National Endowment for the Humanities Announces New Grants

The New York Botanical Garden, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas are among 225 National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipients announced on Wednesday.

The $ 24 million grant will support projects in museums, libraries, universities, and historic sites in 45 states, as well as Washington and Puerto Rico. They will enable New York University researchers to excavate a newly discovered ancient Egyptian brewery, hold a traveling exhibition in honor of Emmett Till’s legacy at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and research a biography of Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis by David Greenberg, professor at the Rutgers University.

Adam Wolfson, acting chairman of the foundation, said in a statement that the new projects “embody excellence, intellectual rigor and a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge as our nation and the humanities community continue to face the challenges of the pandemic.”

As part of a new archeology and ethnography scholarship program, seven of the awards will support empirical field research, including the excavation of the ancient city of Teotihuacan in central Mexico and the study of settlement and migration patterns on the Micronesian islands of Pohnpei and Kosrae.

In New York, 40 projects run by state cultural organizations receive grants totaling USD 6.6 million. The funding will support the creation of a digital open access database of the endangered Uto-Aztec language Wixárika from west-central Mexico in the New York Botanical Gardens. the expansion of the Freedom of Information Archive, a digital resource with 4.6 million released documents, at Columbia University; and the production of a 15-part documentary podcast series, Radio Diaries, which uses archived audio recordings to tell forgotten stories from 20th century America, such as the last surviving Watergate burglar.

Elsewhere, the grants will aid the processing of 384 feet of documents, manuscripts, and correspondence relating to the life and work of artist Donald Judd at the Judd Foundation. the expansion of an online repository at Michigan State University that documents the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned, or participated in the historic slave trade; and researching and writing a book on signed music for the deaf.

The Los Angeles County Art Museum has been awarded a grant to host the Dining With the Sultan exhibition, which shows art depicting Islamic courtly food and culinary traditions from the 8th to 19th centuries. At California State University’s Fullerton campus, a team will be using Bob Damron’s Address Books, a well-known travel directory used by LGBTQ Americans in the late 20th century to create interactive maps and visualizations.

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