Self-determination and survival: these were the factors that drove the actions of Indigenous peoples of eighteenth century colonial frontiers. Yet the ways in which they navigated the wars of their time were far more diverse than standard histories of the American Revolution typically confer. Though a close read of Atiatonharónkwen Louis Cook’s involvement—from childhood to retirement—in the European conflicts within Haudenosaunee Territories, Melissane Schrems asks readers of this blog post to consider what a more accurate telling of our complex, suppressed, Indigenous history could be.
“Land, Liberty, and Loss” by Alan Taylor, below, is the eponymous leading essay for HNY’s newest initiative, a scholar-guided, multi-part exploration of our nation’s founding and how its history—or, more pointedly, misapprehensions of that history—often serves as an obstacle to full democratic and civic flourishing. The project is grounded in the historical and ongoing intersections between racial justice, including the centuries-long deprivations endured by Indigenous and Native Americans, and the evolution of the American landscape. “Land, Liberty, and Loss” is meant to prompt reflection on assumptions about the human connectedness between the natural and built environments, and to allow us to reconsider in a holistic sense how the Revolution that resulted in the United States connects to or disrupts indigenous histories, our use of natural resources, political development, and national expansion.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Humanities New York (HNY) today announced $159,200 in awards to 32 grantees for innovative public humanities offerings. Awards were made to non-profits in eight regions of the state, from the Western New York to Long Island. This latest round of HNY funding will support primarily summer programming. “HNY is proud to have distributed much-needed funding to our state’s cultural institutions through CARES and ARP emergency funds during the pandemic,” said Sara Ogger, Executive Director of HNY. “Now organizations are able to put on great programs for their communities.” These grants are federally funded through the […]
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Humanities New York (HNY) today announced more than $360,000 in ARP Act funding to 43 New York cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HNY “SHARP” (Sustaining the Humanities Through the American Rescue Plan) Action Grants, which range from $5,000 to $10,000, provide implementation funds for humanities projects that serve audiences throughout New York. These grants support honoraria for humanities experts, staff time, space rental, marketing, and other expenses for projects that respond to community needs and interests. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer applauded these new awards, saying, “As Majority Leader, I was proud to champion […]
To help prepare you for the third annual History and the American Imagination, we have compiled a brief list of readings from George Saunders and Imani Perry. This list is by no means exhaustive, but we feel that this selection offers a taste of what will be on display for you on the evening of October 5: compassion, wonder, insight, and generosity. In the lead up to the event, HNY will be hosting an online Community Conversation at 8pm on Wednesday, September 29. This free conversation will be held via Zoom. For the purpose of that conversation, we will […]
NEW YORK CITY, NY (September 20, 2021) – Humanities New York (HNY) today announced $1.2 million in ARP Act funding to 120 New York cultural nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. HNY “SHARP” (Sustaining the Humanities Through the American Rescue Plan) Operating Grants focus on organizations with a core humanities mission, and range from $1,000 to $20,000, reaching every region in New York. These grants are to be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as staff salaries, utilities, and rent, as well as for humanities programming and professional development. Timothy Murray, Chair, said from Ithaca that he […]
Request for Proposals Humanities New York, a public humanities organization with a 40-year history of creating, supporting, and sustaining civic dialogue and community engagement, is offering a partnership grant opportunity for New York State-based non-profit organizations that currently serve 1) individuals who are going through the process of societal reentry after a period of incarceration, or 2) the families of those individuals, or 3) both populations. HNY will also entertain applications from organizations that are working with issues of prison reform and/or abolition. Grant awards will range from $10,000—$20,000 for the implementation and/or the enhancement of an already established project. […]
In the spring of 2020, as the global pandemic forced us into lockdown and new ways of running programs, HNY staff members including Director of Programs Michael Washburn corresponded with Pamela Conley, a Deaf professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, about how best to accommodate her participation in our Zoom-based online Community Conversations. It took a few tries, some of them frantic, but it worked quite well in the end to use Zoom’s ASL services, and ultimately, Pam’s perspective in the group discussions was extremely valuable and welcomed. We invited Pam to write […]
BOMB Magazine received HNY Action Grants in 2017 and 2019 for the “Oral History Education Initiative.” Since 2014, BOMB’s Oral History Project has staged one-on-one interviews with New York City-based visual artists of African descent, conducted by curators, scholars, and cultural producers. On the 2nd of June, HNY Grants Assistant Kordell K. Hammond met via Zoom with Betsy Sussler, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief, and Stephanie E. Goodalle, Oral History Fellow from BOMB Magazine to talk about their recently completed Action Grant project, Oral History LIVE!, and tips for cultural organizations applying for HNY grant support. As the HNY Blog is […]
New York City, NY — Humanities New York (HNY) today announced new grant guidelines designed to distribute funding to New York cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Over $1.5 million in funding will be distributed in two rounds of SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) grants: HNY SHARP Operating Grants provide up to $20,000 in unrestricted funds to organizations with core humanities missions. HNY SHARP Action Grants offer up to $10,000 for the implementation of humanities projects. Grants will be made in every region in New York. A grantmaker for nearly 50 years in New York […]