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(Washington Free Beacon) - The National Endowment for the Humanities' list of taxpayer-funded projects includes $300,000 for conversations about water, $75,000 for a database of podcasts, and $30,000 for oral histories of lesbian and gay Idahoans.
The NEH released its list of its first projects under the Trump administration this week. Jon Peede, the acting chairman of the NEH and Trump appointee, has discretion for signing off on every grant award.
The $39.3 million list of projects comes after the president sought the elimination of the agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, in his budget proposal.
A source with extensive knowledge of the cultural agencies told the Washington Free Beacon, "There is no difference between the millions of dollars of grants awarded by the Trump and Obama NEH, this in spite of the president's request to defund it."
The source said titles of projects have been changed to make grants sound more mainstream.
This year's humanities projects also include $300,000 to the Michigan Humanities Council for "Dialogues about Water."
The grant will provide for "implementation of a series of public programs across Michigan that would address the historical, cultural, and environmental impact of water," according to the NEH.
A $30,000 grant is going to the University of Idaho for an assistant professor's journalism project on the "Oral Histories of Idaho's LGBTQ community."
Denise Bennett had already received $3,500 from the Idaho Humanities Council for the "multimedia project examining the experiences and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the state of Idaho."
Louisiana State University and A&M College received $39,982 to create a virtual reality game that re-creates 18th-century theater at the Paris Fair.
Other projects include $188,000 for a two-week seminar on Islamic poetry, and $108,000 for 16 schoolteachers to learn about the "history and cultures of Muslims in the United States."
Another $60,000 project is exploring the "historic and cultural significance" of polar bears for people in Alaska.Read More . . . .