Vermont Humanities

Vermont Humanities Grant Funds Photo Exhibit on People of Color in Vermont

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Image of Root Social Justice groupStatewide ~ The Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the Root Social Justice Center of Brattleboro a $2,500 grant to support its 2019 photo exhibit highlighting the experiences of people of color in Vermont. The project is one of seven that were awarded grants during VHC’s Fall 2018 grant cycle.

“Visible in Vermont: Our Stories, Our Voices” will feature a multi-generational photo and story exhibit highlighting the experiences of people of color living and going to school in Vermont. The project is a medium for them to tell their own stories and convey the impact of racism on their lives.

VHC’s Grants program supports nonprofit organizations that conduct humanities-related projects; in 2018 VHC awarded a total of $40,000 to these organizations for 21 projects.

Other projects receiving awards in VHC’s Fall 2019 grant cycle are as follows:

  • PoemCity 2019, a festival of poetry in Montpelier in celebration of National Poetry Month in April. (Kellogg-Hubbard Library, $4,000)
  • The Champlain Colloquium, a two-day meeting to examine the life and legacy of Samuel de Champlain in August. (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, $3,000)
  • Peacham Landing Community Project, a storytelling and community-building project to gather and share stories, both historical and contemporary, of what draws people to Peacham. (Peacham Library, $2,000)
  • Philosophy Week 2019, a statewide festival March 24-30 featuring discussions, lectures, readings, screenings, tastings, and workshops, on issues of philosophical concern. (University of Vermont Philosophy Department, $3,000)
  • Global Roots Film Festival, a 3-day film festival led by film historian and composer Neil Brand focusing on the history of the musical film. (Vermont International Film Foundation, $1,500)
  • Weston Playhouse 2019 Teacher Workshop, a day-long program exploring Paula Vogel’s 2015 play Indecent with keynote address by Professor Ellen W. Kaplan of Smith College. (Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, $2,650)

Twice a year, through a competitive grant process, VHC makes awards to museums and libraries, film, music and literary festivals, local historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations to support public humanities programs that contribute to the achievement of its mission. VHC makes awards of up to $5,000. Organizations wishing to apply should visit or call 802.262.1355. For the Spring 2019 application round, VHC will accept letters of intent through February 8 and proposals from February 18 to March 22. Award decisions will be made by May 15.

For more information about the VHC Grants program, email, call (802) 262-1355, or visit

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.

Vermont Humanities*** February 2, 2019