Indiana Humanities awards $28,500 in grants

Indiana Humanities has awarded grants of up to $2,000 each to 15 nonprofit organizations for projects that seek to engage the public in the humanities. The grant money will fund a variety of programs across the state, from South Bend to Vincennes. Funded projects include programs on the Holocaust, Native American traditions, African American trailblazers Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, and literary women of the 20th century.

“We’re thrilled to support the innovative ideas that libraries, museums, colleges and other non-profits across the state continue to offer their audiences,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “It’s important that Hoosiers have access to great programs that encourage communities to think, read and talk, and these Humanities Initiative Grants support programs that encourage people to do just that.”

Funding for Indiana Humanities grant programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Humanities Initiative Grantees are:

Anishaabe Visions: Spirits in Stone ($2,000)
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, Indianapolis
Tribal elder Duane Goodwin will be the Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist in Residence for Nov., 2012. An artist, sculptor and educator, he will work with school groups and museum visitors to explore Native American traditions.

Beatrix Potter: Harvesting Your Own Back Yard ($550)
Knox County Public Library, Vincennes
A program revolving around Beatrix Potter and other literary women of the 20th century will be hosted by the Knox County Public Library in March, 2013.

Carole Boston Weatherford: African American Heritage in Children’s Literature ($2,000)
Indiana University South Bend, South Bend
Children’s author Carole Boston Weatherford, who wrote Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, will speak at IU South Bend on March 23, 2012. The lecture is one in a series of programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death.

Central Stories ($2,000)
Porter County Heritage Corporation, Valparaiso
Two recent graduates of Valparaiso University will document and illustrate the changes over time in downtown Valparaiso, focusing on Central Elementary School and the Valparaiso Women’s Club. The results will be offered to the public through museum exhibits, displays in businesses and a neighborhood tour guide.

Competition in the Calumet Region: A Humanities Investigation into an Age-Old Question ($2,000)
Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting
Calumet College of St. Joseph’s week-long Humanities Festival (April 8-12, 2013) will kick off with a public lecture by David Light Shields, author of True Competition: A Guide to Pursuing Excellence in Sport and Society.

Doing the Dream: A Cultural Celebration 2013 ($2,000)
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Kokomo
Ivy Tech will sponsor a lecture, “Finding Your Roots,” by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in conjunction with an annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemoration. The program will take place at the Kokomo Events Center on Jan. 25, 2013.

End It Now: Genocide Awareness Through Film at CANDLES ($2,000)
CANDLES Holocaust Museum, Terre Haute
A series of seven programs on the Holocaust and genocide will feature films, speakers and discussion from Sept., 2012-April, 2013.

From Daguerreotype to Digital: Photograph Preservation Workshop Series ($1,984)
Carmel Clay Historical Society, Carmel
The Carmel Clay Historical Society will sponsor six workshops from Oct., 2012 – April, 2013 for both the general public and professional and volunteer archivists on preserving photographs and managing photographic collections. They will also present a slide show of historic Carmel and Clay Township photos.

Indiana Town Hall Series: Healthcare Then and Now ($2,000)
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis
This year’s Indiana Town Hall Series of three programs (Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, 2012) will focus on health care issues: the history of vaccines, health care access in minority communities, and the training of physicians over time.

Indiana’s Human Landscapes: An Exhibit on the Land and Landscape Architecture of Indiana ($2,000)
Purdue University, West Lafayette
A 1972 exhibit of Indiana landscapes and landscape architecture, created by Ball State University, will be updated and expanded to reflect changes in the past 40 years and include additional types of landscapes. Exhibit opening at Indianapolis Public Library: Aug., 2013; exhibit at Ball State University: Sept., 2013; exhibit at Purdue University: Oct., 2013.

The Lincoln Highway: Centennial Reflections, Competitive Spirits and the Nation’s First Transcontinental Road ($2,000)
The Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, South Bend
A centennial exhibit and first-person interpretation of Carl G. Fisher are planned for the summer of 2013 at the Studebaker Museum and the Center for History in South Bend.

The Other Side of the Northwest Frontier: Native Peoples Past and Present ($2,000)
Indiana State University, Terre Haute
A public program in the spring of 2013 will focus on western Indiana’s Native American history in the years following the War of 1812.

A Public Symposium: Rediscovering the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass ($2,000)
IUPUI, Indianapolis
A two-day symposium on Oct. 4-5, 2012, will feature presentations from national scholars on the life and significance of Frederick Douglass. The keynote address will be given by David W. Blight of Yale University.

17th Annual Spirit & Place Public Conversation: Play ($2,000)
The Polis Center, Indianapolis
Three speakers – Jane McGonigal, Susan Sparks and David Darling – will headline the signature event of the annual Spirit & Place Festival in Indianapolis on Nov. 11, 2012.

2012 Fall Fest: I Dream, I Drive, I Am Destined! ($2,000)
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Public Library will hold its annual Fall Fest for youth, featuring Judge Glenda Hatchett and poet Laverna Tracy on Nov. 17, 2012.

Indiana Humanities offers three grant programs: Humanities Initiative Grants, Historic Preservation Grants and Indiana Legal History Grants. Humanities Initiative Grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as town hall meetings, panels, workshops, lectures, reading and discussion programs, and production of humanities resources. The Historic Preservation Education Grant program is offered in conjunction with Indiana Landmarks and supports educational projects related to historic structures. In partnership with the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Legal History Grants support research, documentation and educational projects related to Indiana’s legal history.

Guidelines and applications are available at The 2012 Humanities Initiative Grant period has ended. Dates for the 2013 deadlines will be announced soon. For more information, contact Nancy Conner ( or 800.675.8897).

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. BH