The New York Council for the Humanities is looking to bring more humanities programs to the Adirondacks through grants and public programs. “The humanities help us understand personal experiences, community histories, and provide much needed context and methods to discuss multi-faceted issues like genetically modified foods or urban sprawl,” a recent announcement sent to the press said.
The Council will be in the Adirondacks to discuss opportunities April 17th and 18th.
For example, in November the Council recently awarded a grant to the American Maple Museum in Croghan to create an audio guide designed to inform visitors about the history of local maple syrup production. To support this project, the Council funded production costs including field recording, transcription, audio editing, and voice-over, including the participation of local area experts. The gallery tour will be available starting on May 14, 2016.
In March, the Council awarded a grant to a collaboration between Hanford Mills Museum and the Cooperstown Graduate Program for a community memory project in East Meredith. This planned exhibition and event series will harness oral histories from two projects on water resources and farming and water power to cultivate conversations connecting history and the future. The programs, which are expected to begin this fall, are designed to attract area farmers and community residents.
Adirondack libraries, churches, community centers, and other nonprofits can apply to host a presentation, a mini town hall, or a thematic book group through the reading and discussion program. All of these program applications are online here. For more ideas about what a project might look like visit the listing of 2016 awarded grants on their website.
Those interested in bringing the humanities to their community can:
- Visit the Council’s website nyhumanities.org to learn more and register for an upcoming webinar.
- Email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information about these resources.
- Make a 30 minute grant appointment using the Council’s online calendar.
On April 17-18, 2016, the Council will be available in the Adirondacks as part of the Museum Association of New York Conference in Lake Placid. Interested parties can register here to make an appointment.
The New York Council for the Humanities is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Established in 1975, it is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, NYC, and private funding.