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The folks at ITVS are hosting their winter  ! Apply by February 9, 2024 for the chance to receive up to $350,000 for you...
01/08/2024

The folks at ITVS are hosting their winter ! Apply by February 9, 2024 for the chance to receive up to $350,000 for your documentary to air on public media.

ITVS Open Call provides documentary film funding so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then present it on public media with our expert help and guidance. | ITVS

Check out these scenes from last month's posada event in Healdsburg, created and organized by 2023 Library Innovation La...
01/08/2024

Check out these scenes from last month's posada event in Healdsburg, created and organized by 2023 Library Innovation Lab cohort member Megan Jones of Sonoma County Library's Healdsburg Branch. This family event included holiday treats and a tamale lunch, with guests learning about how to participate in the library's new immigrant oral history project using the Playback Memory Lab. Music was abundant during a Spanish Music & Movement storytime and performance from Sabor de mi Cuba.

We encourage applications from public library professionals across the state to participate in Library Innovation Lab, to create engaging programs like these aimed at providing welcoming experiences for immigrant communities. Cash grants up to $5,500. Deadline is February 1, 2024. Apply here: bit.ly/LILGrants "

🎉 Happy New Year from California Humanities! 🎉Kick-off the month by revisiting our roundup of grant opportunities and we...
01/01/2024

🎉 Happy New Year from California Humanities! 🎉

Kick-off the month by revisiting our roundup of grant opportunities and webinars in January and February: https://bit.ly/48cAEWM

Below you will find a few recordings for informational sessions you may have missed, as well as reminders for upcoming grant deadlines.

⭐ As we say goodbye to 2023, please consider closing out your year-end giving with a donation to California Humanities. ...
12/31/2023

⭐ As we say goodbye to 2023, please consider closing out your year-end giving with a donation to California Humanities. Your contribution will help us to foster healing and bridge divides through engaging and meaningful public humanities programming: https://bit.ly/EOY2023CAHum

Congratulations A PRAYER FOR SALMON on making The Atlantic's list of best podcasts of 2023! The recipient of a Californi...
12/30/2023

Congratulations A PRAYER FOR SALMON on making The Atlantic's list of best podcasts of 2023! The recipient of a California Documentary Project Production Grant in 2022, A PRAYER FOR SALMON is an audio documentary series from KALW's The Spiritual Edge podcast that tells the story of the Winnemem Wintu people and their clash with Northern California’s Shasta Dam. Listen here: spiritualedge.org/a-prayer-for-salmon

My podcast series, A Prayer for Salmon was named the #3 best podcast by The Atlantic for 2023! Such a welcome surprise. I am amazed. Hopefully, it inspires more people to listen to the podcast and hear the Winnemem Wintu story. It has so many lessons for humanity on both the societal and individual levels. Here is the link to The Atlantic story: https://www.theatlantic.com/.../25-best-podcasts.../676935/. The photo is the blurb for anyone who doesn't have an Atlantic subscription (like me).

And for anyone who hasn't listened to A Prayer for Salmon yet, look for The Spiritual Edge in your podcast feed. Or go here, to the website: https://spiritualedge.org/a-prayer-for-salmon

It's  ! This day commemorates the birth of the motion picture industry, when over 120 years ago the Lumière brothers pro...
12/29/2023

It's ! This day commemorates the birth of the motion picture industry, when over 120 years ago the Lumière brothers projected a program of short films to a public audience for the first time.

Today, short films come in many genres, lengths, and styles. They entertain us, and also inform and educate us through documentary subjects that provide revealing insights into real-life stories we may have never known before.

At California Humanities, we are proud support engaging documentary films through the California Documentary Project, including 2022 Production grantee SOL IN THE GARDEN. Now streaming as part of PBS POV Shorts Season 6, this 21-minute film documents one woman’s transformation from incarceration to rejuvenation, as she reestablishes her life in East Oakland after spending 16 years in prison.

https://www.facebook.com/povdocs/posts/pfbid0eU7tcLEz6RztGcWeyxAuWhuxRTYtEQ21F42FFvDKxxskg78M3Cc4LLqj7G9HC9dbl

After 16 years of incarceration, Sol catches the sun as she nourishes a garden with her new community. POV Shorts: Sol in the Garden is now streaming on PBS and the PBS App. https://loom.ly/YdEi5Ok

In early December, Pepperdine Libraries officially launched "Preserving the History of South Los Angeles," an initiative...
12/28/2023

In early December, Pepperdine Libraries officially launched "Preserving the History of South Los Angeles," an initiative supported in part by California Humanities designed to collect, preserve, and make available oral histories drawn from members of the South Los Angeles community.

View the new project website, which includes the oral history collection, participant biographies, history of South Los Angeles, and related photo and archival collections: https://bit.ly/3Tzkr9n

Applications for   open on January 15, 2024! Created in 2016 under the Humanities for All grant line to help lower barri...
12/28/2023

Applications for open on January 15, 2024! Created in 2016 under the Humanities for All grant line to help lower barriers to participation, this is great for first-time and returning grantees. Funding is available between $1,000 and $5,000 to support small-scale public humanities programs across the state. Review past guidelines and FAQs, and RSVP for our January 18 virtual info session: https://bit.ly/3Rse84V

🗓️: Deadline: February 15, 2024

California Humanities wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. We are looking forward to supporting new ...
12/24/2023

California Humanities wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. We are looking forward to supporting new partnerships and programs in 2024 with librarians, educators, artists, students, and public humanities practitioners from every corner of our state.

📷 Yaldā Night celebration at Escondido Public Library on December 7, created by 2023 Library Innovation Lab cohort participant Azar Katouzian. In many cultures, including Afghan and Persian cultures, people come together for this celebration that unites them against the longest, darkest, and coldest night of the year in both literal and figurative ways.

We have a busy grantmaking season coming up at the start of 2024! To receive reminders in your inbox, be sure to sign up...
12/22/2023

We have a busy grantmaking season coming up at the start of 2024! To receive reminders in your inbox, be sure to sign up for our monthly eNews. You may also select your preferences to receive additional communications on specific grant opportunities: https://bit.ly/3ZoMRDF

Here are some scenes from last week's special Noche de Calenda in Oceanside, created and organized by 2023 Library Innov...
12/21/2023

Here are some scenes from last week's special Noche de Calenda in Oceanside, created and organized by 2023 Library Innovation Lab cohort member Jorge Garcia of City of Oceanside Public Library. Part of the series ¡Creando Memorias en Oceanside! (Creating Memories in Oceanside!), this culminating event on December 14 included a ceremonial procession, performances of Oaxacan music and dance a local alongside a group of chinas oaxaqueñas, and vendor Cocina del Carmen providing traditional food and beverages. Papier-mâché figures (marmotas) and lanterns (faroles) created by community members in previous events in the series were used in the night’s festivities.

We encourage applications from public library professionals across the state to participate in Library Innovation Lab, to create engaging programs like these aimed at providing welcoming experiences for immigrant communities. Cash grants up to $5,500. Deadline is February 1, 2024. Apply here: bit.ly/LILGrants

Be sure to catch this California Documentary Project-supported project for free on the PBS app until March 10, 2024!
12/21/2023

Be sure to catch this California Documentary Project-supported project for free on the PBS app until March 10, 2024!

How to Have an American Baby is NOW STREAMING nationwide on POV! Available to stream for free and without PBS Passport membership until March 10, 2024 on PBS and the PBS video app.

STREAM NOW 🎬https://www.pbs.org/pov/films/howtohaveanamericanbaby/

Brought to you by:
POV, Creative Capital, Field of Vision, Fork Films, California Humanities, SFFILM, WIF, Firelight Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Center for Cultural Innovation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, XTR film, Pacific Pioneer Fund, From the Heart Productions Inc, The Gotham, Points North Institute, Berlinale Talents, New York Film Festival's Artist Academy, Visions du Réel's Docs in Progress, MacDowell, Yaddo, Bogliasco Foundation, Wexner Center for the Arts, Logan Nonfiction Program

Did you miss our Humanities for All Project and Library Innovation Lab virtual information sessions last week? Catch up ...
12/20/2023

Did you miss our Humanities for All Project and Library Innovation Lab virtual information sessions last week? Catch up with the recordings on our YouTube channel to help answer your questions about writing proposals, filling out budget forms, developing public programs, and more.

Also, RSVP for our Grantseeker Workshop and Humanities for All Quick Grants webinar, coming up in January 2024:

Below you will find a few recordings for informational sessions you may have missed, as well as reminders for upcoming grant deadlines.

California Humanities extends its heartfelt congratulations to Danielle Brazell, who has just been appointed Executive D...
12/20/2023

California Humanities extends its heartfelt congratulations to Danielle Brazell, who has just been appointed Executive Director of the California Arts Council! She is a seasoned arts administrator and we are looking forward to supporting her and the work of CAC in their mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California:

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments: Juan Cruz, of Santa Clara, has been reappointed to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing…

Applications for   open on January 15, 2024! Funding is available between $1,000 and $5,000 to support small-scale publi...
12/20/2023

Applications for open on January 15, 2024! Funding is available between $1,000 and $5,000 to support small-scale public humanities programs across the state. Review past guidelines and FAQs, and RSVP for our January 18 virtual info session: https://bit.ly/3q0tkti

🗓️: Deadline: February 15, 2024

Last week, California Humanities had the pleasure of partnering on a special screening and discussion of the Academy Awa...
12/18/2023

Last week, California Humanities had the pleasure of partnering on a special screening and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated Crip Camp, part of Mount Tamalpais College's "Disability Visibility" film festival for students in San Quentin State Prison. Stay tuned for our recap! Thank you to National Endowment for the Arts for additional support of this event.

📷 Post-event view of San Quentin State Prison, December 14, 2023.

2016 California Documentary Project-grantee How to Have an American Baby is now airing on PBS and streaming on the PBS A...
12/18/2023

2016 California Documentary Project-grantee How to Have an American Baby is now airing on PBS and streaming on the PBS App! ✨🎬This feature-length creative documentary examines the once-booming shadow economy that catered to Chinese tourists who traveled to America to give birth in order to obtain American citizenship for their babies.

https://www.facebook.com/povdocs/posts/pfbid0cU8p2TEdHeGMRYTwBn3h4RMMZ7Tj1NoHpjggzdjaNNawSMTdyp5MU6fy3yGjrqmSl

Thank you for tuning into the broadcast premiere of POV: How to Have an American Baby! You can now stream the film through March 10, 2024 on PBS and the PBS App. https://loom.ly/2j-K2Rc

A look back at last week's special celebration of Yalda: Persian Winter Solstice, created and organized by 2023 Library ...
12/15/2023

A look back at last week's special celebration of Yalda: Persian Winter Solstice, created and organized by 2023 Library Innovation Lab cohort member Azar Katouzian of Escondido Public Library. Yalda is deeply rooted in Persian culture, a celebration of the longest night of the year and reflecting the importance of family ties and respect for the elderly. The event included traditional Persian music and a reading of Shahnameh: The Epic of Persian Kings in Farsi and English.

The event had over 120 attendees, with guests Delnavazan Daf and Shahname Khanan Group also providing historical and cultural context for the pieces and instruments that they were performing.

We encourage applications from public library professionals across the state to participate in Library Innovation Lab, to create engaging programs like these aimed at providing welcoming experiences for immigrant communities. Deadline is February 1, 2024. https://bit.ly/LILGrants

Applications are now open for our Library Innovation Lab professional development program! 💻 Register for our free virtu...
12/14/2023

Applications are now open for our Library Innovation Lab professional development program!

💻 Register for our free virtual information session with California Humanities staff TOMORROW December 15 at 11 am PT: https://bit.ly/3R3tOLw

Each year a cohort of library “innovators” researches, designs, implements and assesses a small-scale, short-term public humanities project at their library. Cash grants provided up to $5,500.

🗓 Deadline February 1, 2024.

📷 Creating Vines of Hope: A Filipino-Community Celebration, Delano Branch Library, Kern County Library

Are you interested in applying for a Humanities for All Project Grant? Do you have questions about writing the proposal,...
12/14/2023

Are you interested in applying for a Humanities for All Project Grant? Do you have questions about writing the proposal, filling out the budget form, or developing public programs? Join us for a FREE informational webinar where you can get your questions answered and learn more about what makes a competitive application. A recording will be made available shortly after for those who can’t attend: https://bit.ly/3s5ngUu

🗓️: Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 11 am–12 pm PT | Zoom

Applications for Project Grants are now being accepted. Project Grants ($10,000 to $25,000) are awarded twice a year to large-scale public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Deadline: January 16, 2024.

Tomorrow, California Humanities is very pleased to partner with Mount Tamalpais College to present a screening and discu...
12/13/2023

Tomorrow, California Humanities is very pleased to partner with Mount Tamalpais College to present a screening and discussion of the Academy Award-nominated Crip Camp (2020) inside of San Quentin State Prison. The screening will kick-off Mount Tamalpais' "Disability Visibility" film festival, and is offered as part of the college's intellectually rigorous and free of charge degree programs for incarcerated individuals at San Quentin.

CRIP CAMP tells the story of a groundbreaking summer camp for teens with disabilities, and the group of alumni who join the radical disability rights movement to advocate for historic legislation changes. The film, a milestone in the fight for disability visibility, received early-stage funding from California Humanities through the California Documentary Project. Co-directors Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham will join Tamalpais College staff in a post-screening discussion with participating students.

Through this special event, together with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we continue our work of bringing award-winning documentary films, filmmakers, and film participants to new audiences throughout the state, and join Tamalpais College in their mission to expand access to quality higher education for incarcerated people, and to foster the values of equity, civic engagement, independence of thought, and freedom of expression.

⭐ Do you believe the humanities play a vital role in connecting us through stories and shared experiences? ❤️ Please con...
12/13/2023

⭐ Do you believe the humanities play a vital role in connecting us through stories and shared experiences?

❤️ Please consider a donation to California Humanities and join us in our quest to foster healing and bridge divides.

👉🏽 bit.ly/EOY2023CAHum

California Humanities is the recipient of a 2023 California Arts Council grant through their Statewide and Regional Netw...
12/11/2023

California Humanities is the recipient of a 2023 California Arts Council grant through their Statewide and Regional Networks program! Thank you to the Arts Council for supporting our statewide grantmaking that amplifies public programs at the intersection of the : https://bit.ly/3uVliqM

December 7, 2024 [Oakland, CA]—The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $42,500 to California Humanities as part of its Statewide and Regional Networks (SRN) program during its 2023 grant cycle.

Coming up this week! December marks the conclusion of programming for our 2023 Library Innovation Lab (LIL) cohort, who ...
12/11/2023

Coming up this week! December marks the conclusion of programming for our 2023 Library Innovation Lab (LIL) cohort, who over the past 10 months have designed programs to promote greater awareness and understanding of how immigrant communities are enriching California’s cultural mosaic.

🗓️ Attend a FREE family-friendly festival from City of Oceanside Public Library this Thursday, December 14! Noche de Calenda will be fun a night of traditional Banda Oaxaqueña, Chinas Oaxaqueñas, Danza de los Diablitos Mixtecos y los Rubios, food, and much more.

This program closes out the library’s series of programs celebrating Oaxacan culture, in recognition of the large and diverse Oaxaqueño community present not only in Oceanside, but throughout the North County and California: https://bit.ly/3Nf6ARR

Coming next year! The Library of America's Latino Poetry: Places We Call Home is a major public humanities initiative pl...
12/08/2023

Coming next year! The Library of America's Latino Poetry: Places We Call Home is a major public humanities initiative planned for 2024–2025 comprising a groundbreaking new anthology edited by poet and scholar Rigoberto González, free events around the country, and an online media archive tracing the far-reaching and multifaceted legacy of Latino poetry.

Made possible with a chair’s special grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, public libraries and cultural organizations in all fifty states and Puerto Rico are invited to apply for $1,200 grants to mount Latino Poetry programming.

🗓️ Deadline: January 5, 2024.
💻 Learn more about how to apply at

Latino Poetry is a national public humanities initiative directed by Library of America, a nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, in partnership with the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures and arts organizations, museums, and libraries nationwide.

Happening TODAY at 11 am PT! Register now for this virtual session 👇🏼
12/07/2023

Happening TODAY at 11 am PT! Register now for this virtual session 👇🏼

Applications are now open for Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants, returning for a second year!

Attend a free virtual information session with California Humanities staff THIS THURSDAY, December 7 at 11 am PT: https://bit.ly/3sNwkgZ

Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants ($5,000 to $15,000) support civic education for California’s middle grades-aged youth (grades 6-8 or ages 10-14) in school and beyond.

🗓 Deadline February 1, 2024

📷 Chicano Park in San Diego, the subject of 2023 Civics grantee project Telling Our Story: Chicano Park, from Outside the Lens.

Applications are now open for our Library Innovation Lab professional development program! 💻 Attend a free virtual infor...
12/07/2023

Applications are now open for our Library Innovation Lab professional development program!

💻 Attend a free virtual information session with California Humanities staff next Friday, December 15 at 11 am PT: https://bit.ly/3R3tOLw

Each year a cohort of library “innovators” researches, designs, implements and assesses a small-scale, short-term public humanities project at their library. Cash grants provided up to $5,500.

🗓 Deadline February 1, 2024.

📷 Creating Vines of Hope: A Filipino-Community Celebration, Delano Branch Library, Kern County Library

👏Congratulations to the 2023   team at El Camino College/El Camino College The Union in Torrance, California, who recent...
12/07/2023

👏Congratulations to the 2023 team at El Camino College/El Camino College The Union in Torrance, California, who recently won first place for best news package and best special section from two-year colleges from College Media Association. Read their stories and learn more about our fellowship program here: https://bit.ly/46zmbCl

Applications are now open for Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants, returning for a second year! Attend a free virtu...
12/05/2023

Applications are now open for Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants, returning for a second year!

Attend a free virtual information session with California Humanities staff THIS THURSDAY, December 7 at 11 am PT: https://bit.ly/3sNwkgZ

Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants ($5,000 to $15,000) support civic education for California’s middle grades-aged youth (grades 6-8 or ages 10-14) in school and beyond.

🗓 Deadline February 1, 2024

📷 Chicano Park in San Diego, the subject of 2023 Civics grantee project Telling Our Story: Chicano Park, from Outside the Lens.

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We are an independent nonprofit organization and a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1975, we have been promoting the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. We produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences and meaningful conversations. In our more than 40 year history, California Humanities has awarded over $30 million in grants across the state, reaching every Congressional district.

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