Kartemquin Awarded Preservation Assistance Grant from NEH

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $28.4 million in grants for 239 humanities projects across the country. Kartemquin is pleased to announce its selection as a Preservation Assistance grant recipient. 

This grant will allow preservation assessment of Kartemquin Educational Films’ digital audiovisual collection encompassing over 55 years of independent documentary filmmaking. The collection of more than 70 films documents a diverse range of topics such as health care, urban youth, race, labor, gentrification, immigration, and gender, and includes such critically acclaimed titles as Hoop Dreams, The New Americans, and Academy Award nominees Minding the Gap, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Edith+Eddie. This project will be directed by Kartemquin's Archive and Distribution Associate Elise Schierbeek, beginning September 1st.

“The grants announced today demonstrate the resilience and breadth of our nation’s humanities institutions and practitioners,” said NEH’s Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “From education programs that will enrich teaching in college and high school classrooms to multi-institutional research initiatives, these excellent projects will advance the teaching, preservation, and understanding of history and culture.”  

The Endowment awards grants to top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.