The American Studies Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 ASA Community Partnership Grants to support collaborative interdisciplinary community projects utilizing American Studies pedagogy, curriculum, research, and other resources.
This Year's Winners
University of Pittsburgh: Art, Social Change, and Neighborhood Identities: Hemispheric Conversations. (Amount $3,000)
This project will bring artists from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Leon Guanajuato, Mexico into conversation with Pittsburgh residents and each other. By developing workshops on the history of aerosol art, planning public murals, and holding a pot luck party, and one-day symposium, this project allows for artists and residents to connect shared challenges in post-industrial urban spaces, and to explore public art making as a means of democratically shaping the urban environment. Its goals are educational, professional, oriented towards social change, and future collaboration.
University of New Mexico: Promoting Service Learning in American Studies. (Amount $3,000)
This joint project of the Department of American Studies and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will establish a number of paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students in American Studies. Under supervision by the NHCC curatorial staff, interns will conduct primary research, oral interviews, and studio visits. They will help select artworks to be exhibited, write object and text labels, and develop exhibit-related programming.