$310K NEH Grant to Benefit Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo

Posted by on Tuesday April 4, 2017 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Local kids and skaters from around the east coast gather at this abandoned industrial warehouse in the Ironbound, which they’ve repurposed as a skate park. Photo © Ashley Gilbertson/Newest Americans/VII Photo

Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) has won a $310,000 federal grant for an immigrant storytelling project involving VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media, the university announced last week. The grant, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is for a project called Newest Americans. The project is a collaboration between VII Photo, Talking Eyes Media and RU-N faculty and students to research, produce and distribute immigration-related stories.

The NEH grant will support media production for documenting the immigrant histories of three Newark neighborhoods. It will also support media training in Newark high schools, public humanities programming and a Newark History Bus that will serve as a mobile neighborhood museum and digital media lab.

Initiated by Rutgers, the Newest Americans project is intended to documents local stories with national and international significance. The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic and many film festivals have recognized the work.
 
“Receiving an award of this size from the NEH is a game-changer for Newest Americans in multiple ways,” said Dr. Tim Raphael, director of the Center for Migration and the Global City and RU-N, in a prepared statement. He said the grant will help Americans to expand and better engage with local residents in researching their immigration narratives. It will also support state-of-the-art technology for the Newark History Bus.
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