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NEH Awards $43.1 Million for Humanities Projects and Cultural Infrastructure

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that its awarding $43.1 million in support of 218 humanities projects across the United States. In this last round of funding for the 2018 fiscal year, grants are being provided for research, education, and preservation initiatives, as well as other programming. The agency will distribute $13.2 million of the total amount awarded through the its new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program, which will require a match of nonfederal funds.

The inaugural challenge grants will support construction and renovation projects, the purchase of equipment and software, the sharing of humanities collections between institutions, the maintenance of digital scholarly infrastructure, and the preservation and conservation of humanities collections. Among the recipients are the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, which will build a new arts and culture hub in Alaska; the HBCU Library Alliance in Atlanta, which will provide conservation services and training for staff of libraries at historically black colleges and universities; the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which will refurbish the architect’s winter home and studio; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which will purchase a new digital asset management system.

“As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, we want to ensure that the buildings, objects, and documents associated with our founding are protected for future generations,” said NEH chair Jon Parrish Peede. “It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural round of NEH Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, which will foster the long-term health and sustainability of America’s cultural institutions.” 

Among the visual arts projects receiving grants are an exhibition of contemporary indigenous art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; an exhibition on the impact of war and transatlantic exchange on the art of Surrealists during the 1930s and ’40s; and a scholarly publication on the Pablo Picasso retrospective that was mounted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1939.

More information about the grant recipients and humanities projects being funded can be found on the NEH’s website.