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American Writers Museum Wins $40K Grant From National Endowment for the Humanities

The American Writers Museum (AWM) was among hundreds of humanities organizations awarded a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in March 2019. The Museum received $40,000 from the NEH, which also bestowed grants to two other Chicago organizations.

NEH support will help the AWM plan an upcoming exhibit and related programs highlighting writing by immigrants and refugees to the United States in the last 30 years, and its influence on American culture. The exhibit will cover writers in a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, memoir, songwriting, and more. The exhibit, called Becoming American: Immigrant and Refugee Writing in the Twenty-First Century, is directed by AWM President Carey Cranston and is in early planning stages.

The AWM grant is part of 233 other nationwide humanities recipients who were awarded financial assistance for philanthropic and educational projects. The NEH donated $28.6 million overall. The funding cycle marks the second round of grant awards made under NEH’s Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants program, which seeks to leverage federal funds against private investment to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure.

“These new NEH-supported projects will help shore up the nation’s most valuable assets: its history, literature, historic sites, regional traditions, and cultural institutions,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “NEH is proud to support the advancement of learning and sharing of knowledge nationwide.”

Any views, fundings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.