Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Who's a Washingtonian? Grants Awarded Tonight

10 Organizations To Receive $5000 for Projects Promoting Understanding and Collaboration Through the Humanities

The Who's a Washingtonian? grant was created this year to support projects that actively seek to spark dialogue between groups of residents that have been isolated from one another either geographically or culturally. Using the humanities disciplines as lenses, these projects will help Washingtonians better understand the ties that bind them such as music, literature, history, religion, and language.

Alliance for Global Justice - A Conversation at the Lincoln
This project will bring senior citizens with an intimate connection to the Lincoln Theatre's past together with young up-and-coming performers who have been featured
on the historic stage, to discuss the iconic landmark's importance in defining a sense of community, identity, and place in the greater U Street area.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop - This Neighborhood has a Face: Talking Pictures
CHAW will engage a historian to collect images, videos, oral histories, and other materials from longtime and newer residents of the Canal Park neighborhood. The historian will augment the collected materials with archival research, that will culminated in a daylong celebration of the neighborhood and its residents.

Center for Inspired Teaching - Dream City Revisited
CIT will create an instructional module for educators teaching 12th grade Washington, DC history that will ask students to read from the book, Dream City: Race, Power and the decline of Washington, DC. Students will then interview residents who lived in the city from 1960-1990 to gain further perspective.

Georgetown Day School/Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ -Preserving the Past/Protecting the Future
This program will bring the students and members of the Lincoln Temple congregation together to document, preserve, and learn from the church's rich and vibrant past.

Grassroots DC - Potomac Gardens Inside and Out Documentary Project
This program will explore the persistent divide between the residents of the Potomac Gardens housing complex and the changing population of the surrounding neighborhood. It will seek to identify the barriers to communication between these two groups of neighbors and the means to mitigate them.

Historical Society of Washington, DC - Urban Photography Series
This program brings residents together around the photographic preservation of the city's streetscapes. HSWDC will hold workshops to teach best practices in urban photography and feature participants' work in an educational exhibit.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces - LPTM Color Me Community Conversations
This series of conversations is designed to engage people from all walks of life in an exploration of the common challenges faced by residents of the DC metro area.

ONE DC  - From the Streets to the Rooftops: Perspectives on a Changing City
This series of public events will bring together long-time and newer residents of the Shaw neighborhood to explore the dynamics of urban renewal and displacement in DC.

The Theatre Lab School - Teenaged DC: Life Stories Then and Now
This drama program will pair senior citizens with middle school students, who will, together, explore the past and present of adolescence. The seniors will talk with the students about their teenage memories, and the students will act out the stories as part of a public performance in May 2014.

University of the District of Columbia - Tally's Corner TALKS
This project will revisit a 1967 ethnographic study by Elliot Liebow entitled Tally's Corner: A Study of Streetcorner Negro Men that transformed the way policy makers understood urban poverty and race in America. Liebow's research focused on a group of black men who lived, loved, and labored in the neighborhood surrounding the corner of 11th and N Streets NW in Washington, DC. "TALKS" hopes to inspire dialogues among the many different ethnic and socioeconomic groups that now call this neighborhood home.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Humanities for Sale

Bid on These Unforgettable Humanities Experiences Today

On October 1st, the Humanities Council will launch their first-ever online Humanities Auction! The Humanities Auction will feature exclusive, one-of-a-kind, humanities-based experiences. The funds raised through this auction will go to support the Humanities Council and our mission to enrich the quality of life in Washington, DC. Our organization serves over 430,000 DC residents through our public programs, educational initiatives, grant programs, and the online DC Digital Museum. Your support for our auction will help us serve even more residents, increase our programs and grants, and engage our city’s youth in discovering DC’s rich history and culture.

Visit the auction website at to browse our exciting line up of humanities-based services and experiences!