I am so excited to share that Newest Americans, a joint project between Julie Winokur, director of Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo & I, and Tim Raphael, Professor at Rutgers University-Newark, just received an National Endowment for the Arts (NEH link) grant that will support their collaborative documentary storytelling project about immigration for two more years.
“This grant will support media production for documenting the (im)migrant histories of three Newark neighborhoods, media training in Newark high schools, public humanities programming, and a Newark History Bus that will serve as a mobile neighborhood museum and digital media lab.
Newest Americans is a collaboration between RU-N, Talking Eyes Media, an award-winning social documentary production company, and VII Photo (an internationally renowned collective of photojournalists). In this innovative partnership, professional journalists, media-makers and artists work alongside RU-N faculty and students to research, produce and disseminate stories that chronicle the (im)migrant experience from the vantage point of the university that U.S. News & World Report has for the past two decades designated the most diverse campus in the United States.
The project cross-pollinates academic inquiry, professional media production and public humanities programming to explore the histories and stories that define our shifting national culture. Based in Newark, NJ, a city shaped by migration, the project affords a glimpse into the world of the newest Americans and a vision of our demographic future.”
Read more here about the grant and the future of Newest Americans here.