Announcing The 2017 Alaska Humanities Forum Annual Grants

Photo: Marie Rexford. From I AM INUIT by Brian Adams. The Alaska Humanities Forum has announced the recipients of its 2017 Annual Humanities Grants. These grants support projects in the humanities throughout the state of Alaska.

The Forum awarded a total of $75,000 to ten projects. Below is a list of the 2017 grant projects in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the project director or sponsoring organization and the grant amount.

2017 Alaska Humanities Forum General Grant Awardees:

75th Anniversary Symposium and Commemoration - Dutch Harbor Attack, Museum of the Aleutians - $9,704 Aleutians This June will be 75th anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor. This event marks the second of only two attacks by a foreign power on United States soil; the first being the attack on Pearl Harbor. This year, the Museum of the Aleutians will host a 75th Anniversary Commemorative Event and Symposium on Unalaska Island consisting of three days of presentations, displays, receptions, cultural activities, and commemorations.

Cross Cultural Storytelling Festival, Keys to Life Alaska- $10,000 Anchorage

The Cross-Cultural Storytelling Festival will showcase new voices from Anchorage's diverse community whose stories are not often heard. The Festival will highlight stories from a variety of ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Participants will be trained in the craft of oral and digital storytelling during seminars over 2-3 days. They will be invited to share their completed stories at a public event, the Cross-Cultural Storytelling Festival.

Encounters: Alaska, Ping Chong + Company - $4,500

Anchorage, Bering Strait, Mat-Su Valley, Northwest Arctic, South Central, Southeast, Y-K Delta

In Encounters: Alaska, Ryan Conarro and a team of documentarians and facilitators will engage Alaskans statewide in interviews, story circles, and community dialogues exploring cross-cultural encounter, belonging, and sense of place in Alaska. This project will link with the statewide tour of the documentary theater production "Where the Sea Breaks Its Back", featuring numerous voices from interviews conducted throughout Alaska.

Giving Voice, Hospice of Haines - $4,496 Southeast Giving Voice facilitates dialogue between hospice clients and community, with an emphasis on creating student client relationships to be incorporated into school curriculum. This pilot project engages volunteers and students in the collection of oral histories by hospice clients. The pairs will discuss the client's personal history, exploring questions that touch on the human condition.

Keep Talking, Kartemquin Educational Films - $10,000

Anchorage, Kodiak, Southwest

Kodiak Alutiiq is an endangered Alaska Native language; in 2013 there were just 41 fluent speakers remaining. The documentary film Keep Talking will follow three Native women and one girl over five years as they work to revitalize their language and culture.

Living Languages: Boy in the Moon Educational Supplement, Osborn Creative, LLC - $9,900 Interior

As an educational supplement to the Boy in the Moon documentary project, this project will create a multimedia suite of interactive videos covering three elements of the Gwich'in language: the ethnolinguistics of its usage, the descriptive linguistics of its construction, and the efforts towards preserving the language.

North x North - Artist Dialogue, Institute of the North - $4,500 Anchorage North x North events held May 11-14, 2017, in Anchorage, will coincide with and complement the Fairbanks Ministerial of the Arctic Council. With participants from the eight Arctic nations, this will be a circumpolar conversation that highlights the innovation, creativity and hospitality of northerners.

Northern Narratives - Digital Hub, Anchorage Museum - $8,000 Anchorage, Statewide The Anchorage Museum will work with experts and stakeholders to design, test and launch a digital hub on the museum website with object-based teaching tools, curriculum, and syllabi for K-12 educators and higher education. After launch, the digital hub will continue to be developed and supplemented in relationship to curriculum, contemporary issues and new scholarship.

Support for I AM INUIT Exhibition, Inuit Circumpolar Council - $7,900 Anchorage, Interior

The Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska's I AM INUIT project will be traveling to the Arctic Council Ministerial in Fairbanks, where photographer Brian Adam's series of I AM INUIT photos will be exhibited and then in Anchorage immediately following. I AM INUIT not only highlights the rich and vibrant culture of Alaskan Inuit but also connects the general public with Inuit and the Arctic through common humanity.

Voices of Sheldon Jackson: Outdoor and Online History Exhibit and Educational Materials, Alaska Arts Southeast- $6,000 Southeast

A team of former students and staff of Sitka's Sheldon Jackson High School and College (1878-2007) will develop public, outdoor, illustrated exhibits of the school's history. The project will center on the words of students and staff throughout the school's history, to help the audience make connections between the past and today.


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