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Sierra Streams Institute Receives Grant from Cal Humanities


By: Sierra Streams Institute

NEVADA CITY, Calif. June 21, 2013 – Cal Humanities has recently announced the 2013 Community Stories grant awardees. Sierra Streams Institute has been awarded $10,000 for its project entitled "The Rush for Gold: Voices from the Trail."

Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California's places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.

In partnership with Filmsight Productions, a Berkeley-based film production company, Sierra Streams Institute will create a short documentary that tells stories from the Gold Rush that do not fit neatly into the traditional narrative – including the stories of the Nisenan tribe, the Chinese workers, and Deer Creek itself. The film will use the Deer Creek Tribute Trail – created to pay tribute to these less well-known stories – as a unifying theme, and will showcase the tremendous community-wide collaborative effort that created the trail. Shelly Covert, Tribal Secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria, and Dr. David Kojan, a Berkeley-based anthropologist with expertise in colonized cultures in the Americas, will serve as advisors to the project.

"With our state's incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare," said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities. "Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians."

Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported approximately 400 story projects and granted nearly $3 million to enable communities to voice, record, and share histories – many previously untold or little known. Through video, photography, murals, zines, documentary theater, audio projects and more, these collected stories have been shared with broad audiences, both live and virtual. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.



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