WASHINGTON, DC – HumanitiesDC is pleased to announce 23 projects awarded with DC Oral History Collaborative Grants. The DC Oral History Collaborative is a city-wide initiative that documents the District’s memories, stories, and cultures through oral history interviews. The Collaborative empowers residents to interview and be interviewed, documents the city’s untold stories, and engages residents with oral history interviews through public humanities programs.

“This past year has, for many, changed the way oral history projects are conducted and framed, but the need to document and preserve people’s individual stories remains. If anything, it has become more urgent. The breadth of projects proposed this year reflects the incredible diversity of Washington’s communities and cultures. We’re proud to support this new cohort of dedicated project directors.,” said Jasper Collier, Project Manager of the DC Oral History Collaborative.

The 2021 DC Oral History Collaborative grantees are:

DC Oral History Collaborative 2021 (Extension)
Asbury United Methodist Church, Asbury United Methodist Church Oral History Project 2021
Ward 8 Woods Conservancy, Over the River and Through the Woods, Longtime Residents and Parklands of Ward 8
Trabajadores Unidos de Washington DC, History of First Latin American Festival on the Mall: 1989-1990
Shaw Main Streets, Inc., From Pandemic to Protest: Black Bartenders in Washington, DC
Grassroots DC, DC Youth: Perpetrators or Misperceived Extension
Akua Femi Kouyate, The Day Arthur Ashe and Robert Kennedy Played Tennis on Our Block
Darcy Courteau, If Misunderstood Was a Person: The Life & Times of Cary Miles, Jr., Also Known as CJ

DC Oral History Collaborative 2021 (New Projects)
Michael Haack, 1978 Metro Strike Oral History Project
Claude L Elliott, African American Artist Community Supports
The National Hand Dance Association, “Let’s Talk Hand Dance”
Mexican Cultural Institute, We’re glad you’re here
Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, D.C. Jazz History Remembered by Those Who Made It
Paul Grant, We Are Penn Branch DC
Rhizome DC, Where Is My Place? Experimental Arts Community Building and Re-building in Washington DC
Hola Cultura, “DC Dreamers: our voices and stories”
Sari Leigh, Mind, Body and Justice: Voices of Revolutionary Health East of the Anacostia
Darby Hickey, Transgender Histories of D.C.
St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church Oral History
Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative, A Grassroots Response to a Child Welfare Crisis
New Community Church, Stories of the Mott School in LeDroit Park: What the School Meant Then and What it Means Now

DC Oral History Collaborative 2021 (For Public Projects or Events)
Judith Cohall, Fresh Convos: Voices of U Street HipHop Culture – Then and Now
Hyun Jung Rie, District of Cuisines: Mapping DC’s Asian American Culinary History
SNCC Legacy Project, Inc, D.C. Black Power Chronicles

The Collaborative offers three grant programs: one for collecting interviews from narrators around a central topic, theme or research questions, another for extending projects funded by a prior DCOHC grant, and another for public humanities projects and events that bring existing interviews out of the archive. The DC Oral History Collaborative is a partnership between HumanitiesDC and the DC Public Library.

For more information about HumanitiesDC’s funding opportunities visit www.humanitiesDC.org.