Spring 2021 General Grant Recipients Announced

Posted On: May 28, 2021

Humanities TN makes funding investments in all three Grand Divisions of the state to support the efforts of cultural, educational, and community-based organizations providing public humanities programs. The grant funds awarded to organizations are leveraged for additional community investment, including financial support and volunteer time. The organizers of these projects anticipate reaching between 800 and 550,000 people, for a total of more than 600,000 Tennesseans engaged in history, learning, arts, and more.

“We are encouraged and inspired by the thoughtfulness and quality of these projects, especially for the impact they aim to have on communities around Tennessee. Whether they are focused on history, archaeology, performing arts, or popular music, all of these programs will reach audiences with opportunities for deeper reflection on how we experience life and community together. Humanities Tennessee is enthusiastic to support this work in the coming year.”  Tim Henderson – Executive Director, Humanities Tennessee

These four organizations and their projects are the first general grant awards HT will announce this summer. Follow HT on social media for updates about these grant recipients and for future announcements. General grants are awarded through an annual competition. Any nonprofit, institution, or government agency may apply.


Global Education Center

Black Arts in America

GEC will engage a multidisciplinary team of arts scholars to consider the contributions of black American artists and explore the impact on our nation of black artists, including literary, visual, film, folk, and performing arts. The project will use multiple genres to engage a wide range of Tennesseans in a variety of venues over a nine-month period.


Tennessee Historical Society

Tennessee 101: Women in the Progressive Era & Reconstruction to the Late 20th Century

Tennessee Historical Society will host six virtual “classes” covering Reconstruction to the late 20th century, followed by a separate series of ten-twelve exploring Tennessee women in the Progressive Era, 1890s-1920s. The project includes a distinguished and diverse range of scholars, ensuring a wide variety of stories and perspectives. Each lecture discussion is recorded and available for subsequent viewing along with supporting materials.


Friends of Dunbar Cave

Dunbar Cave State Park Virtual Cave Tour

This project entails creating a 360-degree virtual reality film touring Dunbar Cave, making the experience available to those who are unable to participate in a traditional cave tour. A park ranger, archaeologist, and indigenous historian descended from Mississippians will guide the viewers. The tour views Mississippian dark zone cave art, stoke marks, and previously unprotected, hence vandalized, portions of the cave.


Contemporary Performing Arts in Chattanooga

Cultural Cross Ties

Eight artists each from Chattanooga and sister city Givatayim, Israel, will virtually convene to share experiences and explore the significance, struggles, and resilience of being working artists during the pandemic, culminating in collaborative artmaking among cross-cultural pairings.  The conversations and processes will be recorded and crafted into a film to be screened and discussed at the Chattanooga Library.  Video will also be shown at the Chattanooga airport alongside interactive features.

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