Rhode Island Council for the Humanities announces $136K in grants

PROVIDENCE – Fourteen local organizations will share $136,429 in new Rhode Island Council for the Humanities grants, ranging in size from $12,000 to $5,000, the arts and culture organization announced Monday.

In recognition of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities “45th year of grantmaking,” said Elizabeth Francis, the group’s executive director in a statement, “we are delighted to recognize this year’s major grant recipients for the innovative ways their projects engage diverse audiences and provide necessary spaces for community connection, reflection on past and present, and conversation about our collective future.”

Nine public projects, three documentary films and two K-12 civic education programs were recognized this year. They are:

  • Manton Avenue Project: $12,000 to in support of its Playwriting as Civic Engagement Series for Young People in Olneyville
  • New Urban Arts: $12,000 to its scholar and program support for summer art internships
  • newportFILM: $12,000 to its newportFILM OUTDOORS 2018
  • Little Compton Historical Society: $12,000 to Remember Me, Little Compton’s 45 Historic Cemeteries
  • Providence Preservation Society: $12,000 to Sites and Stories Explored through Community Engaged Art and Scholarship
  • Rhode Island Historical Society: $12,000 to “Triple Decker, A New England Love Story”
  • Pushed Learning and Media/New Urban Arts: $10,100 to teacher training, curriculum development, and  academic support for teachers and ethnic studies programs
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts: $10,000 to support its Este es Mi Barrio Community Walking Tours
  • Stages of Freedom: $9,999 to America’s First Black Diva: Sissieretta Jones at 150
  • Meeting Street: $9,850 to “Be the Change:” The Grace School Public Policy Initiative
  • South County History Center: $9,480 to its Resilient Rhode Island: Disasters & Determination in the Ocean State
  • Center for Independent Documentary: $5,000 to its “Unjuried/Uncensored: Making AS220”
  • Rhode Island Public Broadcasting System: $5,000 to support “The Missing Season: Race and Community in Rhode Island’s Golden Age of Baseball”
  • RISD Museum: $5,000 to support its program Planning for Designing Innovation: The Gorham Manufacturing Company 1850-1970

Since 1973, the Council has provided more than $8 million in grants to support more than 650 organizations throughout the state of Rhode Island, as well as independent researchers and filmmakers.

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