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Previously Funded Projects • Virgin Islands Humanities Council - Promoting Cultural Awareness Through The Humanities

A Sampling of Previously Funded Projects

In partnership with community organizations, cultural agencies, and divisions of the University of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Humanities Council reached Virgin Islanders of all ages and backgrounds within the Territory through its community support grants.

  • The Masjid Nur Ahl-Us Sunnah Islamic Center on St. Thomas used a $2,000 grant to bring a well-respected imam from Muslim America to present a lecture on the continuing impact of Islam and slavery on the Caribbean Region’s understanding of traditional African customs, rituals, ideology, and values.
  • As we entered the new millennium, UVI's Humanities Division organized a unique festival in celebration of the humanities assisted by $8,700 from VIHC. The festival united well-known Caribbean humanists, UVI faculty, students, and the general public for study, cultural events, and music to help underscore the link between humanities education and community enrichment. Dr. Orville Kean presented the following address entitled, "Perspectives on the Humanities" at the festival.
  • In the continuing quest to have Virgin Islanders appreciate their diverse and renowned ancestry, VIHC awarded the Ivan Jadan Museum on St. John a $900 grant to present a lecture and public discussion about the African ancestry and the poetry of the acclaimed Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.
  • “What’s Mother Goose doing in the Caribbean,” you say? Disguised as members of the VI Institute for Teaching and Learning, “she” collected $2,000 from VIHC to help parents and educators apply critical thinking approaches to reading, and introduced them to locally-relevant stories that feature Caribbean and multi-cultural themes.
  • In an exciting governmental cultural exchange, a $9,534 VIHC grant and $24,847.55 of community support brought together historians, archivists, and preservationists in a symposium to understand the scholarly and technical demands needed to study previously inaccessible primary source materials about the VI that are archived locally, as well as in Denmark and the US.
  • VIHC approved $10,000 to help the VI Bar Association mount a walk-through exhibit depicting the painful and often bitter story of the conditions forcing the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, and the heroic role of its defenders and advocates in legally and politically reversing unequal treatment for all Americans, but especially African Americans.
  • Many Virgin Islanders attended one or more of the inaugural activities held during the founding of a music research institute to honor the achievements of native composer and bandleader Alton A. Adams by the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College, Chicago. Events included a colloquium on black music and linguistics, and a comparison of the festival arts in Brazil, Trinidad, and Great Britain. A highlight of the event was a live presentation with commentary of traditional VI music by “Jamesie” Brewster, the Starlites band, “Lad” Richards, and others. VIHC contributed $2,000 to this historic project, which will allow residents to electronically study and research the life and work of Mr. Adams.
  • To illustrate the preservation of Caribbean masquerading traditions on the island of Montserrat, the Montserrat Association of the VI used a grant of $2,690, along with $5,800 in community support, to present slides, videos, photos, and a research paper on their island’s mas’ art. The Montserrat Masqueraders, who exemplified the art form through interpretive performances, provided an additional treat.
  • Nine elementary students from Ulla F. Muller School took a field trip along St. Croix’s Heritage Trail as part of a project funded by a $750 VIHC grant to digitally record VI history and culture. The students took over 100 photos, using standard and digital cameras, edited the photos, distributed them on the schools computer network, and also developed slides for the school’s web page.

Information on the Community Grants Program are available here.