New Mini Grants | Spring 2017

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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.

$1,000 for “In It Together: Welcoming Diversity with Anne Sibley O’Brien” Bowdoinham Community School, Bowdoinham

  • Bowdoinham Community School will host author/educator Anne Sibley O’Brien who will facilitate a trio of events in September 2017 related to welcoming diversity — a school author visit, teacher/parent workshop, and community celebration with a shared read. This will kick off a year-long, school-wide series of projects on the subject of diversity.


$1,000 for “Navigating Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine” Justice for Women, Westbrook

  • The project includes an exhibit of photographs by Freeport photographer Catherine Frost showing Muslim women and girls from Portland and Lewiston. The photos will be accompanied by short biographies revealing something about their experience as immigrants in Maine. The exhibit will be up for approximately one month in both Portland and Lewiston, and the opening of each exhibit will include a panel discussion of 4 Muslim young women and a moderator.


$1,000 for “Peace and Justice Center Art Camp– Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Bangor

  • The project involves creating a community mural around the themes of peace, social justice, and the environment.


$1,000 for “The Poets and The Assassin at MECA” – Maine College of Art, Portland

  • This grant will underwrite some of the costs associated with bringing Reza Jalali’s play “The Poets and the Assassin” (a history of Iranian women told through 5 monologues) to MECA in September 2017.


$1,000 for “The Vaughan Conversation Piece: Conserving & Sharing a 1754 Portrait” – Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, Hallowell

  • Museum curators and field experts will present public educational programs surrounding the conservation of the 1754 Vaughan family portrait and its frame. Programs will explore art conservation techniques as well as national and state history as told through the lives of the portrait’s subjects, Revolutionary War-era British radical Samuel Vaughan and his family.