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Love the new website www.huntart.org, providing a one-stop shop for info on dance, film, galleries, activities, museums,...
12/06/2023

Love the new website www.huntart.org, providing a one-stop shop for info on dance, film, galleries, activities, museums, music venues, theaters, and unique stops in Hunterdon County!

We're also excited for the future revamped site to come from our grantees Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission that will provide a similar one-stop experience for the area's awesome historical and cultural sites.

So much great stuff right here in , now getting easier to find! ๐Ÿง

What will you discover? www.huntart.org Explore Hunterdon NJ ArtPride NJ New Jersey State Council on the Arts

There's still time to RSVP for our December 8 Roundtable with National Endowment for the Humanities reps, hosted at Merc...
12/01/2023

There's still time to RSVP for our December 8 Roundtable with National Endowment for the Humanities reps, hosted at Mercer County Community College.

At the in-person roundtable, community college humanities professionals will have the opportunity to connect directly with a senior program officer from NEH to discuss NEH funding opportunities, current goals and initiatives at community colleges, and needed supports for humanities education at the community college level. In addition, the convening will offer robust opportunities for participants to network with fellow humanities professionals from throughout the Garden State!

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities will convene humanities faculty and staff from New Jersey community colleges for a roundtable discussion with representatives of the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Education Program on Wednesday, December 8, at Mercer County Community Coll...

12/01/2023

This Westside Wednesday we are celebrating a very memorable Thanksgiving week and sending a big THANK YOU to Bruce & Patti Springsteen.โœจ๐ŸŽถ

The AP-AMP team works every day to share the stories of Springwood Ave. and each story shared with us is a gift. We feel the same about our chance to speak with Bruce about the Turf Club and so grateful for his generous $100,000 donation, his support of AP-AMPโ€™s mission, and his lifelong dedication to sharing stories & making music. ๐ŸŽถโœจ

We canโ€™t do what we do without the support of our extraordinary community. โœจ๐ŸŽถ

Thank you Danny Clinch, Maria Barba-Clinch, Tina Kerekes, Zack Sandler and the Transparent Clinch Gallery crew for helping to connect us and for all you do to celebrate music and art!๐ŸŽถโœจ

๐Ÿ“ธ Cynthia Soler

Interested in learning how to use public humanities practices to discover, preserve, and celebrate your community? Our ๐‚...
11/29/2023

Interested in learning how to use public humanities practices to discover, preserve, and celebrate your community? Our ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ program is for you!

Community History participants receive instruction on public history practices, develop projects in a collaborative environment, and receive funding from NJCH to launch projects in their communities.

Join us for a virtual information session on Monday, December 11, at noon to learn more!

Interested in learning how to use public humanities practices to discover, preserve, and celebrate your community? Join us for a virtual information session on Monday, December 11, at noon!

11/27/2023

๐Ÿ“ฃSession Proposals Due Tomorrow!๐Ÿ“ฃ

The Friends of New Jersey Heritage along with our co-hosts are pleased to present the 2024 New Jersey History and Historic Preservation Conference at New Jersey City University on June 5th & 6th. This yearโ€™s theme is, To and From: Connecting History by Road, Rail, and River.

Help shape the 2024 conference! This year's conference will focus on the themes of: Transportation, Community, and Heritage Tourism Development. Proposals that emphasize diverse figures, events, and narratives are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to submit session proposals is November 28, 2023.

To access the Call for Sessions, please visit:
https://friendsofnjheritagedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2023/11/2024-call-for-proposals_revised-nov-2023.pdf

To submit a proposal, please visit:
https://fs18.formsite.com/CyNONp/n7mxmcfuad/index

For more information, please visit:
https://www.njpreservationconference.org/

We are so proud of the participants in our 2023 Community History cohort! Last week we enjoyed taking in presentations o...
11/17/2023

We are so proud of the participants in our 2023 Community History cohort! Last week we enjoyed taking in presentations on their final projects at an event hosted at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Cohort members include Haddonfield Public Library, Indian American Club, Preserve Shady Rest Country Club Committee, Union Public Library, and TRUE Mentors.

Learn more about the Community History Program at https://njhumanities.org/programs/community-history/.

Thank you to all of the veterans who have served our country, and a special thank you to the remarkable veterans who sha...
11/11/2023

Thank you to all of the veterans who have served our country, and a special thank you to the remarkable veterans who shared their experiences using the arts and humanities to aid in healing from military-related trauma at our event at Newark Public Library yesterday!

James Yee, Jenny Pacanowski, and Jan Barry continue to do a great service to our country through their work with organizations including Frontline Arts, Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving, The Clemente Course in the Humanities, and Warrior Writers & Warrior Writers NJ.

Thank you also to Dr. Janet McIntosh of Brandeis University for her ongoing support of veterans and participating in our program yesterday.

11/10/2023

In war, veteran and Guantanamo chaplain James Yee said, โ€œpeople lose their souls whether they survive it or not.โ€

The remarkable story of Capt. James Yee, as told to NorthJersey.com. Hear him in-person at Newark Public Library tomorro...
11/09/2023

The remarkable story of Capt. James Yee, as told to NorthJersey.com. Hear him in-person at Newark Public Library tomorrow.

RSVP: https://njhumanities.org/event/military-healing/

In war, veteran and Guantanamo chaplain James Yee said, โ€œpeople lose their souls whether they survive it or not.โ€

11/08/2023

Join us for a live Veterans Day event at Newark Public Library on November 10, 11:00 am-2:00 pm in Centennial Hall.

Featuring:ย veteran, author, and activist James Yee, Professor Janet McIntosh of Brandeis University, and veteran poets and performers Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski

Free lunch!

11:00 am-12:00 pm:ย โ€œMilitary Injustice: Chaplain James Yeeโ€™s Story:โ€ a conversation with James Yee and Janet McIntosh

12:00 pm-1:00 pm:ย Lunch for all participants and audience members (free of charge)

1:00 pm-2:00 pm:ย Warrior Writers info session and โ€œBridge Back Home from War,โ€ a poetic theater performance by Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski

More details & registration at the link in our bio!

Capt. James Yee was one of the first Muslim chaplains commissioned by the U.S. Army to the prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2...
11/07/2023

Capt. James Yee was one of the first Muslim chaplains commissioned by the U.S. Army to the prison at Guantanamo Bay in 2002. Less than a year later, he was falsely accused of espionage, threatened with the death penalty, and imprisoned for 76 days in solitary confinement. Smeared in the press, Chaplain Yee was vilified. Then the militaryโ€™s case unraveled.

The charges were dropped, and Capt. Yee ultimately received an honorable discharge. But lasting damage had already been done to his professional and personal life. Chaplain Yee recounted his experiences in a remarkable book titled ๐น๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ: ๐น๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ƒ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘š ๐‘ˆ๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐น๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’, and he now works to help his fellow veterans heal through art, including as an instructor at Frontline Arts.

Hear this extraordinary New Jerseyan in conversation w/ Brandeis University professor Janet McIntosh November 10 at our Veterans Day event at Newark Public Library: https://njhumanities.org/event/military-healing/

Proud to count our own Executive Director Carin Berkowitz among South Jersey Magazine's 2023 Super Women!As the magazine...
11/02/2023

Proud to count our own Executive Director Carin Berkowitz among South Jersey Magazine's 2023 Super Women!

As the magazine rightfully states, she is a "passionate advocate for the humanities and sees them as key to building a more just and equitable society."

https://www.southjerseymagazine.com/article/3235/2023-Super-Women

We are thrilled to partner with Newark Public Library to host "From Military Trauma to Healing through Creative Arts," a...
11/01/2023

We are thrilled to partner with Newark Public Library to host "From Military Trauma to Healing through Creative Arts," a live Veterans Day event & lunch Nov. 10, 11am-2pm.

Four amazing panelists will demonstrate how writing, art & other forms of creative expression can offer veterans pathways to healing.

RSVP kindly requested at https://njhumanities.org/event/military-healing/.

10/30/2023

Inspirational Rustin Movie screening~
Our Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice proudly presented powerful Netflix film about Black Q***r pioneer Bayard Rustin w/ post-movie energetic empathetic exchange with acclaimed author & The New Yorker regular Adam Gopnik
Respect Barack Obama Michelle Obama Colman Domingo George C. Wolfe & all the fab folx for amplifyin' heretofore unheard voice!

Last call!
10/27/2023

Last call!

See this powerful film about inspirational Black q***r civil rights hero LGBTQIA movement pioneer Bayard Rustin before it opens in theatres!

Very few seats remain to catch a FREE advance screening of the new Netflix film Rustin, followed by a discussion with au...
10/25/2023

Very few seats remain to catch a FREE advance screening of the new Netflix film Rustin, followed by a discussion with author Adam Gopnik & BRCSJ Chief Activist Robt Seda-Schreiber. RSVP now!

See this powerful film about inspirational Black q***r civil rights hero LGBTQIA movement pioneer Bayard Rustin before it opens in theatres!

Wonderful to see this story on 6abc Action News about the new Bayard Rustin Q***r History Archive opening at Bayard Rust...
10/23/2023

Wonderful to see this story on 6abc Action News about the new Bayard Rustin Q***r History Archive opening at Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, funded in part through an NJCH Action Grant.

https://6abc.com/13946116/

Thank you TaRhonda Thomas for visiting!

Bayard Rustin is a key civil rights leader who many say never got the proper credit - until now.

10/20/2023

(CAMDEN, NJ) โ€“ The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) has announced the recipient of the 2023 Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities, as well as two honorable mentions. Bergen Community College was awarded the top prize in recognition of a series of projects revolving ...

10/18/2023

With a generous grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities we are learning so much from weekly conversations on cross-cultural communication. F***y, Tugba, Ellen, and Lin had a great discussion about complimenting and eye contact: they vary by culture and can cause major misunderstandings! Want to learn more? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Op-CNLeG1g

We're honored to announce Bergen Community College as the winner of the 2023 Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Pub...
10/17/2023

We're honored to announce Bergen Community College as the winner of the 2023 Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities. The award is in recognition of the superb "constellation of programs" centered on Gallery Bergen at Bergen Community College's exhibition ๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐ฝ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘…๐‘œ๐‘Ž๐‘‘, featuring works by renowned artist Faith Ringgold.

Bringing together partners from the Bergen faculty, local public libraries, and governmental and nonprofit organizations, this project used a combination of both creative and established public humanities practices to tell stories, preserve history, and encourage community dialogue around the topics of race, discrimination, art, and African American heritage in New Jersey.

Tour the exhibit, learn more about the project and prize, and read a Q&A with the organizers at https://njhumanities.org/katz-prize/.

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC HUMANITIES THE STANLEY N. KATZ PRIZE 2023 KATZ PRIZE WINNER "Faith Ringgold: Coming to Jones Road" Organizer Bergen Community College / Gallery Bergen Paramus, NJ Follow BergenCC BergenCommunityCollege BergenCC Bringing together partners from the Bergen Community Col...

10/12/2023

We are thrilled to welcome back Lisa Quigley and Mackenzie Kiera, horror authors and co-hosts of the Ladies of the Fright podcast, for this virtual program! This program is part of our Elevated Voices series, co-sponsored by Cranford Unity Project, and funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Please follow the link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bj-rVCnJST6LFlTplqysvQ #/registration

Looking forward to a "Gilded Age Weekend" Oct. 28-29 at our grantee T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, National Historic...
10/11/2023

Looking forward to a "Gilded Age Weekend" Oct. 28-29 at our grantee T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, National Historic Landmark, including tours of their new exhibit, ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ: ๐’๐ญ๐ž๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ฒ.

It's a GILDED AGE weekend with the opening of the Black Press: Stewards of Democracy, on Sat. Oct. 28, 1pm-5pm at the Historic T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center. On Sun Oct. 29 get ready for SEASON 2 of the HBO series, The Gilded Age, featuring the character of T. Thomas Fortune, played by actor Sullivan Jones.

10/10/2023

One day left to register for Sankofa Collaborative's next in-person workshop, Part II of "Slavery in New Jersey - It Happened Here, Too."

Sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Council for the Humanities, this full-day program on October 11th will discuss the history of slavery in New Jersey and feature panels on finding connections with Africa, tracing individual family histories, and researching community histories.

To register, visit: https://sankofacollaborative.org/upcoming-programs

We're proud to sponsor this event alongside the New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC. Please sign up now so you don't...
10/06/2023

We're proud to sponsor this event alongside the New Jersey Historical Commission - NJHC. Please sign up now so you don't miss it!

Time is running out to register for our October 11 program - Part II of "Slavery in New Jersey - It Happened Here, Too" - register today! View as Webpage โ€Š SLAVERY IN NEW JERSEY - IT HAPPENED HERE TOO

10/04/2023

๐Ÿ“ข The Sankofa Collaborative, in collaboration with SSAAM, presents its final workshop of 2023 on Wednesday, October 11th, โ€œSlavery, It Happened Here, Too โ€“ Stories from New Jersey, Part II.โ€

Held at the Grounds For Sculpture, the workshop will be introduced and moderated by Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps of 1804 Consultants and open with a riveting performance by the actors from Luna Stage, which will include an excerpt from August Wilson's The Ground on Which I Stand. ๐ŸŽญ

Guests will be provided with a continental breakfast at 8:30 am, the program will continue from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with lunch and afternoon refreshments.

Join us for this all-day workshop to explore the methods and sources for tracing African American history!

Join us tonight at Princeton Public Library for "Creativity in the Age of ChatGPT," where a powerhouse panel of leading ...
10/03/2023

Join us tonight at Princeton Public Library for "Creativity in the Age of ChatGPT," where a powerhouse panel of leading thinkers from tech, journalism, academia, and art will consider how generative AI will alter how we define, understand, and practice creativity in the future.

(You can still RSVP today for tonight's event at https://njhumanities.org/event/creativity-in-the-age-of-chatgpt/.)

Read more at TAPinto Princeton Community News: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/princeton/sections/arts-and-entertainment/articles/creativity-in-the-age-of-chatgpt-princeton-considers-the-human-context

A diverse set of voices from the tech industry, journalism, the arts, and higher education will discuss how ChatGPT, and generative AI more broadly, will alter how we define, understand, and practice creativity in the future.

10/03/2023

Despite the gloomy weather on Saturday, over 400 people made their way into First Congregational Church with umbrellas and raincoats in tow to see Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author, Colson Whitehead, discuss his new book โ€œCrook Manifesto.โ€ The event was a joint presentation with Succeed2getherโ€™s Montclair Literary Festival and Montclair Public Library for their Open Book/Open Mind series....

https://montclairlocal.news/2023/09/acclaimed-author-colson-whitehead-visits-montclair-to-discuss-crook-manifesto/

We're humbled to support the efforts of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice to bolster the world's recognition o...
09/29/2023

We're humbled to support the efforts of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice to bolster the world's recognition of Bayard Rustin and make it easier for historians and the public to learn from his remarkable legacy.

Thank you to the Philadelphia Inquirer for this piece highlighting the NJCH-funded archive project as well as Netflix's new ๐™๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ biopic and the new book ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ฎ๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ: ๐˜ผ ๐™‡๐™š๐™œ๐™–๐™˜๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™‹๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™˜๐™จ, which will be celebrated with a book signing at BRCSJ tomorrow.

Bayard Rustin, the chief architect of the 1963 March on Washington, is the subject of both a new book and a new film. The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice is having a celebration Saturday.

A terrific preview in this week's Town Topics Newspaper of our October 3 panel ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜Ž๐˜—๐˜› at Princ...
09/28/2023

A terrific preview in this week's Town Topics Newspaper of our October 3 panel ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜Ž๐˜—๐˜› at Princeton Public Library, co-sponsored by PPL and the National Humanities Center.

๐Ÿ“ฐ https://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2023/09/27/leaders-from-technology-and-art-discuss-implications-of-chatgpt/

Excited for this exhibit!
09/26/2023

Excited for this exhibit!

It's a double-header of Dr. Edward Jones-Imhotep brilliance next week between us and Princeton History of Science! Catch...
09/26/2023

It's a double-header of Dr. Edward Jones-Imhotep brilliance next week between us and Princeton History of Science! Catch him on our panel, "Creativity in the Age of ChatGPT," on Oct. 3 at Princeton Public Library, then hear him discuss "The Black Androids and the Technological Underground" at Princeton University the next day.

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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.

Our vision is a New Jersey that delights in diversity, appreciates that there are no easy answers, and finds joy and understanding in the humanities.

How do we do this? By enabling public programs and humanities experiences that deepen our understanding of ourselves and our world. NJCH is a grantmaker, program provider, partner, convener, and innovator. We work with statewide and community organizations to bring dynamic programming to the local level.

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