Museum awarded grants

By Herald Staff

The Dubois County Museum was recently awarded two grants.

One is a $15,000 Collaborate grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment of the Humanities to commemorate and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of programs titled Celebrating the Latinx Link.

The museum will partner with The Latino Collaboration Table, The Association of Latin Americans in Southern Indiana, Southwest Dubois County School Corporation, Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, the Jasper-Dubois County Public Library System, the Huntingburg Public Library, Vincennes University Jasper and the University of Southern Indiana to present countywide community events focused on Latinx heritage. This project is the first of its kind in Indiana, celebrating Latinx culture and building connections between Anglo and Latinx residents.

Grant funds will be used to develop programs and to facilitate a series of public events in the fall of 2021 and 2022 to promote cultural awareness in Dubois County. Latinx residents currently represent 8.7% of the Dubois County population and bring unique traditions, beliefs, languages and histories to our county. This project will offer multiple opportunities for the general public to engage in humanities programming in order to forge social ties through shared experiences. A traveling exhibit called Voces Vivas (Living Voices) will launch in the fall of 2022 and feature content created and curated by our Latinx residents.

The museum will also receive $10,000 from National Endowment for the Humanities for operating expenses. Funding has been provided by Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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