The goal of this grant category, offered in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, is to use the arts and the humanities to highlight and examine Fourteenth Amendment-related social and cultural issues.
$1,000 for “Anything Helps God Bless”- Snowlion Repertory Company
“Anything Helps God Bless” will explore the panhandler/median-strip controversy in Portland through actual interviews with sign-bearers, research into court rulings, documented public reaction to the controversy, and the ‘due process’ aspect of the 14th Amendment, woven together into a theater piece.
$1,000 for “Created Equal”- University of Maine at Augusta
Support for the creation of a writing collaborative at The University of Maine at Augusta that will explore the topic of equality in America. The writing group will work to create an original theater piece which would be presented to the public as a staged reading of original work. The project, entitled CREATED EQUAL, will explore the 14th Amendment, equal protection under the law, and the struggle for inclusion.
$1,000 for “2016 Constitution Day-Immigration”- American Civil Liberties Union of Maine
In celebration of Constitution Day 2016, the ACLU of Maine seeks to present a panel discussion for high school students on the history of the 14th Amendment and its relevance to today’s immigration issues. The panel will include experts before a live audience, be streamed online, and include Q&A.
$1,000 for “Election Night Specials”- Everyman Repertory Theatre
“Election Night Specials” brings together two docu-dramas, one from the 1960s and one from 2016 for successive staged readings on the two days before the 2016 presidential election, bringing together the midcoast’s professional theatre company, the Everyman Rep, and Camden’s International Film Festival.
$1,000 for “The 14th Amendment in Franco American Life”- Franco American Programs, University of Maine
Support for a panel of scholars to explore the impact of the 14th amendment upon the Franco American community, aiding in an understanding of the historical context of current debates over deportation and citizenship.
$1,000 for “Stories of Downeast Women Working”- Women’s Health Resource Library
- To gather and celebrate the stories of Downeast women and their democratic accomplishments and aspirations through a series of guided discussions and interactive activities connected to the reading of Ellen Fitzpatrick’s The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency.
$1,000 for “To Be an American: W.E.B. Du Bois & the Meaning of Race in the Jim Crow Era”- University of Southern Maine
Using W. E. B. Du Bois’ seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk as a guide, this event will explore the African American quest for citizenship, equality, and justice through history, music and poetry.
$1,000 for “White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show”- Mayo Street Arts
“White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show” explores many issues related to the 14th amendment’s focus on equality including race, gender, gay marriage, class privilege, and the prejudices that permeate modern society in Maine and beyond.
$300 for “The 14th Amendment: Reconstruction & Liberation”- Auburn Public Library
- Support for presentations by Dr. Charles Plummer on “Freedom and Liberation” and “Civil War Reconstruction, Liberation, and the 14th Amendment”