All Funded Projects


Humanities for All

Grants Awarded in Winter 2016

 

A Place to Call Home

KVMR-Voice of the Community, Nevada City (Sierras)
Project Director: Betty Louise
Stories by and about homeless people in Nevada County, including of those living without a home, organizations working with homeless people, officials charged with finding solutions to homelessness, and community members confused or scared by homeless people, will be collected and shared by the station through multiple means (audio, video, photographs, essays, and music programming). An interactive live event with perception-challenging exercises will further raise awareness of the issue and inspire respect, empathy, civic participation, and compassionate action on the part of the community. $5,000.00

Baraka and Samsara Film Screenings and Discussions at OACC

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), Oakland 
Project Director: Crystal Lee
Combining film screenings, dance performances, and community conversations, this multimedia project will provide an opportunity for a diverse audience in Oakland to consider a variety of topics related to race and ethnicity. Free community screenings of two award-winning independent films ("Baraka" and "Samsara"), accompanied by traditional dance performances by local artists, will visually transport audience members, and provide a platform to explore the complex subject through cross-cultural and intergenerational discussion. $4,925.00

Border Click

The AjA Project, San Diego 
Project Director: Rebecca Goldschmidt
Border Click is a participatory photography project that involves a group of 20 young San Diegans who regularly cross the border in the course of their day-to-day lives. Using photography and facilitated discussion (in partnership with San Diego State University scholars and Southern California artists), these “transborder” youth are creating a living archive and large-scale installation which captures the everyday aesthetic and experience of the 'transfronterizo' life. California Humanities funds will support culminating installations (both digital archive and public-facing installation) and three community conversations which will further examine how identity, profiling and racism are experienced by these young people. $4,500.00

Chicano Legacy of Fresno County 

El Concilio de Fresno, Inc., Fresno 
Project Director: Eddie Varela
Through the means of in-depth oral history collection, an interactive website, and a community-facing public program, the project team seeks to educate and engage the public about the history of the Chicano Civil Rights movement and the social justice issues that gave rise to it. The project aims to bridge generational, racial, and economic divides, create greater cultural awareness and empathy, and offer valuable historical insights to the entire community, including students at local high schools and colleges. $4,847.50

Circling Back: Black Farmers in California

Farms to Grow, Oakland 
Project Director: Gail Myers
A mobile art and historical photography exhibit to be installed in accessible venues, including the Oakland Farmers Market, will provide opportunities for the community to learn about the history of African American farming, experience art, and consider and discuss a variety of topics including food policy, health and well-being, environmental stewardship, and careers in agriculture and sustainable practices. Presenters will share their first-hand experiences and knowledge to educate, inspire and empower attendees. $4,000.00

Democracy and Equity Initiative: Conversations on Race and Immigration*

Dominican University of California, San Rafael 
Project Director: Laura Stivers
Throughout the 2016/17 academic year, Dominican University is hosting over twenty events related to the theme of "Democracy and Equity.” Discussions and presentations focusing on youth justice movements, political participation, and homelessness will connect students, faculty, staff and community members. Programming in March and April 2017 will address topics of race, immigration, and the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. $5,000.00

Dismantling Archetypes

Friends of the La Habra Library, La Habra 
Project Director: David Elliott
Films communicate stories, help us explore deeper truths, and break down barriers. They spark discussions that allow us to grapple with important social issues, both past and present. In this spirit, the La Habra Library will present a monthly film and discussion series focusing on issues such as racial injustice, police brutality, LGBTQ civil rights, and other subjects of community interest. Local film makers and film experts will lead the discussions following the screenings, using the lens provided by the arts and humanities to broaden community understanding. $4,400.00

Engaging Critically with Urban Humanities: Shaping San Francisco's Public Events

Independent Arts & Media/Shaping San Francisco, San Francisco 
Project Director: LisaRuth Elliott
Shaping San Francisco conducts an annual series of public talks and tours that encourages Bay Area residents to engage critically with their daily urban experience. Drawing on themes from our participatory community history digital archive, FoundSF.org, we offer free public humanities forums and tours investigating and analyzing transformations of place over time and how our choices have shaped, and continue to shape the urban environment and the human lives within it. This twelfth year of public programming, supported by California Humanities, will add video documentation as a new resource to further engage participation. $5,000.00

Engaging Families in Literacy

Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre, Sunland  
Project Director: Lorrie Oshatz
Engaging Families in Literacy provides workshops for families to learn about the importance of daily storytimes with children and the significant impact parents have on their child's education. In partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, we will present workshops at 8 branches located in low-income communities throughout Los Angeles to demonstrate techniques for creating positive reading experiences that will enhance family relationships and promote academic success. Participants will receive resources including a quality picture book to take home and follow-up support. $5,000.00

Film Series: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Summer of Love

Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco 
Project Director: Elizabeth Gessel
The summer of 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. In commemoration of this historic moment, a major outreach, public engagement and artistic collaboration led by the DeYoung Museum, California Historical Society, San Francisco Arts Commission and SF Travel will engage more than 50 institutions in presenting programming and exhibitions. As part of this celebration, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will present a six-part film and discussion series exploring the influence of Black culture on the counter culture of the time and its subsequent influence on art and popular culture. $5,000.00

Foster Youth Justice Dialogue Project

Beyond Emancipation, Oakland 
Project Director: Sherry Congrave Wilson
The Foster Youth Justice Dialogue Project will foster understanding and communication between youth with experience in the foster care and juvenile justice systems and law enforcement officials. Through participatory and interactive humanities experiences such as story-collection and sharing, facilitated conversations and hand-on art workshops, youth and officials will explore identity, stereotypes and community.  Organizers hope the project will foster greater understanding, empathy, and critical consciousness for all participants, as well as forge authentic relationships between them. They believe that this project has potential to literally save youth lives and hope that some participating youth might consider careers in law enforcement and social services as a result. $5,000.00  

"Griots of Oakland" Story Circles

Story For All, Oakland  
Project Director: Angela Zusman
Since its release in 2013, the book and exhibit produced by The Griots of Oakland story-collection and sharing project have brought the stories and voices of Oakland young men of color to the wider public, inspiring empathy, reflection, insight, analysis, and dialogue. Now, in partnership with the Oakland Public Library, a series of community readings and facilitated discussions will answer the call from students, teachers, parents and many others to listen deeply to these young people, challenge perceptions, provide a safe space for healing, and confront the realities faced by our youth that profoundly affect us all. $5,000.00

Gun Violence in America

Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley 
Project Director: Alexa Koenig
The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley will organize a series of public events on gun violence and safety, using a multi-disciplinary humanities lens to explore the history and current realities of gun violence in American and what can be done to prevent it in the future. Through live streaming, op-eds, blogging, and social media, the event and film series will reach a national audience and feed into a larger dialogue about gun violence and gun safety. $5,000.00

History in Motion

California Agriculture Museum, Woodland  
Project Director: Lorili Ostman
A temporary exhibit of historic farm machinery, manuals, and broadsheets will be curated and installed by museum volunteers and staff at the Best of the West Show at historic Rancho Santa Margarita near Paso Robles in May 2017, which is hosting the annual Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club national show. Over 6,000 people are expected from California and around the world for the event. The museum intends to utilize the exhibit and related story-sharing programs to connect with a wider audience and further a dialogue with culture bearers, historians and the general public about California’s rich agricultural historical legacy. $4,928.08

I Am Your Neighbor - A Tale of Two Cities

Yolo County Library, Woodland
Project Director: Meredith Beales
Yolo County Library will act as the lead agency for a project titled "I Am Your Neighbor-A Tale of Two Cities". This project seeks to humanize the homelessness experience and bring heightened awareness to the community about the difficulties of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. We will do this by providing stories through films, documentaries, books and panel discussions of thinkers, practitioners, and homeless/formerly homeless from the community. $5,000.00

Illuminating the Navy & World War II in Long Beach

Historical Society of Long Beach, Long Beach 
Project Director: Julie Bartolotto
To complement our exhibition "Long Beach Remembers Pearl Harbor," the Historical Society of Long Beach will organize three free public events that will provide opportunities for the community to learn more about how the Second World War changed the city. Panel discussions and presentations will share stories of Japanese citizens and residents interned or imprisoned, Mexican Americans and immigrants, and explore how demographic and economic changes that transformed the city laid the ground work for today's Long Beach. $5,000.00

Japanese Americans on the Peninsula:  Learning From Our Past to Look to Our Future

Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates 
Project Director:  Laura Ishizaka
To serve our growing, changing, and diverse community on the Peninsula, including a growing Asian Pacific population, the Palos Verdes Library District will host a series of public programs exploring the Japanese American experience and influence in Southern California. In commemoration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May 2017 and in recognition of the important role Japanese Americans played in the area’s history, programs will share stories about the experience of local Japanese Americans before and after World War II internment, explore topics of race, culture, and ethnicity, and illuminate aspects of Japanese music, art, and cultural heritage. $5,000.00

Legacies of the Street: Seeking Transportation Justice

Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis, Davis
Project Director: Adonia Lugo
This three-part traveling public conversation will explore the racialized past and present of roads in three California cities: San Francisco, Fresno, and Los Angeles. Communities of color suffered disproportionately from the creation of California's transportation infrastructure, as highways carved up urban communities to facilitate suburban commuting to employment hubs. Each event will begin with a dialogue between humanities scholars who are experts in each region's transportation history and local mobility advocacy leaders which will set the stage for the facilitated discussions of what it means to reclaim the streets for people. $5,000.00

LIFERS: Life Stories from the Inside/Out

Ensemble Studio Theatre, the LA Project, Los Angeles 
Project Director:  Susan Franklin Tanner
This project will enable residents of The Francisco Homes in Los Angeles, a diverse group of  Latino, African-American, Asian and Caucasian men who have been paroled after serving life in prison, to share their stories through a documentary theatre project. A series of workshops will provide the participants with skill building activities including improvisation, writing, movement, vocal expression and performance techniques. The project will culminate in a series of short performances and discussions for high school and college students, residents and staff of The Francisco Homes, and the public. $5,000.00

Mixed Remixed Festival

Mixed Remixed, Inc., Los Angeles 
Project Director: Ms. Heidi Durrow
The Mixed Remixed Festival is an annual cultural arts festival showcasing stories of the mixed-race experience through films, books and performance. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the historic Supreme Court decision that struck down barriers to interracial marriage across the nation, the 4th annual event will take place on June 10, 2017 (the eve of the decision’s anniversary) at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room in Los Angeles. The free day-long event that will feature two film programs with discussion and Q&A, as well as a live performance and reception. $5,000.00

MXLA2017: Year of Mexico in Los Angeles

UNAM Los Angeles, Los Angeles  
Project Director: Alda Espinosa
Within the framework of MXLA2017, the Year of Mexico in Los Angeles, a project organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles and the City of LA, the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Los Angeles (UNAM-LA) will host a series of activities to share and reflect upon important aspects of Mexican culture: music, the virtual arts, and literature. In collaboration with CSU Northridge and other local educational and cultural organizations, the programs will provide interesting perspectives on Mexican culture and heritage, and contribute to a rich discussion about Mexican identity. $4,990.00

One Story One City Program

City of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita  
Project Director: Phil Lantis
This annual citywide read encourages discussions and engagement with stories by residents across the spectrum of age and interests. For 2017, the featured book will be Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt, a nonfiction work that tells the story of women "computers" who handled complicated math problems at Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contributing to the success of the country's space program. During March, coinciding with Women’s History Month, the Library is planning a host of programs for all ages, and will be giving away free paperback copies of the book as a further incentive to encourage people to read the book. $3,500.00

Passing It On: Other Feminist Futures: A Conversation with Angela Davis, Margaret Rhee, and Audee Kochiyama

Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco  
Project Director: Michelle Lee
A panel discussion will complement the exhibition Shifting Movements: Art Inspired by Life & Activism of Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014), organized by the Asian American Women Artists Association and scheduled for May 2017 at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. Presented in a "living-room" style format inspired by the Kochiyama family's tradition of radical hospitality, the panel will explore the intersection of a variety of feminist perspectives with regard to envisioning a new democratic future in the context of Kochiyama's life and legacy. $3,500.00

Public Safety for Real*

Los Angeles Poverty Department, Los Angeles  
Project Director:  John Malpede
The Los Angeles Poverty Department, the first performance group in the country made up of homeless and formerly homeless people, will organize a series of five public presentations and community conversations led by humanities experts addressing the concept of "public safety" in Skid Row. This topic is of great concern to communities--particularly communities of color--throughout the country. Our desire is to draw upon the insights of humanities scholars to analyze the history of the concept and the operative assumptions in the current implementation of public safety, and to generate a framework that will allow community members to create their own vision of public safety, one that reflects the realities of the Skid Row community. $5,000.00

Race and Space in Los Angeles

Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles  
Project Director: Lisa Marr
Exploring the theme of race, ethnicity and the urban environment, this project will provide a stimulating series of free screenings at venues around the city, featuring 16mm films curated from Los Angeles university and community archives. Each event will include a discussion between diverse audiences, scholars, archivists and filmmakers that invites contemporary commentary on past cinematic representations of minorities and marginalized populations in Los Angeles, and the many ways issues of race, ethnicity, identity, culture and access to public/private space continue to engage and shape our city. $4,000.00

Rolling Counterpoint

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga 
Project Director:  Donna Conwell 
A collaboration with artist Taro Hattori, this project draws on Japanese tradition to reimagine the teahouse as a meeting space and dialogical zone where diverse people from all walks of life can come together to share their stories about belonging and unbelonging. Central to the project are a teahouse housed in Montalvo Art Center's 175-acre public park and a mobile teahouse that will travel to and engage with various Bay Area communities. Using the artifact of the teahouses as catalysts, the project aims to spark cross-cultural conversations with various communities of inquiry to  explore questions of belonging and community and address wide ranging issues such as hate speech, social exclusion, gentrification, homelessness, and income inequality. $5,000.00

SHOUT! for Women Veterans Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion

Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco  
Project Director: Britta McClure
SHOUT! for Women Veterans is an annual art exhibit and panel discussion illuminating the experiences of women veterans, as well as their challenges and relationship to military and veteran culture. Every year, members of the public mix with the veteran community to explore the intersections of art, community, health and healing through the unique lens of women veterans at this annual event. This year's theme, "Self and Transition," will explore the beginning and end of military service. The event will showcase the artwork of four women veteran artists, and include a moderated panel discussion featuring the artists. $5,000.00

The Oresteia Trilogy & Symposium: Art to Activism to Change*

Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland   
Project Director: Matthew Travisano
In partnership with Ubuntu Theater Project, the OSA will present a new version of Aeschylus's The Oresteia as reimagined by School of Theatre Chair Matthew Travisano. The trilogy is a forceful and poetic response to the social and political concerns of today, drawing parallels between the Athens of Aeschylus and issues we are wrestling with in contemporary Oakland. The goal is to harness the power of live theatre to engage communities around shared experience. We will also present a public symposium designed to address key themes of the trilogy and spur further conversations about a variety of topics impacting our community. $5,000.00

The Upland Public Library Latino Veterans Oral History Project

Upland Public Library/Friends of the Upland Public Library, Upland  
Project Director: Lorene Broersma
This project will interview and record oral histories of local Latino military veterans and their families to preserve history for present day audiences as well as for future generations. Collecting the stories and accounts of these veterans will pave the way for a series of community conversations, dialogues, and programs for all ages, that will expand knowledge about the military experience, foster a deeper understanding about the role of ethnicity in the military and the challenges of returning to civilian life. Partnerships with local veterans organizations, schools, colleges, and other public agencies will enrich the project. $4,198.00

¡Tu Cine! Film Showcase

Media Arts Center San Diego, San Diego 
Project Director: Moises Esparza 
¡Tu Cine! is an educational track of the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival program aimed at engaging a diverse and underserved audience of local youth. In addition to enabling these young people to see and discuss films that explore the dynamics of race and ethnicity in the border region, the program provides them the opportunity to meet professional filmmakers who are sharing the realities of their communities by telling their stories. California Humanities funds will help support screenings, discussions with filmmakers and humanities experts, and the development of discussion and resource guides. $5,000.00

Understanding and Learning Our History: California's Bilingual Constitution

Centennial Heritage Museum dba Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana ;
Project Director: Kevin Cabrera
In September and October 1849, 48 delegates from ten districts of California gathered at the Colton Hall to begin the California Constitutional State Convention to move California towards statehood. What resulted was a document written in English and Spanish, the first bilingual constitution in the United States. Although this is an important moment in California’s history, few people know about it, nor is it included in the state framework for teaching history and social studies. To raise public awareness, the Heritage Museum, in partnership with Santa Ana Unified School District and city agencies, will offer a series of public programs reenacting the Convention Debates for our community. $5,000.00

We Who Work: A Collaborative Project About Labor in Santa Cruz County

The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz  
Project Director:  Stacey Garcia
This interdisciplinary project, featuring historical artifacts of labor, objects and stories from contemporary laborers, and art from internationally-acclaimed artist Hung Liu, will enable the public to explore how labor shapes our experiences - past, present, and future - as individuals and as societies. California Humanities funds will expand public participation through 10 interactive events and bring more people – and perspectives -- into the dialogue. Our objectives are to ignite shared experiences, empower 1,000 laborers, invite visitors to build social capital together, and to spark unexpected connections between art, history, ethnicity, and politics - all to build a stronger community. $5,000.00

Who controls racial meanings? A Humanistic Socially Engaged Collaborative Project

California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation, Carson  
Project Director: Vivian Price
Who controls racial meanings? is a public humanities project undertaken in coordinated with our surrounding communities in search of understanding historic and present meanings of race and ethnicity. As humanities scholars have argued, race and ethnicity are social constructions with fluid meanings, but the oppression that people of color experience is real and has profound effects. We propose a series of interactive workshops, lectures, and performances that will engage local high schools, community centers, and our university community in considering the history of criminalization of communities of color, and the role of community counter-narratives in redefining racial and ethnic meanings. $5,000.00

Women of the Northwest 

Playhouse Arts, Arcata  
Project Director: Jacqueline Dandeneau
This project aims to further document and share the history of women in rural Humboldt County pre 1950. California Humanities funds will enable the theatre to collaborate with the Native Women's Collective, Native Studies Department at Humboldt State University, and the Equity Alliance on research and production of a work that will incorporate the stories and experiences of Native American, African American, Hispanic and Asian women from the region. The work will be performed at the O2F - Oriented to Female - Festival, accompanied by a public discussion drawing on the insights provided by contributing scholars and culture bearers. $4,700.00

Projects denoted by an asterisk (*) were funded through the “Exploring the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in California” track, with special support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities for community dialogues and discussions focused on the legacy of racial and ethnic relations in California, including the relationship between communities and law enforcement authorities.

 

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