Morgan State University are hosting a daylong conference in May 2014 to explore the history of the NAACP in Baltimore. Historians and members of the public are invited to the conference which will consist of lecture sessions and panel discussions. Some of the key questions that the conference will address are: what historical circumstances existed which led to the establishment of a NAACP Branch in Baltimore and how did the work of the branch blend directives from the NAACP’s New York headquarters with the goals, resources, and tactical expertise of local people on the ground in Baltimore?

  • Grant Awardees FY2013

    Major Grant Award

    St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square*
    1812 Profiles of Patriots ($10,000)

    The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will host performances of 6 monologues based on the lives of six people who figured in the town’s role in the War of 1812. The presentations will take place from midAugust – October 2013. Historic figures who will be featured in the performances are James Madison with the Declaration of War against the British on June 18 th, 1812; Jacob Gibson and San Domingo Creek; Brigadier General Perry Benson and the Independent Light Dragoons; an African American female slave; and Mary Young Pickersgill who fabricated the Star Spangled Banner. *This grant has been financed with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.

    Academy Art Museum
    Joint Heritage at Wye House ($7,000)

    Academy Art Museum’s interpretive exhibition draws on new archaeological evidence, unpublished archival sources, household objects, books, recipe collections, maps, and artwork. The exhibit will highlight how the emerging archaeological and historical record reveals the complexities of co-existing cultures at the Talbot County plantation, Wye House, focusing on the pre and post-Civil War periods. Programming accompanying the exhibit will include: a searchable database of plantation residents, maps, and farm inventories; curator-led tours; teacher orientation; lectures on archaeology, the Emancipation Proclamation, and southern cuisine; and an interpretive brochure that explores both the context and significance of artifacts displayed. The project is a collaboration with University of Maryland’s Dept. of Anthropology which has conducted research onsite since 2006.

    Calvert Marine Museum Society*
    The War of 1812: A Legacy of Division ($4,213)

    Project partners Calvert Marine Museum, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, and the College of Southern Maryland will present six lectures that explore multiple perspectives on the War of 1812. Speakers include a museum exhibit developer who worked on two War of 1812 exhibits, a writer who has researched the Great Lakes theater of the war, an historian on how the popular press was used, a presentation that combines lecture with original songs, a recognized Native American historian on the conflict from the Native perspective, and an art historian who curated the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit on the War of 1812. The lectures will be held monthly on Sunday afternoons from Sept. 2013 – May 2014 at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick. An online forum will extend the experience and invite greater participation. *This grant has been financed with State Funds from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.

    Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
    Civil War/Civil Rights: The Well-Being of A Nation ($5,200)

    “Civil War/Civil Rights: The Well-Being of A Nation” is a nationally focused two day symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation that will feature humanities presentations exploring the ongoing fight for equality and civil rights. The keynote speaker will be Julian Bond; Liz Lerman and Vincent Thomas will lead a reflection activity; Dean Don Kettl of University of Maryland will introduce a series of TED-style talks to address “Jobs and Freedom: How Far Have We Come?”; and DC Public Radio talk show host Kojo Nnamdi will lead a roundtable conversation focused on “Rights, Equality and the American Dream.” Marian Wright Edelman will give the final keynote with “Still Marching: The Work That Lies Ahead.” Touré, author and MSNBC co-host of The Cycle, will conclude the symposium. The project will also include Creative Dialogues, a free series of panel discussions moderated by Kojo Nnamdi covering the topics “From Lincoln to King to Obama: Inspirational Speaking in Public Life”; “Marriage Equality and the Church”; and “Frederick Douglass and Ireland.”

    Harford Community College Foundation, Inc.
    Faces of Freedom: Harford County, Maryland and Beyond ($7,600)

    The “Faces of Freedom” project uses several humanities disciplines to explore the meaning of freedom generally and specifically in the Upper Chesapeake before, during, and in the aftermath of the Civil War and Emancipation. Through performance and discussion of a play, book and film discussions, an exhibit, and a lecture and discussion series, the project will inspire learning and community engagement about freedom, slavery and emancipation. The exhibit and programs will emphasize Harford County stories of the Underground Railroad. The project commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Maryland Constitution of 1864, which ended slavery here. It involves different departments at HCC as well as the Hays-Heighe House, Rites of Passage Mentoring Program, Hosanna School Museum, and the Historical Society of Harford County.

    Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Inc. (NHPA)
    African-American Sharecroppers of Indiantown (Dorchester County) Maryland ($9,000)

    Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance will complete a 15-20 minute video, based on interviews and photos of the Jackson, Pinder, and Robinson families, descendants of free and enslaved people owned by the Steele family on the Handsell plantation in Vienna. After Emancipation many of the families opted to stay in the area and sharecrop the land, working and living together, until the last descendant left in the 1990s. The film will be shown to a variety of audiences across the Eastern Shore at venues such as Dorchester County Historical Society, Vienna Community Center, Nabb Center for Delmarva History at Salisbury University, public libraries in nearby counties, reunions of the local families, and at the Banneker Douglass Museum in Annapolis. A copy of the film will be distributed to Dorchester County Schools and posted on the internet. Discussions will follow screenings and a reading list on local African American history will be developed.

    Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, Inc.
    From Little Bohemia to Middle East: 100 Years of Painted Screens ($7,000)

    Painted Screen Society will collaborate with residents and community groups in the Middle East neighborhood to restore knowledge and presence of painted screens to their birthplace through a series of community discussions, field trips to exhibitions, a book release on the subject, and a film screening that link the historic and present community with the built environment. Residents and community experts will share knowledge with scholars of place and traditional screen painters at a street festival event land marking the corner grocery store where the first painted screen was created in Baltimore 100 years ago.

    Frostburg State University
    Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845 Workshop ($6,276)

    Frostburg State University is organizing a 2-day workshop to introduce a pedagogical game called Frederick Douglass, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Constitution: 1845. This recently developed role-playing game is part of a program called Reacting to the Past, where students immerse themselves in a historical context by adopting roles, informed by classic texts, and acting out controversies of the past. The Frederick Douglass game introduces students to a time and place when advocating an end to slavery was far more controversial than supporting its perpetuation. Debates focus on the intellectual and cultural clashes between the Defenders of the Constitution and the Abolitionists. FSU plans to expand the audience for this workshop to make it a public event that educates the community about the history of slavery in Maryland and fosters an ongoing dialogue about causes and effects of racism.

    Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
    State of the Oyster ($6,286)

    Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is planning a series of community conversations focused on the status of the Chesapeake oyster fisheries and their past, present, and future significance to Bay-area cultural groups. These conversations will pose the question of whether and how oyster production can continue as a significant part of the region’s culture and economy. Biological dimensions will be addressed, but the primary focus will be on the cultural and social dynamics of the issue. Four free dialogue-based programs will take place with each session focusing on a particular dimension of the topic. Dialogues will use art, photography, video clips, films and panelists—humanities scholars, oyster researchers, and oyster harvesters and processors—to set the context and incorporate questions and comments from the audience and small-group, moderated discussions between the presenters and the public.

    Civic Works
    Revisiting 1812 at Captain Henry Thompson’s Clifton, Home of Service in Baltimore ($10,000)

    Civic Works plans to open Clifton Mansion as a cultural resource for the community and tell the story of Clifton’s role as the Home of Service in Baltimore based on the histories of previous owners: militia captain in the War of 1812, Henry Thompson; philanthropist Johns Hopkins; recreation center for Baltimore City; and home of Civic Works. Civic Works is planning annual Defender’s Day events in October 2013 and 2014 on the lawn at Clifton Mansion. These events will include a living history presentation by “Captain Henry Thompson,” tours, food, games of the early 1800s, cavalry re-enactors, historical presentations by authors and period musicians. Preparations will include an April 2013 costume workshop as well as a cell-phone tour developed by students in the Public History class at UMBC.

    Creative Alliance
    Globe Poster: Not To Be Missed! ($10,000)

    The Globe Poster Printing Corp. was a family owned and operated company based in Baltimore from 1929 to 2010 that produced some of the most iconic posters for America’s most influential musical acts. Globe Poster: Not To Be Missed!, at the Creative Alliance April 27 – June 8, 2013, is an exhibition of posters, printing tools and artifacts investigating Globe’s story through the lens of African-American music history from 1955-1998 supplemented with programming including art workshops, panel discussions, films, docent-led tours, and performances. Music history will serve as a point for visitors to participate in a dialogue about the language of music and its positive role in culture and community building. This project is a collaboration between the Creative Alliance and Maryland Institute College of Art.

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Department of American Studies
    Looking Forward from the 45th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine Actions ($3,211)

    This project, Looking Forward from the 45th Anniversary of the Catonsville Nine Actions, consists of classroom visits, a public tour of sites in the story of the Catonsville Nine, film screenings, a public dialogue, and the creation of mobile mapping software highlighting key sites. Two audiences serve as the initial base for this project—students and community-based activists—additionally the applicants seek to engage the general public and especially the community of Catonsville. Humanities content includes panels of humanities scholars whose expertise is civil protest and Viet Nam; the book, The Catonsville Nine; two films “The Investigation of A Flame” and “Hit and Stay” and will engage audiences about not only the historical significance of the actions of the Catonsville Nine, but also how we think about social protest, civic duty, and citizenship for our time.

    Opportunity Grant Awards

    Stevenson University Archives
    Hallowed Beauty: A Regional Exhibition of Sacred Art and Text ($1,200)

    Stevenson University will create a brochure/catalog to accompany the exhibition “Hallowed Beauty: A regional exhibition of sacred art and text.” The exhibition focuses on art and text found in local institutional collections which is considered sacred by a diverse representation of religions and belief systems. The exhibition provides opportunities to initiate a conversation with the public regarding the dual existence of these objects as both sacred works and, alternatively, as secular items worthy of research by various disciplines of the humanities as well as tradesmen and craftspeople. Partner institutions are Towson University, Loyola-Notre Dame, and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

    dog & pony dc
    Silver Spring Repertory ($745)

    dog & pony dc, “in residence” at Round House Theatre Silver Spring in September/October 2013, will host a free panel discussion series exploring the broader themes of the 3 shows being produced in repertory (Beertown, A Killing Game, and Toast) and their intersection with contemporary Montgomery County issues. The discussions will explore the relationships of objects and their associated stories to memory formation, the rising popularity of apocalyptic narratives in pop culture, and the “myths” surrounding scientific discoveries and inventions. The series will place Maryland citizens in an arts-integrated education setting with local scholars and experts, with whom they can reflect, question, and learn.

    Hyattstown Mill Arts Project
    Disappearing Agricultural Landscapes ($1,194)

    The Hyattstown Mill Arts Project is creating an interpretive exhibition that examines the development of Prince George’s County as it has evolved from an agrarian community to beltway metropolitan area. The exhibition will be located at the United States District Court, Greenbelt Division. Culled from over six hundred negatives on file at MNCCPC Prince George’s County, the exhibition will consist of 60 previously unpublished images, accompanied by appropriate contextual signage, identifying architectural structures, viewscapes, agricultural industries, and a way of life that has been lost to contemporary urban expansion. The exhibition will have particular emphasis on tobacco farming, as Prince George’s County was once Maryland’s leading producer of tobacco.

    Washington County Free Library
    Storyfest in the Park ($1,200)

    The Washington County Free Library (WCFL) is hosting Storyfest in the Park, an afternoon of storytelling, at Hagerstown City Park on July 21, 2013. Nationally-recognized storytellers Ann Griffith, Diane Macklin and Jon Spelman will provide interactive storytelling sessions. Several children’s storytellers from the surrounding area will also participate. Additionally, the locally based Authentic Community Theatre will perform. Featured storytellers will present culturally diverse programs over four hours. Each storyteller will perform a 40-45 minute program. Local storytellers will perform short stories between acts. Partners in the series include Neighborhoods First and the City of Hagerstown.

    Allegany Museum
    Preserving Our Musical Heritage: From Britain to the Blue Ridge ($1,200)

    The Allegany Museum will trace the journey of early American music from the 17th and 18th century British Isles to the Appalachian Mountains through a museum exhibition of photographs, musical instruments, and historical recording equipment. There will be activities for school age children that will accompany the exhibition. Additionally, the project will include a symposium featuring presentations by folklorists and scholars of the music of the Appalachian Mountains. The symposium will conclude with a concert of Appalachian ballads and dulcimer music. Lastly, there will be a film screening at the Allegany Museum of the movie “Song Catcher.”

    Little Patuxent Review
    Fall Writers Festival/National Day of Writing ($1,200)

    Little Patuxent Review will bring visiting authors to participating middle school writing classes to prepare students for the Fall Writers’ Festival/National Day of Writing. At the Fall Writers’ Festival students will work in small groups to practice integrative writing on a variety of topics. The students will then meet again with visiting authors to work with the writers on editing and polishing their written pieces. Lastly, the visiting authors will present readings of their works and students will have the opportunity to share their works during an Open Mic session.

    Julia A. Purnell Museum
    Julia A. Purnell Museum Traveling Exhibit ($400)

    The Julia A. Purnell Museum will create a double-fold display panel with introductory information on the Julia A. Purnell Museum and the history of Snow Hill, Worcester County, and the lower shore. The panel will also feature the Museum’s Guess the Artifact game which museum educators will present alongside reproductions of artifacts. Museum educators will use the traveling exhibit at regional events and schools to teach groups.

  • Grant Awardees FY2012

    Major Grant Awards

    Center Stage Associates
    “The Whipping Man” Community Engagement ($7,900)

    In spring 2012, CENTERSTAGE will present contemporary playwright Matthew Lopez’ “The Whipping Man.” Set in the post-Civil War era, this historical drama probes themes of racial, cultural, and religious identity and explores definitions of freedom and justice. A variety of community engagement events will support the production. All programming will be designed to foster constructive dialogue framed by the struggles and successes that link Maryland’s Jewish and African American communities.

    Harford County Public Library
    Journey Stories Project ($5,000)

    Harford County Library is one of five sites selected to partner with MHC to present Journey Stories, our latest Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian. Dozens of programs will take place over a 3- month period in six library locations and on-line. Exhibits expressing how various cultures came to America, merged with exhibits depicting local versions of those stories will inform the programs.

    Walters Art Museum
    Our History/Whose History? The African Presence in Renaissance Europe ($9,000)

    The Walters Art Museum will present three inter-related public programs for a range of audiences during its special exhibition, “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.” At first event, a public forum, noted scholars will explore the experience and societal contributions of Africans in Renaissance Europe. Moderator Farai Chideya will facilitate the community audience in a discussion with the speakers. “Othello Today” will be a public conversation on the subject of blacks and blackness in Shakespeare’s play. The third program is a competition for Maryland students in grades 6-12 wherein participants will submit their essays, poems, or visual or performance art which they create in response to works of art in the exhibition. Student works will be displayed in the exhibition and on the Walters website. The overall goals are to extend public dialogue on the relationship of cultural and racial identity and expand the perception of shared heritage.

    Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center
    Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem ($9,000)

    Fortune was a slave in 18th century Connecticut. When he died, his owner, a physician, dissected and preserved the skeleton so that its anatomy could be studied and used for teaching purposes. A eulogy honoring Fortune was composed by a former Connecticut poet laureate, and later developed into a full length cantata for orchestra chorus, African drumming ensemble, and vocals and will be performed in conjunction with an extended series of communitywide programming that will encourage participants to discuss the ethics around cases like Fortune’s and others.

    Maryland Historical Society
    The Civil War and Divided Voices: Reaching Out Through the Humanities ($9,000)

    Living history actors will travel to six locations in the Baltimore region to present historical events and characters from the Civil War. The Players will also interpret selected objects from the Historical Society exhibition “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.” A question and answer discussion will follow each presentation, with conversation about the themes, characters and objects presented, relating the history portrayed to contemporary events.

    Appalachian Independent
    Many Voices/One Vision ($8,000)

    This year long project engages a coalition of Western Maryland organizations and educational institutions in generating citizen dialogue about the question “How do we embrace what we value in our community while moving towards a healthier, more sustainable future?” Using the online, nonprofit community newspaper, Appalachian Independent (AppIndie), as the repository for project conversations about environmental issues, the project will generate a vision for the future of the area with a culminating product, the One Vision/Many Voices music video. It will also inspire citizens to preserve their natural heritage and continue future dialogues. This multi-faceted project involves a variety of formats, including community conversations bicycle tour of Garrett and Allegany Counties, a community visioning event, a film series with discussions on important local issues, library and local history museum displays, college level environmental wellness courses at Evergreen Heritage Center led by Magpie, a One Vision/Many Voices community concert, a song-telling workshop, and a final exhibition of the community vision statement and the project music video followed by audience dialogue.

    Directing Dissent, LLC
    Directing Dissent ($7,000)

    Directing Dissent is a film about Marylander John Roemer, a social activist (CORE and Maryland ACLU director) and Baltimore high school teacher. His story takes us through the heated battles of the Civil Rights Movement, and involves dramatic experiences in the fight to desegregate Maryland. The film will be supported by community and educational outreach events aimed at engaging Maryland communities in an ongoing dialogue abound civil rights, civil liberties, and civic engagement. Set in Maryland, the film uses location shots, news outtakes, archival footage, graphics, photographs, and interview footage. Public post-screening discussions of the film will be facilitated by humanities scholars and media professionals. Directing Dissent also aims to establish an online forum for students and community members to publish their own stories of civil rights. An educational guide will be distributed with the film to secondary schools and universities for use in the classroom. The guide is designed for students to develop a critical literacy of film and media, as well as to analyze the contemporary relevancy of civil rights, civil liberties, and political activism.

    Adkins Arboreteum
    Exploring Nature’s Role in the Underground Railroad – Audio Tour ($8,000)

    This project will explore nature’s role in the Underground Railroad (UGRR) by producing an educational audio tour with professionally recorded stories, music and sounds to stimulate the participants’ imagination, enhance their understanding of the UGRR, and invoke a personal emotional response or connection. Tours will be available on twenty hand held devices that can be borrowed during a visit to the Arboretum. To support the audio tour, five thousand rack cards will be printed and attached to audio tour maps and twelve interpretative signs will be amended with UGRR information. Arboretum docents and volunteers will be trained to discuss techniques and issues involved in interpreting slavery and the UGRR in their guided walks. Visitors will be encouraged to sign the program log book to share their thoughts regarding the tour experience. Selected comments from this log will be used in the Arboretum’s Blog. Scholars, naturalists, and program participants will be encouraged to engage in the blog dialog to keep the discussion thought-provoking and dynamic.

    B&O Railroad Museum
    Lincoln’s Train Trips ($6,800)

    The B&O Railroad Museum will develop a specially designed traveling exhibit focused on the train voyages Abraham Lincoln made during his presidency and use this to engage a broad audience in a dialogue regarding Lincoln and his interactions with the B&O Railroad and the role of railroading during the Civil War. Initially, the exhibit will be in the Roundhouse of the B&O. Docents will lead discussions focused on Lincoln and his train journeys using the exhibit to contextualize the stories. The exhibit will then travel to transportation museums affiliated with the B& O (i.e. Ellicott City Station, Oakland Station). QR codes, a video that supports the exhibit’s content, and a docent interaction manual that provides volunteers with information related to the project as well as strategies for engaging visitors in discussions about the exhibit and video are also part of the project. After an evaluation of this initial phase, the B & O hopes to continue to travel the exhibit to other venues.

    Calvert Marine Museum
    Distance Learning at the Calvert Marine Museum ($2,500)

    Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) proposes to set up a Distance Learning Grant Fund for Title One or Targeted Assistance K-8 classrooms in Maryland so that these new, targeted audiences can participate in their Distance Learning Program. In real time, teachers can bring a museum expert into their classroom to deliver a live interactive program tailored to the students’ needs using point-to-point video conferencing technology via the internet. The equipment required for this program is common in many schools, but frequently underutilized due to lack of technical support, or lack of funds for the programs. Trained museum educators present the program, working in partnership with the classroom teacher. The museum educator is able to see the students, ask questions, call on individuals, direct discussion, and oversee small group activities. Pre- and post-program materials are sent to the teacher via the internet. CMM works through The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to promote programs, register schools, and collect evaluations.

    Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture – UMBC
    For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights ($8,000)

    This proposal extends the CADVC at UMBC’s current humanities exhibition, website, and book, “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” to diverse communities in central Maryland with this year-long project in which seniors from the Greater Baltimore area write, tell, and perform their personal stories about their involvement with the struggle for civil rights. The exhibit, created in partnership with the National Museum of African American History, has been displayed at the Smithsonian and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis) and will travel as part of NEH’s “On the Road” initiative. The exhibit explores the historic role played by visual images in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for civil rights in the US. The exhibit opens at UMBC in November 2012. The MHC grant-funded project brings approximately 12 senior adults from inter-racial and inter-faith backgrounds together for a series of 12 oral history and writing workshops. Students from UMBC will assist by recording the seniors’ stories and scanning seniors’ scrapbooks and pictures in preparation for a slide show. Seniors’ written accounts will result in a scripted performance that the seniors will present in five different venues including the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Enoch Pratt Library, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, UMBC. Interactive audience discussions, led a by a facilitator, follow each of these live performances.

    Opportunity Grant Awards

    Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation
    Race and Representation ($900)

    This project is a series of three programs offered by Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) in partnership with the Museum Studies Department of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM): two public programs and a session on interpretive training for HSMC staff as well as SMCM students and faculty in the Museum Studies Department. The three related programs will be part of the Museum Studies Department year-long focus of “Controversial Topics in Museums.” The topics for the project are race and representation. The first public program will be a Diversity Panel, providing a forum for examining representation of race and minorities in cultural institutions. The second program, focusing on talking about race and slavery in museums, will be led by Nicole Moore, an interpreter of slavery and museum consultant. It will be open to HSMC staff as well as students and faculty in the Museum Studies Department. The third and final program will be a public lecture by Nicole Moore at HSMC. Moore will talk about her experience as an interpreter of slavery and offer her insights for further dialogue.

    Hosanna School Museum
    Lost and Found: The Forgotten Communities of APG – Journey Stories Youth Oral History Project Exhibit ($1,200)

    The Hosanna School Museum, in collaboration with Harford County Library, will present a little known story: the migration of families that dwelled in the area now occupied by Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). These families were forced to make way for what some called a “government intrusion,” and others called a “patriotic sacrifice.” How they rebuilt their communities will be explored by participating teens and mentors and presented as part of an exhibition called “Lost and Found: The Forgotten Communities of APG, Journey Stories Youth Oral History Project.” After the oral histories are collected, the history will be incorporated into a traditional, interpretive exhibition that will utilize the latest technology in the form of audio stations and audio-visual flash or slideshow stations for one of the Harford County Library’s Journey Stories ancillary exhibits at the Hosanna School in Darlington, Maryland.

    Academy Art Museum
    Juneteenth Celebration ($1,200)

    The objective of this Juneteenth Celebration is to commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values and ideals that we share as a community. The full day of programs will have three parts. It begins with a screening of “Double Victory,” a new documentary by George Lucas that is a companion to the commercially released film, “Red Tails.” The centerpiece of the event will be a panel program on the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first all-black aerial unit who served during World War II. The panel will include three Airmen who will discuss their personal experiences, offer a historical perspective of the unit, and provide context on the role of the Airmen in the Civil Rights movement. At the conclusion of the panel discussion there will be a series of educational activities to engage families and children on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and more broadly to celebrate African-American history and culture.

    Laurel Historical Society
    Tasting Laurel: A Program Series ($500)

    The Laurel Historical Society is planning a series of free public programs bringing diverse communities together around a commonality: food. Programs will explore the history of local farming, current practices, how food affects culture, and conclude with a capstone community conversation regarding food. Funds requested are for two speakers. In September the Laurel Historical Society will tour Gorman Farm, the only example of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the greater Laurel Area. In October John Peter Thompson will discuss the history of the National Agricultural Farm. This farm has had many firsts including being the first place in the world to study organic farming. November events include the Taste of Laurel and a community conversation program about how we value where we get our food.

    Calvert Public Library
    Scholars Talk about Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War ($500)

    While the NEH-sponsored exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is on display during summer of 2012, the Calvert Library will bring top-quality Lincoln scholars and authors to teach their community and visitors. In addition to more than a dozen other programs, the library also plans to host Jim Getty for a living history performance of Lincoln, Frank Williams to talk about Justice Taney, Harold Holzer to discuss emancipation, Craig Symonds to tell about Lincoln learning as he leads, and Mary Ann Jung performing as Clara Barton. The goal of this project is to use the Humanities to engage people in conversations about decision-making during times of crisis and polarization.

    Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art / Salisbury University
    Maryland Master: Edwin Remsberg’s Portraits of Maryland Traditions ($1,200)

    “Maryland Masters: Edwin Remsberg’s Portraits of Maryland Traditions” is a collection of images that reveal the unique flavor of Maryland and its distinctive community traditions. These traditions have been handed down from generation to generation, from master to apprentice. Maryland photographer Edwin Remsberg has captured these rituals in this series of portraits of men and women performing their individual practices, including some of the state’s oldest living traditions – like foxhunting, Smith Island Cakes, boatbuilding, Native American beadwork, and African-American gospel quartet singing – as well as some of its newest – like Colombian vallenato accordion and South Indian bharathanatyam dance.

    University of Baltimore
    Foundation West Meets East: Chinese Films and America ($1,200)

    West Meets East is a two-day educational film forum. The forum features eight Chinese films showcasing the diversity of Chinese culture and filmmaking. There will be panelist-led discussions after each film, led by experts in Chinese film and culture, who can give great insights into the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of each film.

  • “This Maryland Humanities grant is absolutely vital to the mission of our non-profit organization devoted to archaeological research and public education. Simply put, we could not have carried out our ambitious exhibit projects without this much-appreciated support. Maryland Humanities has enabled us to share meaningful stories and engage audiences in innovative and creative ways. The platform they have provided strengthens our organization and the community we serve. Thank you!”

    Lost Towns Project, Inc., Major Grant recipient, Anne Arundel County
  • “We had a great experience working with Maryland Humanities. Your team was very hands on, provided clear guidelines and seemed glad to assist us throughout our process. Thank you so much for the support we received to carry out our event and do much needed social justice work in our city.”

    New Lens, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee
  • “It is difficult to properly express our gratitude to Maryland Humanities for the help and support that we received through the grant-making process and through the project…The support of (Maryland Humanities) was not in funding alone. By including a spot about the initiative in (their) Humanities Connection program on WYPR, Maryland Humanities did much to help promote our initiative and alert the general public about the program that we were running in the early months of the fall.”

    Dr. Kimberly Coles ~ Chair, Education and Citizenship Project Committee, University of Maryland College Park
  • “Funding from the Maryland Humanities to distribute our first publication allowed Wide Angle Youth Media to expand our reach and share youth voice in a way we have never done before. With your support, this project has not only been successful in programmatic outcomes, but has inspired and empowered young people, giving them the platform to become published artists and share their voices in our city and beyond.”

    Wide Angle Youth Media, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee, Baltimore City
  • “We have truly enjoyed every funding experience with Maryland Humanities – mostly because it feels like a collaborative relationship. The staff at (Maryland Humanities) is very helpful when preparing grant proposals and reports, and we love seeing (Maryland Humanities) administrators attending our performances and other programming.”

    Center Stage, Humanities Fund for Baltimore grantee, Baltimore City
  • “It is difficult to properly express our gratitude to Maryland Humanities for the help and support that we received through the grant-making process and through the project. The grant was crucial to the success of the project, and instrumental in bringing the poet (and 2016 MacArthur Fellow) Claudia Rankine to our campus. As the author of “Citizen: An America Lyric,” Rankine’s powerful reading and discussion of her work provided the anchor for our programming about public education and the role it plays in shaping the political citizen… (Maryland Humanities staff) were a constant source of encouragement and support–and we are proud to have been one of the projects that it recognized this year.”

    Dr. Kimberly Coles ~ Chair, Education and Citizenship Project Committee, University of Maryland College Park
  • “Without support from Maryland Humanities, we never could have put together an exhibit and programming at this scale. This support allowed us to cover many more writers, artists and musicians in the exhibit than we otherwise could have done. It enabled us to offer at lease 50 percent more programming than we could have done on our own. The funds also enabled us to promote the exhibit and programs to a wider market. Furthermore, knowing there was a chance for this grant to be awarded, we felt able to apply for (even more) support from the local cultural arts board… We are enormously grateful.”

    Carol Allen, Director for the Library & Hays-Heighe House, Harford Community College, Major Grant recipient
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