Congresswoman Kelly Announces Heritage Education Grants for Suburban Libraries
Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded grants to the South Holland Public Library and the Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library to host public programs that highlight the rich history of Latino Americans.
The grants are part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History learning project. Each library will receive $3,000 to present the programs.
“As a passionate and longtime supporter of diversity, I applaud the celebration of Hispanic history, experience and culture,” Congresswoman Robin Kelly said. “Some of the remarkable achievements of Latino Americans have been untold until now. These heritage programs will bring the history of American Latinos alive and showcase their tremendous achievements and contributions to our nation.”
The South Holland Public Library will use the grant to fund a variety of cultural arts activities, including group lessons in Mexican folklore dancing and a program on the ancient Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday.
“We hope to bring in a lot of people and reach out to the growing Latino population in our area,” said Library Director Tiffany Williams
Steger-South Chicago Heights Library will partner with Governors State University and Prairie State College to record the stories of American Latinos in the area and later upload them onto the library and university websites.
With support from NEH and the American Library Association (ALA), more than 200 sites will receive funding to host similar public programs. The cornerstone of the project is the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film, Latino Americans, created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station.
NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, it has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.