FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heidi Durrow
MIXED REMIXED RECEIVES GRANT AWARD
FROM CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES
LOS ANGELES, CA-January 2, 2017– California Humanities has recently announced the 2017 Humanities For All Quick Grant awards. Mixed Remixed has been awarded $5000 for its project entitled “Mixed Remixed Festival.”
Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California 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.
The Mixed Remixed Festival, an annual film, book and performance festival that celebrates the stories of multiracial and mixed-race families and people, will bring together film and book lovers, innovative and emerging artists, and multiracial families for film screenings and discussions. The Festival–now going on its fourth year–is an annual free public event and is an all-volunteer effort. The 2016 Festival attracted approximately 1000 attendees and was featured by NBC News, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times and KTLA.
“We are grateful for the support of California Humanities for our annual festival,” says festival founder Heidi Durrow who calls herself an Afro-Viking because she is African-American and Danish. “While the Festival offers attendees an opportunity to share personal experiences and insights, the grant provided by California Humanities will help us ground our discussions by tracing the development of racial categorization standards and the names mixed-race people call themselves; and by introducing central concepts including the history of miscegenation, hypodescent, the one-drop rule, identity and the social construction of race. Our goal for these programs is to balance the experiential and the social scientific and connect contemporary storytellers’ work to historical and social scientific concepts,” Durrow says.
“Everyone participates in the humanities in one way or another, and everyone has something to share to help us better understand and appreciate each other,” noted Tricia Wynne, chair of the board of California Humanities. Our new Humanities for All Quick Grants program is a way to make support for public humanities programs more accessible across the state of California, amplifying voices we may not often hear.”
California Humanities is an independent nonprofit and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This year marks the organization’s 40th anniversary of promoting the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. The organization produces, funds, creates and supports humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences and meaningful conversations. During the past 40 years, California Humanities has awarded over $29 million in grants across the state. For more on California Humanities’ work and current initiatives, please visit www.calhum.org, connect on Facebook at “California Humanities,” and Twitter at @CalHumanities.