New Jersey Council for the Humanities Awards Over $400,000 in Grant Funds – New Jersey Stage | Candle Made Easy

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Originally published: 07/18/2022

(CAMDEN, NJ) — The New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) has awarded $402,514 in Spring 2022 grants to 33 organizations across the state. These awards cap a banner grant cycle that saw the largest response ever to an NJCH call for applications, with 83 letters of intent submitted earlier this year. The high demand for funding reflects both the robust activity of the cultural sector and the need for continued support in this sector as we recover from the COVID-related challenges of recent years.

Grantee projects reflect the creativity, excellence, and lifelong learning that Public Humanities programs contribute to New Jersey’s cultural and civic life. NJCH awards include Incubation Grants, which support organizations in planning, researching, developing and prototyping public humanities projects and events; Action grants that support organizations to implement a wide range of humanities projects, including public programs, exhibitions, installations, tours, and discussion groups; and Seed Funding, a brand-new award style that recognizes promising applicants from the Action and Incubation prize pools and helps them build greater capacity to deliver high-impact public humanities projects.

“From telling underrepresented stories to exploring new forms of post-pandemic audience engagement, the new grantees’ projects speak to the amazing breadth and depth of the public humanities in the state,” said NJCH executive director Carin Berkowitz. “The NJCH grant awards not only highlight those who are already doing exemplary work in the field, but also support those organizations and communities that have traditionally had less access to the public humanities. This approach ensures that New Jersey’s cultural sector will continue to thrive – now and in the future.”

For 50 years, NJCH has explored, cultivated and promoted the public humanities. We are committed to fostering appreciation for the area in New Jersey’s diverse community in every county in the state.

Since 1972, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities grant program has supported meaningful public humanities work across our state. What are the public humanities, you ask? Good question! Public Humanities is taking the humanities out of the classroom and making it accessible to a wide and diverse audience through a variety of methods—exhibitions and installations, discussion programs, oral history projects, and interpretive tours—that allow audiences to engage in critical reflection about people’s stories, cultures, values ​​and beliefs.

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incubation grants

Alice Paul Institute, Mt. Laurel Township ($15,000) for additional research and understanding needed to update a permanent exhibit on the suffragist and New Jersey-born Alice Paul with fuller narratives.

Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen’s Museum, Tuckerton ($15,000) to set the stage for an oral history of Tuckerton Seaport, capturing the story of his birth, rebirth and unconventional approach.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown ($15,000) to develop a public high school curriculum informed by public history for Thomas Nast’s cartoons The Last Ditch and The Palace of Tears.

Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton ($7,500) for a project that explores the history and genealogy of the people enslaved at Morven and lays the foundation for sharing those stories with the public.

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison ($12,150) to create a museum civics program that introduces students to core democratic principles and examines democratic ideals, values, and the role of citizenship.

New Jersey Orators, Bridgewater Township ($15,000) to provide workshops on public speaking, literacy, media literacy, civic engagement and college readiness, and life skills for youth in more New Jersey school districts.

Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City ($10,500) to support research and planning for the development of an audio tour and performance piece about the cultural and demographic shifts in and around the South Jersey Shore in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties .

Redhawk Native American Arts Council, South Amboy ($6,390) to support the planning phase of two Indigenous midsummer celebrations in collaboration with leaders from the Ramapough Lunnape and Nanticoke Leni Lenape Nations of New Jersey and Indigenous student groups from Rutgers University and Ramapo College.

Trenton Historical Society, Trenton ($14,800) to develop and test a searchable electronic database of employee records for John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, a wire cable manufacturer that employed thousands of Eastern and Southern European immigrants and African Americans at locations in Trenton and Roebling in the twentieth century.


Action Grants

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Clinton Hill Community Action, Newark ($20,000) for a multi-year public history project that will create a collaborative history of Clinton Hill in multiple accessible formats.

Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May ($3,814) to support a free hybrid art history speaker series taking place at Cold Spring Brewery during the winter of 2022-2023.

Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken ($20,000) to support The Hoboken Fires: A History of Gentrification & Arson for Profit, a partnership with artist Christopher Lopez that leverages community engagement, social justice and digital practices to create Hoboken’s History 1970s-80s.

Luna Stage Company, West Orange ($10,000) to support the design and implementation of humanities materials to complement creative productions about underground railroad safe houses and freedom routes in Essex County.

Mighty Writers, Camden ($20,000), for a series of activism workshops to teach middle and high school students the vital power of writing and critical thinking skills to foster understanding of themselves, their communities, and their natural and expand social environment.

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair ($16,500) for a performance series to complement My Home to Yours, an immersive film and sound installation that showcases local and regional Indigenous perspectives on the meaning of home.

New City Kids, Jersey City ($20,000) for professional development activities and workshops that integrate culturally rich liberal arts work into programs for teens.

New Jersey State Museum Foundation, Trenton ($15,732) to support the History Beneath Your Feet: Archeology in the Capital City exhibit, which explores Trenton’s social, cultural, and environmental development through archaeological artifacts.

The Petey Greene Program, Princeton ($20,000) to build on its successful pilot of a liberal arts college bridge program for incarcerated and reentering students and expand the program to additional facilities.

Regional Plan Association, Newark ($18,000) to conduct a centennial series of public participation events celebrating park and open space initiatives in the Meadowlands, Nat Turner Park in Newark and Paterson Great Falls.

Roebling Main Gate Museum, Roebling ($18,000) to create an immersive, educational audio tour for an upcoming museum exhibit.

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, Skillman ($20,000) to create a series of historical young adult books that offer a unique first-hand account of life through the eyes of African-American children growing up in the Sourland Mountain region of central New Jersey are.

Summit Interfaith Council Anti-Racism Committee, Summit ($13,203), for a presentation and book discussions using both fiction and nonfiction by authors of color to educate New Jersey residents about the economic, social, and personal costs of racism.

Truehart Productions, Newark ($19,575) to produce a second 30-minute episode of the documentary series The Price of Silence: The Forgotten Story of New Jersey’s Enslaved People.

Vietnamese Boat People, Montclair ($20,000) to build the next phase of a collaborative digital map featuring stories from the Vietnamese diaspora with improved functionality and recruitment/interactive workshops for users.


seed grants

Bloomfield College, Bloomfield ($5,000) to advance the Stories of Newark Oral History project by focusing the work of this grassroots digital archive on the theme of social mobility for the coming year.

Enslaved African Memorial Committee, Englewood ($5,000) to continue work educating the public about the history of slavery in NJ and presenting new evidence and programs on recently discovered burial sites in New Jersey cities including New Milford, Bergenfield and Jersey city ​​.

The Jewish Community Center of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties, Inc, Bridgewater ($2,000) for free Holocaust education workshops that use creative and artistic means to teach students how to counter hatred and anti-Semitism and promote human kindness and dignity .

Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey, Fair Lawn ($2,500) to develop a multifaceted interfaith initiative focused on the history of Jewish-African-American relations in Passaic, Bergen and Hudson Counties from the civil rights era and beyond.

Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, Rahway ($5,000) to support the design and installation of a new permanent exhibit interpreting the nearly 40 years that the building served as Girl Scout headquarters.

NJ YMCA State Alliance, Trenton ($5,000) to expand a statewide storytelling project on the impact of COVID-19 by documenting and digitally archiving oral histories about the vaccine.

Renaissance Newark Foundation, Newark ($5,000) to create a companion electronic curriculum guide for the critically acclaimed documentary Rust by Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno.

Thomas Fortune Foundation, Red Bank ($3,250) to create a permanent exhibition highlighting journalist and publisher T. Thomas Fortune’s leading role in the black press in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Ukrainian History and Education Center, Somerset ($3,600) to support an exhibition on Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American responses to the Holodomor genocide, an artificial famine perpetrated against Ukrainians in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.

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