Humanities grants to Marylanders top $1 million Individuals, organizations will receive 12 awards

January 19, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Maryland individuals and organizations will receive more than $1 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities -- part of $17.3 million in new grants nationwide that were announced yesterday.

The 236 grants were approved at the fall meeting of the National Council of Humanities, the NEH's 26-member advisory board.

In Maryland, 12 grants were awarded for a total of $1,125,824. The largest grant went to the Maryland Historical Society, which will receive $575,000 to help pay for renovation, expansion, access for the handicapped and climate control for its library.

The Baltimore Museum of Art will receive $200,000 to fund the organization of "The Excellence of Every Art: The Life of London's Victoria and Albert Museum," a major exhibition in honor of Baltimore's bicentennial, museum officials said.

The exhibition, which will open in October 1997, will feature more than 200 objects, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and metal works from that museum, representing 2,000 years of art history.

After opening in Baltimore, it will travel to Boston, Houston, Toronto and San Francisco before closing in London.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry was awarded a $35,000 grant that will be used to plan a new garment shop exhibit with interactive educational programs, said the museum's executive director, Dennis M. Zembala.

He noted that Baltimore was once the main supplier of garments to the South. "In 1920, the garment industry employed more workers than any sector of our economy," Mr. Zembala said.

Unlike the museum's other programs, which are used mostly by elementary schools, the garment shop exhibit will be geared toward high school students, Mr. Zembala said.

"We're trying to do something to give a sense of how the garment industry evolved, what small business is like, give them some idea of the skills it takes to be in the business world," he said. "It's a mini-economics lesson as well as a history lesson."

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland received a $24,974 grant that will pay for a monthly program for 16 Latin teachers from middle and high schools in Maryland in Pennsylvania.

"They will study the letters of Cicero and Pliny, read the letters in Latin, translate them and then discuss in Latin the issues raised in the letters and similar issues that relate to our own society," said Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, a professor of classics and history at the college.

The Howard County library system received $80,850 to fund reading and discussion programs as part of a regional humanities project.

Other recipients include:

* Robert F. Reid-Pharr of the Johns Hopkins University, who received $30,000 for a project dealing with black literature.

* Dennis R. Des Chene of Hopkins, who will use a $30,000 grant to study Cartesian psychology in its historical setting.

* Christopher J. Kelly of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, who received $30,000 for a project on Rousseau.

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