2016 Quick Grants

Our Community Project Grants program provides funds for diverse and dynamic humanities programming throughout the state. Learn more about our Grants program here.

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, Manchester, $1,000
Global Tipping Points: Insecure World

Geneive Abdo, research fellow at the Atlantic Council, explores how an ancient religious schism is fueling modern conflict between Sunni and Shia powers, fracturing the region.


Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, $1,000
Teacher Workshop: The Civil War

A three-day workshop exploring how people in New Hampshire, particularly the Monadnock Region, responded to the issues dividing the nation and underlying the American Civil War from 1860 to 1877. Lectures, hands-on research and demonstrations, a session on deciphering 19th century handwriting, and a visit to a Civil War encampment by the 6th New Hampshire Volunteer regiment inspire K-12 teachers to learn, create, and share lesson plans and activities.


Friends of Bedrock Gardens, Lee, $1,000
A Walk in the Words: A Literature and Garden Festival          

In gardens dotted with sculpture made from recycled materials, visitors explore a word garden, participate in a shape poetry slam, express impressions through haiku, build once-upon-a-time stories, and enjoy and reflect on readings by three poets, David Ferry, Gary Whited, and Diane Freedman.


Gorham Public Library, in collaboration with Berlin Public and White Mountain Community College Fortier Libraries, $1,000
Women Out of the Kitchen

Through lecture, living history, and book discussion, a four-part series explores the lives of women who operated outside the confines of the “traditional” gender roles of the times in which they lived. How did and do gender, place and story intersect? How is the question of “what happened” complicated by power and privilege, and by looking at how multiple and diverse storytellers describe our past?


Friends of Conway Public Library, Conway, $1,000
One Book One Valley 2016 Community Read

Thirteen libraries, three schools, and the independent book store in the Mount Washington Valley invite discussion about the ethical and cultural questions raised in The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman. How do training and character affect split-second decisions? How does personal risk affect these decisions? In what ways does a community whose members are involved in dangerous occupations work together for the common good? In addition to a visit by Michael Tougias, U.S. naval historian Margherita Desy spoke about her work on the history of the USS Constitution.


AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH, $1,000
Nature Re-Visioned

Where do the observational skills of an artist and a scientist intersect? How do art and science inspire and expand larger conversations about the world? In conjunction with an exhibit featuring their work, photographer and Dartmouth visiting Mellon Fellow Rob Kesseler and sculptor Gar Waterman engaged visitors in a discussion about the connections between art and science, how the disciplines inform one another, and the implications for humanity and nature.


Keene Public Library, $1,000
Keene Chautauqua 2016: “Activist Athletes: Race and Sports”

Following the Rio Olympic Games, Keene Public Library explores issues of race, equality, and civil rights with first-person portrayals of activist-athletes Paul Robeson and Wilma Rudolph. How do sports in some ways reinforce dominant ideas about race and racial supremacy but at other times become a platform for addressing racial and social injustices?  


Friends of Kingston Historical Society, Kingston, $860
Building Community through Oral History

Historian and storyteller Jo Radner leads workshop on project planning and implementation, interviewing strategies, role playing, transcribing, and tools for successful oral history projects.


Dublin Community Center, Dublin, $650
Discovering Dublin

A walking tour, historical museum visit, children’s activities, and film screening introduce participants to the picturesque town of Dublin and the legacy of its famed art colony.


Hampstead Stage Company, Center Barnstead, $500
Young Adult Series Talkbacks: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Scholar-led talkbacks with theater experts following a one-hour, two-actor dramatic production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein explore the connections among science, technology, and art – and what it means to be human.