New NEH Grants—and Renewed Support for the Agency’s Foundational Initiatives

In its most recent grant release, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $28.6 million in funding to 233 projects based throughout the nation.

Many of these grants demonstrate continued support for NEH’s most effective programs and promising initiatives. Among them:

  • A $250,000 grant will extend the reach of Aquila Theatre’s innovative Warrior Chorus program, which helps veterans process their experiences and connect with their communities while engaging with classical drama. Grants to eight other institutions will help Dialogues on the Experience of War programs, which bring literature-based discussion programs to veterans, meet new audiences.
  • A grant to the National Academies of Sciences will continue the dissemination of its report, Branches From the Same Tree: The Integration of the Humanities and Arts With Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education, published in 2018. The report unequivocally calls for the integration of humanities and art into STEMM curriculum, while recommending that arts and humanities students would likewise gain from greater exposure to science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine curricula.
  • A grant to the University of Southern California will help faculty develop and disseminate an educational version Walden, A Game, released in 2017. The award-winning game, which invites people, to “play deliberately” brings new audiences to Henry David Thoreau’s year at Walden Pond.
  • A grant to the High Desert Museum will help the museum plan for a reinterpretation and reinstallation of its popular By Hand Through Memory, which explores the history and present of Native Americans living in Oregon’s High Plateau. The new installation will be planned in consultation with local tribes and will feature their perspectives.
  • Twenty-three Humanities Connections Planning and Implementation grants will help humanities faculty develop new programs aimed at reaching new undergraduate students and help them prepare for diverse careers. With this funding, Arizona State University will develop a program on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Bergen Community College will develop a humanities and criminal justice curriculum. And the University of Wisconsin, Superior will develop an interdisciplinary major in critical civic engagement.
  • With six grants for Documenting Endangered Languages, 65 awards for Summer Stipends, and nine grants supporting Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, the NEH will support innovative humanities research for years to come.

Congratulations to all the grant winners—we look forward to seeing your work progress.


Photo Credit

Thumbnail image: The New York Warrior Chorus performing Our Trojan War, one of Aquila's several NEH-funded programs for veterans. Image courtesy of Richard Termine and Aquila Theatre.

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