Lowey Announces More Than $264,000 in NEH Funds for Two Local Institutions

July 29, 2020
Press Release

Federal funds will support community organizations in the development of educational programs

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that $264,384 in funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be awarded to two local organizations in Westchester and Rockland. Historic Hudson Valley in Pocantico Hills will receive a $189,384 Landmarks of American History and Culture grant and Stone Lantern Films in Suffern will receive a $75,000 Media Projects Development grant.

“One of our top priorities in government should always be investing in the arts and humanities,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I’m pleased these local groups will receive this funding because art is an essential component of our society that can spark dialogue in our communities and affect social change. As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, I just secured an increase in next year’s funding in the House-passed bill for the NEH and NEA, and I will continue to protect funding for programs that work to educate the public especially about  the history of our nation.”

“Congresswoman Nita Lowey has inspired us and supported this work over more than 30 years in Congress, as nobody else could have, and we are forever grateful,” said Waddell Stillman, President of Historic Hudson Valley. “This NEH Landmarks grant couldn’t be more timely given the pressing national conversations about race and equity. The workshops will empower educators to teach the difficult but necessary topic of slavery in the colonial North that is a key but often untold part of our national history. This is the right time and we are the right place for people across the country to come to historic sites and learn how to give context to contemporary conversations.”

“We are very pleased to learn that we received a grant from the NEH for developing Tourist Nation, a new documentary film series for public television that explores the history and impact of American tourism,” said Sarah Mondale, Director at Stone Lantern Films. “Stone Lantern Films has produced many award-winning cultural and historical documentaries for PBS and we look forward to embarking on this new project. The NEH grant will allow us to do preliminary filming in the Hudson Valley and other areas, write scripts and edit a sample reel.”

Historic Hudson Valley will receive an NEH grant from the Landmarks of American History and Culture program to host workshops for teachers and expand the base of knowledge of slavery in American history, particularly during the early days of America. The grant will also enable further exploration of slavery at historic sites Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow and Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson. Stone Lantern Films’ NEH Media Projects Development grant will support a documentary film series, with the goal of raising awareness and a more comprehensive understanding of how tourism evolved and grew into a mass global phenomenon, and how it shapes national identity and the modern world. NEH grants are highly competitive and involve a rigorous peer-review process to ensure that the projects represent the highest level of humanities quality and public engagement. 

Congresswoman Lowey has been stalwart in her support of the NEH and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and served on the prestigious National Council for the Arts. As the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey continues her work to support vital investments in the NEH and NEA. Each agency would receive $170 million, an increase of $7.75 million above the 2020 enacted levels, in the approved Interior-Environment Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2021. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on July 24, 2020.