Dear Friends,

Welcome to the fourth edition of #HumanitiesInContext with news of the Council’s grants, initiatives, and events as well as curated humanities content that is a springboard for reflection, learning, and action. Read on for stories of impact, humanities in action, and humanities happenings in Rhode Island. 

We will also be sharing some of our favorite stories and resources on the Council’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @rihumanities. 

In case you missed it, please take a moment to read these interviews with two remarkable members of the Council’s team, Logan Hinderliter and Cat Laine , who are moving on this summer to pursue new endeavors. We wish them well and are also excited about the Council's momentum.
All my best,
Elizabeth Francis
Executive Director
and the Humanities Council Team
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Stories of Impact:

If you or someone you know is ready to make an impact on Rhode Island’s cultural sector, this job could be a great fit. The role will oversee the grantmaking program and the advancement of the Council via strategic initiatives, resource-building, and data management. Read on for more details and information about submitting an application . Deadline to apply is August 14th . No phone calls, please.

Meet Micah Rodriguez, the newest member of the Council team! As Program Coordinator, she supports the Council’s development, communications, and grantmaking programs bringing her attention to detail and collaborative systems-thinking to bear on operations. Learn more about Micah’s background and podcast here .
Humanities in Action: a curated list of humanities resources for reflection, learning, and action.
To Read:

Across the country, museums are embarking on rapid-response collecting efforts to document the pandemic and social justice movement. “In the spirit of preservation, Ms. Hartig from the National Museum of American History — along with museum collectors across the country — have begun avid campaigns to ‘collect the moment.’ “I do think it’s a national reckoning project,” she said. There are “a multitude of ways in which we need to document and understand — and make history a service. This is one of our highest callings.” Click here to read the full article. 
Image credit: The Autry Museum of the American West
Here in Rhode Island there are many such projects underway, including many that have been supported by Humanities Council grants: the RICOVID-19 Archive from the Rhode Island Historical Society and Providence Public Library and the Quarantine Diaries project from Stages of Freedom. Other projects in development supported by Council grants include a documentary film project led by Daniel Phillips for 20 Rhode Islanders to document the impact of the pandemic on their lives using Super-8 film technology and the Providence Diary project led by Lisa Limer to document the impact on Rhode Island’s capital city through photography to create a publicly accessible e-book which will be submitted to the digital RICOVID-19 Archive.
To Watch:

If you’re looking for something new to watch this week, consider John Lewis: Good Trouble, a new documentary which chronicles the late Congressman’s “60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration.” You can rent the film to watch at home through a variety of streaming services here: .
To Listen:

This episode of Story in the Public Square addresses the role of media, advocacy, and communication tools that make the suffrage movement part of a much longer continuum. Ware is a pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer and is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. In her new book, Why They Marched , she addresses the complexities of how questions of race, geography, and class impacted the movement. Listen to the full conversation here .
Story In the Public Square may also be viewed on YouTube by following this link .
#HumanitiesHappenings: Upcoming Events & Opportunities
August 14: Application deadline for Grants & Strategic Initiatives role

The Council is now accepting applications for a full time position of Assistant / Associate Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives to oversee the administration of the grants program (including policy, outreach, and compliance) and the advancement of the Council via strategic initiatives, resource-building, and data management. Click here for more details and information about submitting an application.

The Little Compton Historical Society, recipient of the 2017 Innovation in the Humanities award, has pivoted their summer programming to a unique outdoor exhibition experience. The Little Compton Women’s History Project includes an outdoor exhibit and companion website supported by a major grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. You can still make a reservation to take a private, self-guided tour of 50 exhibit panels installed across the LCHS site. The exhibit closes on July 31st. Click here for more information . Call 401-635-4035 for a reservation .

The video above offers a sneak peak of the indoor exhibit . Please take a few moments to enjoy this virtual tour and consider visiting in person if you're able.
XIX: Shall Not Be Denied is a partnership initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Department of State. Due to the pandemic, we will continue amplifying Rhode Island centennial events through March 2021 via our website and on Instagram @xixshallnotbedenied .

Presented by The Wilbury Theatre Group in collaboration with WaterFire Providence, FRINGEPVD The Providence Fringe Festival® has traditionally brought hundreds of theatre, music, dance, and multimedia performing artists to the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. In light of COVID-related closures to performance spaces, the 2020 Festival will feature performances from around the country streamed through the Wilbury Group and FRINGEPVD social media channels July 19-August 1, 2020. Click here to learn more about how you can view these performances and participate in the festival which is supported by a grant from the Humanities Council. 

Don’t forget that there’s a mini grant application deadline approaching on August 1st. The Mini Grant Program for requests up to $2,000 invites individual researchers, nonprofit organizations, and schools to apply for funding in support of public humanities projects, documentary film, civic education initiatives, and individual research.

For more information about application requirements, visit the Council’s website:
Questions? Contact Julia Renaud at
This list will be added to as the Humanities Council is made aware of resources available to the sector as we weather this storm together. Check back often.

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