The National Endowment for the Humanities Wednesday announced $43.1 million in awards for 218 projects across the country, including $400,000 to the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles to help implement a permanent exhibition, documentary and public programs exploring images of the American West in popular culture.

Other local NEH grant recipients include Museum Associates, which was given $100,000 to create a temporary, single-site exhibition on the art and history of Korean calligraphy; the International Documentary Association, which will use its $74,995 award to develop a one-hour documentary and companion website about newspaper columnist and radio commentator Walter Winchell, who died in 1972; and the Fullerton Museum Center, which was given $1,000 to develop ancillary public humanities programs to accompany an NEH-funded traveling exhibition on Coney Island.

Elsewhere in Southern California, a $264,000 grant awarded to UC Riverside will support the university’s ongoing effort to digitally archive hundreds of thousands of pages from newspapers published in California since the mid-19th century, and UC San Diego was awarded a $750,000 match grant for construction of a new Institute of Arts and Humanities, located in the university’s Arts and Humanities Building, to support scholarly research and collaborative programming in the areas of global, public and digital humanities.

This round of funding is NEH’s third and last for fiscal year 2018 and supports research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities. The peer-reviewed grants were awarded in addition to $47 million in annual operating support provided to the national network of state and local humanities councils during this fiscal year.

“From nationally broadcast documentaries to summer workshops for high school teachers, the projects receiving funding today strengthen and sustain the cultural life of our nation and its citizens,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede.

The NEH, created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the NEH and its grant programs is available at:

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