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Fran Osborne is an independent curator and design consultant with expertise in the creation of accessible exhibitions an...
04/05/2022

Fran Osborne is an independent curator and design consultant with expertise in the creation of accessible exhibitions and spaces. In the Bay Area, she curated the exhibits “Changemakers: Bay Area Disability Pride” at San Mateo and San Francisco Public Libraries, as well as “DIS/PLAY: a disability take-over” at SOMArts in San Francisco. Learn more about Fran’s work in our upcoming event, “All Welcome! Best Practices for Increasing Accessibility” on Thursday, 4/14 at 4 pm, online & free. https://bit.ly/3Kr7yX2

Explore the history of resistance and public art in downtown San José! Public Art as Resistance is offering group and se...
04/04/2022

Explore the history of resistance and public art in downtown San José! Public Art as Resistance is offering group and self-guided tours to learn the city’s history of public art as resistance. Supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant, tours are available starting 3/30. Visit https://bit.ly/3qLtbtJ for more information.

#SanJose #SJResistArt

We are excited to hear from Karen Kienzle, Director of the Palo Alto Art Center,  at our online event, Tools of the Trad...
04/02/2022

We are excited to hear from Karen Kienzle, Director of the Palo Alto Art Center, at our online event, Tools of the Trade: All Welcome! Best Practices for Increasing Accessibility. Join us on 4/14 at 4 pm, Free. Register at https://bit.ly/3Kr7yX2

The California Documentary Project-supported film, TRY HARDER! is examined in this article published in the New Yorker, ...
04/01/2022

The California Documentary Project-supported film, TRY HARDER! is examined in this article published in the New Yorker, “The Difficulty of Being A Perfect Asian American.” Check it out at https://bit.ly/3CQM9nO

Image: Photo by Lou Nakasako

Today is Cesar Chavez day! To commemorate, we are re-posting our interview with filmmaker and California Documentary Pro...
03/31/2022

Today is Cesar Chavez day! To commemorate, we are re-posting our interview with filmmaker and California Documentary Project grantee Emily Cohen Ibañez about her documentary, FRUITS OF LABOR.

“My hope is that viewers can re-imagine work and value people who do the essential labor of picking and processing our fruits and vegetables. We all need to eat, and the adage ‘domestic labor is the labor that allows for all other labor’ is indeed true, and yet those who perform agricultural and domestic labor too often live in destitution.” –filmmaker Emily Cohen Ibañez

https://calhum.org/fruits-of-labor-emily-cohen-ibanez/

#CesarChavezDay #Labor #HumanRights

Image: Ashley and Emily Cohen Ibañez, Photo by Andy Kemmis

To commemorate this month's Earth Day, we highlight California Humanities projects that focus on land and the environmen...
03/30/2022

To commemorate this month's Earth Day, we highlight California Humanities projects that focus on land and the environment. We are also proud to announce the 2022 Emerging Journalist Fellows, a new Library Innovation Lab infographic, and the next board member interview in our ongoing series, "3 Questions." - https://mailchi.mp/calhum/april-2022-enews

Join us on April 14 to explore how we can make public humanities programs more accessible to people of all abilities. Ou...
03/29/2022

Join us on April 14 to explore how we can make public humanities programs more accessible to people of all abilities. Our next Tools of the Trade: All Welcome! Best Practices for Increasing Accessibility includes a conversation with the team from The Art of Disability Culture, an exhibit and public program series organized by the Palo Alto Arts Center. - https://mailchi.mp/calhum/accessibility-event

On April 9, celebrate the launch of the Watsonville is in the Heart Digital Archive at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and ...
03/29/2022

On April 9, celebrate the launch of the Watsonville is in the Heart Digital Archive at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. The new archive features oral history recordings, original documents, and family artifacts that capture the rich history of Filipino life and labor in California’s Pajaro Valley. https://bit.ly/3KSkk16

#Watsonville #Filipinohistory #humanities

Session proposals for the 2022 National Humanities Conference are due in one week! Learn more about this year's theme, E...
03/25/2022
2022 National Humanities Conference

Session proposals for the 2022 National Humanities Conference are due in one week! Learn more about this year's theme, Energy in Motion, and this year's location, Los Angeles, and then submit a proposal here: https://loom.ly/R55UfCs

The Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Humanities Alliance are excited to announce the 2022 National Humanities Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles, California. This annual conference brings together representatives from colleges, universities, state humanities counci...

This weekend, the Sonoma International Film Festival features EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE–the unbelievable story of the trailblaz...
03/25/2022

This weekend, the Sonoma International Film Festival features EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE–the unbelievable story of the trailblazing 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Directed by Marc Shaffer and supported by a California Documentary Project grant. https://bit.ly/3sJSWwe

#CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #film #documentary #sonoma

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Asch Building in Greenwich Village, New York. The top thr...
03/23/2022

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Asch Building in Greenwich Village, New York. The top three floors housed the Triangle Waist Company, a factory where approximately 500 workers, mostly young Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls, worked. The fire killed 146 workers in a mere 15 minutes but pierced the perpetual conscience of citizens everywhere. The tragedy of the fire, and the resulting movements for change, were pivotal in shaping workers’ rights and unions. A powerful collection of diverse voices, “Talking to the Girls: Intimate and Political Essays on the Triangle Fire” brings together stories from writers, artists, activists, scholars, and family members of the Triangle workers. Join the Woven Lives: Exploring Women’s Needlework from the Italian Diaspora project team for a book presentation and discussion on FB live. This project is supported by a Humanities for All Project Grant.

Sunday, March 27 at 1 pm
https://calhum.org/event/woven-lives-discussion/

#womenshistorymonth #italiandiaspora #HumanitiesforAll

Image: Woven Lives Giunta Book presentation flyer

Mark your calendar for our next Tools of the Trade event: All Welcome! Best Practices for Increasing Accessibility on Th...
03/22/2022

Mark your calendar for our next Tools of the Trade event: All Welcome! Best Practices for Increasing Accessibility on Thursday, April 14. This series of free online learning sessions are offered to help build and rebuild the capacity of individuals and organizations to provide relevant, responsive, and engaging programs in our communities. RSVP at https://bit.ly/3Kr7yX2

#tools #humanities #professionaldevelopment

Image: Tools of the Trade series banner by Steven Loscutoff.

Join Indexical for the next Landscape & Life Speaker Series event, “Transformational Landscapes,” in Santa Cruz on March...
03/21/2022

Join Indexical for the next Landscape & Life Speaker Series event, “Transformational Landscapes,” in Santa Cruz on March 27. Featuring artists and activists Louise Leong, Tim Young, Aja Rose Bond, Kellee Matsush*ta-Tseng, and Solitary Garden. This series is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant. https://calhum.org/event/transformational-landscapes/

#SantaCruz #landscapes #humanities #environment

Image: Indexical Photo Courtesy of Andrew Smith

On March 26 & 27, the Sonoma International Film Festival features EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE–the fantastical story of the trailb...
03/18/2022

On March 26 & 27, the Sonoma International Film Festival features EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE–the fantastical story of the trailblazing 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Directed by Marc Shaffer and supported by a California Documentary Project grant. https://bit.ly/3sJSWwe

#CaliforniaDocumentaryProject #film #documentary #sonoma

Meet our new Operations Coordinator, Beth Segura!  Beth joined the California Humanities team in December. Learn about h...
03/17/2022

Meet our new Operations Coordinator, Beth Segura! Beth joined the California Humanities team in December. Learn about how her first few months at California Humanities are going and some of the activities she enjoys in this short interview. https://calhum.org/welcome-beth-segura/

Photo courtesy of Beth Segura

The work of South Asian American artist Rajkamal Kahlon, originally from Northern California, was presented by the Unive...
03/17/2022

The work of South Asian American artist Rajkamal Kahlon, originally from Northern California, was presented by the University Library Gallery at Sacramento State with the support of a Humanities for All Project Grant. “And Still I Rise” is the artist’s first major survey in the U.S. We are delighted to share that a collection of Kahlon’s art pieces from the project is now available to view online, https://bit.ly/3pD4gZ7

Image, courtesy of Yuba Sutter Arts

Get ready for the 2nd season of California on the Ballot! This spring, we invite you to join us for five free online dis...
03/15/2022

Get ready for the 2nd season of California on the Ballot! This spring, we invite you to join us for five free online discussions about electoral engagement’s past, present, and future. Topics include voting rights for Californians who have been incarcerated, Indigenous populations, and DACA recipients. Learn more at https://calhum.org/ca-on-the-ballot-2/

#CA #OntheBallot #votingrights

The Watsonville Film Festival highlights Latinx filmmakers and stories that illuminate our shared humanity and inspire p...
03/14/2022

The Watsonville Film Festival highlights Latinx filmmakers and stories that illuminate our shared humanity and inspire positive change. This year’s festival features seven California Documentary Project-supported films! Check them out at https://watsonvillefilmfest.org/home

#CaliforniaHumanities #film #documentary #watsonville

Image: Watsonville Film Festival

Win $200k in Finishing Funds for Historical Documentary Filmmaking! The 2022 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize ...
03/11/2022

Win $200k in Finishing Funds for Historical Documentary Filmmaking! The 2022 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film is officially open for submissions. The award recognizes filmmakers whose late-stage documentary uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that bring American history to life using archival materials. More information is available at https://bit.ly/3vjUluX.

Image: Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Flyer

For the second offering in our new series, “3 questions” with California Humanities board members, we interview Dr. Oliv...
03/11/2022

For the second offering in our new series, “3 questions” with California Humanities board members, we interview Dr. Oliver Rosales, Professor of History at Bakersfield College, and our Board Chair. Oliver is a 2021 recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the project, “California Dreamin’: Migration, Work, and Settlement in the ‘Other’ California.” https://calhum.org/3-questions-oliver-rosales/

Image: Oliver Rosales at a Filipino American heritage event in Delano.

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Your Carr Fire Story: Written and Heard. Celeste White reads her story on JPR's The Jefferson Exchange. #CaliforniaHumanities #calhum #jeffersonex #shastacountyartcouncil #CarrFire
Your Carr Fire Story, Written and Heard read on The Jefferson Exchange. Alexandra Stephen's story is beautifully written. #jeffersonex #CaliforniaHumanities #shastacountyartcouncil #calhum #CarrFire
Your Carr Fire Story: Written and Heard this morning on JPR's The Jefferson Exchange. Thank you Alexandra Stephens. https://www.ijpr.org #calhum #jeffersonex #shastacountyartcouncil #CarrFire
Your Carr Fire Story, Written and Heard. Listen to the Jefferson Exchange. #calhum #shastacountyartcouncil #CarrFire
220+ #poempromptsforthepandemic to date. Beginning in March, I began offering original daily writing prompts (can be easily used for any genre). Today there are over 220. I will continue offering throughout. Hope useful. Enjoy– https://www.instagram.com/.../poempromptsforthepandemic/... https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/poempromptsforthepandemic
This week's, Your Carr Fire Story on The Jefferson Exchange. Stories by Michael Kielich and Lisa Kielich. Thank you. #jeffersonex #CarrFire #calhum #ShastaArtsCouncil
Thank you California Humanities
Your Carr Fire Story: Written and Heard made possible from a grant from California Humanities will be on JPR the Jefferson Exchange October 2nd at 8:30 a.m. KJPR, which is at 1330 am, also at 96.9.
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