Ohio Humanities e-news | October 2017
Creative Ohio:Healthy Communities
Register now 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. 

Grants Update
Council awards grants totaling $88,314 at September meeting

Ohio Humanities recently awarded major grants to six nonprofit cultural organizations across the state. Totaling $88,314, these grants support projects that inspire real conversations about real issues. For more information about these projects click HERE.

The Fort Recovery Historical Society & Fort Recovery State Museum
Fort Recovery, Mercer Co.
A Story Map of the Battles of the Wabash and Fort Recovery

Cuyahoga County Public Libraries 
Parma, Cuyahoga Co. 

One Community Reads
Canton Museum of Art 
Canton, Stark Co.

Elijah Pierce: An American Journey

Massillon Museum 
Massillon, Stark Co.
Moniker: Identity Lost and Found

Yellow Springs, Greene Co.
Harvest: Gathering Voices from Rural Ohio

Mandel Jewish Community Center
Beachwood, Cuyahoga Co. 
Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival


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
Visit the grants page for more info!
BoardandStaffOhio Humanities Board and Staff News

Kay Shames Re-elected Board Chair

At its fall board meeting, Ohio Humanities re-elected Kay W. Shames of Pepper Pike as chair for a two-year term beginning November 1, 2017.

Ms. Shames comes from a background of cultural and civic service. She is the Founding Director of The Center for Arts and Innovation since its inception in 2000. A native Clevelander, she grew up in Shaker Heights and graduated from Hawken School. She received a Bachelor's degree in history from Vassar College and a law degree from New York Law School.

In her capacity as Director of the Center, Ms. Shames produces a community wide annual Arts Summit which has drawn notable keynote speakers such as Harry Belafonte, Antwone Fisher, Anna Deavere Smith, and Richard Dreyfuss. She also directs the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, which convenes over 80 cultural organizations to work collaboratively on issues of advocacy, research and professional development.

Four New Board Members Elected
David Descutner, Athens (Athens Co.) 
Interim Executive Vice President & Provost, Ohio University

A retired professor of communications at Ohio University, Dr. Descutner has recently served as Interim President of the university. He has written numerous articles about film, contemporary advertising, and communication theory. While serving as Dean of University College, he chaired OU's 1804 Fund, which awarded grants for interdisciplinary collaboration and research opportunities for students. Dr. Descutner continues to mentor students, advising undergraduates and doctoral candidates alike. He holds a PhD in Communication Theory from the University of Illinois.
Lance Grahn, Cortland (Trumbull Co.) 
Dean & Chief Administrative Officer, and Professor of History, Kent State University-Trumbull 

Dr. Grahn oversees all aspects of campus administration and operations, including academic programs and student affairs. Dr. Grahn has held academic and leadership positions at the University of Central Arkansas, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Marquette University. While at the University of Wisconsin, he served on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council, including a two-year term as its treasurer. Grahn holds a PhD in Latin American History from Duke University.
Tony Sanfilippo, Bexley (Franklin Co.) 
Director, Ohio State University Press

Mr. Sanfilippo oversees publication of scholarly monographs, humanities journals, fiction, and nonfiction books. He also manages the Trillium imprint which focuses on books by, about, and for Ohioans. Mr. Sanfillipo is a member of several scholarly, publishing, and cultural organizations for which he has presented at conferences at home and abroad. He holds a BA in English from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Clyde Scoles, Toledo (Lucas Co.)
Executive Director, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Mr. Scoles oversees a library system that includes the Main Library and 19 branch libraries throughout the Greater Toledo area. In 2000, he oversaw the expansion of the downtown Main Library, which included a 100,000-square-foot modernist addition to the original Art Deco building. Mr. Scoles holds a Masters of Library Science from the University of Michigan.

AmeriCorps Member Joins Ohio Humanities Staff

Ohio Humanities is pleased to welcome Samantha Chase, who will assist in telling Ohio's story. Sam is a graduate of Marshall University, where she studied English and history. While at Marshall. she worked for a year on  Clio, a site and app that allows users to connect with the history around them and create their own personally curated entries on historic sites, events, and landmarks. In association with the Ohio History Service Corps at the Ohio History Connection, Sam 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.

Sam will work with 2018 Ohio Chautauqua communities: Piqua, Rossford, Gallipolis, and New Richmond. Focusing on interpretation, she will identify heritage assets, compile data, and write humanities narratives for SeeOhioFirst.org to encourage increased visitation in these communities throughout the year.
EventsCalendar of Fall Events
Don't miss these upcoming Ohio Humanities-sponsored projects and events

Norman Wilkinson, Lusitania, 1907

The March toward Total War: Germany's Doctrine of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the Sinking of RMS Lusitania

On November 1 at 7:00 p.m., at the Medina Library, Dr. George Vourlojianis will examine the events that led the Germans to adopt a doctrine of unrestricted submarine warfare and which led to the catastrophic sinking of the Lusitania. Learn more HERE.

Hanford Village Culture Walk: Highway Divides . . . But Still United

On October 21 at 11:00 a.m., join Columbus historian Doreen Uhas-Sauer at the Hanford Village Historic Marker (Columbus) for a walking tour of this tiny neighborhood that maintains unity despite a highway bisection. Built post-World War II for African-American servicemen and their families, Hanford residents have strong ties to Lockbourne Air Force Base and the famed Tuskegee Airmen. Hanford's culture is bound by its little-known history and its hopes for the future.

Learn more HERE.

French and German Recovery Efforts During the Marshall Plan

Join Dr. Elana Passman the the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse on the Wilmington College campus on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. Passman will examine the French and German efforts to mend their relationship in the late 1940s and early 1950s through recovery efforts that took on forms similar to the Marshall Plan, but that differed in significant ways, such as in regard to the moral nature of recovery.

Learn more HERE.

11th Annual Books by the Banks

The entire family will enjoy Books by the Banks, a free day-long event held  October 28 from  10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Duke Convention Center (Cincinnati). National, regional, and local authors, as well as illustrators, will present panel discussions, book readings, and workshops.  

For more information, visit the event's website  HERE.

Zoar and the Ohio and Erie Canal

On November 4 at 1:00 p.m., join Dan Rice at the Zoar Schoolhouse for a talk about the Ohio and Erie Canal and its connection with Zoar.

Learn more HERE.

Civil Conversations About Constitutional Matters: A Roundtable Dialogue on Freedom of Speech

Come to the Barette Business and Community Center at Walsh University (North Canton) on November 17 at 7:00 p.m. for a roundtable dialogue on First Amendment's Constitutional guarantee of free speech. Participants will discuss topics of citizenship with each other in a moderated dialogue across party affiliations and philosophical and religious differences.

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

This exhibition, on view at the Canton Museum of Art November 23, 2017-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. 

Learn more  HERE.

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