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Institute of Arts and Humanities Receives California Humanities Grant for Community Conversations

Weems in talkFirst grant-funded public forum discussing race, gentrification set, in conjunction with poster exhibition on affordable housing and resistance

The University of California San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities received a two year, $10,000 Humanities for All Project Grant to support eight public forums that explore how the arts and humanities can inform discussion about important challenges facing citizens today

The institute’s “Bridging Arts and Humanities: Communities in Dialogue” submission was selected from a competitive grant program of California Humanities, an independent nonprofit and partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities that supports locally developed projects responding to the needs, interests and concerns of Californians, provides accessible learning experiences for the public, and promotes understanding among the state’s diverse population.

“We are incredibly grateful for this support from California Humanities, as it will further expand UC San Diego’s ongoing and thriving dialogue about how the arts and humanities can together generate fresh discussion of challenges facing us all,” said Luis Alvarez, Institute of Arts and Humanities inaugural director and professor in the Department of History.

“Our expectation is that ‘Bridging Arts and Humanities’ will bring an innovative edge to the institute’s public forums, allowing us to more fully coordinate with community partners to both bring UC San Diego students to outside venues, and the general public to campus. By bringing these smart and talented people together, we prioritize engagement with diverse communities seeking positive social change in our region and world,” he said.

Participants at each of the forums will represent top scholars and experts in their fields, and local community members who are personally invested or affected by the topics being discussed, along with artists who will contribute and potentially display their work on campus and in the greater community.

As such, the grant support will enhance and continue the institute’s two key speaker series: “Challenging Conversations” and “Community, Arts and Resistance.” Past events include “Beyond the Wall: The Aftermath of Deportation in Mexico,” “From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban” and “Migrating Imagi… Nations” with United States poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

California Humanities promotes the humanities — focused on ideas, conversation and learning — as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975.

Read the full story on the UC San Diego News Center.


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