Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities Publicizes New Grants


Carnegie Hall, the National World War I Memorial in Washington, and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis are among the 213 National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipients announced on Wednesday.

The US $ 32.8 million grant will support projects in 44 states, as well as museums, libraries, universities and historic sites in Washington and Puerto Rico. You’ll enable the production of an interactive timeline of African American music at Carnegie Hall, hold collections of Appalachian history in the Appalshop Archives in Kentucky, and support the use of X-ray spectroscopy to better understand color in ancient times at the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archeology .

“As we conclude an extremely difficult year for our country and its cultural institutions, it is encouraging to see so many outstanding projects being carried out by humanities scholars, researchers, curators and educators,” said Jon Parrish Peede, chairman of the foundation, in a statement and added that the grants “would expand access to cultural collections and resources for all Americans.”

In March, the NEH received $ 75 million in funding under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), which it submitted to 56 state and competent humanities councils distributed.

In New York, 30 state cultural organizations are receiving grants totaling US $ 5.3 million. Funding will support digital upgrades of a database of cursory slave ads from US newspapers at Cornell University. the Leon Levy Digital Archives project at the New York Philharmonic, which includes more than four million pages of printed programs listing scores and photographs; and the renovation of the former power station of Sing Sing prison in Ossining, where a museum is to open in 2025.

Elsewhere, the grants will help found the Yoknapatawpha Humanities Center in Oxford, Miss. (Yoknapatawpha is a fictional Mississippi county founded by William Faulkner). the storage of manuscript collections in the Vonnegut library; and researching and writing a book on the influence of John Milton’s blindness on the poetic language of Paradise Lost.

The National World War I Memorial in Washington, which is under construction, receives a grant to create an augmented reality smartphone app for visitors. A team of US and UK researchers will work together on the digital identification and analysis of watermarks on Isaac Newton’s manuscripts at Indiana University, Bloomington.