2018 Major Grant awards

Back to Grants Program

MHC Major Grants support a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives.

$2,300 for “Community Conversations– Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Waterville

  • “Community Conversations” will  bring together Waterville’s faith and community leaders with Colby College faculty and students to talk about political and social issues of common concern. The format will feature two thought leaders, one from the field of Jewish Studies and one from another civic leadership or humanities field.


$5,000 for “Emerald Ash Borer Exhibit– Abbe Museum, Mount Desert Island

  • This two year exhibit will inform visitors on the Emerald Ash Borer beetle that threatens the ash trees of Maine. This threat jeopardizes the livelihoods of Maine’s Indian basketmakers and could trigger the loss of a heritage resource for the Wabanaki. The exhibit will be installed in the Abbe Museum’s trailside site in Acadia National Park and the public program will take place at the museum’s headquarters in Bar Harbor.


$4,550 for “Home: Reflections on Place– Portland Public Library, Portland

  • This project is an art exhibit by first or second-generation New Mainers and/or individuals who are currently English Language Learners. Through related workshops, artist talks, performances, and discussion events, the project will explore the related ideas of culture and community, the contributions of immigrant artists, and the meaning of home.


$6,000 for “Inside Dance: Broadening Engagement at the Bates Dance Festival– Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston

  • Five diverse scholars from the world of dance will be invited to a residency during the 2018 Bates Dance Festival.  Each scholar will work with a choreographer and will participate in public discussions at various venues, speaking about their work in relationship to cultural studies, digital humanities, gender and sexuality studies, and history.


$5,000 for “Lewiston Youth Artists in Action”– Lewiston 21st Century/Lewiston Public Schools

  • Lewiston Youth Artists in Action is a project led by 12 students from Lewiston High School as part of the Lewiston 21st Century Leaders program. The program is made up of students in grades 10-12 who are Black, Muslim, and from immigrant and refugee families. Through this project, students will raise awareness of their unique experiences and perspectives and connect their knowledge with the diverse and vibrant culture and history of Lewiston.


$7,000 for “Maine + Jewish: Two Centuries– Maine State Museum, Augusta

  • This exhibit will be the largest and most comprehensive yet to focus on Jewish life, Jewish communities in Maine, and Jewish interactions with the outside community.  Original art, artifacts, images, documents, film and video excerpts, and personal stories will be incorporated, plus a handbook/catalogue and website will be created as a resource.


$6,000 for “Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan– Portland Museum of Art, Portland

  • This exhibition will showcase the remarkable career of author, artist, and longtime Maine resident Ashley Bryan, who pioneered books about African and African American experiences for young readers. The exhibition will be accompanied by various related programs including a panel discussion and free performances of a play based on Bryan’s work.


$3,600 for “Vintage Stereoscopic 3D Image and Newspaper Exhibit and Presentation” – Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, Rangeley

  • Two unique exhibits in 3D for the summer of 2018 will include an outreach program and exhibit at the Rangeley History Museum and an exhibit at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc.  Both involve projecting 19th century “stereoview” images in a wide screen theater venue.