The D.C. Community Humanities Council has awarded grants totaling $92,274 for various local humanities projects. Of the 41 applications for grants, 15 were funded. The Council was established seven months ago by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Grants awarded include social history projects, exhibits and public forums. The largest grant was $9,942, awarded to the Chinese Cultural Center for "China & I: Painting Poems by Sheila Isham," a series of panel discussions, lectures and demonstrations on Chinese cultural identity, coinciding with a show of Shelia Isham's paintings at the National Collection of Fine Arts.
The Council awarded $9,850 to the Ad Hoc Committee for Preservation of Washington Black Architectural Heritage for a project on black architects in Washington over the last 105 years. The committee plans to produce an exhibit and a public forum.
A grant of $6,000 was awarded to the Stonewall Nation Media Collective for a four-part radio series on lesbians and gay men in families. The series, which will air on WPFW-FM radio, is tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 1. w
St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church and the Covenant Christian Community have been awarded $8,000 for a "living history project" on the impact of St. Teresa of Avila Church in the Anacostia community. The project involves research and interviews with members of the community.
Howard University's department of Spanish and the Caribbean American Intercultural Organization received $4,490 for three community forums with humanity scholars to discuss history, languages, literature and religion of the Caribbean islands.
The next deadline for applications for grants is Oct. 15.