Feb. 18, 2006 – The Virgin Islands Humanities Council program has awarded one major grant and four mini grants to projects that promote the humanities.
The Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park has been awarded $9,997 for the "Virtual Preservation of Colonial Structures" workshop, designed to capture the construction, images and location of a water-drawing windmill on Leinster Bay, St. John. This historic preservation workshop will utilize advanced computer graphics and GIS software technology administered by the University of Maine, a collaborator on this project.
The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts has been awarded $3,500 to produce "Transfer," an interactive exhibit and panel discussion based on migration, identity and the Virgin Islands historical event on March 31, 1917 – Transfer Day. The exhibit will include images of persons emigrating from the V.I. circa 1917.
The Charles H. Emanuel School production team has been awarded $3,497.46 to videotape culture bearers, teachers and parents demonstrating traditional games at the Reichhold Center for the Arts (St. Thomas) and the St. George Village Botanical Gardens (St. Croix). The project entitled, " We Are Culture Bearers Too! Youth Preserving Traditional Games," will produce a twenty-minute video to be aired on the educational channels, distributed to local libraries and schools, as well as a viewing that will be free and open to the general public.
St. George Village Botanical Garden was awarded $2,949 and is intended to teach students and teachers the native plants and procedures that have been used for dyeing. "Investigating Natural Plant Dyes," will trace this tradition that dates back to the Taino culture and involve the collecting, grinding and boiling of plants to create a dye bath. The students and teachers will create scrapbooks and bulletin boards of the dyeing process to complete the workshop and share with their respective schools.
Yesterday's Dreamers, Tomorrow's Stars are a group of students who are mounting a cultural show at schools on St. Croix. The show entitled, "V.I. Storm: They Will Blow You Away, A Cultural Program," was awarded $500 for the production of culturally inspired posters for the event that will remain in the schools after their performance.
The Virgin Islands Humanities Council is seeking applications for the mini grant deadlines on March 1st and May 1st of 2006 as well as the major grant deadline on July 5. Mini grants receive a maximum of $3,500 and major grants a maximum of $10,000. The Council supports projects that chronicle V.I. history, explore our philosophy of life and examine cultural and social traditions of various ethnic groups within our community.
Proposals must follow the V.I. Humanities Council's guidelines, and are considered for funding by the proposal review committee for mini grants and Board of Directors for major grants.
The council is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the diverse population of the Virgin Islands to participate in humanities programs, which promote a love of learning, encourage dialogue, enhance understanding and broaden people's judgment.
For further information, call the V.I. Humanities Council at 776-4044.