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Don’t miss traveling exhibit Between Two Worlds at the Richmond Museum of History, presenting and juxtaposing the crucia...
03/08/2020
RICHMOND–Between Two Worlds: Untold Stories of Refugees from Laos - California Humanities

Don’t miss traveling exhibit Between Two Worlds at the Richmond Museum of History, presenting and juxtaposing the crucial histories of refugees from Laos and multi-ethnic Lao American history through the representation of four homes. As they move physically and symbolically through each, visitors will be asked to contemplate ideas of “home” as seen through the eyes of people for whom the notion is precarious, and for those who have lived or are still living “between two worlds.” The exhibit highlights the ways in which the refugees from Laos migration exerted pressure on cultural norms, and how survival involved both radical loss and creative adaptation.

This project is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Project Grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #Laos #Laotian #refugees #history #museum #exhibit #Richmond

RICHMOND–Opening on February 22 at The Richmond Museum of History, the traveling exhibit Between Two

In the fall of 1849, forty-eight delegates from California gathered at Colton Hall in Monterey, California for its Const...
03/07/2020
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ—Reading of Constitutional Convention Debates and the Constitution of California - California Humanities

In the fall of 1849, forty-eight delegates from California gathered at Colton Hall in Monterey, California for its Constitutional State Convention, a key event in moving California towards statehood. Among the forty-eight delegates that contributed to the discourse of the event was Manuel Dominguez, a prominent land grant owner, businessman, and three-term mayor of the Pueblo of Los Angeles. In an effort to educate the public about California’s rich history and encourage active participation in California’s political sphere.

Today, the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum hosts a reading of the California Convention Debates in consideration of Manuel Dominguez’s contribution to it.

This project is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #ConstitutionalConvention #CaliforniaHistory #StagedReading

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ—In the fall of 1849, forty-eight delegates from California gathered at Colton Hall in Monterey, California for its Constitutional State Convention, a key event in moving California towards statehood. Among the forty-eight delegates that contributed to the discourse of the event wa...

California Humanities joined the 54 other state and territorial humanities councils in Washington, D.C. this week for Hu...
03/07/2020

California Humanities joined the 54 other state and territorial humanities councils in Washington, D.C. this week for Humanities on the Hill, meeting with 48 Congressional offices from California. Our staff and board got positive responses and learned a great deal about district priorities. Thank you to the Representatives and their staff!

#CaliforniaHumanities #HumanitiesontheHill #advocacy #WashingtonDC #Congress

Every March, California Humanities becomes Advocacy Central. We share information about the public humanities with elect...
03/05/2020
Help Us to Make a Difference Through the Humanities - California Humanities

Every March, California Humanities becomes Advocacy Central. We share information about the public humanities with elected officials on an ongoing basis, but this time of year we focus on two large advocacy efforts—Humanities on the Hill in Washington, D.C., and State Advocacy in Sacramento.

Learn more about our efforts, and how you can help us by contacting your elected officials and ask them to support funding for the humanities on our blog.

#CaliforniaHumanities #advocacy #HumanitiesontheHill #advocacy #WashingtonDC #Sacramento #humanities

Every March, California Humanities becomes Advocacy Central. We share information about the public h

Don’t forget—applications are due March 16, 2020 for CDP NextGen Grants!  This funding opportunity supports California’s...
03/04/2020
Grants for CDP NextGen Now Available - California Humanities

Don’t forget—applications are due March 16, 2020 for CDP NextGen Grants! This funding opportunity supports California’s next generation of documentary mediamakers. California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies, including school and public libraries, with track records in youth media programming may request up to $15,000 to provide training and support to emerging mediamakers in the creation of short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts that tell original stories about life in California today.

#CaliforniaHumanities #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #CDPNextGen #YouthMedia #grants

California Humanities is pleased to announce 2020 guidelines for CDP NextGen, a funding opportunity

This Friday, join the UCLA Asian American Studies Center for a sneak peek of #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject-supported ser...
03/03/2020
LOS ANGELES—Series Preview: ASIAN AMERICANS - California Humanities

This Friday, join the UCLA Asian American Studies Center for a sneak peek of #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject-supported series ASIAN AMERICANS, during the Center’s Image Movers Film Festival. The festival, which goes on for three weekends, celebrates the Center’s 50th anniversary.

The 7:30 pm screening on Friday at the Billy Wilder Center features episode 4 of ASIAN AMERICANS, a five-hour film series chronicling the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America, led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award®-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña. The screening will be preceded by short film PILGRIMAGE (2003) by Tadashi Nakamura. Both Tajima-Peña and Nakamura will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

#CaliforniaHumanities #AsianAmericans #UCLA #LosAngeles #AsianAmericanStudies #series #documentary #film

“Status quo cookie cutter programs aren’t what our communities need. We need to make sure programs fit the community rat...
03/03/2020
Highlights from the 2019 Library Innovation Lab - California Humanities

“Status quo cookie cutter programs aren’t what our communities need. We need to make sure programs fit the community rather than the other way around. That’s the whole point of this program.”

Library Innovation Lab applications for 2020 are due today so hit that submit button! To give you a little inspiration, check out our recap of the amazing projects completed by the 2019 cohort. From virtual reality, to tamales and taco tastings, to oral histories and zine making and much more, the projects showed us what these libraries can do with a little investment and a lot of inventiveness.

#CaliforniaHumanities #LibraryInnovationLab #library #librarians #grants #ProfessionalDevelopment #CohortLearning #PublicHumanities #immigration #immigrants

At the end of January, ten library staff from across the state gathered at the California Museum in

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified, affording women the right to vote. 2020 mark...
03/01/2020
Women Who Changed California - California Humanities

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified, affording women the right to vote. 2020 marks 100 years since its passage, and women have made great strides during the last century, while still facing myriad challenges in society, politics, and other arenas. This year, the centennial is being recognized throughout the country with celebratory events and historical programs, documentary films and exhibits, discussions and symposia, and more. Several projects in California, supported by our grants, mark this significant anniversary. Learn more about them on our blog.

#CaliforniaHumanities #19thAmendment #RightToVote #UNLADYLIKE2020 #UNLADYLIKE2020CA #PublicHumanities #WomensHistoryMonth

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution was ratified, affording women the righ

Attention teachers—applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities’s July 2020 Institute, Hoover Dam and the ...
02/29/2020
NEH Accepting Applications for July 2020 Institute by March 1 - California Humanities

Attention teachers—applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities’s July 2020 Institute, Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West, a two-week NEH-funded Summer Institute for middle and high school teachers, are due March 1. The institute will be located in Las Vegas and Boulder City, Nevada, and will run from July 12 to 24, 2020.

#CaliforniaHumanities #NEH #humanities #teachers #MiddleSchool #HighSchool #ProfessionalDevelopment

Attention teachers—the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is now accepting applications for

Amplifying Community is a public memory event dedicated to recovering the history of the local production of Armenian Am...
02/28/2020
FRESNO—Public Scanning Event: Armenian-American Music in the San Joaquin Valley - California Humanities

Amplifying Community is a public memory event dedicated to recovering the history of the local production of Armenian American music in the San Joaquin Valley during first half of the 20th century, drawing upon the reminiscences and expertise of local musicians.

On Saturday, February 29, from 1 to 3 pm, participants are asked to bring photographs of musical events, musicians and bands, venues, and local record stores, as well as record catalogs and promotional materials and advertisements from local record labels and record stores. Information about the items will be collected, the items scanned and returned to the participant. Then, from 3:30 to 5 there will be a public discussion with Oud master and Fowler native Richard Hagopian.

This program is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #Armenian #ArmenianMusic #SanJoaquinValley #CentralValley #Fresno #PublicHistory #HumanitiesforAll

FRESNO—Amplifying Community is a public memory event dedicated to recovering the history of the loca

On Saturday, February 29, 10 am to noon, come to the Henry Madden Library in Fresno for a free workshop with novelist Jo...
02/27/2020
FRESNO—Live, Write Workshop with Joseph Cassara - California Humanities

On Saturday, February 29, 10 am to noon, come to the
Henry Madden Library in Fresno for a free workshop with novelist Joseph Cassara, author of critically-acclaimed novel The House of Impossible Beauties and assistant professor in the Fresno State MFA Creative Writing Program.

This program is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #literature #AuthorTalk #Fresno #BookTalk #novelist

FRESNO—On Saturday, February 29, The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State

Check out a few photos and a brief recap from our participation in the Night of Ideas in early February, where we joined...
02/26/2020
Night of Ideas—and Documentary Film - California Humanities

Check out a few photos and a brief recap from our participation in the Night of Ideas in early February, where we joined over 5,000 people at the San Francisco Public Library, screened clips from California Documentary Project-supported films, heard from filmmakers, and explored what it means to be “living on the edge.”

#CaliforniaHumanities #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #NightofIdeas #SanFrancisco

On the first Saturday in February, as people flocked to a nearby rave, another equally excited group

What makes a grant proposal stand out? What do funders look for? Every year, we travel to different parts of California ...
02/26/2020
Successful Grantwriting: A Few Tips - California Humanities

What makes a grant proposal stand out? What do funders look for? Every year, we travel to different parts of California doing workshops for interested grant applicants. One of the resources we like to share during these events includes a guide with tips about grantwriting. Check out our new blog post for a summary of these tips compiled by Project & Evaluation Director Felicia Kelley. We hope they will prove helpful when applying for California Humanities grants as well as support from other funders.

#CaliforniaHumanities #grantwriting #grants #applications #tips #grant #funding

What makes a proposal stand out? What do funders look for? Every year, we travel to different parts

How can teens change the world with their activism? With their commerce? With their culture? Hear teens’ thoughts on the...
02/25/2020
ONLINE/BROADCAST—tbh: Representing The Voices Of A Generation - California Humanities

How can teens change the world with their activism? With their commerce? With their culture? Hear teens’ thoughts on these questions and more in tbh: Representing the Voices of a Generation, a new podcast made by, about, and for teenagers—and for anybody else who wants to hear what’s on their minds. New episodes will air every Monday at 5 pm on KALW 91.7 FM in the Bay Area through March 23, or you can find the series online wherever you get your podcasts.

This radio and podcast series is supported by California Humanities through a California Documentary Project NextGen Grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #CDPNextGen #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #NextGen #grant #teens #YouthMedia #radio #podcast

ONLINE/BROADCAST—Premiering February 10 on KALW 91.7 FM, tbh: Representing The Voices of A Generation, is a new podcast made by, about, and for teenagers. And for anybody else who wants to hear what’s on their minds. Questions they will address include, How can we change the world with our activ...

The 2018 Carr Fire affected people on multiple levels: from loss of loved ones, destruction of homes, wildlife and fores...
02/23/2020
SHASTA—Your Carr Fire Story: Written and Heard Workshop - California Humanities

The 2018 Carr Fire affected people on multiple levels: from loss of loved ones, destruction of homes, wildlife and forests. Many continue to live with the trauma from evacuating; some from being first responders, working tirelessly to protect people, animals, wildlife, and homes from the unprecedented destruction of the fire. Tuesday at 5:30 pm in Redding, join the first of a series of free workshops for people interested in writing their stories about the Carr Fire at the Shasta County Arts Council. The session will be guided by award-winning writer and publisher Kimberly Carlson.

This program is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

SHASTA—The 2018 Carr Fire affected people on multiple levels: from loss of loved ones, destruction o

Check out exhibit Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice at the Santa Cruz County Government Center, presented to coincide with t...
02/22/2020
SANTA CRUZ—Exhibit: Your Vote is Your Voice/ ¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz - California Humanities

Check out exhibit Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice at the Santa Cruz County Government Center, presented to coincide with the start of the 2020 election season. Monterey Bay residents who were active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and Chicano voting rights movement in the 1980’s share their stories and perspectives through art, educational panels, and documentary films. The exhibit features archival selections from activists’ experience as young voting rights workers in the Deep South. Artifacts from Watsonville voting rights history and contemporary art that express the meaning of voting rights from a variety of perspectives are on view.

Visit the exhibit Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, now until April 3.

This project received support from a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

#HumanitiesforAll #voting #SantaCruz #VotingRights #MontereyBay #activist #ChicanoMovement #CivilRights #history #exhibit

Bob Fitch photography archive. © Stanford University Libraries. SANTA CRUZ—Presented by Pajaro Valle

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem, Geographies of Kinshipchronicles the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, through th...
02/21/2020
Watch GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP in the Bay Area - California Humanities

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem, Geographies of Kinship
chronicles the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, through the stories of four adult adoptees who return to their country of birth and recover the personal histories that were lost when they were adopted. This weekend, don’t miss two free screenings of GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP in the Bay Area, along with a free conference An Orphan For You: The Rise of Korean Adoption in the 70s & 80s.

This film is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #adoption #KoreanAdoption #film #BayArea #conference

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem, GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP traces the legacy of war and political upheav

Don’t forget—the deadline for the 2020 Library Innovation Lab cohort is March 2. Library staff in California who are int...
02/21/2020
Library Innovation Lab Applications Now Open for 2020 - California Humanities

Don’t forget—the deadline for the 2020 Library Innovation Lab cohort is March 2.

Library staff in California who are interested in developing immigrant-serving programs are encouraged to apply!

#CaliforniaHumanities #library #immigrants #librarians #grants #ProfessionalDevelopment #LibraryInnovationLab

Now entering its fourth year, our Library Innovation Lab (LIL) program supports the design and deliv

This Friday from 7 to 8:30 pm, join Fresno State MFAfor an evening with author, illustrator, and editor of The Paris Rev...
02/20/2020
FRESNO—An evening with Emily Nemens - California Humanities

This Friday from 7 to 8:30 pm, join Fresno State MFA
for an evening with author, illustrator, and editor of The Paris Review Emily Nemens, as part of the Diverse Voices in Contemporary Fiction reading series, hosted by Joseph Cassara.

This program is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Quick Grant.

#CaliforniaHumanities #Fresno #AuthorTalk #BookTalk #writers

FRESNO—On Friday, February 21, The Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State p

In the first exhibition of its kind in a major institution, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles explores...
02/19/2020
LOS ANGELES—Opening reception: afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city - California Humanities

In the first exhibition of its kind in a major institution, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in downtown Los Angeles explores the history and contemporary experiences of Afrolatinidad in the area through art, photographs, and personal objects. In the exhibition, visitors enter a recreated Afro-Latinx home and understand how this vibrant yet underrepresented community is central to Los Angeles culture. On Saturday, February 22, from 5 to 7 pm, join LA Plaza as they celebrate the opening with small bites, a live DJ, and an Afro-Peruvian dance performance.

#LosAngeles #Afrolatinidad #AfroLatinx #AfroLatino #AfroLatina #CaliforniaHumanities

This exhibit is supported by California Humanities through a Humanities for All Project Grant.

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Educators in all disciplines are invited to apply for a weeklong National Endowment for the Humanities Landmark Workshop at Kent State University. 50 years after student protestors were shot at Kent State, the historic event is recognized for changing public opinion about the Vietnam War; setting precedent in the US Supreme Court; changing National Guard armament policy; helping to lower the voting age to 18; and reminding us to practice and protect the First Amendment. See details below. --Laura Davis, professor emerita, English, Kent State
RAEB screens The Long Shadow OAKhosted by Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB) "The past makes the present inevitable" Grand Lake Theatre 3200 Grand Avenue #Oakland Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Tickets Available Now In advance: Online at renaissancerialto.com At the door: 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland on April 11 The Long Shadow is a wonderful new feature-length documentary on the origins and legacy of slavery. Filmmaker and investigative journalist Frances Causey, a daughter of the South, set out to explore her personal family history of slaveholding. Her investigation traces slavery's history from America's founding up through its insidious ties to racism today. thelongshadowfilm.com Following the film will be a Q and A with the filmmakers and a discussion of what we can do now to work for racial justice. See thelongshadowfilm.com for more information and a trailer. Proceeds of this Fundraiser will support these important causes: - To promote further distribution of this great film, including free showings to school children; and - To raise funds for local People of Color-led racial justice organizations. Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB) is a local group promoting active citizenship and an Indivisible affiliate, and is hosting this fundraiser. Co-sponsored by KPFA Radio. RAEB | Indivisible Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB), a local group promoting active citizenship and an Indivisible affiliate, is hosting this fundraiser to help us strengthen our work for racial justice and to support throwing all 14 Republican members of Congress from California out of office in November. indivisble-raeb.org
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At the Museum of Tolerance, we are seeking experienced Dialogue Facilitators for a our professional development programs! This part time paid role supports experiential programming including custom tours and courageous conversations that promote understanding, inclusion and equity. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2iESyMe
The 6th Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival will be held at the San Francisco Public Library on Dec 2, 10am-6pm and Dec 3, 12-5pm. Free admission! More info at: www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org See you there!