At Indiana Humanities, we work to support Hoosiers as they think, read and talk across the state of Indiana. One of the ways we are able to do this is through our grant programs. As we gear up to receive the next round of grant applications, we decided to highlight ten grants awarded to projects and programs that were truly exemplary in the past few years. We hope these programs inspire you and we look forward to seeing all of the great ideas our fellow Hoosiers have dreamed up for 2014.
HUMANITIES INITIATIVE GRANTS
Exploring Women’s Roles from 1870-1920 through Art
Organized by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, the grant funded a public lecture for adults and school programs for students focused on exhibitions of posters from the Belle Époque and contemporary quilt artist Tommy Fitzsimmons.
An afternoon of lectures, performances and presentations for Indianapolis-area teens featured Judge Greg Mathis. The event, organized by the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, celebrated African American culture and encouraged reading and lifelong learning. As part of the Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge, 10 high school students read their winning poetry submissions.
Wiping Away the Tears: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory
Purdue University and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association hosted a symposium on the Battle of Tippecanoe and Prophetstown, bringing together scholars, students, teachers, community members and representatives of Native American tribes. The event expanded on collaborative efforts to interpret historic sites in the area.
WordFest: Wabash Valley Creative Writing Symposium
Three area colleges and universities, together with Arts Illiana and the Vigo County Public Library co-sponsored a symposium with workshops and lectures on the literary arts. The event brought together creative writers to network, share and learn from professionals.
2011 Indiana Town Hall Series on Social Justice
A series of three panel discussions between local and regional experts from the humanities, nonprofit and business fields examined the topic of social justice in the context of Indiana youth, the state’s immigration policies and Hoosier business.
Getting from Here to There: The Story of Southern Indiana’s Transportation Routes
This workshop, organized by Historic Southern Indiana and geared towards 3rd and 4th grade teachers, focused on Indiana’s Historic Pathways, a state scenic byway that tells the story of early settlement, migration and transportation in southwestern Indiana.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS
A joint program of Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks
Then and Now: A Downtown South Bend Architectural Walking Tour
This grant, awarded to Downtown South Bend, Inc., helped produce a cell phone audio tour of downtown South Bend, complete with an updated brochure and map. The project expanded the reach of the popular guided tour program and highlighted the history and significance of the buildings in the city center.
Design guidelines for Farmland, a Main Street community in western Randolph County, were developed, published and made available to residents and business owners in the historic district. Also, an introductory presentation educated property owners about the purpose of the guidelines, how they will be applied and how they will improve the appeal of Farmland.
Kiikiionka Eewansaapita – Fort Wayne Language and Culture Experience
A four-day summer experience in Native American Miami language and culture was offered to children in northeast Indiana. The program, organized by the Whitley County Historical Society, was held on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and included learning about the architecture of early homes of the Miami chiefs. As part of the camp, the children were taken on a historic sites bus tour and the information from the tour was later turned into a booklet.
INDIANA LEGAL HISTORY GRANTS
A joint program of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Supreme Court
Pioneer Justice: Freedom for African Americans in Indiana’s Courts
Research was conducted on a number of Indiana court cases from 1800-1900 that were filed by African Americans in southern Indiana and settled in their favor. The results were presented at a continuing education event for attorneys, sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court.
To apply for a grant through Indiana Humanities, please visit our grants resources page. Humanities Initiative Grant applications deadlines are Feb. 3, 2014 and Aug. 1, 2014. Historic Preservation Education Grant applications are due on March 3, 2014. We look forward to reading your submissions!