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California Council for the Humanities Announces Guidelines for Story Fund

Here’s a grant that aims to promote public storytelling and reflection – what a lovely idea!

The California Story Fund is an ongoing grant program of the California Council for the Humanities (www.calhum.org). The council will award competitive grants to public humanities programs that bring to light compelling stories from California’s
diverse communities and provide opportunities for collective reflection and public discussion. The Story Fund is intended to encourage Californians from many communities to share their stories, thus promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and complexity of the state. The council is especially interested in projects that will engage California youth in interpreting and reflecting on their experience through humanities-based programming. Organizations serving youth are strongly encouraged to apply.

Projects should use grant funds to identify or collect stories from community members, present and communicate the stories to the general public, and foster public discussion of the meaning and significance of the stories. One or more of the following formats may be used to present and communicate these stories: photography and interpretive exhibit; radio documentary; digital media; dramatic presentation; interpretive artwork; poetry readings; storytelling events; film
festivals; and community conferences. Other formats may also be eligible. Projects must host a face-to-face community discussion component that engages people in discussion of the stories and their relevance to the community, and must involve at least one humanities expert (in addition to the project director) in the design and implementation of the project.

Program guidelines and descriptions of previously funded CSF projects are available at the CCH Web site. The online appli-
cation will be available on the Web site beginning January 2, 2008. The deadline for applications is February 4, 2008.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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