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E-News | September 2019

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Programs | Grants | News & Opportunities

Telling the Human Story

Stories are the core of the human experience.

STORYTELLING IS UNIQUE TO HUMANS. Whatever our station in life, our lives revolve around the stories we fashion to interpret our experiences, to define our values, to celebrate community, or to set us apart from one another. Regardless of purpose, stories are the core of the human experience. Reflecting the gamut of human experience, some stories can be uplifting and heartwarming, while others expose tragedy and heartache.

Discover how Ohio Humanities helps Ohioans tell the human story in the articles below!

Ohio Humanities Programs

Telling the human story - in print and online.

The fall 2019 issue of Pathways brings you stories from across the state--stories that celebrate a community gathering place and reveal the roots of humanitarian relief in Ohio. Mary Manning shares the story of how Ohio grape-growers in the nineteenth century helped solve the Great French Wine Blight. Rafael Alvarez relates the tale of a colorful character who reinvented himself through storytelling.

In an interview with Pat Williamsen, Berkeley Franz and Daniel Skinner, the co-editors of Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio reflect on the opioid epidemic and how firsthand stories can help individuals and communities move beyond stereotypes and biases to address the crisis. Dr. Skinner recently remarked, “There are a lot of people looking for easy answers to solve the opioid crisis. But the epidemic is a complex social phenomenon that only the humanities can help us fully account for. Literature lets us push through and talk about the hard parts of the issue. That’s an exciting aspect of storytelling.”

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Speakers Bureau
Bringing the humanities to your town.

Suffrage, Civil Rights, May 4th Anniversary, and Democracy & the Informed Citizen

Suffragists MarchingOhio Humanities seeks to make a positive contribution to public conversations in 2020 with the addition of new Speakers Bureau talks. Our aim is to spark statewide engagement in topics that highlight the significant anniversaries of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Civil Rights movement, and the May 4th Kent State University unrest. We also seek to provide opportunities for the public to engage in conversations about the importance of media literacy and its role in democracy.
Applications for booking a speaker will be available online starting Friday, September 6.
September Speakers Bureau Event
Cathy Nelson - A History of the Underground Railroad
September 22, 2019, @ 2:00 p.m.
Canton Museum of Art
Learn more about the Speakers Bureau.
Ohio Chautauqua
History puts on a show.

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Significant anniversaries of historic events related to suffrage and civil rights are coming up in 2020. The ratification of the 15th and 19th Amendments (1870 and 1920, respectively) and the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be commemorated in Ohio Chautauqua 2020, American Voices: The Right to Vote. American Voices will feature Marjorie Goldman as Susan B. Anthony, leader in the early women's suffrage movement; Ilene Evans as Coralie Franklin Cook, outspoken leader in women's suffrage, temperance, fine arts, and education; Marvin Jefferson as Paul Robeson, twentieth-century singer, actor, and political activist;  Leslie Goddard as Alice Paul, author of the first Equal Rights Amendment; and Charles Pace as Frederick Douglass, celebrated writer, orator, and social reformer.

American Voices
will travel to two communities next summer: Rossford (June 9-13) and Westerville (June 16-20).  Look for Ohio Chautauqua 2020 updates on the Ohio Humanities blog and social media.


Supporting cultural programming all over Ohio.
September Grant-funded Exhibits
Crooked River Contrasts

Slavic Village
Through Oct. 31, 2019

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Hopkins Airport
Through Dec. 30, 2019

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Ohio Pioneers: "From such beginnings, much may be expected."
Through Oct. 15, 2019

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Bowling Green
For Comfort and Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm
Through Dec. 20, 2019
Learn more.
Women of Spiegel Grove
Through June 30, 2020

Learn more.
September Grant-funded Events
Newark (Licking Co. Library)
Stories from the Opioid Crisis
Sept. 14, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.
Learn more.
Freeway City
Screening at the
Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Sept. 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
Learn more.
Cincinnati (Washington Park)
ish Festival & Jewish Cincinnati Walking Tours
Sept. 22, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m.
Learn more.
Upcoming Grant Deadlines
Major Grants ($5,001-$20,000)
January 6, 2020— Drafts submitted by December 9, 2019 for projects beginning after May 1, 2020.
Questions? Contact David Merkowitz, PhD:

Quarterly Grants ($2,001-$5,000)
December 16, 2019 — Drafts submitted by November 15, 2019 for projects beginning after February 21, 2020.
Questions? Contact Robert Colby, PhD:

Monthly Grants ($2,000 or less)
First business day of the month.
Drafts submitted online are recommended but not required.
Questions? Contact Robert Colby, PhD:
Learn more about Ohio Humanities grants.

News and Opportunities

Midwest Programmers Retreat

programmers retreat people talkingOn July 25, Ohio Humanities welcomed over 30 humanities council staff from across the country, from states as far away as Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and Texas. They convened in Columbus to discuss the state of public humanities programming, share resources, network, and contemplate future collaborations. Session topics included community-based projects and evaluation, cultural heritage program models, leadership, and urban-rural dynamics.

Building on the cultural heritage theme, the conference concluded with a special site visit to the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Newark, guided by the Ohio History Connection's World Heritage Director Jennifer Aultman and Curator of Archaeology Bradley Lepper. Ohio Humanities program staff hosted conference sessions in venues such as the Ohio Statehouse, German Village Society Meeting Haus, Land-Grant Brewing Company, and Granville’s Robbins Hunter Museum, giving conference-goers an experience of what makes Central Ohio distinctive.  

The Bias Inside Us

The Smithsonian Institution, committed to leading and encouraging civil dialogue on important issues facing our nation and the world, is preparing a community engagement project called The Bias Inside Us. Their goal is to help visitors understand and counter their implicit biases and build capacity in communities to convene dialogue that will increase empathy and create more inclusive schools, communities, and workplaces.

The four-year project, developed with a national advisory council and Smithsonian experts, is a community engagement effort that will consider the connections between implicit bias and group dynamics, how they can lead to explicit acts of bias and hatred by individuals and whole societies, and what we as individuals can do about it. Communities will participate in The Bias Inside Us process to assess their own readiness to engage in the project and develop proposals to show how this project will be used to build capacity. Ten communities will be selected; a Smithsonian-led project team will work with community leaders and teachers to develop a customized plan for community-initiated programming. A Smithsonian exhibition will be the centerpiece of local activities for four weeks, free of charge, to allow for in-depth programming, as well as to allow surrounding communities to participate. When the exhibition moves to the next community, the Smithsonian will remain engaged to provide resources and support as communities continue to explore ways to reduce individual and group bias and increase community empathy. The primary audience for the exhibition is middle school to young adults (11 to 25-year olds).

The Smithsonian will be accepting proposals from communities in the Midwest to host this exhibition until January 15, 2020. Proposals are accepted online using this form. For hosting dates past May 2021, to include the Southeast, Southwest and Northeast, information will be updated as it becomes available.
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