Carnegie Hall, the National World War I Memorial in Washington, and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis are among 213 recipients of new National Endowment of the Humanities grants announced Wednesday.
The grants, totaling $ 32.8 million, will support projects in 44 states, as well as Washington and Puerto Rico, at museums, libraries, universities and historic sites. They will enable the production of an interactive timeline of African-American music at Carnegie Hall, preserve the Appalachian history collections in the Kentucky Appalshop Archives, and support the use of X-ray spectroscopy to better understand color in the ancient world at the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Archaeological Museum.
“As we conclude an extremely difficult year for our country and its cultural institutions, it is heartwarming to see so many excellent projects undertaken by humanities scholars, researchers, curators and educators,” said Jon Parrish Peede , President of Endowment, in a statement. , adding that the grants “would expand access to collections and cultural resources for all Americans.”
In March, the NEH received $ 75 million in funding under the $ 2.2 trillion CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) stimulus program, which it distributed to 56 science councils. human rights of states and jurisdictions.
In New York City, 30 of the state’s cultural organizations will receive $ 5.3 million in grants. The funding will support digital upgrades to a database of runaway slave listings in American Cornell University newspapers; the Leon Levy Digital Archives project of the New York Philharmonic, which includes more than four million pages of printed programs, marked conductor scores and photographs; and the renovation of the old power station at Sing Sing prison in Ossining, where a museum is expected to open in 2025.
Elsewhere, grants will support the creation of the Yoknapatawpha Humanities Center in Oxford, Mississippi (Yoknapatawpha is a fictional Mississippi county created by William Faulkner); the preservation of the manuscript collections at the Vonnegut library; and researching and writing a book on the influence of John Milton’s blindness on the poetic language of “Paradise Lost”.
The National World War I Memorial, under construction in Washington, will receive a grant to produce an augmented reality app for visitors. And a team of American and British researchers will collaborate on digital identification and watermark analysis on Isaac Newton’s manuscripts at Indiana University at Bloomington.