Mini Grant awards | Spring 2018

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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.

$500 for “Beholdings: Making Connections with Collections” – Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Mount Desert

  • Through an assortment of objects representing different eras, events, and personae in the island’s history, Mount Desert Island Historical Society will engage the public in an exploration of cultural history extending from southern New England to the outer islands in the Gulf of Maine. This grant will support the printing of images, display boards, and the construction of the exhibit interior.


$500 for “Books on the Bus” – Bath Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Bath

  • Books on the Bus is a community collaboration between the Bath Elementary PTA, RSU1, and the Patten Free Library. High quality books will be provided on elementary school buses in RSU1 (serving Bath, Woolwich, and Phippsburg) for children to read while commuting to and from school.


$825 for “Considering All Stories” – Bangor High School, Bangor

  • Selected young adult literature will be examined in Bangor-area collaborative reading partnerships or literature circles. Facilitated discussion will identify pathways for celebrating diverse perspectives across school communities.


$750 for “DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month ) Youth Library Campaign” – Safe Voices, Auburn

  • Safe Voices’ annual Library Campaign makes issues of dating violence, social justice, and gender roles accessible to youth in rural Maine communities by distributing relevant titles to local libraries throughout Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties. Safe Voices educators and youth advocates work with participating libraries to provide engagement activities that include, but are not limited to, author talks, reading/discussion groups, and awareness campaigns.


$500 for “Eastport Returns to the United States– Border Historical Society, Eastport

  • On June 30, 2018 the Border Historical Society will celebrate the evacuation of British forces from Eastport. This event will coincide with the largest 4th of July celebration in Maine, the Eastport 4th, and will featured a panel of Maine historians.


$500 for “Eurydice” – Fenix Theatre Company, South Portland

  • In the summer of 2018, Fenix Theatre Co is producing Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice in Deering Oaks Park. Eurydice brings the classical Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice into the modern cultural landscape and explores the relationship between love, grief, life, and death. This play combines theatre, poetry, movement, and music in an exploration of romance, family, memory, loyalty and loss.


$750 for “Maine Correctional Center ‘Books as Doors’ Book Group for Incarcerated Women” – Family Crisis Services, Portland

  • Family Crisis Services (FCS) will establish a year-round book club at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, specifically for incarcerated women. Under the overarching theme of healthy relationships, FCS aims to offer programming that supports personal growth, enrichment, creativity, and self reflection.


$810 for “Monhegan Museum Golden Jubilee Lecture Series” Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum, Monhegan

  • In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the Monhegan Museum will be creating 50 ways to celebrate throughout the summer of 2018. An important element of this celebration will be a lecture series. Aimed at increasing community involvement in the museum, and awareness of the island’s historical importance, speakers will include renowned historians and art historians who will discuss elements of the island’s past and artists who have been inspired by the island.