Ohio Humanities e-Newsletter | May 2017 
 
OHIO CHAUTAUQUA 2017 OPENS IN BURTON JUNE 6!
 
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of living history as Ohio Chautauqua kicks off its 19th annual tour in Burton on June 6th. This five-day event includes one-of-a-kind performances exploring the Natural World. During the tour, audiences will meet Marie Curie, Chief Cornstalk, Mary Shelley, Dian Fossey, and Theodore Roosevelt. Daytime programming for adults and youth feature enchanting performances, live music, workshops, and family relays. For a complete schedule of daily events, please visit the Ohio Chautauqua page.
 
Other stops along the 2017 tour include Clifton (June 13-17), Warren (June 20-24), and Milan (June 27-July 1). Admission to Ohio Chautauqua is free.
 
 
    
 
Lincoln School Story Exhibit Opens June 3rd in Hillsboro
  
Dive into a fascinating account of the first northern desegregation case testing Brown v. Board of Education at the Highland House Museum in Hillsboro beginning June 3rd (1-4pm). This permanent, multi-media exhibit tells the story of heroic African-American women who fought for their children to attend a better school. After district lines were gerrymandered in 1954, these women and their children boycotted the segregated Lincoln School for two years in the midst of a racially heated community.

A total renovation of the second floor of the Highland House Museum features seldom-seen photographs, newspapers, and displays from these 1950's events. A documentary film by award-winning Cincinnati filmmaker Andrea Torrice features the voices of participants telling the story.

Ohio Humanities Council presented a $21,500 grant to assist the Highland County Historical Society in telling this important chapter of civil rights history.

For exhibit dates and times, visit Highland County Historical Society
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CONGRESS APPROVES FUNDING FOR NEH

On May 3, the US Congress approved the federal budget for the 2017 fiscal year, awarding $149 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities. Within the legislation, Congress commended the work of the state humanities councils and directed that an additional $2.9 million be allocated to the states for local humanities programs.

"We appreciate the support of Ohio representatives and senators who held the line on funding for the National Endowment," said Pat Williamsen, Executive Director. "But we need to remember that in his budget proposal for 2018, President Trump has eliminated all funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We must continue to communicate how important the public humanities are to individuals across the state."
  
GOVERNOR KASICH APPOINTS DR. SUSMITA SADANA TO
OHIO HUMANITIES COUNCIL
 
Ohio Humanities welcomes gubernatorial appointee Dr. Susmita Sadana for a term through October of 2017. A resident of Dublin, Dr. Sadana is a lecturer and author; she holds a PhD in Russian Literature from the Ohio State University. She is a board member of Arts without Borders, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Associate Board.
 
SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR OHIO HUMANITIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Know of someone with a passion for the humanities and all of the excellent work Ohio Humanities accomplishes in Ohio? We are looking for nominations for our board, particularly members from Southeast and Northwest Ohio.

The board of Ohio Humanities is comprised of scholars, community leaders and civic volunteers representing the diversity of the state. Board members share their collective wisdom with the organization by serving on committees, evaluating grant applications, and acting as liaisons with the constituents we serve.

The board meets three times a year, typically in March, September, and December. Members guide the organization's strategic direction and ensure it fulfills its mission to promote the humanities and create vibrant communities. Click HERE  for more information and a nomination form.


OHIO HUMANITIES TO RECEIVE AMERICORPS MEMBER
 
Ohio Humanities is pleased to receive an AmeriCorps member to assist in telling Ohio's story. The member assigned to Ohio Humanities will assist with our heritage tourism initiatives by creating content for SeeOhioFirst.org. This website, which was awarded a NEH Digital Projects for the Public grant, was created to help partners promote their heritage sites to travelers.

In association with the Ohio History Service Corps at the Ohio History Connection, the AmeriCorps member will work with 2018 Ohio Chautauqua communities - Piqua, Rossford, and Gallipolis. Focusing on interpretation, the member will identify heritage assets, compile data, and write humanities narratives for SeeOhioFirst.org to encourage increased visitation in these communities throughout the year.

Ohio Humanities will begin interviewing candidates for the position later this summer. Interested applicants can get more information on applying HERE.

UPCOMING GRANT DEADLINES
 
Major Grants: July 12, 2017 - Draft submitted by June 12, 2017 for projects beginning after November 1, 2017.
Quarterly Grants: Sept. 8, 2017 -Drafts submitted by Aug. 8, 2017 for projects beginning after December 1, 2017.
 
Please visit Ohio Humanities Grants for more information, including recent updates to the online application process.

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