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Today we celebrate DC Emancipation day! April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over ...
04/16/2021

Today we celebrate DC Emancipation day!

April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South. Every April 16th DC commemorates the courage and struggle of those who fought to make freedom a reality.

Today we celebrate DC Emancipation day!

April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. Over 3,000 enslaved persons were freed eight months before the Emancipation Proclamation liberated slaves in the South. Every April 16th DC commemorates the courage and struggle of those who fought to make freedom a reality.

Today's vote could be an important first step towards DC statehood! Click the link to get the details. https://www.cnn.c...
04/14/2021
House committee to vote on bill to grant DC statehood

Today's vote could be an important first step towards DC statehood! Click the link to get the details. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/14/politics/dc-statehood-bill-committee-vote/index.html

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is slated to hold a vote on Wednesday to approve a bill that would grant statehood to Washington, DC, a Democratic priority that still faces obstacles for final passage even when the party controls both chambers on Capitol Hill and the White House.

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced their funding for over 225 humanities projects nationwide this morni...
04/14/2021
NEH Announces $24 Million for 225 Humanities Projects Nationwide

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced their funding for over 225 humanities projects nationwide this morning!

HumanitiesDC Congratulates Washington, DC NEH grant recipients Georgetown University and the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)! Project details and full NEH press release are listed below.

Georgetown University -
Grant: Humanities Connections Implementation Grants
Project Director: Lakshmi Krishnan
Project Title: Implementing a Collaborative Medical Humanities Minor
Project Description: The implementation of an interdisciplinary medical humanities minor for undergraduates.

Palestinian American Research Center -
Grant: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
Project Director: Penelope Mitchell
Project Title: Long-term Research Fellowships
Project Description: 10 months of stipend support (2 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray selection and administrative costs.

https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-24-million-225-humanities-projects-nationwide

Press Release NEH Announces $24 Million for 225 Humanities Projects Nationwide Grant awards support the preservation of historic collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, scholarly research, and curriculum projects. TwitterFacebook (April 14, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Endow...

Join HDC's Board of Directors to aid in the governance and support of a great humanities resource for the District! Boar...
04/13/2021

Join HDC's Board of Directors to aid in the governance and support of a great humanities resource for the District! Board members are appointed for a three-year term, with re-appointment possible for a second term. Board members should have an interest in the humanities, care about governance, provide some financial support, be willing to find resources for HDC, serve on at least one Board Committee, and be willing to educate public officials.

To learn more and apply contact Valerie Graff, Interim Executive Director at [email protected].

Join HDC's Board of Directors to aid in the governance and support of a great humanities resource for the District! Board members are appointed for a three-year term, with re-appointment possible for a second term. Board members should have an interest in the humanities, care about governance, provide some financial support, be willing to find resources for HDC, serve on at least one Board Committee, and be willing to educate public officials.

To learn more and apply contact Valerie Graff, Interim Executive Director at [email protected].

There's still time to register for this Saturday's Oral History Coffee Chat with Asbury United Methodist Church! This mo...
04/08/2021

There's still time to register for this Saturday's Oral History Coffee Chat with Asbury United Methodist Church!

This month, we will be joined by Adelle Banks and Kelvin Childs who direct the Asbury United Methodist Church Oral History Project. The panelists will discuss their work and the experience of creating and marketing an oral history project.

The program is free, registration is required. Register on Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oral-history-coffee-chat-tickets-146972606021

There's still time to register for this Saturday's Oral History Coffee Chat with Asbury United Methodist Church!

This month, we will be joined by Adelle Banks and Kelvin Childs who direct the Asbury United Methodist Church Oral History Project. The panelists will discuss their work and the experience of creating and marketing an oral history project.

The program is free, registration is required. Register on Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oral-history-coffee-chat-tickets-146972606021

From the DC Digital Museum archives this #throwback is Nancy Shia’s All Souls Church Photocollage. The image is from the...
04/01/2021

From the DC Digital Museum archives this #throwback is Nancy Shia’s All Souls Church Photocollage. The image is from the All Souls Church Archives and History project, part of Nancy Shia’s 2012 DC Community Heritage Project Grant. The exhibit features a narrative history, a small portion of the photo archive, and a timeline of the church's ministers.

To learn more about DC and past projects visit wdchumanities.org/dcdm.

#OTD in 1855 DC writer John Hays Hammond was born. He made his fortune in mining in both South Africa and the United Sta...
03/31/2021

#OTD in 1855 DC writer John Hays Hammond was born. He made his fortune in mining in both South Africa and the United States. He authored nonfictions works such as The Milling of Gold Ores in California (1887), A Woman’s Part in a Revolution (1897), and Great American Issues: Political, Social, Economic (1921), and the two-volume memoir The Autobiography of John Hays Hammond (1935).

Hammond moved to DC in 1879 to take his first mining job with the U.S. Geological Survey. He remained for only a year. By 1893, he had moved to South Africa, where he developed deep-level gold and diamond mines in the Transvaal, and got involved in a controversial anti-government Reform Committee. He was tried for treason and jailed and sentenced to death by the Boer government. After the U.S. Senate petitioned the South African president for clemency, his sentence was commuted, and he returned to the U.S. in 1900, now a celebrity. He was later appointed special ambassador by President Taft.

While living in DC Hammond took residence in the Brodhead-Bell-Morton Mansion located on 1500 Rhode Island Avenue NW. The Victorian era Queen Anne style mansion built in 1879 by John Fraser the building was later remodeled by John Russell Pope to have a neoclassical Beaux-Arts design. Hammond later moved to the French Ambassador’s Residence at 2221 Kalorama Road NW. Built by Jules Henri de Sibour in 1910 his design used a combination of Tudor Revival Jacobean Revival styles.

Visit our https://dcwritershomes.wdchumanities.org/ for more about DC Writers and their homes.

Join HumanitiesDC for DC Oral History Collaborative Coffee Chat on Saturday, April 10th at 11am.Learn more about oral hi...
03/30/2021

Join HumanitiesDC for DC Oral History Collaborative Coffee Chat on Saturday, April 10th at 11am.

Learn more about oral history projects happening in DC with this informative panel discussion. This month, we will be joined by Adelle Banks and Kelvin Childs who direct the Asbury United Methodist Church Oral History Project. Asbury UMC is a historic African-American congregation in Washington, DC that has been located at the same site (11th and K Streets, NW) since 1836.

The panelists will discuss their work and the experience of creating and marketing an oral history project.

This program is free to the public, registration is required. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oral-history-coffee-chat-tickets-146972606021?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Are you looking for a way to have an impact on your community? Use your skills to enhance DC and meet new people who liv...
03/23/2021

Are you looking for a way to have an impact on your community? Use your skills to enhance DC and meet new people who live and work in DC and the DC Metro area by volunteering as a grant reviewer with HumanitiesDC.

HumanitiesDC volunteer grant reviewers assist in the reading and evaluating of the hundreds of grant applications we receive every year. This is a short-term volunteer opportunity, don't worry no one is assigned more than 15 applications to review per grant process.

Learn more and sign up today at https://humanitiesdc.org/get-involved/become-a-grant-reviewer/

Looking for ways to get outside with the family?? Take a tour of the Capitol Hill Neighborhood with Mary Fitch's "Childr...
03/22/2021

Looking for ways to get outside with the family?? Take a tour of the Capitol Hill Neighborhood with Mary Fitch's "Children's Neighborhood Architectural Tour" on DC Digital Museum. https://wdchumanities.org/dcdm/items/show/1955

DC Digital Museum is full of resources like this tour and so much more, all created by HumanitiesDC grant recipients.

“As I began clearing out my late mother’s house, all I could do was sigh at the magnitude of paper there was to sort and...
03/20/2021

“As I began clearing out my late mother’s house, all I could do was sigh at the magnitude of paper there was to sort and probably throw away. There were folders of cancelled checks, bank statements for accounts long closed, boxes of maps, calendars, and clippings dispensing advice on topics from arthritis to investments. And there were the spiral notebooks — dozens of them around the house. Always a note-taker and list-keeper, my mother kept notebooks on seemingly everything… Forty-some years after my mother sent her letters, I moved back to the same Southeast neighborhood where my parents rented their Washington, DC apartment, and later owned two homes. The Sears store and the movie theater are long gone, along with much of the neighborhood retail businesses of that era. Still, I feel lucky to have gotten a peak, through letters and expense accounts, at the city as my transplanted parents first saw it.” (Susan Hormuth, “Spiraling Notebooks,” Hillcrest, Washington DC.)

To read the full story visit https://humanitiesdc.org/constellation-submission/spiraling-notebooks/

Visit the #HumanitiesDC website, and click “Submit Your Story” to share your #ConstellationDC story!

HumanitiesDC is pleased to announce the five projects awarded with the Voices Small Grant in support of humanities proje...
03/19/2021

HumanitiesDC is pleased to announce the five projects awarded with the Voices Small Grant in support of humanities projects that will document and preserve the stories of individuals during recent major historical events.

“Story sharing is a powerful medium to reflect, inspire, educate and seek justice. We chose these inaugural Voices awardees because their stories will encourage us to find new meaning in our own experiences and to better understand each other’s,” said Rafi Crockett, Acting Director of Programs for HumanitiesDC.

The 2021 Voices Small Grant awardees are:

Ritija Rice Gupta, Special Deliveries: Babies born in the COVID Era

Mysiki X Valentine, MLOV: Elevating Immigrant Voices from the Frontlines

Dewey Ortiz Jr, Game Therapy

Amanda Stephenson, Diamonds in the District…Shining through Dark Times

Marlena Chertock, OutWriteDC

HumanitiesDC awards up to $2,000 per project to District nonprofits and individuals doing work to support cultural, educational and community-based public programming with a humanities element. These grants play a vital role in sharing our diverse culture, community, and identities. For more information about HumanitiesDC’s funding opportunities visit www.humanitiesDC.org.

HumanitiesDC is now accepting proposals for the DC Documentary Partnership Grants. The DC Documentary Partnership is acc...
03/18/2021

HumanitiesDC is now accepting proposals for the DC Documentary Partnership Grants.

The DC Documentary Partnership is accepting proposals to fund post-production of a documentary short or feature film that tell a humanities story about Washington, DC. Successful proposals should be in or near post-production, with no less than 80% of production complete. We are looking for innovative, unique films that demonstrate a deep connection to Washington, DC and are of interest to a wide public audience. Projects can receive up to $20,000 for a short and $35,000 for a feature.

For more information visit https://humanitiesdc.org/grants/dc-docs-partnership-grant/

#OTD the National Gallery of Art was completed and accepted by President Roosevelt on behalf of the American people on M...
03/17/2021

#OTD the National Gallery of Art was completed and accepted by President Roosevelt on behalf of the American people on March 17, 1941. The building designed by architect John Russell Pope was the largest marble structure in the world at the time of its inception. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden has reopened and is free to the public.

HumanitiesDC is now accepting proposals for the DC Community Heritage Partnership (DCCHP). This year, DCCHP awardees wil...
03/15/2021

HumanitiesDC is now accepting proposals for the DC Community Heritage Partnership (DCCHP). This year, DCCHP awardees will preserve and illuminate the stories of go-go and jazz music in Washington, DC. This opportunity will provide funding for organizations to explore, document, and present unique research about the rich histories of these two musical genres in the District. Potential projects may focus on individual musicians, bands, shows, venues, fans, recordings, cultural expression, politics, media, historic events, or other themes related to jazz and go-go in the city. Grantees will receive up to $5,000. The DCCHP is a partnership of Humanities and the DC Historic Preservation Office.

For more information and to apply visit https://humanitiesdc.org/grants/dc-community-heritage-project-grant/

With the sunshine and warmer weather, March also brings moments of reflection, and we find ourselves remembering “a year...
03/12/2021

With the sunshine and warmer weather, March also brings moments of reflection, and we find ourselves remembering “a year ago today…” In “Smug Air DC,” #ConstellationDC contributor ISG shares a memory of a frustrating day spent inside. As we, like ISG, reflect on difficult, cloudy days, we offer an ode to brighter days ahead: “I remember wanting the work day to end so badly just so I could run outside and catch a glimpse of the setting sun.” (ISG, “Smug Air DC,” Anacostia, Washington, DC)

If you’re spending time this week reflecting on a year of the pandemic, we welcome you to share your contemplations and stories with Constellation. Visit the #HumanitiesDC website, and click the “Submit Your Story” button.

https://humanitiesdc.org/constellation-submission/smug-air-dc/

“Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”#InternationalWomensDay
03/08/2021

“Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

#InternationalWomensDay

As March begins and we reflect on a year of the covid-19 pandemic, #ConstellationDC contributor @Hstein054 shares their ...
03/05/2021
Our House is a Party

As March begins and we reflect on a year of the covid-19 pandemic, #ConstellationDC contributor @Hstein054 shares their story.

In April 2020, Haley moved into a group house in Fort Totten. In “Our House is a Party,” Haley reflects on how their communal living experience sustained them: “When seven people occupy your house, it doesn’t take much for an evening to become an event... In the early days, we all had to balance our expectations with the reality that some of our incomes depended on the risk of bringing the virus into the house. We adopted the motto: “If you feel safe, I feel safe.” I’ve learned a lot about trust, found family, and turning the negative into something positive. I am incredibly lucky to be living with people who care and support each other.” Read Haley’s story in its entirety on the #HumanitiesDC website. (Haley, “Our House is a Party,” Fort Totten, Washington, DC.)

https://humanitiesdc.org/constellation-submission/our-house-is-a-party/

Three roommates sit play “Secret Hitler” game at kitchen table. I moved into the Green Elephant group house in early April, just as the pandemic began wreaking havoc in DC. I was greeted by only two people in a big empty house. By August, the rest of our inhabitants had either returned from thei...

Join the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in celebrating the work of nearly 100 D.C. students who contributed writing...
03/03/2021

Join the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in celebrating the work of nearly 100 D.C. students who contributed writing, interviews, and photography to the “Underreported D.C. Reporting Project” on Thursday, March 11 from 5:00-6:00 pm EST. The Pulitzer Center's “Underreported D.C. Reporting Project” was made possible in part by #HumanitiesDC’s Youth Media Literacy Grant.

The “Underreported D.C.” project aims to combat dominant media stereotypes about the District by working with students to write and publish original reports that document their neighborhoods and highlight underrepresented issues that matter to them. Students ultimately published stories that highlighted pressing issues such as food access, gentrification, violence, and police brutality. Their stories also documented the ways their neighborhoods make them feel proud, inspired, and part of a community.

Register for this event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpce-vrDIrGdDzgURNayC3eEi8oONGHIRG

There is still time to apply for DC Oral History Collaborative Application Categories - New Oral History Projects and Pa...
03/01/2021

There is still time to apply for DC Oral History Collaborative Application Categories - New Oral History Projects and Partnership Grant Extensions. The application period closes March 8, 2021. Visit our website for grant details and to apply! https://humanitiesdc.org/grants/dcohc-grant/categories/

Have you seen the TIME magazine ad featuring the The Y's long, historic journey towards greater inclusion? This story fe...
02/26/2021

Have you seen the TIME magazine ad featuring the The Y's long, historic journey towards greater inclusion? This story features Anthony Bowen, the founder of the first “Black YMCA” in 1853, and Kevin Washington’s story and message as the first Black President and CEO of YMCA of the USA.

Learn more about the trailblazer, Anthony Bowen in #DCDOC grantee YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, DC - A*O Documentary Film: The Life and Legacy of Anthony Brown. The film is scheduled for release this summer, 2021!

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Kaleidoscope: A Writing Club is designed for women 18 and older will meet and scheduled to take place every 4th Saturday from 10 am to 11 am for six months, beginning March 27,2021. It will be peer driven; that is, members will bring their most recent work to share and get comments from the group. However, the sessions also will be facilitated by award-winning writer and poet, jonetta rose barras and occasionally attended by other professional creative writers. Register at https://www.estherproductionsinc.com/events-1/kaleidoscope-a-writing-club-for-women-18-and-older #dmv #online #targetaudience #women
Esther Productions, Inc. is a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization. Founded in 2004, it is dedicated to inspiring and empowering girls and women. It is supported through generous contributions from Kerry S. Pearson LLC, Emmanuel Bailey, Veterans Services Corp, Pepco, an Exelon Corporation, Fort Myer Construction Corporation Charitable Foundation and Esther’s Friends. Special Thanks: Afrika Abney, Arts and Marketing Consultant Esther Productions,Inc presents DISCOVERING ME…WITHOUT YOU Second Annual Personal Essay Contest designed for teens 14 - 17. Info: https://www.estherproductionsinc.com/contest #contest #teens #students #dmv #writers
The application is now open for the 2021 DC Youth Poet Laureat. If you know a talented teen poet or mc, encourage them to apply.
On behalf of Bethesda Urban Partnership: The 8th annual Bethesda Film Fest will feature four short documentaries made by local filmmakers in a virtual festival. The four selected films are available to view online now. You can also register for the free virtual discussion with the filmmakers on Thursday, June 25 at 7pm. The Bethesda Film Fest is produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and supported by Leslie & Bruce Lane.
Join us as we recognize Patsy's work and other community leaders.
Spreading the work about the 2019 DCCHP Grant. The grant seeks applicants to capture DC's Asian and Pacific Islanders' stories.
Join me for the annual kick-off for Black History Month.
Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays! Our 1st WALA Education Session of 2019 begins 3 weeks from Today!! Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (7pm) Creating a 501 (c)(3) “Basics” Workshop @ Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives with... NEW WALA Board Member Hardeep Grover of Tresquire Legal Services PLLC (facilitating) Information/Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wala-creating-a-501c3-basics-workshop-charles-sumner-museum-archives-tickets-53585017229?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing Looking forward to seeing DMV Artists, Creatives, and Entrepreneurs in the New Year 2019!! Vance “Head-Roc” Levy Education Director | Arts Ambassador Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts #waladc #walaeducation #walalegal
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We couldn't have asked for a better turn out!
Looking forward to this!
Thank you Darin Glymph for hosting the reception for Councilman Todd. Many of the Humanities DC staff, Board Members and HDC grantees enjoyed an evening of food and good conversation.