Current Initiatives
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Local Partners

PROGRAM: Čhokáta Nážiŋ – The Dakota Language Table


St. Paul, MN – [workshop] Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table workshop examines the Dakota language to understand the interdependent relationships of the land, language, and well-being of the Dakota people. Workshop participants will gain ideas for student engagement, learn hands-on activities, and leave with tools to help replicate the experience in a classroom setting. (Educators)

PROGRAM: Answering America’s Call – Newport News in WWI


Newport News, VA – [exhibit] Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I examines the stories of individuals who served locally or lived on the Peninsula and how Newport News became a crucial military port during the war. This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I and will remain open from May through December 2018. (Public, Veterans)

PROGRAM: Next Indiana Campfires


Statewide, IN – [hiking, adventure] Next Indiana Campfires pairs literature with the outdoors to ignite conversations about Indiana’s future. This program was created in 2016 as part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires initiative, received a Schwartz Prize in 2017, and was granted funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Federation’s “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative. (Public)

PROGRAM: Montana Center for the Book Prize


Statewide, MO – [reading and discussion, award] The Montana Center for the Book Prize recognizes programs that offer creative and wide-reaching literary programming, such as family reading groups that promote youth literacy, reading series that encourage active engagement with the literary arts, or high school workshops that support student participation in slam poetry events. Nominations are being accepted now through July 15, 2018. (Public)

PROGRAM: Montana Center for the Book


Statewide, MO – [reading and discussion] The Montana Center, a program of Humanities Montana and the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, aims to promote awareness of books, writing, reading, the book arts, publishing and literacy in Montana. (Public)

PROGRAM: The Big Idea


Statewide, KS – [resource] The Big Idea, a new feature from Humanities Kansas, connects the people of Kansas with humanities scholarship on current events and national issues. Resources are provided for interested organizations looking to join the movement of ideas by starting inspiring conversation in book clubs, dinner parties, or on movie nights. (Public)

PROGRAM: Envisioning Justice Community Open Houses


Selection locations, IL – [varies] Envisioning Justice Open Houses celebrate the culmination of a ten-week session of arts education classes and community discussion programs. These programs are part of the Envisioning Justice initiative created to engage Chicagoans in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration with the goal of imagining a new criminal justice system. (Public)

PROGRAM: Flip for Horseshoe Crabs!


Dover, DE – [workshop, discussion] In an effort to merge the worlds of science and the humanities, Delaware Humanities, in partnership with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, hosts a literature discussion and conduct a mock survey on horseshoe crabs. (Public)

PROGRAM: Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives


Select locations, MN – [workshop] In this workshop Minnesota Humanities Center showcases how to increase engagement through absent narratives using core strategies and concepts. This workshop is designed for individuals with backgrounds in education, government, or community looking to exchange insights exchange insights through personal stories, conversations, and guided reflections.  (Public)

PROGRAM: Gwendolyn Books Youth Poetry Award


Select locations, IL – [award] Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks founded and led an annual Youth Poetry Award from 1970 until her death in 2000. In 2017, the Council revitalized the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards and has partnered with the National Poetry Foundation to conduct the 2018 Award program. (Youth)

DOC FILM: Journey to the Wilderness


Mobile, AL – [documentary] The AHF-funded documentary, Journey to the Wilderness, examines acclaimed journalist Frye Gaillard’s reflection on his family’s changing perceptions of the Civil War, its aftermath, and the South over many generations. (Public)

PROGRAM: Water/Ways


Select locations, MS – [traveling exhibit] On May 31, the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Water/Ways will open in Mississippi and will be on display in six communities around the state through May 2019. While on display, this exhibit will offer weekly programming that examines the role of water in all aspects of society. (Public)

PROGRAM: Envisioning Justice


Select Locations, IL – [discussion] Envisioning Justice will engage Chicagoans of all neighborhoods, races, and socio-economic backgrounds in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration in local communities. This program will also invite residents to use the arts and humanities to devise strategies for lessening this impact. (Public)

PROGRAM: Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase


Charlottesville, VA – [festival] A celebration of traditional music, food, and crafts for the graduating class of the Folklife Apprenticeship Program and a formal welcome to the new class. (Public)

PROGRAM: Inouye Congressional Papers Archives Program


Honolulu, HI – [varies] The Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities is working with the University of Hawai‘i’s Hamilton Library and other project principals to hold two public forums, with guided tours on the archival materials from Senator Daniel K. Inouye Congressional papers and related collections. The exhibit at the library will run from April 16 through June 30, 2018. There will be a public forum held on April 22. (Public)