A Library of America Project funded with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Emerson Collective. Fifty $1,200 grants will be awarded to libraries, museums, and nonprofit cultural institutions to host a minimum of two public programs. Applications are open to public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit museums and community organizations.
All participating institutions will present a minimum of two programs, at least one of which must be a discussion/reading group moderated by a scholar of African American literature designed to draw out and explore the project themes.
Institutions selected to participate in Lift Every Voice will receive:
• A $1,200 grant to support free public programming. Grants may be used for: stipends for a local poet and/or scholar; travel expenses; honoraria; actors/performers fees; publicity and advertising; refreshments; or other costs associated with programming.
• A copy of African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, a hardcover anthology edited Kevin Young to be published by Library of America in September 2020.
• The Lift Every Voice Reader (PDF), available for free download at the project website (below).
• www.africanamericanpoetry.org: project site featuring multimedia resources for public programming and individual discovery, including video readings and commentary by scholars, poets, actors, musicians, and others; a free down-loadable reader of key poems, with commentary and questions for discussion; a calendar of events; and links to other resources.
• An online site support notebook, with tools for planning and publicizing programs, including downloadable press
• An orientation webinar for site coordinators and scholars/facilitators covering interpretive materials, public relations,
• A best-practices webinar designed to assist sites in addressing special issues involved in presenting programming dealing with race.
• Programming support throughout the grant period.
For more information, and to apply, visit the website: https://africanamericanpoetry.org/apply