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Announcing the 2022 Washington Stories Fund grant recipients

The grants go to organizations sharing the lesser-known stories of people or communities in our state.

  • October 12, 2022
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  • News & Notes
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  • By Humanities Washington

We’re excited to announce the 2022 Washington Stories Fund grant recipients! The purpose of the fund is to record and widely share the lesser-known stories of people or communities in our state. Started with generous seed funding from the Lenore and Charles Hale Family Fund, the Washington Stories Fund is a tool to dismantle barriers and add to the cultural richness of Washington State.  

Any nonprofit organization can apply, and recipients are selected once per year through a competitive process. 

The awardees are: 

  • Wing Luke Memorial Foundation for “Japanese American Resisters to WWII Incarceration.” The Wing Luke Museum will produce an exhibition that weaves together historical materials, first-person stories, and contemporary artwork. On view from October 2022 to Sept 2023, the exhibit will explore the complex landscape of resistance to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, illuminating connections between this history and the experiences of other communities who are working to heal from trauma, right historic wrongs, and dismantle oppressive systems.  
  • Living Voices for “Home Front/War Front.” Home Front/War Front is a new Living Voices historical multimedia program about Washington’s working women in the World War II aeronautics industry, focusing on the little-known stories of women pilots and women of color.  
  • Tasveer for “Community Speaks 2023: South Asian Social Justice Storytelling.” Community Speaks acts as a forum for South Asians impacted by violence to break the isolation they have experienced by sharing their story. Each year the Community Stories narratives shed light on the special challenges and opportunities experienced within the South Asian socio-cultural context, whether in their native lands or their adopted homelands. 
  • Golden Bricks Events for “Public Lands UnEarthed.” Public Lands UnEarthed is an oral history project produced by Golden Bricks Events and the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission Folk and Traditional Arts Program. The project will document and share the experiences of BIPOC communities on public lands in Washington. It will focus on digitally capturing interviews of participants and partnering selected stories with artists/creators to bring the narratives to life. A youth field school will provide paid skill-building training to collect stories and learn about outdoor access. 
  • Helen House for “Transrural Lives: Connecting Trans+ Elders and Youth in Washington through Digital Storytelling.” Transrural Lives is the first digital storytelling project focused on creating an online repository of narratives from transgender, Two-Spirit, gender-nonconforming, and gender-variant elders (referred to as trans+) in rural locations throughout Washington. Given the erasures and silences in LGBTQ+ history following years of exclusion and violence, and the specific exclusion of individuals from interventions due to age and locale, Transrural Lives seeks to ensure the stories of elders are documented and celebrated. Additional programming aims to encourage intergenerational connections while underscoring the vitality of rural trans+ lives. 

View more about Humanities Washington grants here.

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