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Latino Americans Program Examples


The following model programs are offered as examples that would be appropriate for a $10,000 grant. Applicants may feel free to adapt these ideas when developing proposals, modifying them as appropriate for both $3,000 and $10,000 awards.

Model One: Latino Americans and Wartime Experiences
Key project subjects: Contributions to war efforts, discrimination, acculturation, protest.
Potential partners for programs: scholars, curators, veterans’ organizations, VA hospitals, historical societies, local public television or radio stations, genealogical societies, Latino cultural organizations, military base libraries or museums.

Sample programs:

  • Convene two scholar-led discussions of Latino Americans documentary episodes, focusing on Latino participation in World War II, post-World War II discrimination, Vietnam War service, and Vietnam War protests.
  • Hold a “Digitization Day,” soliciting materials from Latino American veterans and their families. Using an Antiques Roadshow model, scholars discuss the documents/photos with participating veterans and their families. Scholars and project staff add metadata during scanning.
  • Curate an online exhibit based on a historical society’s collection and newly collected/digitized material.
  • Curate a small exhibit with artifacts. The exhibit travels to partner organizations.
  • Host a public opening of the exhibit, including a discussion among veterans, scholars, and facilitators.
  • Offer additional, community-wide public discussions that bring scholars, veterans, and program facilitators together with students, families, and community groups. Venues could include libraries, VA hospitals, VFW/American Legion halls, community centers. Veterans of more recent wars could also compare their experiences with those of veterans of earlier wars.

Model Two: Community History: Incorporating Artifacts
Key project subjects: Long history of Latinos in the Unites States, immigration experience, civic engagement, politics, labor, commerce, arts, foodways.
Potential partners for programs: Community centers, universities and colleges, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies.

Sample programs:

  • Convene two scholar-led film discussions drawing on above project themes.
  • Hold “Oral History Collection Days” across a region, city, or town. The grantee creates partnerships among academic institutions, public media outlets, community groups to collect and record personal accounts of what it means to be Latino. After conducting interviews, the grantee adds metadata, edits, and uploads the interviews to a project website.  
  • Hold a “Digitization Day” tied to a particular event, such as a Latino Heritage Fair. The grantee provides scanners and archival guidance for members of the public who wish to preserve and organize their old photos, documents, and other materials. “Digitization Day” could also include scholar-led discussions, Antique Roadshow format of scholars discussing artifacts with people, and/or performances of music or theater that has particular historical significance for the community.
  • Create online exhibits based on the artifacts collected (above), developing themes related to community history, public arts, or civic engagement. Participating scholars help curate these exhibits and frame the local history within broader regional and national historical contexts.
  • Adapt online exhibits to the “real world” spaces of local institutions and community organizations, highlighting their stories and placing these stories in broader contexts.
  • Incorporate collected materials in storytelling performances that travel throughout the community. Audience would be adults, families, and students in multiple venues.  

 

Model Three: Community History: Exploring Place and Space
Key project subjects: Long history of Latinos in the United States, immigration experiences, foodways, public arts, architecture, civic leaders and leadership.
Potential partners for programs: Local public television and radio stations, local artists and scholars, historical societies, local merchants, community centers, art galleries, theaters, houses of worship, historical sites, universities and colleges, libraries, historical societies, genealogists.

Sample programs:

  • Convene two scholar-led film discussions drawing on the above project subjects.
  • Work with students and volunteers to conduct video interviews of local merchants, artist workers, and civic leaders. Interviewers travel to venues such as restaurants, artist studios, stores, and churches to document stories. Working with scholar/artists and local public radio and television stations, participants could add metadata, edit, and upload the interviews to a project website.
  • Host public screenings of video interviews and a scholar-moderated discussion with interviewers and interviewees.
  • Offer a series of at least two scholar-led thematic neighborhood walking tours.
    • Local historical societies, historic sites, scholars, libraries, and/or museums research the history of Latino Americans in a neighborhood.
    • Grantee uses this research as the basis for a series of scholar-led neighborhood walking tours involving local merchants, restaurants, churches, schools, community non-profits, and individuals. Subjects for tours relate to religion, art, architecture, music, food, or politics. The history of the neighborhood unfolds with context from scholars.
    • Participants explore stories of neighborhood people and places at a series of stops. Each tour includes a special event. For example, a cook or restaurant owner tells his or her story while preparing a traditional dish and sharing a meal. An artist opens his or her studio and discusses art in the community.
    • The appropriate Latino Americans documentary series clips and local interviews, gathered and crafted over the course of the project, would screen as an introduction or follow-up to each tour. Scholars leading tours might share clips via iPads throughout the tours or they would lead screenings on larger screens at designated tour stops.


Model Four: Latina Immigrant Experiences in the South

Key project subjects:   Long history of Latinos in the Unites States, immigration experience, civic engagement, politics, labor, commerce, arts, women and families.
Potential partners for programs: historical societies, museums, Latino cultural organizations, libraries, universities and colleges, public radio stations, scholars, or student groups.

Sample programs:

  • Create a year-long oral history project, convening a series of public programs that engage community members in consideration of the experience of women immigrants and the broader shifting demographics of the modern South. Partnering with a local university and a Latino community organization, a public library would convene a city-wide public engagement effort exploring the lives of Latina immigrants.
  • Publicize the project over a one-year period, working with university staff members who volunteer to use their existing networks and facilitate introductions between community women and student/faculty interviewers.
  • Explore themes specific to women’s immigration experience such as labor, family, and identity through these interviews.
  • Produce an exhibit on Latina immigration based on the oral histories, working with faculty and students.
  • Digitize the oral histories and make them available as part of the library or university archives.
  • Host a series of film screenings and panel discussions that explore the role of women in local Latino culture and community life and the differing experiences of women as immigrants.
  • Host a public celebration during Women’s History Month that includes performances, food demonstrations, and dance lessons and brings together a variety of community members.

Model Five: Local History, National Significance: Latinos in Texas
Key project subjects: Long history of Latinos in the United States, military contributions, architecture, civic leaders and leadership.
Potential partners for programs: historical societies, historical sites, National Park Service, community centers, libraries, scholars, theaters, universities and colleges, or Latino cultural organizations.

Sample programs:

  • Convene two scholar-led film discussions drawing on the above project subjects.
  • Partner with the National Park Service's historic mission sites on a city-wide history project called "Finding the Alamo's Basement."
  • Hold a series of free site tours of the mission over a six-month period.
  • Host a community brainstorming discussion about ways to make the missions more relevant for San Antonio's Latino community.
  • Collaborate with partners to stage an outdoor film festival, with introductions to each screening offered by a local scholar.
  • Offer a reading and discussion series that focuses on Tejano/a short stories. Stories would be selected by a literature scholar, who would also introduce each session and moderate discussion.
  • Engage all of the city's residents in a sustained conversation that both reconsiders the missions and delves into the history and culture of Latinos in Texas.

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