Vermont Humanities

Project Grant Awards

Spring 2022 Project Grant Recipients
Group on tour in snowy Burlington

Bennington Museum

Museums as Resources Teachers’ Institute
$5000 to develop an intensive, six-day academic professional development program to provide instruction on how to maximize the resources of the Museum’s collection to develop engaging new lesson plans.

Brattleboro Words Trail

Amtrak Permanent Station Exhibit

$5000 to create a permanent, accessible and free Brattleboro Words Trail mural and maps user-friendly exhibit on outside track-side wall of new Brattleboro Amtrak station opening May 2023.

Conversations From the Open Road

$5000 to create two 2-week storytelling projects with VT students, culminating in media expressing our journey exploring: Our responsibility to ourselves, each other, and our home.

Dorset Village Library

Vermont Humanities Council Project
$5000 to expand our inclusivity to as many members of our community as possible through LGBTQ programs including a Drag Queen Story Hour and Family Friendly Drag Show.

Foul Contending Rebels Theatre

The Foul Contending Rebels Theatre Collective Presents: Shakespeare’s Shrew
$2000 to produce The Taming of the Shrew to explore the performativity of gender and misogyny in Shakespeare’s controversial play.

Friends of the Morrill Homestead

The Morrill Land-Grant Acts And Tribal Lands: What Happened, What’s Next
$5000 A symposium to learn about and discuss the expropriation of 10 million+ acres of indigenous land used as the foundation for the Land-Grant University system created by the Morrill Acts of 1862 & 1890.


One Shelf-book Project
Essex Junction
$5000 to provide a full set to 20 Vermont schools and partial sets to 8 schools. We have provided workshops with some of these books. The schools in Vermont has received this project well.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Racism in America Forum
$5000 to produce up to 14 Racism in America forums focusing on Vermont and largely featuring BIPOC Vermonters as panelists, to be broadcast on 49 community TV stations.

Green Mountain Book Festival

$5000 to cultivate literary arts, celebrate and honor free expression, embrace diverse voices, & encourage a deeper understanding of self and community through a shared love of books.

Lost Shul Mural, Inc (Lost Mural Project)

Reveal & Revel: A celebration of the Lost Mural & Vermont’s immigrant community

$5000 for the newly restored Lost Mural and to kick off public programming and an educational series to share the story of this cultural treasure of historic significance.

Middlebury Acting Company

Robert Frost: This Verse Business
$3000 to create a one-man show on Robert Frost, with actor Gordon Clapp playing Frost giving a talk at a hall in Vermont and reciting his poems. In the play, Frost reflects on life, politics, art and poetry.

Northern Spy Farm

The Sheeko Sheeko Project: Deep North
$5000 to produce “Deep North” – a storytelling project that celebrates Somalis resettled in Vermont. The project will consist of a published book of oral histories and a series of public events and readings.

Norwich University’s History and Political Science Department

Race and History Project at Norwich University
$2539.73 to collect oral histories on race and racism from past and present faculty, staff, and students. The Documentary Theater Project will write and perform a play based on those stories.

Outright Vermont

Camp Outright
$5000 for Camp Outright, a residential summer camp program for LGBTQ+ youth. Campers ages 13 to 17 come together in nature to celebrate our culture and build community.

Orleans County Historical Society

Time Travelers’ Day Camps: Made by Hand, A Celebration of VT Heritage Arts & Community Connection Lecture
$5000 for Turning back the clock to the 19th century, Time Travelers’ Day Camp will engage in the arts, rooted in the diverse traditions of Northern Vermonters at the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village with added Community Connection public lecture with Vera Sheehan, Director of the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association.

Peace and Justice Center

PJC Author & Artist Series
$5000 for the Peace & Justice Center’s bi weekly Author and Artist Series  which connects community members with artists and authors, creating space for engaging discussions on a variety of topics.

Rokeby Museum

Public Programming for “Dissent! Abolition & Advocacy in Print”
$3250 to expand the reach of Rokeby Museum’s 2022 exhibit, “Dissent! Abolition & Advocacy in Print” by providing free and accessible programming to the public.

Ruth Stone House

The Next Galaxy Poetry Retreat
$2500 to contribute to Vermont’s vibrant cultural landscape. Through its programming, the Next Galaxy Retreat is a manifestation of culture-making in action.

The Remedial Herstory Project

2022 Summer Educators Retreat
Plymouth, NH
$1400 to host a Summer Retreat for Educators, both in person and remotely. The event will be held at the Common Man Inn and Spa in Plymouth, NH.

Shire Kids

Free Community Book Swaps
$1000 to host (at least) two Free Community Book Swaps in the summer of 2022. Book Swaps are an opportunity for families to up-cycle gently used books and acquire new books to read at home.

Stephen A Douglas Birthplace Community Center, Inc.

Davenport Motor Exhibit Preparation
$3500 for a project on the story of Thomas Davenport’s world-changing invention of the electric motor which has never been fully understood, or told. The Brandon Museum is building a new exhibit on his impact on modern society.

Swanton Public Library

Four Oceans, Seven Seas, and Three Million Lakes
$2000 for a week-long full-day camp for kids ages 6-12 on the many aspects of world water, based on multicultural history, literature, art, and mythology.

Vermont Marble Museum

Vermont Marble, A Cultural Investigation: The Carver with a Ripped Apron
$5000 for a project about a young man who carves a marble headstone. Nameless, he tells a rich story that will be investigated to reveal through film, presentations, and oral history of those that survive to this day.

Vermont Stage Company

Vermont Young Playwrights
$5000 for an expansion of the Vermont Young Playwrights program in order to reach a wider, more diverse group of young people through a partnership with Spectrum Vermont.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Riots, Prayers, and Light: Composer Premieres
$5000 to premiere two newly commissioned works in Burlington and Rutland by prominent BIPOC composers, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Matthew Evan Taylor, with strong emphases on history and language.

Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

Teacher Workshop 2022
$3000 for a 2022 Teachers Workshop. This 1-day workshop will prepare middle and high school teachers to fully engage their students in our fall production of ‘Woody Sez’.

Vermont Humanities*** November 26, 2014