New “Who’s a Washingtonian?” Grantees will Connect Different DC Communities. Learn more!
October 30, 2014
The “Who’s a Washingtonian?” Grant program awards up to $5,000 to organizations who can connect two different D.C. demographics to dialogue on a humanities-related project. Check out our exciting grantees!
- Center for Inspired Teaching, “Real World History” project will serve youth citywide by partnering with DC Public Schools to teach 30 youth the skills necessary to think, research, and write like a historian– and then the course matches each student with a historical venue in Washington, DC where they will spend an entire semester practicing those skills.
- Teaching for Change, “Ward Up: DC Diversity Dialogues” will empower youth to research what it means to be a Washingtonian through interviews with
- Local CBO (community-based organizations)
- Established activists
- Institution-building leaders
- Historic site directors and/or historically relevant family members.
At the end of the project, the youth will produce an original theater performance with an accompanying film written and produced by student researchers.
- Will Rap 4 Food Inc., “Fresh Beets” will mobilize its members of the hip-hop community to reach out to local farmers to examine how the cost of fresh produce may impact how frequently low income families purchase produce and how this could in turn affect quality of life. Most aspects of this process will be filmed for a documentary screening, panel discussion, and concert.
- 1882 Project Foundation, “April 68 through Chinatown Eyes” will record oral histories and images of DC Chinatown and its people, including people who no longer live in Chinatown but who continue to believe Chinatown is central to their sense of community. They will archive these records in ways that allow for academic research, family history and personal discovery. They plan to produce a documentary about the history of DC Chinatown and create short “episodes” built around specific topics.
- Endangered Species Coalition,“Parks and Community” will foster a dialogue between the Latino community and naturalists/environmental activists. There is a potential bond: Rock Creek National Park, a destination for a wide range of neotropical migrant songbirds (including the Wood Thrush — the District of Columbia’s official bird), that live in Central America and Mexico and fly north each spring to reproduce in the eastern United States. The project organizers will set up a series of workshops in which DC Latino residents are interviewed about their memories of birds and natural life in their home countries, and their views on Rock Creek Park as a place of family relaxation and recreation.
- Positive Productions Inc.,“Two Streams in a River: African and African-American History and Identity in Haile Gerima’s Films” will use film as a platform for discussion to dispel divisive misconceptions and highlight shared commonalities of African-American and Ethiopian/African communities who have lived side by side in the District for over three decades.
- Washington DC Jewish Community Center,“The Rosenwald Schools: Uniting the African American and Jewish Communities through a Shared Goal” will use Aviva Kempner’s new documentary “The Rosenwald Schools” to spark conversations between Washington DC’s Jewish and African American communities. The Washington Jewish Film Festival will host a series of discussions focused on the shared and intertwined histories of these two communities, with a special focus on the areas of education, services for low-income individuals, and the role of philanthropy in supporting minority-owned businesses.
- Dance Institute of Washington, “Cultural Crossroads in Columbia Heights: The Power of Dance and History to Build Community” explores “Who’s a Washingtonian?” by acknowledging and showcasing the rich cultural arts and dance traditions of African Americans and Latin Americans, both of which communities make Columbia Heights, Ward 1, a cultural arts destination and one of the city’s truly multicultural neighborhoods.
- The L’Enfant Trust, “Crosstown Impact” is a cross cultural exploration involving residents of the Anacostia and DuPont Circle communities, to engage in neighborhood walking tours and civic reflection related to the three humanities disciplines of Urban History, Historic Preservation and Cultural Anthropology.
- Washington Performing Arts, “Ourselves We Sing: Voice in Poetry and Song” project will take place during National Poetry Month, April 2015. Washington Performing Arts will present Ourselves We Sing, a multi-site project with the local creative writing community, scholars, and musicians to explore the role of voice and global themes in verse and song, such as the writer as witness, aesthetic variation, and authorial intent, especially across diverse communities.