The National Endowment for the Humanities Wednesday announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including $350,000 for Cal State Northridge to create a farmworker movement digital photo archive, multimedia website and on-demand exhibition.
The CSUN project involves the processing and partial digitization of 22,000 35mm negatives, slides, contact sheets and prints, along with 20 oral histories that document the farmworker movement in the 1960s and early 1970s.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was awarded $400,000 to implement “Dining with the Sultan,” a traveling exhibition on the arts of Islamic courtly dining culture from the eighth through the 19th centuries, including a catalog and public programs.
The CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corp. was awarded $349,894 to create a dataset from Bob Damron’s Address Books, a prominent travel directory used by LGBTQ Americans in the late 20th century.
The Academy Foundation in Beverly Hills will use its $100,000 grant to create an exhibition exploring the history of African-American representation in cinema between 1898 and 1971.
Heart of Los Angeles Youth Inc. won a $40,000 planning grant to design three temporary exhibitions with public programs examining the history of Lafayette Park in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation was awarded $75,000 for the development of a temporary and traveling exhibition on the history and culture of tribes of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah.
Two Southland scholars, Emily Soule of Cal State Long Beach and Constance Chen of Loyola Marymount University, were both awarded $6,000 NEH Summer Stipends . Soul is writing a book on the Spanish Empire’s role in the Atlantic slave trade from 1402-1898, and Chen is writing a chapter for a book on the impact of transpacific travel on U.S.-Asian cultures and relationships between 1880-1940.
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.
“NEH is proud to support these 225 new projects, which embody excellence, intellectual rigor and a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, even as our nation and the humanities community continue to face the challenges of the pandemic,” said NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “We look forward to the contributions these projects will make to our understanding of ourselves and our society through exemplary humanities research, publications, documentary films, exhibitions and undergraduate programs.”