The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced $33.17 million in grants, to be distributed among 245 humanities projects nationwide. Funding is distributed among thirteen categories, ranging from archaeological and ethnic field research grants, media projects, humanities collections, infrastructure and capacity building. This latest installment received the lion’s share of funding this year, with twenty-three cultural institutions sharing $11 million to be used to incentivize more non-federal funding.
Among those receiving grants in this category are the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which will fund increased accessibility to collections documenting Hawaiian and Pacific history and culture, and the First Peoples Fund, based in Rapid City, North Dakota. South, which will establish outdoor classrooms on the Pine Ridge reservation. Oglala Lakota Artspace, where it will host educational programs centered on Lakota cultural traditions. Those receiving funds for media, exhibits and public programs showcasing the humanities to the public include the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, which will use the money to create a permanent exhibit guiding visitors through the building of an African American couple. who lived in Lower Manhattan in the 1860s; and the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, which will mount a traveling exhibition on the theme of Ethiopian art history.
The grants are the first to arrive under the leadership of Shelly C. Lowe, a Navajo Nation citizen and first Native American to lead the agency. “NEH is proud to support these exemplary education, media, preservation, research and infrastructure projects,” said Lowe. “These 245 projects will broaden the horizons of our knowledge of culture and history, elevate humanities organizations working to preserve and tell the stories of local and global communities, and provide high-quality public programs and educational resources. quality directly to the American public.”