Author:  Humanities DC Staff        Published: 12/20/2023     Humanities DC





HumanitiesDC is excited to announce our upcoming 2024 grant cycles and funding opportunities! Cycle I RFPs and applications are open and include our Community Culture and Heritage, Visions, DC Oral History Collaborative and Beyond the Archive grant opportunities.


An opportunity for DC residents and groups to capture and share the culture and narratives of their own communities through public humanities projects.

Award: $10,000


Funding, training and support for organizations and individuals interested in conducting oral history projects; also open to Collaborative grantees to extend their projects. Award: $8,000


Funding and resources for organizations and individuals interested in using existing oral history collections to produce public humanities projects.

Award: $12,000


Support for non-profit organizations towards creating or sustaining innovative interpretations of humanities scholarship for the public.

Award: $25,000

To learn more, attend one of the upcoming information sessions on Monday, December 18 at 12pm, or Tuesday, December 19 at 6pm. Register here.

Cycle II grant opportunities will include our Capacity Building and Youth in the Humanities programs, and will open on March 4, 2024. More details about these programs are available on our Grant Opportunities webpage, with more details to come. Stay tuned!

HumanitiesDC is NOW looking for community grant reviewers.

Each year HumanitiesDC relies on panels of community-based external reviewers to help make our funding decisions. Reviewers receive a $250 honorarium for each cycle they complete and are eligible to apply for grant funding. If you’re interested in becoming a grant reviewer for HumanitiesDC in 2024, apply here.


Check out the DC Oral History Collaborative Zine!

Ever wondered about the stories collected by DC Oral History Collaborative members and other DC scholars? Now, through this interactive zine, you can watch, listen, and read the first-hand accounts from those of the DC Black Arts movement in the 70s, the relocation of Chinatown, and the history of the first Latin American festival on the National Mall. reflecting on DC’s Jazz culture, the relocation of Chinatown to downtown, and the gentrification and environmental injustices throughout the city.

Thank you to the amazing work of Izy Carney, our 2023 District Fellow, for this excellent project. Check it out here, or find it on the DC Oral History Collaborative page on our website.



Get ready to immerse yourselves in an unforgettable celebration of bold ideas, big questions, and unique experiences! On February 22, 2024, at 6 PM, join us at the Anacostia Arts Center to honor and applaud the exceptional work of our 2023 grantees and independent practitioner fellows. Come together with fellow curious minds to witness the power of human expression, diverse stories, and the amazing impact of the humanities over the last year. Register today!


DC Oral History Collaborative: 101+ Workshop

January 23, 25, and 30 • 6PM • Free

Martin Luther King Jr. Library

901 G St NW

Register here.

Interested in telling the stories of the lives of those around you? This opportunity is for you. This course, led by Anna F. Kaplan, Ph.D., will introduce Washingtonians interested in becoming oral historians to the best practices of doing oral history, to empower them with the basic tools for developing their style and approach to preserving DC’s rich past through oral history interviews.
OX Film Festival

Is now accepting films for consideration in its second edition, running June 13-16, 2024, including films from DC-based filmmakers for the DC/Frame program.

For more details and to apply, go to FilmFreeway.

DC/DOX is dedicated to promoting documentary film as a leading art form, championing new voices and innovations in non-fiction storytelling—using film as a catalyst to engage the most compelling issues of our day.

DC/DOX is now accepting films for consideration in its second edition, running June 13-16, 2024, including films from DC-based filmmakers for the DC/Frame program. For more details and to apply, go to FilmFreeway.

The call for entries runs November 1 through March 15, 2024. Early bird submission rates run through Dec. 22. The regular deadline is Feb. 16, and the late deadline is Mar. 15.

  • Feature documentaries are 40 minutes in length or longer.
  • Short documentaries are 39 minutes in length or less.
  • Eligible films should have been completed by or after January 2023.
  • Preference is given to films that have not yet premiered in Washington, DC.
  • Eligible films are not yet available on nationwide streaming platforms or in theatres.
  • DC-based filmmakers may apply for the DC/FRAME thematic program.

Culture Series: Creative AI – Threat or Opportunity?

Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St NW, 20009

Register here.

As artificial intelligence continues to change every aspect of how we work, the creative fields are seeing a seismic shift in the former ways of doing business. From avatar influencers with real world modeling contracts to AI powered rappers, AI is changing how humans do business.

Latoya Peterson, cofounder and CXO at Glow Up Games, an award-winning game studio centering Black and Brown joy, joins the Culture Series as the first guest curator for the new year.

ASL Interpretation will be provided.


HumanitiesDC’s website includes a regularly updated events calendar to help spread the word on events being hosted by HumanitiesDC and our grantees. Look forward to learning about performances, lectures, speaker series, documentary screenings and so much more happening in our city. Why not take a moment now to check out some of the events happening this season.

Are you a grantee interested in sharing your activities on our calendar? Please email to receive a link to our submission form today.

You can support local humanists TODAY!

HumanitiesDC has had a riveting year of community events and new programming across the city. As we look forward to the new year, please make a gift of any amount and help us continue to connect people through the power of the humanities.

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