NEH Announces $29 Million in Awards for Humanities Projects

by SAH News | Aug 30, 2019
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On August 14, 2019, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $29 million in awards for 215 humanities projects across the country. A full list of recent grants awarded by NEH is available here.

Current NEH-funded projects in architectural history and related fields are listed below.

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Scottsdale, AZ
Project Director: Margo Stipe
[Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections]
Project Title: Taliesin West Collections Storage Improvements Plan
Project Description: A planning project to address storage improvements for the collections housed at Taliesin West, the winter home and architectural laboratory of Frank Lloyd Wright, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The collection includes thousands of objects designed by Wright, Japanese woodblock prints, Asian screen paintings, textiles, rare books, and archival materials from the Taliesin Associated Architects program.
Outright: 50000 Match: 0

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago, IL
Project Director: Adam Rubin
[Landmarks of American History]
Project Title: The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation
Project Description: Two one-week workshops for 72 K-12 educators on the development of the skyscraper and its impact on the city of Chicago and on urbanization throughout the world.
Outright: 170000 Match: 0

Chicago Film Archives
Chicago, IL
Project Director: Brian Belak
[Preservation Assistance Grants]
Project Title: Increasing Chicago Film Archives' storage Capacity with Archival Shelving
Project Description: The purchase of shelving units to house nearly 2,000 items from eight collections, including an audiovisual collection that documents the work of modern dancer and choreographer Sybil Sherer, and a film collection that documents the life of Marya Lilien, the first woman to apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright.
Outright: 10000 Match: 0

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Project Director: Marci Uihlein
[Preservation Assistance Grants]
Project Title: Saving University of Illinois School of Architecture Design Project Archives
Project Description: The purchase of preservation storage supplies for a collection of 1,600 architectural drawings representing 775 student projects dating from the 1890s to the 1980s. The collection includes by Mary L. Page, the first female to graduate from an architecture school; Walter T. Bailey, the first licensed African-American architect in Illinois; Cesar Pelli, designer of the Petronas Towers; and Jeanne Gang, designer of the Aqua Tower in Chicago.
Outright: 10000 Match: 0

Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, MI
Project Director: Cynthia Simpson
[Preservation Assistance Grants]
Project Title: Improving the storage environment for the Albert Kahn Library Collection
Project Description: The purchase of preservation supplies and environmental monitoring equipment, as well as training in preservation methods for staff caring for the personal library of German-American architect Albert Kahn, one of this country’s most prolific architects of the early twentieth century. Kahn designed 1,900 buildings across Michigan and around the United States, and his company was chosen as a consulting firm for the Soviet Union’s first Five-Year Plan (1928–1932).
Outright: 7000 Match: 0

George Washington University
Washington, DC
Project Director: Elise Friedland
[Public Scholar Program]
Project Title: Classical Washington: Greece and Rome in the Art and Architecture of DC
Project Description: Research and writing leading to a book explaining the influence of classical Greek and Roman art and architecture on the urban plan, government buildings, and public art of Washington, D.C.
Outright: 50000 Match: 0




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