WASHINGTON, DC – HumanitiesDC is pleased to announce the five projects awarded with the Voices Small Grant in support of humanities projects that will document and preserve the stories of individuals during recent major historical events.

“Story sharing is a powerful medium to reflect, inspire, educate and seek justice. We chose these inaugural Voices awardees because their stories will encourage us to find new meaning in our own experiences and to better understand each other’s,” said Rafi Crockett, Acting Director of Programs for HumanitiesDC.

The 2021 Voices Small Grant awardees are:

Ritija Gupta, Special Deliveries: Babies born in the COVID Era

Mysiki Valentine, MLOV: Elevating Immigrant Voices from the Frontlines

Dewey A. Ortiz, Jr, Game Therapy

Unified Nation of Individuals Fighting Impossibilities, Diamonds in the District…Shining through Dark Times

The DC Center for the LGBT Community, OutWriteDC

HumanitiesDC awards up to $2,000 per project to District nonprofits and individuals doing work to support cultural, educational and community-based public programming with a humanities element. These grants play a vital role in sharing our diverse culture, community, and identities. For more information about HumanitiesDC’s funding opportunities visit www.humanitiesDC.org.


HumanitiesDC, an independent nonpartisan nonprofit institution, is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With the support of the NEH, the DC City Council, and contributions from the private sector, HumanitiesDC’s mission is to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants.