Dear Friends,

Welcome to the second edition of #HumanitiesInContext with news of the Council’s grants, initiatives, and events as well as curated humanities content that is a springboard for reflection, learning, and action. Read on for stories of impact, humanities in action, and humanities happenings in Rhode Island. 

We will also be sharing some of our favorite stories and resources on the Council’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rihumanities. 
Let us know what you think!
Elizabeth Francis
Executive Director
and the Humanities Council Team
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Stories of Impact:

To-date, the Council has awarded 12 project grants to support individual scholars, film and other media makers, and cultural producers—as well as nonprofit humanities organizations—in the production of accessible projects that connect audiences with the public humanities in the age of social distancing. A final application period for project funds is now open, the deadline to apply is July 27th at 5:00pm EST .

Meet Julia Renaud, the newest member of the Council team!

As Grantmaking Program Coordinator, she is thrilled to support the multitude of humanities projects enriching communities all over RI. Click here to learn more about Julia’s background and her new role at the Council.  
Humanities in Action: a curated list of resources to help us reflect, learn, and take action.
To Read:

Francis Parra is the founder and artistic director of Teatro ECAS, the only Spanish language theater in Rhode Island. Here she speaks with Kevin Broccoli of Motif about how Teatro ECAS has pivoted programming during the pandemic, how they are thinking about the needs of the community, and how to reimagine theatre for the future. Read the full interview here . Parra is the recipient of the Council’s 2018 Tom Robert’s Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. Teatro ECAS received a Covid-19 Relief project grant from the Council for the research and development phase of “Impacto Desproporcionado,” a theatrical performance documenting and sharing experiences of Rhode Island’s Latinx community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will result in an edited collection of theatrical monologues. 
To Watch:
Sissieretta Jones - UNLADYLIKE2020 highlights trailblazing opera star 

Learn more about trailblazer Sissieretta Jones who spent much of her life here in Rhode Island. This episode of UNLADYLIKE2020 was supported by two grants from the Humanities Council. Our colleagues at Stages of Freedom, 2018 Innovation in the Humanities award winners, have done amazing work to uncover her story and ensure her legacy is honored which was featured in The New York Times

Watch the 10 minute video here . UNLADYLIKE2020 is a project of “26 short films and a broadcast hour on PBS American Masters profiling diverse and little-known American women from the turn of the 20th century, and contemporary women who follow in their footsteps.” Digital resources from PBS Learning Media enhance the viewing experience for students and adults alike offering resources that put her story into context.

Research and production of the shorts highlighting Rhode Islanders Sissieretta Jones and Annie Smith Peck were supported by grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. Nationwide, this project was supported by 11 state humanities councils as well as by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
To Listen:
“This History is Long; This History Is Deep” Isabel Wilkerson interviewed on On Being

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses her new book of narrative nonfiction, The Warmth of Other Suns in conversation with Krista Tippett, host of On Being as part of the Civil Conversations Project. “She’s immersed herself in the stories of the Great Migration, the movement of six million African Americans to northern U.S. cities in the 20th century. The book is a carrier of histories and truths that help make sense of human and social challenges at the heart of our life together now.” Listen here
#HumanitiesHappenings: Upcoming Events & Opportunities

The Little Compton Historical Society, recipient of the 2017 Innovation in the Humanities award, has pivoted their summer programming to a unique outdoor exhibition experience. The Little Compton Women’s History Project includes an outdoor exhibit and companion website supported by a major grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. You can now make a reservation to take a private, self-guided tour of 50 exhibit panels installed across the LCHS site. Click here for more information . Call 401-635-4035 for a reservation .

If you’re not able to safely travel to Little Compton, join Executive Director Marjory O’Toole on Monday, July 6th at 7:00 pm , for a virtual exhibit opening by registering here

XIX: Shall Not Be Denied is a partnership initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Department of State. Due to the pandemic, we will continue amplifying Rhode Island centennial events through March 2021 via our website and on Instagram @xixshallnotbedenied.
August 1: Mini Grant application deadline

Don’t forget that there’s a mini grant application deadline approaching on August 1st. The Mini Grant Program for requests up to $2,000 invites individual researchers, nonprofit organizations, and schools to apply for funding in support of public humanities projects, documentary film, civic education initiatives, and individual research.

For more information about application requirements, visit the Council’s website:
Questions? Contact Logan Hinderliter at
This list will be added to as the Humanities Council is made aware of resources available to the sector as we weather this storm together. Check back often.

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