Title of Project: The Comparison Project 2018 - 2019
Sponsoring Organization: Drake University
Grant: $4,850
Project Description: The Comparison Project (TCP) is “a global
philosophy of religion in the local Des Moines community.”
Globally, our Lecture and Dialogue Series enacts an innovative
approach to religiously inclusive philosophy of religion,
exploring common religious themes from different religious
perspectives through scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues,
and philosophical comparisons. Locally, our Religions of Des
Moines Initiative generates informative media about religious
communities in the greater Des Moines area, collaborating with
local practitioners to create narrative guides, digital stories,
and engaging photos of their communities.

 

Title of Project: Iowa Corridor Sangeet – A Community Collaborative
Sponsoring Organization: CARTHA
Grant: $20,000
Project Description: Iowa Corridor Sangeet (ICS) is a grassroots
effort that will bring to Iowa greater understanding of
performing arts from South Asia. While the word “Sangeet”
means "music" in most Indian languages, its roots loosely mean
"song together." In the current context, the word encompasses not
only the musical arts but also the harmony created by enhanced
understanding of the arts through discourse, discussion and
analysis. This proposal outlines our exciting goal to bring 6
artistic programs to Eastern Iowa over the next 2 years (3 per
year), consisting of music programs as well as film screenings,
along with discussion with the artists, filmmakers and humanities
experts. All programs will have an educational component that
includes (as appropriate) an analysis of the art depicted, the
historic evolution of the art, or the artistic evolution of the
artist. Building on our connections with local and international
artists and humanities experts, we have successfully conducted
programs of this nature in the past few years and are uniquely
suited to execute this vision through support from Humanities
Iowa and enthusiastic matching commitments from the community
that are already underway.

 

Title of Project: Des Moines Book Festival
Sponsoring Organization: Downtown Events Group
Grant: $10,000
Project Description: The DSM Book Festival is a new festival that
will connect people who love books with people who create them.
The Festival will offer FREE admission, activities,
presentations, music, food, drink, merchandise and, of course, in
vibrant community celebration. National bestselling authors,
Nnedi Okorafor and Garth Stein, will present and engage with
guests throughout the day. The Festival will stimulate interests
in humanities topics by providing a platform for discussions,
inspiring a love of literature and will create a curiosity among
guests to learn about life, culture, history, self-expression and
more.

 

Title of Project: “New Nordic Cuisine” Museum Exhibition
Sponsoring Organization: Museum of Danish America
Grant: $20,000
Project Description: The Museum of Danish America is developing a
major new traveling exhibition called "New Nordic Cuisine,"
exploring the food culture of the Nordic region and of
Nordic-American communities. The exhibition will open in Elk
Horn, Iowa on June 22, 2019; in 2020 it will begin a national
tour to six additional venues. The major themes of the
exhibition highlight the connection between social values and
personal food choices, including ideas of heritage,
sustainability, value, and regional identity.The Museum of Danish America is developing a
major new traveling exhibition called "New Nordic Cuisine,"
exploring the food culture of the Nordic region and of
Nordic-American communities. The exhibition will open in Elk
Horn, Iowa on June 22, 2019; in 2020 it will begin a national
tour to six additional venues. The major themes of the
exhibition highlight the connection between social values and
personal food choices, including ideas of heritage,
sustainability, value, and regional identity.

 

Title of Project: 2019 AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines)
Sponsoring Organization: Des Moines Public Library Foundation
Grant: $5,000
Project Description: Lecture series featuring Authors Reading and Signing books in the Des Moines area.

 

Title of Project: “Driven By Hope” Museum Exhibition & Lecture Series
Sponsoring Organization: African American Heritage Foundation
Grant: $9,000
Project Description: The African American Museum of Iowa's
2018-2019 exhibit, "Driven By Hope," will feature stories of African
American migration to Iowa from the end of the Civil War to the
Great Depression. The "Driven By Hope" lecture series will
support this content with scholarly lecture that focus on broad
themes of migration. Topics will include The Great Migration,
cultural responses to migration (music, fashion, etc.), the
economics of migration, and modern migration issues.

 

Title of Project: 50 Years at UNI Conference
Sponsoring Organization: North American Review
Grant: $15,500
Project Description: This grant will support the redesign, publication, and
promotion of the North American Review, which features
contemporary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translation,
and reviews; and the “NAR Online,” which presents
online-exclusive content alongside interviews with writers and
contributor blog posts. Terry Tempest Williams will be the
keynote at a conference celebrating the North American Review’s
50th year at the University of Northern Iowa, which will take
place April 19-21st and be free and open to the public locally,
regionally, and nationally. At this conference, NAR editors will unveil
the newly redesigned magazine and website.