Our one percent: Oregon’s National Endowment for the Humanities grants

Very roughly speaking, the population of Oregon is one percent of the total population of the United States (3.8 million to 312 million, so really 1.2 percent), and so when the big federal grant announcements are released, whether from the Department of Transportation or the National Endowment for the Arts, I check to see if Oregon received its just portion, per capita. Over the years, we’ve actually been pretty close (though not for gigantic federal investments, such as those for the Department of Defense).

So, the National Endowment for the Humanities just announced its July round of grants, $40 million total, and Oregon received… a little less than one percent (close to .9 percent). Most of the $355,00 went to the University of Oregon’s Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, part of a national effort to preserve and make accessible the vast archives of American newspapers. Here are the four Oregon projects that were funded.

Eugene

Northwest Christian College Outright: $2,500 [Small Grants to Libraries: King James Bible] Project Director: Steve Silver; Project Title: Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

University of Oregon, Eugene [National Digital Newspaper Program] Project Director: Karen Estlund; Project Title: Oregon Digital Newspaper Program: Supplement; Project Description: Digitization of 100,000 pages of Oregon newspapers, dating from 1846 to 1922, as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Portland

Reed College Outright: $25,000 [Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants]; Project Director: Hannah Kosstrin; Project Title: Enhancing Dance Literacy: Dance Notation through Touch Technology; Project Description: Development of a software program for touch-technology tablets such as the iPad that would allow for scholarly dance notation.

Multnomah County Library Outright: $2,500 [Small Grants to Libraries: King James Bible]; Project Director: Cynthia Strasfeld; Project Title: Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Oregon Arts Watch is interested in all of these projects for various reasons, and we’ll do some checking in with project directors in the future.

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