2015 Grant Awards

2015 Grant Awards

Ohio Humanities recently awarded fifteen grants to a variety of nonprofit cultural organizations across the state. Totaling $162,627, these grants support projects that demonstrate how the humanities enrich our daily lives.


Walsh University Hoover Historical Center                                                          $8,625  

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the British Children’s Arrival in North Canton

During World War II, the Hoover Company relocated the children of British employees, offering them safe haven in North Canton. Partnering with several community organizations, the Hoover Historical Society will remember these youngsters with exhibits, book discussions, and a panel discussion among British War children and American foster siblings.


WYSO FM                                                                                                           $17,000

Both Sides Now: Views of Vietnam from the WYSO Archives

WYSO will again delve into its archives of historic audio, this time exploring the Vietnam conflict. Using unique conversations recorded 50 years ago, the voices of history makers — from Abbie Hoffman to Zbigniew Brzezinski — will be contextualized with commentary from humanities experts.


Kenyon College                                                                                                  $17,000

Latinos in Rural America

Latinos in Rural America is designed to broaden knowledge, engagement and understanding of the Latino experience in rural Ohio. Ohio Humanities support will produce a bilingual exhibition that will travel throughout Ohio.


WOSU-Public Media                                                                                           $10,000

New American Voices

As part of its award-winning “Columbus Neighborhoods” series, WOSU will produce radio programming telling stories of the immigrant experience in central Ohio.


Media Working Group                                                                                        $17,000

Trees in Trouble: Saving America’s Urban Forests

Trees in Trouble is a documentary video and community engagement project about the history of urban forestry. The program will also examine reforestation strategies to protect the tree canopy for future generations.


Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County                                                $20,000

Migration in Global Context: History, Narrative, and Project-Based Learning

In collaboration with university scholars, the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County will present a summer teachers institute to explore migration stories. Follow-up programs during the school year will further enrich participants’ understanding and classroom teaching.


Springfield Museum of Art                                                                                $15,466

The Best of Ohio Regionalists: 1919-1950

The Springfield Museum of Art will curate an exhibit and conduct programs exploring the work of 16 Ohio artists who were involved in the American Scene movement and distinctively captured the essence of Ohio in their work.


Wright State University Veteran and Military Center                                          $20,000

The Veterans Voices Project

The Veterans Voices Project uses the power of story and oral history to bridge the generational gap between post-9/11 veterans and veterans from previous conflicts. The project will produce audio stories for broadcast on public radio.


Books by the Banks                                                                                           $20,000

2015 Books by the Banks Festival

Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival is an annual celebration of books and reading that takes place every October in downtown Cincinnati. The event celebrates the joys of lifelong learning through reading by presenting and promoting local and national authors at an annual book festival in Cincinnati.


Wright State University                                                                                     $3,000

Ten Years of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Founded to commemorate the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize recognizes the best fiction and nonfiction promoting the cause of peace. Ohio Humanities funds will support a conference to explore the connections between literature and peace.


City of Kettering Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts                 $4,550

Suburbanscapes: Art Beyond the Metropolis

A series of public programs will examine the sociological and historical aspects of suburbia, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Kettering’s incorporation and exploring the city’s future as social priorities change.


Ashland Chautauqua                                                                                         $5,000

The 16th season of the Ashland Chautauqua will commemorate the city’s Bicentennial. “200 Years of Progress” will present living history scholars portraying individuals who represent different eras of Ashland’s history. A special feature of this year’s program will showcase “Ashland Memories of World War II.”


Roscoe Village Foundation                                                                              $2,000

A planning grant will underwrite a collaborative planning process with scholars, historic preservation consultants, and community members to explore best practices in cultural tourism and how the humanities, interpreted within an authentic environment, can enhance visitor experiences.


Auglaize County Historical Society                                                                  $986

The Auglaize County Historical Society will study the cultural heritage resources of the county in a process that will involve local stakeholders, tourism professionals, and a humanities scholar. The project will identify specific ways to support and enhance cultural heritage tourism efforts.


Oberlin College                                                                                              $2,000

To Intervene or Not to Intervene

Collaborating with the Goldberg Center at the Ohio State University, Oberlin College will hold an educational enrichment seminar for pre-collegiate teachers to study the Spanish Civil War. Teachers will use primary sources related to American involvement in the war to focus on important humanities-related issues while meeting curriculum standards.