Ohio Humanities e-news | November/December 2017
Creative Ohio:Healthy Communities
It's not too late to register for Creative Ohio 2017

Join us for a day of networking and sharing best practices with leaders from Ohio's arts, business, and cultural organizations! Keynote speakers this year include West Virginia University President Dr. E. Gordon Gee and stand-up comedian and actor Robert Post. 

The Humanities in Action
Justice Talking serves Ohio's AmeriCorps members around the state

For over a decade, Justice Talking has offered AmeriCorps members throughout the state a chance to stop and think about the critical work they do and what it means to serve. The program--a longstanding collaboration between Ohio Humanities and ServeOhio, The Ohio Commission on Service and Volunteerism--uses carefully chosen content and a tailor-made facilitation protocol, to invite participants to reflect on what service means to them. Between 50 and 70 facilitators are trained each year on how to guide meaningful conversations that support members' professional development. Thousands have been touched by the program. Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, ServeOhio's Education and Outreach Officer, notes:

For more than a decade, the Justice Talking program has greatly enhanced the AmeriCorps member experience in Ohio. Members engage in the important work of civic reflection and understand different points of view. In addition, members learn and hone valuable facilitation skills that they'll use during their service year and beyond. ServeOhio is proud to partner with Ohio Humanities on this fantastic program for Ohio AmeriCorps State members.

For Ohio Humanities, the program represents an example of the humanities in action. Justice Talking allows participants to connect what they learn with the work they do and the way they live. In today's fast-paced and media saturated environment, it is especially important to find time to stop, think, and reflect on what is important, and take a fresh look at critical issues. Ohio Humanities is committed to helping all Ohioans define their individual beliefs, values, and aspirations. Through Justice Talking a rising generation of leaders has the chance to reflect on their own values and the put them into action in their AmeriCorps service around the state.
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
Let us help you with your public humanities program!

Major Grants | $20,000 maximum
January 5, 2018 - Draft submitted by December 4, 2017 for projects beginning after May 1, 2018.
July 13, 2018 - Draft submitted by June 13, 2018 for projects beginning after November 1, 2018.
Questions? Contact David Merkowitz:  dmerkowitz@ohiohumanities.org 

Quarterly Grants | $5,000 maximum
December 15, 2017 - Draft submitted by Nov. 15, 2017 for projects beginning after Feb. 23, 2018.
March 15, 2018 -Draft submitted by Feb. 15, 2018 for projects beginning after May 24, 2018.
June 15, 2018 -Draft submitted by May 15, 2018 for projects beginning after Aug. 24, 2018.
Questions? Contact Robert Colby: rcolby@ohiohumanities.org

Monthly Grants | $2,000 maximum
Due the first business day of each month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity.  Questions? Contact Robert Colby: rcolby@ohiohumanities.org
BoardandStaffOhio Humanities  Staff News
Nick Bochenek joins Ohio Humanities Staff

Ohio Humanities is pleased to welcome Nick Bochenek as Administrative Assistant. A native of Tipp City, Ohio, Nick is a recent graduate of Capital University and holds a BA in philosophy and history. At Capital, Nick was the winner of the Capital University Best Annual Thesis in Philosophy with Commendation, and was active in campus life. He was a co-founder of the university's Socialist Student Union, was chair of Alethia, Capital's philosophy club, and delivered papers at several symposia and conferences. At Ohio Humanities, Nick often will be the public's first contact, as well as providing support for various administrative and program functions.
EventsCalendar of Upcoming Events
Don't miss these Ohio Humanities-sponsored projects and events

Elijah Pierce, Elijah Escapes the Mob
Elijah Pierce: An American Journey

This exhibition, on view at the Canton Museum of Art through March 4, 2018, celebrates the work of woodcarver Elijah Pierce (1892-1984). Pierce was a self-taught artist internationally known mostly for his brightly painted sculptural panels illustrating biblical stories, moral lessons, historical events, and images from popular culture. Enjoy FREE admission on Thursdays.

Coming up on December 7, 2017, 6-8 p.m., celebrate at the FREE public reception of the exhibition.   Enjoy the music of HUBBS GROOVE, cash bar, and free gallery admission.  Learn more  HERE .

Community Conversation:  Evicted

Beginning on January 18, 2018, various scholars will lead rich and thoughtful conversations at libraries around Cuyahoga County on the topic of eviction and its effect on the community. The purpose of the discussion is to engage both the public and community leaders in a conversation about the impact of housing insecurity on the region and shed light on the work being done by fair housing, veterans affairs, mental health and social services .

Conversations will be based on Matthew Desmond's book,  Evicted , but it is not mandatory to read the book prior to program. Find details about the series HERE .