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NEH grants to dance - August 2021

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The National Endowment for the Humanities just announced grants of $28.4 million. Of special interest to the dance community:

Chicago Dance History Project Outright: $10,000 [Preservation Assistance Grants] Project Director: Jenai Cutcher Project Title: Chicago Dance History Project Digital Preservation Project Description: Preservation assessment and preservation plan for the digital archives of the Chicago Dance History Project, a collection of over 20,000 digitized items including oral histories, photographs, ephemera, and audiovisual materials documenting the history of dance in Chicago. Highlights include interviews with dancers who worked with artists such as Katherine Dunham and Bob Fosse, archival documents related to Sammy Dyer School of the Theater director Shirley Hall Bass, and photographs documenting the experimental dance scenes of the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

Liesl Olson Outright: $60,000 [Public Scholars] Newberry Library Project Title: Eye to Eye: Friendship, Art, and Collaboration in Mid-Century America Project Description: Research and writing of a book about artistic collaboration between writers, dancers, artists, and art collectors in Chicago from the 1930s through the 1950s, including Gertrude Stein (1874–1946), Katherine Dunham (1909–2006), and Carlos Mérida (1891–1985).

Newberry Library Outright: $198,332 [Institutes for College and University Teachers] Project Director: Liesl Olson; Susan Manning (co-project director) Project Title: Making Modernism: Literature, Dance, and Visual Culture in Chicago, 1893–1955 Project Description: A three-week, residential institute for 25 higher education faculty to study the modernist movement in Chicago.

The complete list: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/NEH grant awards and offers%2C August 2021.pdf


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