Schools, libraries and other organizations from Gary to Jeffersonville recently received Action Grants from Indiana Humanities for projects ranging from a conference on Native American war chiefs to a book-and-film discussion series about spies.
Action Grants offer up to $3,000 to support nonprofit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as exhibitions, workshops, lectures and reading and discussion programs. Applications for these grants are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a monthly basis.
“Our Action Grants allow us to support valuable humanities programming across the entire state,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “We’re always amazed at the creativity of our grant partners and their ability to leverage our investment to deliver meaningful programs that have impact.”
The following organizations received Action Grants from June through October 2019:
Tobias Leadership Center, Indianapolis
National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture, Portland
University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne
Indiana's Historic Pathways, Jasper
Clark County Museum, Jeffersonville
Girls Inc. of Johnson County, Franklin
Middlebury Community Public Library, Middlebury
Calumet Heritage Partnership, Gary
Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, Fort Wayne
Butler University, Indianapolis
Indianapolis Propylaeum, Indianapolis
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Indianapolis
Johnson County Public Library, Franklin
Here are descriptions of the projects:
Hazelett Forum Featuring Elaine Weiss
Tobias Leadership Center, Indianapolis
Awarded: $3,000
Timeline: Aug. 20, 2019
The Tobias Leadership Center hosted nationally renowned storyteller Elaine Weiss, who illuminated the final moments leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The event kicked off a series of yearlong programs celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage.
NCGLNAC 14th Annual Academic Conference
National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture, Portland
Awarded: $2,418
Timeline: Nov. 9, 2019
The National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture (NCGLNAC) will present its 14th annual academic conference, with the theme “Significant War Chiefs.” Academics and members of four Native American tribes (including the Lenni Lenape, the Pokagon band of Potawatomi and the Miami) will share the history of their historical war chiefs, with time for discussion after each presentation.
Electing Lincoln: A Presentation of Items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne
Awarded: $500
Timeline: Sept. 17, 2019
In celebration of Constitution Day, the University of St. Francis sponsored a presentation by Jane Gastineau, retiring Lincoln librarian for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. Gastineau highlighted items from the collection that are related to the elections of 1860 and 1864, explaining the items and what they tell us about those two history-making campaigns.
Great Gatsby Casino/Speakeasy Exhibit
Clark County Museum, Jeffersonville
Awarded: $3,000
Timeline: November 2019 through December 2020
The Clark County Museum will recognize the centennial of the Roaring Twenties with an exhibition that explores life during that era, including the darker side. The exhibition will focus on the speakeasies, casinos, nightclubs and other entertainment venues of Jeffersonville and surrounding areas and how they impacted Clark County residents.
Flights of Imagination: Introducing Bird Study, Bird Art and the History of Avian Conservation to Girls
Girls Inc. of Johnson County, Franklin
Awarded: $3,000
Timeline: October 2019 through May 2020
Girls Inc. of Johnson County will conduct a yearlong series of workshops that introduce young women to the study of birds, specifically in areas of art, music, literature and science. Led by ornithologists, environmental conservationists and professors of history, art and political science, the workshops will look deeply at humanity’s relationship to birds.
“Getting from Here to There” Teacher Workshop
Indiana’s Historic Pathways, Inc.
Awarded: $2,156
Timeline: Oct. 8, 2019
Indiana’s Historic Pathways, a National Scenic Byway focused on Indiana history, hosted an educators workshop on the Buffalo Trace, a historical path through southern Indiana carved by bison and used by Native Americans and early settlers. Workshop participants learned about the Buffalo Trace through scholarly lectures, lesson plans and a teacher panel about innovative classroom-learning ideas.
Fall Programming: Universe of Spies
Middlebury Community Public Library
Awarded: $2,200
Timeline: September–October 2019
The Middlebury Community Public Library will host several programs throughout the fall, all centered on a spy theme. Activities will include scholar-led book and film discussions, as well as a young-adult book club (through a collaboration with the local middle school) and a “spy camp” for the library’s youngest patrons.
The Spring at Small Farms Oral History Project
Calumet Heritage Partnership, Chicago/Gary
Awarded: $3,000
Timeline: September 2019–May 2020
The Calumet Heritage Partnership will conduct an oral history project about a historic artesian well in Gary and will work with IU South Bend to create an online archive. Project directors will also conduct a public program to share more about the history they collect.
Naptown Season One: A Memoir of the 20th Century in 20 Podcasts
Butler University, Indianapolis
Awarded: $2,000
Timeline: November 2019–May 2020
Butler University will produce a podcast hosted by English professor Susan Neville in conversation with journalist and novelist Dan Wakefield. The podcast will feature Wakefield’s writings as well as his reflections on the people and places he has encountered, including leading 20th-century figures such as Robert F. Kennedy, Adam Clayton Powell, William F. Buckley, Golda Meir and James Baldwin.
2019–2020 George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series
Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society, Fort Wayne
Awarded: $2,000
Timeline: October 2019–June 2020
The Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society will present a series of free monthly lectures exploring arts and humanities subjects such as history, archaeology, religion, folklore and visual arts, as well as a number of topics within the broader field of social studies, including economics, political science and sociology.
Ain’t I a Woman? The Evolution of Women in Politics
Indianapolis Propylaeum, Indianapolis
Awarded: $2,500
Timeline: Nov. 7, 2019
The Indianapolis Propylaeum will host an evening of conversations and dinner. Through readings and facilitated discussions, participants will explore the issues of race and ethnicity that played out in the women's movement, in an effort to understand new perspectives and build bridges.
Slaughterhouse-Five: Celebrating the Enduring Legacy of Vonnegut's Masterpiece/Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Grand Opening
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Indianapolis
Awarded: $2,000
Timeline: Nov. 9, 2019
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Slaughterhouse-Five (as well as the opening of its new museum space), the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library will present speakers and a panel discussion featuring historians, veterans’ advocates and artists exploring the novel’s legacy
Authors at JCPL: A Visit with Tomi Adeyemi
Johnson County Public Library, Franklin
Awarded: $2,935
Timeline: Dec. 9, 2019
The Johnson County Public Library will bring bestselling teen author Tomi Adeyemi to Franklin to discuss her newest book, Children of Virtue and Vengeance. In addition to holding a moderated conversation with the Nigerian-American writer about her work, the library will host Epiphany Dance Collective, a West African dance company that will further enhance cultural understanding through traditional drumming, chants and dances.