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The Humanities Council of DC provides grants for cultural, educational, creative and community-based initiatives. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of HumanitiesDC, our partnering organizations or our funders. Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

Can you guess who from our staff we turned into the AI photo below??As artificial intelligence continues to change every...
01/02/2024

Can you guess who from our staff we turned into the AI photo below??

As artificial intelligence continues to change every aspect of how we work, the creative fields are seeing seismic shift in the former ways of doing business. Learn about the opportunities and the threats of new AI technology and what it means for our creative futures. Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/775733388447?aff=oddtdtcreator

HumanitiesDC is excited to announce our 2024 grant cycles and funding opportunities! Cycle I RFPs and applications are N...
12/14/2023

HumanitiesDC is excited to announce our 2024 grant cycles and funding opportunities! Cycle I RFPs and applications are NOW open and include our Community Culture and Heritage, Visions, DC Oral History Collaborative and Beyond the Archive grant opportunities. Applications close February 20, 2024 so go to https://humanitiesdc.org/grant-opportunities/ to learn more and to sign up for a workshop!

Link to zine: https://indd.adobe.com/view/11cc790f-2da4-4199-b782-1d477a58590d Have you seen the new DC Oral History Col...
12/12/2023

Link to zine: https://indd.adobe.com/view/11cc790f-2da4-4199-b782-1d477a58590d

Have you seen the new DC Oral History Collaborative interactive zine yet? Watch, listen, and read the first-hand accounts of the DC Black Arts movement in the 70s, the relocation of Chinatown, and the history of the first Latin American festival on the National Mall.

Thank you to Izy Carney, our District Fellow, who created this amazing project and curated an engaging piece for all viewers.

https://indd.adobe.com/view/11cc790f-2da4-4199-b782-1d477a58590d

Swipe to meet our newest board members! We are excited for the expertise they will bring and the commitment they have to...
11/30/2023

Swipe to meet our newest board members! We are excited for the expertise they will bring and the commitment they have to supporting our humanities community.

Subscribe to our newsletter at HumanitiesDC.org to learn of the other new team members who’ve joined us recently.

Register now: https://90sPoetryOpenMicScene.eventbrite.comJoin HumanitiesDC, and guest curator Sami Miranda as we explor...
11/20/2023

Register now: https://90sPoetryOpenMicScene.eventbrite.com

Join HumanitiesDC, and guest curator Sami Miranda as we explore the DC Poetry movement in the 90s and discuss how the poets of that time laid the groundwork for the growth and expansion of the thriving DC poetry scene of today. Featuring spoken word from local established poets, including Montgomery Youth Poet Laureate Sasa Aakil.

https://90sPoetryOpenMicScene.eventbrite.com

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/728847521557?aff=oddtdtcreator. Join us at the intersection of art and local history ...
10/24/2023

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/728847521557?aff=oddtdtcreator.

Join us at the intersection of art and local history for the second event in the fall Culture Series lineup as we screen and discuss filmmaker Cintia Cabib’s documentary, “Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell.” The film shines a spotlight on the lives and work of two accomplished but unsung Black women artists and educators – both native Washingtonians - who forged careers during the era of segregation and developed a special bond as aunt and niece. Following the screening, Cintia Cabib will moderate a panel discussion with 96-year-old artist Lilian Thomas Burwell, and others.

Link: https://humanitiesdc.org/donate/🥳🎉🎊Continue to celebrate with us! October is National Humanities Month, help us ce...
10/16/2023

Link: https://humanitiesdc.org/donate/

🥳🎉🎊Continue to celebrate with us! October is National Humanities Month, help us celebrate by becoming a monthly supporter. We’ve had a great year, with the revamping of our public programs and grants, the work has been nonstop! Before the end of the month, we want to invite everyone who has engaged with our programs and events to take your support a step further by becoming a monthly donor.

If you sign up to give $5 or more, we will send you a sticker of our appreciation. If you sign up to give $15 or more, we will send you a sticker and one of our highly coveted HumanitiesDC journals. Lastly, if you sign up to give $25 or more, we will send a sticker, journal, and a HumanitiesDC t-shirt to show our deep appreciation. Link in bio to donate.

Link: https://humanitiesdc.org/donate/

TOMORROW!! Ever wondered how to preserve all the stories in your family and community? Or what it takes to record great ...
10/13/2023

TOMORROW!! Ever wondered how to preserve all the stories in your family and community? Or what it takes to record great interviews with interesting people🎙️? Come visit our booth on Saturday, October 14th at La Fiesta del Barrio from 11am - 4pm! You can do mini-interviews with your elders and homies (or they can interview you!) 🥳

Or just come by to say hi & get a free bilingual do-it-yourself oral history interview booklet!

🌞 Who? Local community historians José & Kristy are hosting the booth with us.
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¿Alguna vez has pensado sobre cómo puedes preservar todas esas historias tan maravillosas en tu familia y comunidad? ¿Has pensado sobre qué uno debe hacer para grabar entrevistas con personas interesantes 🎙️? Visítanos en nuestro kiosko este sábado, 14 de octubre en la Fiesta del Barrio de donde puedes grabar mini-entrevistas con tus seres queridos (¡o ellos te pueden entrevistar a ti!) 🥳
O simplemente ven a saludarnos para recibir una guía bilingüe (¡y gratuita!) sobre cómo grabar historias orales.
🌞 ¿Quién? Historiadores comunitarios José & Kristy te invitan a que participen en este kiosko.

https://humanitiesdc.org/donate/  October is National Humanities Month, help us celebrate by becoming a monthly supporte...
10/04/2023

https://humanitiesdc.org/donate/

October is National Humanities Month, help us celebrate by becoming a monthly supporter. 2023 has been an amazing year of growth for HumanitiesDC, with the revamping of our public programs and grants, we've reached thousands of humanities enthusiasts in every ward, hopefully including you! This year, we want to invite everyone who has engaged with our programs and events to take your support a step further by becoming a monthly donor.

If you sign up to give $5 or more, we will send you a sticker of our appreciation. If you sign up to give $15 or more, we will send you a sticker and one of our highly coveted HumanitiesDC journals. Lastly, if you sign up to give $25 or more, we will send a sticker, journal, and a HumanitiesDC t-shirt to show our deep appreciation. Link below to donate.

Link: https://humanitiesdc.org/donate/

REGISTER NOW! Happening this Thursday, starting with the Joan of Arc walking tour in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park at 6:3...
09/18/2023

REGISTER NOW! Happening this Thursday, starting with the Joan of Arc walking tour in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park at 6:30PM!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culture-series-discovering-medieval-dc-tickets-703488833037?aff=oddtdtcreator

Register today for the first Culture Series in the fall HumanitiesDC lineup! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/703488833037?aff=oddtdtcreator

6:30PM - Walking tour in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park starting at the Joan of Arc Statue

7:00PM - Event begins at Busboys and Poets

The Middle Ages may seem far distant in time and space, and far removed from contemporary concerns for those of us who live in twenty-first century DC. Yet, the medieval surrounds us, in objects held in DC-area collections, modern ideas, local architecture, and in the motifs that continue to shape our world today. Join HumanitiesDC and the Medieval DC team to discover the hidden world in our city. From a walking tour in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park, which features a statue of the French heroine Joan of Arc, to medieval trivia, the night will transport participants to a world of long ago.

Register today for the first Culture Series in the fall HumanitiesDC lineup! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/703488833037?a...
09/11/2023

Register today for the first Culture Series in the fall HumanitiesDC lineup! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/703488833037?aff=oddtdtcreator

6:30PM - Walking tour in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park starting at the Joan of Arc Statue

7:00PM - Event begins at Busboys and Poets

The Middle Ages may seem far distant in time and space, and far removed from contemporary concerns for those of us who live in twenty-first century DC. Yet, the medieval surrounds us, in objects held in DC-area collections, modern ideas, local architecture, and in the motifs that continue to shape our world today. Join HumanitiesDC and the Medieval DC team to discover the hidden world in our city. From a walking tour in Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park, which features a statue of the French heroine Joan of Arc, to medieval trivia, the night will transport participants to a world of long ago.

Link: https://OHWorkshopFall2023.eventbrite.com Register today to explore the best practices of oral historians and beco...
08/22/2023

Link: https://OHWorkshopFall2023.eventbrite.com Register today to explore the best practices of oral historians and become empowered with the basic tools for developing your style and approach to preserving DC’s rich past. Led by oral historian Benji de la Piedra, this course will follow the full cycle of an oral history interview, from conception to processing. We will discuss practical, ethical, and theoretical considerations in order to demonstrate the distinctive, interdisciplinary mindset that oral historians take to their work. Since oral history is best learned “on the job,” the instructor will ask you to do activities and to discuss your experiences along the way.

This workshop consists of three sessions – registrants must commit to participating in all three sessions.

Have you ever wanted to share aspects of your community that are not always seen in the mainstream media? Or amplify the...
08/16/2023

Have you ever wanted to share aspects of your community that are not always seen in the mainstream media? Or amplify the untold stories and issues around you? HumanitiesDC’s new Community Journalism program is an opportunity to work side-by-side with professional journalists to learn how to report on the stories that shape our city. This free 12-week course includes 6 workshops covering basic journalism skills and best practices, including how to conduct interviews, find credible sources and write engaging articles. Additionally, participants will work with local journalists to report on a story and ultimately publish a piece by the conclusion of the program.

Link to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvrlxMB_vDS9iS5ndNR0emnn5VFNPL_PKDtf22BezQSAvUEA/viewform
Please reach out to our Community Journalism Program Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/661377667407In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, join HumanitiesD...
07/26/2023

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/661377667407

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, join HumanitiesDC with guest curator Dior Ashley Brown to shine a spotlight on the immeasurable contributions of women in the vibrant DMV Hip Hop scene. With a stellar panel, including Paige Hernandez, Steph Lova, Nonchalant, RAtheMC, and DJ Soyo, we will delve into their journeys, challenges, and triumphs.

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/661377667407

TOMORROW! Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/640820821327Advanced Topics Workshop! Facilitated by local oral his...
07/17/2023

TOMORROW! Register now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/640820821327

Advanced Topics Workshop! Facilitated by local oral historian and DC Oral History Collaborative trainer, Dr. Anna F. Kaplan, “How Do I Ask This?” will help participants strengthen their interviewing skills by analyzing examples and collaboratively workshopping interview questions.
• Explore what makes for a good oral history question.
• Work through anxieties and hesitations about asking certain kinds of questions.
• Brainstorm strategies for navigating difficult interview scenarios.
• Develop a stronger list of oral history questions that help prompt the kinds of stories and reflections interviewers look for.

Mark your calendars for the Porchtales Podcast Season 2 Launch Party with Katie Davis. On July 13, come out and hear the...
07/05/2023

Mark your calendars for the Porchtales Podcast Season 2 Launch Party with Katie Davis. On July 13, come out and hear the fascinating stories of Lanier Place, an enchanting road in the heart of Adams Morgan.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/640596369987

Porchtales Podcast, Season 2, With former NPR producer Katie Davis. Coming July 2023. Lanier: One street’s history told ...
06/27/2023

Porchtales Podcast, Season 2, With former NPR producer Katie Davis. Coming July 2023. Lanier: One street’s history told through the eyes of one of its longest residents.

Advanced Topics Workshop! 🚨 Facilitated by local oral historian and DC Oral History Collaborative trainer, Dr. Anna F. K...
06/26/2023

Advanced Topics Workshop! 🚨 Facilitated by local oral historian and DC Oral History Collaborative trainer, Dr. Anna F. Kaplan, “How Do I Ask This?” will help participants strengthen their interviewing skills by analyzing examples and collaboratively workshopping interview questions.

• Explore what makes for a good oral history question.
• Work through anxieties and hesitations about asking certain kinds of questions.
• Brainstorm strategies for navigating difficult interview scenarios.
• Develop a stronger list of oral history questions that help prompt the kinds of stories and reflections interviewers look for.

To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oral-history-advanced-topics-how-do-i-ask-this-tickets-640820821327?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

We are proud to announce that we’ve been selected as a trusted and critical small nonprofit in the Greater Washington re...
06/21/2023

We are proud to announce that we’ve been selected as a trusted and critical small nonprofit in the Greater Washington region! Congratulations to our peer nonprofits, who we’re excited to meet and partner with alongside Spur Local, formerly the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Join us JUN 18, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM at Eaton Cinema for our last DC/FRAME program, I Did It My Way. These films unveil the...
06/09/2023

Join us JUN 18, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM at Eaton Cinema for our last DC/FRAME program, I Did It My Way. These films unveil the remarkable stories of individuals who defy societal norms and redefine the boundaries of what is possible. Delve into the lives of fearless trailblazers who forge their own paths, from a female gangster who reigns over a lucrative gambling ring in 1950s DC, to a one-wheel riding wonder who defies expectations. Witness the inspiring journey of one of NASCAR’s youngest drivers and immerse yourself in the vanishing world of Black Washington through the captivating lens of photographer Steven Cummings.

Films: A Chocolate Lens; Odessa’s Reign; One Wheel Bandit; Outside Line

Calling all basketball fans! Over the course of many years, DC basketball legend Pennington Greene has dedicated himself...
06/08/2023

Calling all basketball fans! Over the course of many years, DC basketball legend Pennington Greene has dedicated himself to interviewing over 100 people who have contributed to our city’s basketball history.

Come hear these voices from the courts, get a sneak peek at a trailer of an upcoming documentary and join in on the conversation.

Link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/596139728977

Join us JUN 17, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM at Eaton Cinema for Rhythms of Resilience. These films shine a spotlight on the vibran...
06/07/2023

Join us JUN 17, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM at Eaton Cinema for Rhythms of Resilience. These films shine a spotlight on the vibrant artistic spaces and visionary creators who have profoundly shaped Washington, DC’s cultural landscape, transcending time and inspiring generations to come. This program introduces a master bass player who remains a stable fixture of his neighborhood; the transformative influence on a generation of musicians by a groundbreaking record label; and the resounding impact of a coffeehouse that continues to resonate deeply with LGBTQ+ artists of color across borders and through the ages.

Films: Black Fire: Radio, Rhythms, and Revolution; Fiercesness Served! The ENIKAlley Coffeeshouse; Spanish Joe Remembers

We’re excited to announce the first event in our summer Culture Series line-up with guest curator Dr. Natalie Hopkinson....
06/05/2023

We’re excited to announce the first event in our summer Culture Series line-up with guest curator Dr. Natalie Hopkinson. Join us for music, oral histories, and good conversation as a panel of photographers, curators and scholars explore the visual side of go-go. Link in bio.

Curated by Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, author of Go-Go Live and creator of Pieces of Me: Go-Go Club Photography Archival Initiative. Panelists include:

Dr. Symone Cambell (), Maleke Glee (), Thomas Sayers Ellis, Latoya Peterson ()

Come have an unforgettable night and get your memories captured by the renowned Mr. G aka The Godfather of Club Photography.

HAVE A CLUB PHOTO TO SHARE? WE WANT TO SEE IT!

Throughout the month of June, HumanitiesDC will also seek to collect club photos from the public, both to show at the event and to contribute to the growing Go-Go Archive at the DC Public Library.

To submit, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNuErNH9S8Qn7DcyCYOo4hjfpwCSttd7qtKL2I8ZytwKEyuw/viewform!

Congratulations to our 9 fellows who were selected for the inaugural year of the HumanitiesDC 2023 Independent Practitio...
06/01/2023

Congratulations to our 9 fellows who were selected for the inaugural year of the HumanitiesDC 2023 Independent Practitioner Fellowship. We are excited to celebrate you and all of the humanities work you will be doing throughout the city in the coming months!

Enrique “Quique” Aviles
Shae Corey
Mēlani Douglass
Tasha Klusmann
Allison Press & Xena Ni
Kim Roberts
Nancy Shia
Jessica Valoris

Join us JUN 16 - JUN 18 at the Eaton Cinema to experience three captivating programs in partnership with . DC/FRAME will...
06/01/2023

Join us JUN 16 - JUN 18 at the Eaton Cinema to experience three captivating programs in partnership with . DC/FRAME will include 10 amazing short documentaries that speak to our city’s culture, creations, and community.

Lost & Found, the first of the three programs, taking place JUN 16, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM, explores the profound impact of losing one’s home – be it a physical, an emotional, or an ancestral home – and the journey to find one’s way back.

Films: Bring Them Home; Finding Us; Park Regent

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