Are you currently organizing, or interested in organizing, events and programs on classical antiquity and its legacy that reach beyond the curricula of schools, colleges, and universities? Are you interested in bringing the appreciation and critical discussion of the Greco-Roman world to new audiences?
The SCS Board of Directors has designated $25,000 that will be used to sponsor public events and programs around the US and elsewhere in 2019, the 150th Year of the society (founded as the American Philological Association in 1869). Universities, colleges, schools, museums, libraries, other non-profits, and individuals can apply to SCS for mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support the following: public lectures; readings; discussion groups; performances; summer, after-school and weekend programs for school-age children; visual arts exhibits and installations; podcasts; and videos. Events and programs may focus on ancient languages, works of literature, art, and culture, or on more contemporary works inspired by the ancient world; and they may be creative or analytical in focus. The one basic requirement is that eligible programs reach beyond the classroom to engage a broader public from school-age children to senior citizens.
Allowable expenditures include space rental, audiovisual or other technology costs, honoraria, props or supplies necessary for the program, and travel and / or accommodations costs for speakers or event leaders and participants.
The members of the SCS Committee on Classics in the Community will review all applications. The committee is particularly interested in applications that will impact communities that are historically under-represented in the field of Classics and have not had access to programs in classical studies. The committee will judge applications based on feasibility and impact and will ensure that Classics Everywhere funds projects in all regions of the US. Applications from outside the US are also welcome. Any project that appropriates the classical world in order to promote ideologies of hate and exclusion will not be funded (see https://classicalstudies.org/scs-news/public-statement-scs-board-directors).
The SCS website will host materials and reports on all Classics Everywhere programs. You can read about Classics Everwhere projects on the SCS blog:
Application Form and Deadlines
Applications for events and programs that will take place in Spring 2019 are due by November 1, 2018. There will be two other application cycles with deadlines of March 1 and May 15, 2019 for events and programs that will take place in Summer and Fall 2019. Deadlines for Fall 2019 and 2020 are forthcoming soon. Click here for the online application form. The Executive Director will notify all applicants of the committee’s decision within one month of the application deadline.
If you have questions about the Classics Everywhere initiative, please contact the SCS Executive Director, Helen Cullyer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also see below for the projects already funded:
Classics Everywhere - November 1st Deadline Projects
Kendra Eshleman and Christopher Polt (Boston College, Massachusetts)
- Aequora Program in Jamaica Plain, MA
Daniel Harris-McCoy (Hawaii)
- Classics Unit for Homeless Shelter Aftercare
Mike Lippman (Nebraska)
Bonnie McCutcheon (Pennsylvania)
- Wilson College Classical Chorus
Kenneth Scott Morrell (Rhodes College, Tennessee)
- Poetry and Performance
Angel Parham (Louisiana)
- Nyansa Classical Community
Amy Pistone (Nebraska)
- Indigo Bridge Bookstore Event
Lauren Rogers (North Carolina)
- Three C's - Classics, Cinema, and Conversation
Michele Valerie Ronnick (ACL Centennial Meeting in NYC)
- Putting the "Lives of Early African American Classicists into the Hands of our Secondary Teachers"
Andrew E. Simpson and Sarah B. Ferrario (Washington, D.C.)
- The Oresteia Project: Free Performance of Operatic Highlights)
Caroline Stark (Washington, D.C.)
- Black Classicists Outreach
David Withun (Washington, D.C.)
- Symposium on Liberal Education and African American History: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Anna Julia Cooper
Classics Everywhere - March 1st Deadline Projects
Susan P. Bachelder (Housatonic Art Valley League, Massachusetts)
- After the Antique: Mithras Now
Donna Clevinger (Mississippi State University, Mississippi)
- Greeking It Up with the Romans: Staging Plautus’ The Braggart Solider
Carly Maris (California)
- Voices of Ancient Palmyra
Peter J. Miller (University of Winnipeg, Canada)
- New Directions in Classics
Lauren Rogers (North Carolina)
- Classical Drama LIVE!
Stephen Scully (Boston University, Massachusetts)
- Martha Graham’s Dance Interpretations of Ancient Greek Heroines
Diane Arnson Svarlien (Kentucky)
- Reading Classics books to kids at low income elementary schools
Sarah Wear (Steubenville University, Ohio)
- Ancients in the Parks!: Roman Engineering
Nebojsa Todorovic and S. Zelda Roland (Yale Prison Education Initiative, Connecticut)
- Introductory Latin in Prisons: Summer 2019
More August 2018 Newsletter Content
Read Michele Salzman's piece about special events at the Sesquicentennial meeting.
Learn about how to apply for travel stipends to the annual meeting.