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National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $12.8 Million in Project Grants

A black and white photograph of men at a liquor store in Detroit in 1919 before Prohibition began, which will be on view at the Upcountry History Museum’s exhibition, Spirited, Prohibition in America.

COURTESY UPCOUNTRY HISTORY MUSEUM/WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $12.8 million to 253 projects across the United States and Puerto Rico. The grants help provide funding for research and education to individuals and institutions.

In the realm of the arts, an $18,305 Discovery Grant was awarded to gallupARTS, a nonprofit in New Mexico at work on “WPA Art Collection: Exploring Past & Present Perspectives in a Virtual Art Exhibit,” to show more than 90 pieces of New Deal art from the town of Gallup online. At Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, a Research and Development Grant of $349,988 will enable the development of conservation tools to combat the formation of so-called metal soap—which causes deterioration to paintings—on works by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Certain other projects were recognized under the aegis of NEH on the Road, an initiative that supports the adaptation of projects to fit into spaces smaller than 2,000 square feet, so as to help with wider distribution of NEH grant-funded exhibitions. Small institutions in North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming each received $1,000 for such purposes, among them the State Historical Society of North Dakota (for “House & Home,” about the American Dream and the representational power of objects, communities, and buildings); the Upcountry History Museum at Furman University (for “Spirited, Prohibition in America,” about the temperance movement and 1920s America); and Washakie Museum in Worland, Wyoming (for “Power of Children: Making a Difference,” about the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White).  

In a statement announcing the grants, NEH acting chairman Jon Parrish Peede said, “The humanities offer us a path toward understanding ourselves, our neighbors, our nation. These new NEH grants exemplify the agency’s commitment to serving American communities through investing in education initiatives, safeguarding cultural treasures, and illuminating the history and values that define our shared heritage.”

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