New Mini Grant awards

Fall 2019

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MHC Mini Grants support a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, and cultural celebrations.

$319 for “Art, Write, Now!” – RSU 24 Adult Education, Sullivan

In partnership with Friend Memorial Library in Brooklin, RSU 24 Adult Education will exhibit “Inside Out” throughout December 2019. The exhibit is comprised of work that inmates created on a weekly basis throughout 2018 in the hopes that it be displayed for the public as well as for released inmates and their families.

$1,000 for “Atlohkakanal (Stories) – Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department, Indian Island

Penobscot Elder Carol Dana will conduct tellings of Penobscot Traditional Stories during winter moons at the Bangor Public Library, Indian Island Youth Program, Nibezun Indigenous Wellness Center, and a more intimate session at her home, Dana will also be training two apprentices in the art of storytelling.

$1,000 for “Civil Rights Book Club'” – Lincoln Middle School, Portland

This book group, open to all students at Lincoln and Lyman Moore middle schools, will read and discuss six civil rights themed titles during the 2019-20 school year, reflecting the six protected identities described by Maine’s Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Team Project: race, national origin, religion, disabilities, gender, and sexual orientation.

$500 for “Maine Bicentennial Series & Commemorative Quilt– Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough

Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Historical Society are partnering to present a four-part lecture series in the spring of 2020 to commemorate Maine’s bicentennial. They have concurrently initiated the Scarborough Bicentennial Quilt project, where local quilters create squares based on themes related to the town’s history. The finished quilt will be displayed in April 2020.

$1,000 for “Probing Underneath the Headlines – Human Response to Adverse Situations– Maine Jewish Film Festival, Portland

Using film as an immersive experience, the Maine Jewish Film Festival will examine how real people deal with adverse situations including human trafficking, sexual abuse, and genocide. During the spring of 2020 they will screen documentary films in 6 cities across Maine. Each film will be paired with speakers on the relevant topics to stimulate discussion among audience members.

$1,000 for “World AIDS Day – Stories of Long-Term Survivors”– Frannie Peabody Center, Portland

The Frannie Peabody Center will observe World AIDS Day, December 5, 2019, with a screening of the Emmy Award winning documentary Last Men Standing, in partnership with Portland Museum of Art. The film shares the experiences and challenges of 8 long-term HIV survivors and will be followed by a panel discussion with the director, Erin Brethauer, and long-term survivors from the local community.

$300 for “Writing the Personal Essay– Belfast Free Library, Belfast

In direct response to an increased interest in personal essays, Belfast Free Library will organize a reading and writing workshop, open to, and suitable for, all skill levels, with local poet and writer Linda Buckmaster. Over a 3-week period, participants will read a variety of essayists for inspiration before participating in the February 2020 workshop.