New Jersey Council for the Humanities

New Jersey Council for the Humanities At the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, we harness the power of the humanities to strengthen our pluralistic society. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), a nonprofit organization, was established in 1972 as the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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This is a just because post.  To our grantees, program partners, and friends - thank you.  The work you do results in im...
09/15/2021

This is a just because post.

To our grantees, program partners, and friends - thank you.

The work you do results in important conversations and community connections.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans are better informed and more empathetic because of your efforts.

This is a just because post.

To our grantees, program partners, and friends - thank you.

The work you do results in important conversations and community connections.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans are better informed and more empathetic because of your efforts.

There's still time to register for today's 2pm COVID-19 Response grant webinar.  If you're interested in learning more a...
09/13/2021
COVID-19 Response Grant Webinar

There's still time to register for today's 2pm COVID-19 Response grant webinar. If you're interested in learning more about this funding opportunity, please join us. Public humanities organizations AND organizations tackling public humanities projects are eligible to apply. The overview will be followed by a Q&A. #njch #publichumanities

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-response-grant-webinar-tickets-166920829695

This webinar is designed for individuals that want to learn more about the NJCH COVID-19 Response grant opportunity.

Grantee Spotlight - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is opening two new exhibitions next month. The exhibitions will...
09/10/2021
VACNJ’s new exhibitions to focus on work by indigenous artists

Grantee Spotlight -

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is opening two new exhibitions next month. The exhibitions will feature multidisciplinary work by indigenous artists and makers from throughout North America and includes photography, video, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, beadwork and textiles. A series of related public programs that will complement the exhibition was funded, in part, by a NJCH Action Grant. #njch #publichumanities

SUMMIT, NJ — The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey will open two new exhibitions on Saturday, Oct. 9, that examine the interconnectivity of the human body, land and water. The Main Gallery show, “Th…

09/07/2021

Addition to our COVID-19 Response Grant program FAQ -

16. Can I use this funding for preparedness planning?

Yes. COVID-19 Response grant funding can be used for emergency preparedness efforts, including costs associated with developing a disaster preparedness plan or acquisition of essential preparedness planning items or services.

Questions? Contact us.

09/04/2021

We have posted a web page with links to #NJ resources and assistance for those affected by Hurricane #Ida. We will post updates as we become aware of them. If you have information or recommendations to share, please let us know. Thank you.
https://njnonprofits.org/Ida.html

“We are all still trying to manage the ongoing health crisis and at the same time figure out how to recover from COVID a...
09/01/2021
NJCH awards nearly $402,000 in first round of COVID-19 Response grants throughout the state - NJ Council for the Humanities

“We are all still trying to manage the ongoing health crisis and at the same time figure out how to recover from COVID and move forward” said Executive Director Carin Berkowitz. “The New Jersey nonprofits that serve their communities through work in the public humanities continue to be adversely affected. We are so pleased to offer this vital funding to the historical and cultural infrastructure of our state.”

Please join us in extending congratulations to our latest round of COVID-19 Response Grant recipients!

Alice Paul Institute
Asbury Park African-American Music Project
Bloomfield College
Bordentown Historical Society
coLAB Arts
County College of Morris
County of Hudson
CASA of Essex County
Dr. James Still Historic Office Site & Education Center
Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
Gloucester County Historical Society
Morven Museum & Garden
Historical Society of Princeton
Battleship New Jersey
Lawnside Historical Society
Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County
The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum
Visit Cape May MAC
Mighty Writers
Montclair History Center
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
Newark History Society
The Newark Museum of Art
Nimbus Dance
North Bergen Free Public Library
Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs
Patriots for the Somers Mansion
Perkins Center for the Arts
Roebling Museum
Rutgers University - Department of Landscape Architecture
Sparta NJ Historical Society
Talking Eyes Media
Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
Northern NJ Community Foundation / ArtsBergen
The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden

We are still accepting applications for the COVID-19 Response Grant program. Visit the NJCH website to learn more.

(Camden, NJ) – The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) recently awarded $401,977 in COVID-19 Response Grant funding to thirty-six organizations. The COVID-19 Response Grant program provides funding opportunities for New Jersey nonprofit organizations that produce humanities programming fo...

It's a question we hear often.  "What ARE the public humanities?"In addition to the NJCH website, the "public humanities...
08/31/2021
Public humanities - Wikipedia

It's a question we hear often. "What ARE the public humanities?"

In addition to the NJCH website, the "public humanities" wikipedia page offers an interesting exploration.

The list of "subfields" (courtesy of the National Council on Public History entry on the page) broadens the framework in a helpful way.

"Subfields of the public humanities include public history, public sociology, public folklore, public anthropology, public philosophy, historic preservation, museum studies, museum education, cultural heritage management, community archaeology, public art, and public science."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_humanities

Public humanities is the work of engaging diverse publics in reflecting on heritage, traditions, and history, and the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of civic and cultural life.[1] Public humanities is often practiced within federal, state, nonprofit and community-based cultura...

Highlights from our August (e)news:- Accepting applications for the COVID-19 Response Grant program- Providing resources...
08/30/2021
Opportunities & Events - NJ Council for the Humanities

Highlights from our August (e)news:

- Accepting applications for the COVID-19 Response Grant program
- Providing resources for cultural and historical nonprofits affected by Hurricane Henri
- Accepting applications for NJCH Program Officer position
- Announcing MoMS "Voices & Votes: Democracy in America" host sites soon
- Reminding: Incubation & Action Grant program re-opening in spring of 2022

Click below to access the entire August (e)newsletter.

August 2021 (e)Newsletter Updates from the time in between this (e)newsletter and the next one:

"The final results were gratifying, and this was equally true for the undergraduate and graduate students. In addition t...
08/25/2021
How to Implement an Unessay Grant Proposal Project | Faculty Focus

"The final results were gratifying, and this was equally true for the undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to their wonderfully imaginative digital work—which ranged from a website about immigrant/migrant detention centers that featured artwork produced by children being detained (undergraduate), to an interactive website about literary Dublin (graduate), to an online game that helps students learn about the accomplishments of African Americans back to the eighteenth century (graduate)—they also produced the basis of potentially fundable grant proposals."

An interesting piece by Dr. Mary McAleer Balkun, a NJCH Action Grant project director and professor of English at Seton Hall University.

How to implement a grant proposal project as a way to engage students and prepare them with real-world learning.

For NJ historical and cultural nonprofit organizations experiencing hardships due to Hurricane Henri, you'll find useful...
08/23/2021
HENTF | Smithsonian Institution Cultural Rescue Initiative

For NJ historical and cultural nonprofit organizations experiencing hardships due to Hurricane Henri, you'll find useful information here - https://culturalrescue.si.edu/hentf/ Feel free to contact us to discuss other resources too.

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, is a partnership of 60 national service organizations and federal agencies.

Did you know that we record most of our online events and webinars?  If you're thinking about applying for a COVID-19 Re...
08/19/2021
New Jersey Council for the Humanities - YouTube

Did you know that we record most of our online events and webinars?

If you're thinking about applying for a COVID-19 Response Grant, you can access one of our informative webinars about eligibility, requirements, and process on our YouTube Channel. https://bit.ly/37XtNTu

And if you still have questions after watching a webinar or two, contact us. That's what we're here for!

At the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, we harness the power of the humanities to strengthen our pluralistic society.Our vision is a New Jersey that de...

We'd like to extend our congratulations to all of the award recipients, especially the New Jersey grantees.  Congrats to...
08/17/2021
NEH Announces $28.4 Million for 239 Humanities Projects Nationwide

We'd like to extend our congratulations to all of the award recipients, especially the New Jersey grantees.

Congrats to Morris County Park Commission, Rutgers University, Rutgers University—Newark - and a special shout out to NJCH board member Audrey Truschke! - Princeton University, and William Paterson University of New Jersey.

“The grants announced today demonstrate the resilience and breadth of our nation’s humanities institutions and practitioners,” said NEH’s Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “From education programs that will enrich teaching in college and high school classrooms to multi-institutional research initiatives, these excellent projects will advance the teaching, preservation, and understanding of history and culture.”

Press Release NEH Announces $28.4 Million for 239 Humanities Projects Nationwide Grant awards support the preservation of historic collections, humanities documentaries and exhibitions, scholarly books and research, and educational opportunities for teachers Photo caption New NEH grants will fund a....

Nonprofit resource!Looking for info about grant funding for public humanities and arts in New Jersey?  This webinar reco...
08/16/2021
American Rescue Plan – NEH Arts & Humanities Grants Webinar

Nonprofit resource!

Looking for info about grant funding for public humanities and arts in New Jersey? This webinar recording provides an overview of the NJCH COVID-19 Response grant program. Many thanks for @Congressman Andy Kim for sharing.

Introducing...Joe Sperlunto, NJCH's new Operations Manager.  Joe handles Council administrative and financial responsibi...
08/13/2021

Introducing...Joe Sperlunto, NJCH's new Operations Manager. Joe handles Council administrative and financial responsibilities.

When might you encounter Joe? Questions about grant payment processing, donating to the Council, and other general administrative inquiries.

Please join us in welcoming Joe to the team!

Introducing...Joe Sperlunto, NJCH's new Operations Manager. Joe handles Council administrative and financial responsibilities.

When might you encounter Joe? Questions about grant payment processing, donating to the Council, and other general administrative inquiries.

Please join us in welcoming Joe to the team!

Reminder: Our COVID-19 Response Grant program is open.  To help potential grantees learn more about grant eligibility, r...
08/12/2021
Webinar: COVID-19 Response Grants

Reminder: Our COVID-19 Response Grant program is open. To help potential grantees learn more about grant eligibility, requirements, and process, we've been hosting informative webinars.

If you haven't been able to attend one yet, no worries. You can access the recording on the NJCH YouTube channel. Questions about this funding opportunity? Contact us. We're here to help.

https://youtu.be/s-kFsRL4xJ8

On August 5, 2021, NJCH hosted a COVID-19 Response grant webinar for organizations interested in applying for this emergency funding. This funding, provided...

Interested in becoming part of the NJCH team?  We are currently seeking a full-time Program Officer.  Click below to lea...
08/05/2021
Career Opportunity: Program Officer - NJ Council for the Humanities

Interested in becoming part of the NJCH team? We are currently seeking a full-time Program Officer. Click below to learn more.

Summary Under the direct supervision of the Director of Programs, this full-time salaried non-exempt Program Officer position is responsible for implementing and managing assigned public programs, and for developing new programs according to NJCH’s needs and mission. They regularly represent NJCH ...

Our COVID-19 Response Grant program was featured on the NJ Spotlight News Number of the Day today.  Our number? $1.1 mil...
07/29/2021
Pandemic recovery grants for NJ humanities programs | NJ Spotlight News

Our COVID-19 Response Grant program was featured on the NJ Spotlight News Number of the Day today. Our number? $1.1 million - the amount we are distributing to nonprofits engaged in public humanities work. Click below the learn more.

NJ Council for the Humanities has $1.1M in pandemic recovery funding to share among nonprofits, other organizations.

At NJCH, we are *really* lucky.  In this month's (e)news, we shared, "we're circulating information about this [COVID-19...
07/28/2021
Opportunities & Events - NJ Council for the Humanities

At NJCH, we are *really* lucky. In this month's (e)news, we shared, "we're circulating information about this [COVID-19 Response Grant] funding opportunity around New Jersey. Is there a small history museum in your neighborhood? Perhaps your local library is engaging in public humanities programming? Feel free to share information about the COVID-19 Response Grant program with them."

Within minutes of our Opportunities & Events email going out, we received a flurry of response emails from every corner of the state.

"Sharing with my local library today."

"Taking this information to my favorite museum."

"Happy to help. See the list of nonprofits below that I'll email."

"in my community, we have at least 6 nonprofits that could be eligible. I'll forward this to them and direct them to you with questions."

To all of our friends - thank you!

July 2021 (e)Newsletter Updates from the time in between this (e)newsletter and the next one:

Did you know that NJCH grant funding is used for all different kinds of public humanities projects?  Perkins Center for ...
07/20/2021
PERKINS CENTER PODCAST

Did you know that NJCH grant funding is used for all different kinds of public humanities projects?

Perkins Center for the Arts received NJCH funding for a podcast series. Click below to learn more.

https://perkinsarts.org/perkins-center-podcast/

Perkins Center for the Arts brings to listening audiences a variety of podcasts that explore, the role of multi-disciplinary arts, folklife and culture in advocacy, protest, healing, and change. Thank you for listening to Perkins Folklife Upon Our Authority Podcasts. Please take a moment to fill out...

Congrats to all the grantees!  This crucial funding, provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC, will help ...
07/18/2021

Congrats to all the grantees!

This crucial funding, provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC, will help to stabilize the historical and cultural infrastructure in our state.

Advancing its ongoing commitment to addressing the essential financial needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Jersey Historical Commission approved $230,000 in the supplemental fiscal year 2021 funding for history organizations across the state. Read more about the grant here: https://nj.gov/state/press-2021-0630.shtml

Join us for the next couple of weeks as we spotlight various grant recipients and how this grant furthered their goals to educate the New Jersey public. #newjerseyhistory #covidgrant

07/15/2021
COVID-19 Response Grants - NJ Council for the Humanities

Reminder: Today is the last day to submit an application for a NJCH COVID-19 Response Grant to be considered in the first funding round. Visit https://njhumanities.org/grants/covid-19/ to learn more.

COVID-19 GRANTS NJCH is honored to once again provide support for New Jersey humanities organizations and programs through our COVID-19 Response Grants. NJCH has made these funds available as operational and programmatic support for nonprofit organizations that provide humanities programming to publ...

Our first COVID-19 Response Grant application deadline is July 15.  Please remember, all prospective applicants must sub...
07/07/2021

Our first COVID-19 Response Grant application deadline is July 15.

Please remember, all prospective applicants must submit a short Letter of Intent (LOI) through the grant portal to determine basic eligibility. Once approved, organizations will be able to complete the application. Applicants are encouraged to complete this step as early as possible.

Two types of funding are available: General Operating Support and Program Support.

To learn more and to access the application portal, visit https://njhumanities.org/grants/covid-19/.

Our first COVID-19 Response Grant application deadline is July 15.

Please remember, all prospective applicants must submit a short Letter of Intent (LOI) through the grant portal to determine basic eligibility. Once approved, organizations will be able to complete the application. Applicants are encouraged to complete this step as early as possible.

Two types of funding are available: General Operating Support and Program Support.

To learn more and to access the application portal, visit https://njhumanities.org/grants/covid-19/.

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In this way, if the motto of the John Templeton Foundation, based on the vision of its founder, Sir John Templeton, indicates "a profound respect for learning, a belief in the centrality of spiritual life and an a higher purpose beyond profit for profit’s sake", I can't help but register the disappointment and the indignation with the suspension of research funding from the John Templeton Foundation in the fields of Theology and Philosophy, considering that it would be understandable even if there was a reduction in investment of these areas, but its total interruption in this cycle is inexplicable, especially if the value attributed by the founder of the institution is taken into account, Sir John Templeton, considering that it is unnecessary to underline the importance for society and the world of the content of academic-scientific production in the fields in question, namely, Theology and Philosophy.
Thank You The Jewish Standard for promoting the humanities scholarship of the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey with Dr. Rafael Medoff, and the upcoming event at the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ on Sunday, November 3. Reception at 2:00pm, lecture and program at 3:00 pm. The lecture is free. The reception is $25.00 per person. Park in the Market Street lot across from the Paterson Museum and take a trolley ride to the Art Factory.
News Flash!! We are excited to share the FIRST DRAFT of the Exhibitor List for the 2019 Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair! Although it is not finalized (there may yet be changes in the next few days), we have it on good authority that the fair committee is hard at work planning the placement of groups for this year's #NJHistoryFair! This first draft gives a good idea of where the 145+ registered exhibitors (with 550+ individual participants) will be located on fair day. It is a BIG list that represents over 500 years of diverse NJ history presented by groups and living history professionals from across the state as well as NY, PA, DE, CT and MD! Truly, something to interest every history lover. A HUGE THANK YOU to all of them for both their participation and “Jersey Spirit” - there wouldn't be a fair without them! Come celebrate NJ's diverse story with them by coming to #MonmouthBattlefieldStatePark in Manalapan on September 14th between 11 am - 5pm for a day of history fun. More to come soon so stay tuned... For more information/updates follow/like Spirit of the Jerseys - State History Fair and/or our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/516837692156408/ #SpiritoftheJerseysStateHistoryFair #2019NJStateHistoryFair #NJStateHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistory #NJHistory #historylovers #historyisntboring #historyisfun #livinghistory #handsonhistory #kidslovehistory #familytime #familyevent #socialstudiesteachers #historyteacher #njteacher #njteachers #teacher #teachers #livinghistory
We are happy to announce that the date and location of the 2019 SPIRIT of the JERSEYS ~ State History Fair has been scheduled! Make sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 when the Fair will once again be held at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. There are two major changes to the 2019 Fair. 1) The History Fair is now a FALL EVENT to be held in SEPTEMBER, and 2) There WILL BE a RAIN DATE the following day, Sunday, September 15, 2019. There are many varied programs on tap which include (but are not limited to) scheduled talks with historic figures such as George Washington, Amelia Earhart, Teddy Roosevelt and Hercules (enslaved chef to Washington household) and the chance to interact with them personally throughout the day, musical performances of WWI-era and sea/pirate shanties, Lenni Lenape foodways and life, children's military drills and demonstrations, 19th-century baseball games, 18th-century ice cream making, games and toys to try, military encampments, try-your-hand-at-plowing, a flea circus, a talk on late-19th- and early-20th-century heiresses who married into European royalty, colonial brewing and a continuous 20th-century army radio show just to name a few! Help us spread the word about this wonderful, family-friendly, state-wide celebration of 500 years of New Jersey history! Admission is free but there is a suggested $10 per car parking donation. Let us know if you plan to attend or are interested in coming and DO share this event to your pages. We hope to see everyone there in September! WE'RE BACK!!! #NJStateHistoryFair #NJHistoryFair #SpiritoftheJerseys #NJHistory #MonmouthBattlefieldStatePark #IHeartNJStateParks
In early June 1919 the long uphill contentious struggle to secure the vote for women received an important win - both chambers of Congress passed the 19th amendment. It was ratified into the Constitution the following year after receiving approval by 3/4 of the country’s 48 state legislatures. At last women won the right to vote and officially participate in our country’s democratic process. But they had been integral participating members of society all along which is why generations of women fought hard for suffrage equality. This year the Spirit of the Jerseys recognizes that centennial win as well as the many contributions, milestones and everyday “participation” of women. Come learn about New Jersey native Alice Paul and her unwavering dedication to secure the vote. She will be joined by other notable women such as Amelia Earhart (pioneer aviator and a staunch equal rights activist), Alice Ramsey (the first woman - a “Jersey Girl” from Hackensack - to drive across the country in 1908), Molly Pitcher (the heroine of the Battle of Monmouth) and other women - sung and unsung - who worked hard and contributed in so many ways - large and small - to the broader New Jersey story. Visit www.njhistoryfair.com to explore the current list of participating exhibitors, special features and historic figures for 2019. And don’t forget to mark the date - Saturday, September 14 (rain date Sunday the 15th) from 11 am - 5 pm at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, NJ. Come prepared to meet and learn about some of the historic women of Jersey! #2019SpiritoftheJerseys #SpiritoftheJerseys #SpiritoftheJerseysStateHistoryFair #NJHistoryFair #NJStateHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistoryFair #NewJerseyHistory #NJHistory #MonmouthBattlefieldStatePark #JerseyGirls #womenshistory #womenofhistory #alicepaul #mollypitcher
RAVE ON! TODAY! (The music of BUDDY HOLLY & ROY ORBISON) SUNDAY, AUGUST 26th 5pm-7pm Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission Summer Concert Series - Oxford, NJ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782U2VE4urs http://www.wcchc.org/index.html
Please join us tomorrow for this wonderful workshop with Dr. Abigail Perkiss, supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and its Public Scholars Program. So many wonderful and valuable stories to share that connect so many people and families throughout the region to the Roebling legacy... Saturday, August 25th @ 1pm @ Roebling Museum RoeblingMuseum.org/events 609-499-7200
RAVE ON! (Featuring the music of BUDDY HOLLY & ROY ORBISON) SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 5pm-7pm Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission Summer Concert Series - Oxford, NJ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782U2VE4urs http://www.wcchc.org/index.html
Just returned from a performance tour and collaborative concerts in Venice and Padua. Wish you all could have joined in the celebration of the arts between American and Italy.